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CITY OF FORT WAYNE TO HOST DRAGON BOAT RACES

 

May 27, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne will host the first-ever Dragon Boat Races in our community as part of the Riverpalooza festivities to take place May 29-30 at Headwaters Park West.

The unique event will be presented by the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council and is designed to provide an event for the public to enjoy the outdoors, our rivers, and all that our City has to offer.

Dragon Boat Racing is a rapidly growing sport that combines rich Chinese traditions, competition, teamwork and fun. Often, dragon boats are emblazoned with bright colors, dragon scales, and a dragon head and tail. Typical dragon boats are 46 feet long and feature 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersman. During the course of the race, the job of the drummer is to keep an effective beat in order to synchronize the paddlers. Actual races are usually between 200-2000 meters and can last up to 10 minutes.

Teams will race a 300 meter course on the St. Marys River beginning at Headwaters Park West and ending at the Wells Street Bridge. 

“Having activities along the rivers are important as we continue our commitment to riverfront development and future opportunities along our riverfront,” said Mayor Henry. “It’s part of what makes Fort Wayne a leader in quality of place and a destination for residents, businesses, and visitors.” 

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MAYOR HENRY'S PUBLIC SAFETY ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN INTERACTIVE SCENARIOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POLICE TRAINING

May 27, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s Public Safety Roundtable members today participated in interactive scenarios at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by law enforcement. Participants also learned about the importance of how Fort Wayne Police Department officers are trained. 

Today’s roundtable was the third in a series of public safety discussions that will occur over the next several months. The roundtable format started in 2014 and is designed to explore how Fort Wayne’s diverse community can come together to ensure the overall safety of all residents. 

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DOWNTOWN ARENA STUDY COMPLETED

May 20, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today was joined by community leaders to announce the study of a downtown arena in the City of Fort Wayne has been completed and the results have been released to the public.

As a next step in the process, Chuck Surack, founder and president of Sweetwater, will lead a study committee comprised of local business and community leaders to further evaluate the financial viability of a possible downtown arena.

Committee members include:
*Shane Araujo, 3BG Supply Co.
*Tim Ash, Ash Brokerage
*Bruce Boxberger, Carson Boxberger
*Ian Boyce, Dickmeyer Boyce Financial Management
*Kathy Callen, Old National Bank
*Scott Glaze, Fort Wayne Metals
*Tiffany Gooden, Hall & Gooden LLP
*Mike Nutter, Fort Wayne TinCaps
*Mike Packnett, Parkview Health
*Jonathan Ray, Fort Wayne Urban League
*Chuck Surack, Sweetwater
*Dennis Sutton, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees
*Andrew Thomas, Ridge NAPA Auto Parts
*Gary Wasson, Embassy Theatre Board of Directors
*Doug Wood, PNC
*Bill Zielke, Board of Park Commissioners

The City invested $39,000 in the study conducted by Hunden Strategic Partners as a way to gauge the viability of a downtown facility as a result of the success being experienced in community and complement the events being offered at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the Embassy Theatre. 

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