HEADWATERS PARK

The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live was built on the confluence of three rivers … the Saint Joseph river which flows from the north, the Saint Marys river which flows from the south and turns east in the downtown area. These two rivers converge and form the third river, the Maumee river which flows east and then northeast and empties into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio.

With rivers come flooding and Fort Wayne has experienced some bad flooding over the years. One of the most memorable floods that happened in my lifetime was back in 1982 when downtown was flooded and then President Ronald Reagan visited and did a photo shoot of him lending a hand handling sand bags.

After that flood occurred “Headwaters Park” was built near downtown. It is designed to flood over and prevent the river’s floodwater from going into the city. I guess it works. I don’t recall seeing any more flooding downtown since. But then again I don’t recall seeing Headwaters Park flooded over either. Oh, I have seen flood water over portions of the park, but I have never seen the entire park flooded over. Anyway, it is a nice park with lots of paved trails running thru it. I have ridden on them many times.

Here is a picture taken from the north looking south. It only shows the northernmost portion of the park.

This photo must be “touched up” as I have never seen blue water in our rivers. They are all brown and nasty looking … nothing at all like this picture shows. BTW, the rivers are also nasty smelling. There is gobs of trees jammed up at bridges, etc. Maintenance is badly needed.

That is the MLK jr. Memorial Bridge which was built a few years ago to replace (upgrade) the old bridge across the St. Marys river on Clinton St. It is a beautiful bridge which lights up at night. It has several different colors of lights on it that can be turned on making it very attractive. Here is a video of it. At about the half way point (one minute into the video) they show the lighting.

Here is another video showing the bridge from the side as the lighting changes.

The park is divided in two by Clinton St. One can ride a trail to go under Clinton St. on the north end of the park to get from one side of the park to the other side. That is, if it is not flooded over. There is also a crosswalk with pedestrian traffic light control on Clinton St.

Here is a satellite image of the park (in the center of the image). You can see all the trails in the park.

And here is an aerial view of the park.

Here is a video I made of me riding my trike across the MLK jr. bridge and thru Headwaters Park.

The regular bicycle trails are close by running along the river. They are called the “Rivergreenway” because they are built along the rivers … all three rivers. They were the original trails built here in Fort Wayne. There are about 25 miles of them. They are nice but unfortunately they flood over all too often and the trails remain closed for some time as a result.

Here is a video I made several years ago as I rode to and thru Headwaters Park. I approached it from the west side this time. The area I am riding thru to get to it is all changed now as “Promenade Park” has been built there.

I have posted about this bridge and park once previously. You can read that post HERE. If you ever visit Fort Wayne and have your trike (or even bike) with you and would like to ride our trails I would be delighted to ride with you and help you navigate them. Just  email me initially to communicate. Yep, I know the trails like the back of my hand. Hey, where’d my hand go? 😉

tadpolerider2@gmail.com

Wherever you ride, do try to …

ENJOY THE RIDE! 

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

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