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  •   Sept. 7, 1973: A bird's-eye view of Freimann Square, nearly complete. (JG file photo)

  • Sept. 14, 1973: The four fountains in Freimann Square are given a trial run. (JG file photo)

  • Sept. 27, 1973: Several hundred people turned out at noon for the dedication of Freimann Square. (JG file photo)

  •   June 20, 1973: The "instant forest" of Freimann Square as it neared the final stages of construction. This section of the park featured honey locust trees planted in a brick walkway. The walkway was designed so the bricks could be removed as the trees grew. (JG file photo)

  • Sept. 27, 1973: Several hundred people turned out at noon for the dedication of Freimann Square. (JG file photo)

  • May 1973: Freimann Square is seen under construction looking east toward what is now known as the Arts United Center. (JG file photo)

Thursday, June 06, 2019 9:00 am

1973: Construction and opening of Freimann Square

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Freimann Square was dedicated on Sept. 27, 1973, when several hundred people turned out in downtown Fort Wayne to see the fountains in action. The park was funded by the Freimann Charitable Trust, which was created by the late Frank Freimann who was president and chief executive officer of Magnavox Co.

It seems fitting that Sept. 27, 1973, was a Thursday because these days the park is used for Lunch on the Square with food trucks and live music every Thursday of the summer. The season's first Lunch on the Square is today.

Lunch on the Square runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekly (except July 4) through Aug. 29.

cmcmaken@jg.net