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Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:03 pm

Headwaters Park to add $33,000 dock

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

Headwaters Park is getting a floating dock for the St. Marys River. 

The Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners on Thursday approved the purchase of a dock to replace the one rented last summer for the Parks and Recreation Department’s dragon boat races.

The new dock will rise and fall with the tide and won’t need to be hauled ashore during times of high water. 

Geoff Paddock, executive director of the Headwaters Park Alliance, said a dock at Headwaters Park is something he’s envisioned for a long time but never had the funds to implement. 

"This looks like an exciting opportunity to bring more activity to Headwaters Park and to have an area where people can board and disembark and have a scenic tour around the river, starting and ending at Head­waters Park," Paddock said. 

The dock will be 80 feet long and 6 feet wide, said Natalie Eggeman, parks department spokeswoman.

The gangway that attaches the dock to shore will be 32 feet long and 4 feet wide. The dock cost is $32,688.  

"It’s significant for us because it increases the casual use of Headwaters Park," Paddock said.

"A lot of folks go down for a festival or event at one of the two pavilions and don’t realize that we have 22 acres of grassy park and flower gardens and nicely landscaped areas to the north."

Paddock said he believes that the dock will be open for the visiting public during times when the rest of the park – which is used for flood mitigation – is not under water.

The parks department believes the dock will be ready for use in May.