Marking an important landmark in the construction of the Harrison Square ballpark, Mayor Tom Henry and the City of Fort Wayne, in cooperation with Hardball Capital and Barry Real Estate, invites the public to the topping-off ceremony July 1 at the construction site.
“Harrison Square is a landmark project for downtown Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “It's important we celebrate this milestone in the ballpark's structure with a public event where we can literally watch the facility under construction. I invite you to join us at Harrison Square on Tuesday.”
Mayor Henry is inviting members of the previous and current City Council, redevelopment commission, former Mayor Graham Richard, former Deputy Mayor Mark Becker, representatives from the Fort Wayne Wizards, Hardball Capital and Barry Real Estate to sign an I-beam that will top off the ballpark's structure.
The site will open at 11 a.m. City Council, Redevelopment Commission members, Mayor Henry and others will sign the final I-beam at about 11:30. The beam will then be raised into place, marking the highest point in the construction of the ballpark.
Visitors can enter at the corner of Brackenridge and Ewing or near the corner of Douglas and Webster, across from the Federal Courthouse parking lot. Staff members will help direct people.
In the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Harrison Square is a mixed-use development with private and public funding, comprised of a cutting-edge minor-league ballpark, retail space, condominiums, a full-service Courtyard by Marriott hotel and parking garage. The ballpark is on schedule to be ready to throw out the first pitch for the 2009 season.