Mayor Tom Henry on Tuesday announced that Aquarius Sports and Entertainment has been chosen to conduct a Youth Sports Community Assessment and Market Potential study for Fort Wayne as part of the Legacy Fort Wayne initiative.
The study will include a list of all existing public and private sports facilities, an evaluation of community needs, and an analysis of current youth sports marketing efforts. The market potential part of the study will evaluate national and regional youth/prep sports trends and markets, as well as possible opportunities for Fort Wayne. It will also include recommendations for future sports facility needs and ways to expand existing sports marketing efforts.
In December, City Council approved $200,000 for the study on how best to make Fort Wayne a hub for youth sports.
The study will likely begin in June after the contract has been approved by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department board and City Council and would be completed by the end of the year. Twelve proposals were submitted after a request for proposals was issued by the city Feb. 25. Committee members from the parks & recreation and planning and policy departments, Visit Fort Wayne and community leaders reviewed the proposals and determined the top four firms. The contenders were interviewed and the final selection was made Friday.
The $75 million Legacy Fort Wayne Fund was created by proceeds from the sale of the City Light Utility to Indiana Michigan Power and its funds are to be used to create transformational change in the community.
Members of the Youth Sports Community Assessment and Market Potential Study Committee are Al Moll, Sherese Fortriede, Dan O’Connell, Phil Houk, Debra Williams, Tom Didier, Mike Nutter, Perry Ehresman and Steve McDaniel.