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Tennis promotes physical fitness and out-performs other sports in developing personality characteristics such as sociability, creativity and assertiveness.  Start playing today!

Tennis NEWS!

Summer Programming

Each summer we offer Tennis for Tots, Youth Tennis Lessons, Jr. Excellence Lessons, High School Tennis Play/Practice, Summer/Fall Tennis Leagues, and Adult Tennis Lessons.  

Register for Summer Tennis.

Spring and Fall Programming

Each spring and fall we offer Youth Tennis Lessons (ages 3-4, 5-7, 8-12) , and Adult Lessons for 13+.  We also offer Adult Tennis Leagues.

Register for Spring Tennis


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Tennis Fun Day

We wind up our summer youth lessons with a Summer Tennis Fun Day at Swinney Tennis Center.  Enjoy a group photo from a previous Tennis Fun Day!

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Tennis Courts

We have 60 tennis courts in various city parks.  You are welcome to use the tennis courts when open (6 am-11 pm).  However, the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department has first priority in terms of lessons and leagues.  If you would like to reserve the courts for your own use, please call Daryn Schwartz (260.427.6003).

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School Year Youth Programs

Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant.  Registration forms may be picked up at Cooper Community Center.


Power Hour

Homework assistance. 


Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV, computers, bumper pool, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more.


Students participate in hands-on activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

What’s Cooking

Easy, mouhtwatering and useful recipes are made from scratch by children to eat and share with the community.

Healthy Seeds

This Parkview sponsored program teaches kids about nutrition and other healthy habits. 

Building Bridges: Respect and Etiquette Edition

This life skills program is designed to give all students the tools to help them be successful in their life endeavors.


Youth learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents; learning the value of friendship, exercise, good nutrition, hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean. 

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Kids Café

Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.

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Imagine, Design, Create

Children express themselves through art.


Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens (ages 8-16) develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership and sportsmanship.

School Success Celebration

Led by our FWPD Partner Officer, youth discuss school highlights, behavior, social and life skills.

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Special Events

Community Unity
Neighborhood Family Fun Nights

November 19

Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald

December 17

Jennings Recreation Center, 1330 McCulloch

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program from 6:00-7:15 followed by a meal. You must be present for the program to receive a ticket for meal and prizes. Questions? Call 427-5966.

Cooper Center Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Music • Refreshments • Family Fun

Event sponsored by B 96.9 and Fort Wayne's NBC.

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Fort Wayne Derby Girls

The Fort Wayne Derby Girls chose the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department Youth Centers as their charity recently and presented us with a check for $500!  Thanks to Kellie Adkins, Outdoor Education Supervisor for the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department AND member of the Derby Girls (pictured above with our kids and staff) for assisting with this effort!

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Hope Books

Katie Dorsey has a passion for reading and giving back to the community.  Katie will be at select special events throughout the year at Jennings, Cooper, and Weisser Youth Centers distributing FREE books.  Thank you Katie for sharing your love of reading to others. To find out more about Katie and her organization Hope Books read below.

Katie Dorsey started Hope Books in March 2015. It started as a challenge to create a take a book, leave a book box. After seeing how many children came into Community Harvest Food Bank she decided that was where she wanted to place her box. The program evolved from there to include Boys and Girls Club, The Urban League and several Community Centers in downtown Fort Wayne, along with various other locations. Nearly all of the new and gently used books are donated. Since March 2015 she has given away over 7000 books to kids in our community who may not have the opportunity to own a book otherwise.  Katie says, "My favorite part of this program is seeing the children's face light up when I hand them a book and tell them it is theirs to keep. It reminds me why I do this. Through Hope Books kids will grow a passion for books and learning that will help them succeed in the future. " You can find out more about what Katie is doing through Hope Books by visiting or find her on Facebook at HopeBooksFW.  

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 WBNA Game

Thank you to the Indiana Fever, Jr. NBA and NRPA for making a trip possible for 47 youth to attend a recent WBNA game (Indianapolis Fever vs. LA Sparks). The youth and adult chaperones had a wonderful time-even though it was a very late night!!

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Register NOW for current Programs   We offer a wide variety of Preschool and Youth Programs ranging from arts & crafts, athletics, camps, youth centers, special events, playground programs and many more!  You are sure to find something of interest to your family.

Check out the Winter Fun Times  to learn more. 

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Register TODAY for Youth Programs & Activities  

Athletic Programs offered during the Summer Season:

Little Sluggers T-Ball (ages 2-4) Pee Wee T-Ball (ages 4-6)
Lob Ball (ages 6-10)
Instructional Basketball Academy (Spring program/Ages 7-12)
Instructional Youth Lacrosse (ages 6-13)
Instructional Softball Academy (ages 8-13)
Mini Kickers: Intro to Soccer (ages 2-3) Little Kickers: Intro to Soccer (ages 3-4) Kickin’ Kids Soccer Training (ages 4-6) Big Kickers: Soccer Training (ages 6-10) 
Volleyball (ages 7-12)
Itty Bitty Basketball (ages 2-4)  Pee Wee Basketball (ages 5-12)
Youth Tennis Lessons (ages 3-16)  Junior Excellence Tennis Lessons  High School Varsity Play and Practice
Supervised Playgrounds (ages 5+)
Lifetime Sports Academy
Gymnastics & Dance
J & B Pacers Summer Running
Pee Wee & Junior Golf Tours
Sanchin-Ryu (self defense)

Learn to Swim Lessons

Pee Wee/Junior Golf Tour

Select Preschool & Youth Athletic Classes are held in the fall, winter and spring seasons

To see a list of current classes being offered for Preschool & Youth this season, check out: Register NOW


Little Sluggers T-Ball

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Pee Wee T-Ball

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Lob Ball

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Instructional Softball

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Mini Kickers & Little Kickers: Intro to Soccer

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Kickin’ Kids
Big Kickers:  Soccer Training

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Itty Bitty Basketball

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Pee Wee Basketball


Tennis Lessons



Mini Kickers

This program was a great way to introduce the kids to any sport. Sam R.

Thank you for being patient with our kids.  You guys rock! May God bless you! Ana L.

Great starter program for kids.  Todd L.

Little Kickers

This program was an excellent way to ease my son (age 4) into playing soccer in a group setting.  He very much enjoyed it! The location was convenient and the staff was professional. Megan S.

I am very pleased with how well the staff is with the children.  Amanda K.

I feel like we have found something my daughter will be passionate about growing up thanks to these two wonderful coaches. Loren N.

Big Kickers

We were very happy with the program, our son had fun and learned the fundamentals of soccer. Matt E.

Seems to be a great entry into soccer.  Staff did a good job of teaching techniques and skills. Dustin O.

Questions? E-mail:

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Please check out all of our Youth Centers:

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McMillen Center
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Community Youth Center Summer Program

June 3 - July 26

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser,The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser,Jennings and Cooper Centers. Field trips are scheduled throughout the summer for children who participate in the enrichment programs. Open swims will also be scheduled for each of the three centers. The Fort Wayne Community Schools Summer Lunch Program will provide free lunches each weekday between 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at all three sites. Stop by Jennings, Cooper or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. The activities at our Community Youth Centers are FREE! For more information, please contact the coordinator at each center.

Weisser Park Youth Center
802 Eckert St.
Supervisor: Zynette Paige

Cooper Community Center
2300 Clinton & Creighton
Supervisor: Michael Ayers

Jennings Recreation Center
1330 McCulloch St.
Supervisor: Michael Ayers

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After-School Time FUN!

The Parks and Recreation Department's three community youth centers offer a safe, fun environment for after-school hours. School age youth are encouraged to do homework, play, and enjoy a nourishing evening meal. All programming is FREE! 

Chantell After School

Join our team!

Recreation Leaders engage and interact with youth, lead games, and provide guidance and mentoring at three community centers and in our Summer Playground program. Must be 18 or older, meet all qualifications and pass a background check and drug test.

Job Notice


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Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation 

Winner of the 2018 Out-of-School Time Champion Award

Among many programs and events that we host for our community to come out, engage, learn and break bread with us the newest and most impactful for our community, families and youth is our Community Unity Night Event. This event came about due to the unfortunate death of a young adult on our property during the time we had youth in the building. We had staff that did not want to talk to the officers. We found this to be due to (negative) experiences they had personally had or seen their family members have with the police or events they heard of. Our event brings our police department together with the community in a open non-threatening engaging environment. 

Though our event is older teens and adults in the community, we know this reaches our youth because in order for them to change, it has to start at home.It gives the community an opportunity to ask questions of the officers and receive general information which can help them learn and understand more about the job of an officer and why they have to take some of the actions that they do. This program opened the doors for more productive communication between those in the community and officers, it set a precedence that we are working to unite and be the positive influencer for the good of our community but especially our youth. 

 We now have a partner officer program which allows for us to have 1 officer in the center with the youth, to engage and be a part of their activities. The youth get to build a genuine relationships with the officers through play and learning. The program we have established is small but it is building bridges and given insight to those that need to work together, be there for each other and trust one another- families and our police department.                      

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Fort Wayne continues to be a Playful City! 

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit advocating for play since 1996, as a means to engage cities and towns in the conversation about why play matters – Playful City USA program uniquely recognizes communities for their commitment to getting kids active through play. Fort Wayne continues to be recognized by Playful City USA. Playful City USA 
recognizes cities for their efforts to make it easy for children to get balanced and active play in their daily lives, a priority for their health and well-being.  

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Why play matters:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Stanford University both recommend that solutions to childhood obesity focus on opportunities for free play and the provision of facilities for play. There is a growing body of research that suggests children will be more active if they are given opportunities to engage in unstructured or free play. Active children are less likely to be obese and less prone to have obesity-related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Unstructured play gets children moving, and more active children are more likely to be physically healthy. The Institute of Medicine recently released a report identifying local government as the ideal leader on this issue, citing " and maintain parks and playgrounds that are safe and attractive for playing and in close proximity to residential areas" as a critical goal in combating childhood obesity.

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What are we going to do???

A Play Task Force was created by the City, and is composed of representatives from nonprofits, volunteers and government.

For more information: 260.427.6000

KaBOOM! Play Days are held each summer at various locations and welcome families to come out for food, fun and games. 


How Playful City USA helps our city:

Local and national media campaigns led by KaBOOM! combined with increased local media attention highlighting communities committed to community development, physical activity and anti-obesity initiatives, Priority status and access to grant opportunities that have totaled $3.8MM since 2007, and access to best practices from leading cities across the country.

The Dirty Dozen Checklist

Keep your playgrounds safe.  Check out information on the Top 12 Safety Hazards in America's Playgrounds



Playful City USA positions our city on a timely issue:

As you know, the First Lady of the United States recently launched the "Let's Move" initiative in direct response to the childhood obesity epidemic. During her speech at the January 2010 U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, she acknowledged the role that cities can play in fighting childhood obesity and increasing physical activity in young people:

"It makes sense that [mayors] would take the lead on this issue. Because like much of what you do each day, this isn't a partisan issue. This has nothing to do with whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative. It's about the kind of future we want for our kids. And it's about whether we're willing to use both our policies and our bully pulpits to build that future."

As a PLAYFUL CITY USA, our community will be able to:

· Create a generation of children who are happier, smarter, and healthier

· Increase awareness to the benefits and availability of play in our community

· Improve our ability to raise outside funding and attract private sector support

· Receive recognition and honors at several national conferences of our peers

· Access special incentive opportunities and highway signs in honor of our Playful City USA status

· Receive priority status in accessing all KaBOOM! resources, including playground builds and programmatic grants (totaling over $3.8MM since 2007)

For more information about how you can get involved in being involved with Playful City, contact Sarah Nichter at
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Check out KaBOOM for more information on the process to become a "Playful City".


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Upcoming Events

Community Unity
19 Nov 2019   6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
“Christmas Connections” Holiday Exhibit
23 Nov 2019  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Riverfront Walking Tours
24 Nov 2019   9:00 am - 10:00 am
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24 Nov 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Santa’s Workshop
27 Nov 2019   4:30 am - 7:30 pm

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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department  705 E. State Blvd.   Fort Wayne, IN 46805  (260) 427-6000 • Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm