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Throughout history, we have used chalk to communicate with one another: to teach and learn, to draw and color, to build and plan, and to change those plans when necessary. We have placed our regular programs on hold for the summer, but found inspired ways to keep them alive through engaging installations. This summer, Riverfront Fort Wayne offers you the opportunity to teach, learn, draw, color, plan and build with chalk as your medium and Promenade Park as your canvas. Each day starting June 15th, lasting through the summer (except holidays), we will have new opportunities for you to engage with your neighbors—following social distancing guidelines—from 2pm-8pm. We also have weekly themes coordinating our activities. Come find us in the blue Riverfront tent for instructions and supplies, and get ready to CHALK IT UP! (Chalk It Up is a temporary replacement for regular Riverfront programming.)

PLEASE NOTE: CHALK IT UP starting from August 16th on will be from 4-8 pm daily except for Saturdays.


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Daily Schedule


Sundays are all about wellness. Move, jump, spin, and play.


Each Monday, we explore literature—physically. Use the park to write your memoirs, craft a story, or walk through a new book.


Do you think you can’t play games six feet apart? Think again. We’ll be giving you new ways to game your way through the park each Tuesday.


If you like to ask hard questions and try your hand at giving the answers, come to the park on Wednesdays where we will be engaging in The Great Conversation.


Thursdays will keep you dancing through life: follow step charts, learn to read music, join a dance off, or more. Art has also been moved to Thursdays!


Learn to see Promenade Park through a new lens: science. We’ll teach you about the biology, physics, astronomy, engineering, mathematics, and technology of Promenade Park every Friday.

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Weekly CHALK IT UP themes:

June 15-20               Adventure

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June 21-27               Community

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June 28-July 3         Colorful

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July 6-11                  Downtown 
(PLEASE NOTE: CHALK IT UP will not be held on July 4-5.)

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 July 12-18                Unite

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July 19-25                Growth

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July 26-Aug 1           Nature

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August 2-8               Movement

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August 9-15             Inspiring

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August 16-22           Heart

PLEASE NOTE: CHALK IT UP starting from August 16th on will be from 4-8 pm daily except for Saturdays.

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August 23-29           Pride

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Aug 30-Sept 5         Sustainable

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Sept 6-12                Fun

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Sept 13-19              Transformational

Please note the Monday, September 14th Chalk It Up is cancelled this week.

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Sept 2-26                Respect

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Sept 27-Oct 3         Thriving

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The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department has initiated a riparian management plan that will improve and protect the shoreline and water quality for generations to come.  

View the City of Fort Wayne's Riparian Management Plan 


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 Riparian photos before/after a portion of Bloomingdale Park was worked on.  

Volunteers Needed for Riverfront Cleanups (Riparian Management)

If you would like to participate in a Riverfront cleanup, please follow this link to find the scheduled time that works best for you. If you have a group of 10 or more volunteers, please contact KayeC Jones at 260-427-6408 to arrange a cleanup for your group. Sign up online!

Volunteers will clip honeysuckle limbs from bushes, cut down the remaining trunks with handsaws and carry the brush to an area in the park. All tools and work gloves will be provided. The honeysuckle stems are not prickly and the brush isn’t heavy. This is a family-friendly activity so children are welcome, too. Please dress for the weather! Close-toed shoes, like tennis shoes, are recommended.

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Thanks to over 580 volunteers who dedicate 2,060 hours annually by removing 18.25 tons of invasive plants and 344 tons of trash from banks and waterways.

Pictures of Before/After Work on Various Projects

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Spy Run After 

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