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History

Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel cut the ribbon recently on the newly restored Salomon Farm Homestead, which will officially open for public tours during the Fall Harvest Festival at Salomon Farm Park on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

The Salomon family immigrated from Lahde, Westfalen, Prussia in 1871 and settled where Salomon Farm Park sits today. Many of the projects on this working farm have been completely community funded and supported, including the restoration of the Homestead. Financial support for this project was provided by generous private donors, foundations, and grants. Furnishings are all circa 1930’s family heirlooms gifted to the park from citizens in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. These heirlooms represent Salomon Farm Park’s and the Parks and Recreation Department’s commitment to protecting and celebrating Indiana heritage.

Citizens will be able to rent the Salomon Homestead, especially as a compliment to Old Barn wedding parties. Area history programs will utilize the Homestead, and the space will be open for public tours during special events.

Press Release: Ribbon Cutting

Features of the Homestead include:

*Available for rental all year long

*Gorgeous antiqued interior

*Capacity: 25

*Base rental rates: $250 (Monday-Thursday)

*On weekends, May – Oct, the Salomon Homestead may only be rented in conjunction with the Old Barn: (Fri – Sun): $1,200

*Climate controlled (heating and air conditioning)

*Great for small gatherings, birthday parties, club meetings, tea parties, or to have a unique place for your wedding party to get ready for your big day!

For more information about Salomon Farm Park and renting the Homestead please call 260-427-6000.


Donor Recognition

 

The Salomon Homestead renovation was possible because of generous donations of several individuals and organizations including:

  • Wilson Foundation
  • English Bonter Mitchell Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Dekko Foundation
  • Sweetwater Sound
  • And of course, Don and Virginia Wolf, who have been longtime supporters of this park.

 

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Photo Credit: Denny Beck

 

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Rental Opportunities in Promenade Park 

General Guidelines:

In order to rent any space in Promenade Park, you must schedule an in-person meeting with the Program & Events Manager for Riverfront Fort Wayne, Megan Butler (260.427.6248). At the time of the meeting, you will sign your contract and put down your 50% deposit. No date is held without a signed contract and deposit. No contracts are approved without the minimum following information supplied at time of contract signing:

  • Rental date(s)
  • Space(s) requested
  • Reasonable expected attendance
  • Times for: set up (including for outside vendors), guest arrival, and tear down  

Rentable Spaces:

Generally, the spaces available for rent in Promenade Park are the Park Foundation Pavilion (inside and outside), Auer Lawn and Sweetwater Band Shell East, Old National Bank Plaza and Sweetwater Band Shell west, and the historic Wells Street Bridge. The only space that is entirely covered, and therefore weather-proof, is the indoor portion of the Park Foundation Pavilion.

Capacities:

The indoor capacity of the Park Foundation Pavilion is around 150 people seated at tables and chairs. Capacity decreases with the addition of amenities, such as music, buffet tables, podiums, décor, dance floors, etc. All event layouts must be approved.  

Food and Alcohol:

All alcohol is provided by Trubble Riverside Cafe & Tap. All food, except celebratory cakes, must be provided by a vendor on the approved catering list. The approved catering list will be available very soon. All events with alcohol require security that is scheduled by Parks and Recreation staff.

Amenities and stipulations which may be required for your event include but are not limited to:

  • Security Officers
  • Portajons
  • Trash pick up
  • Crowd managers
  • Permits which may apply to your event: Department of Natural Resources, Excise, Homeland Security, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Street Department, Fort Wayne Public Works, Allen County Building Department, and the Allen County Health Department
  • Approvals are required for: tenting, décor, tables, chairs, staging, audio visual equipment, and dock usage

The following items and events are not permitted within Promenade Park:

  • Drop in classes or programs
  • Lantern or balloon releases
  • Fireworks

 

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Lindenwood Field Trips & Outings

Lindenwood Field Trips & Outings
May 1-October 31
600 Lindenwood Ave.Nature has so much to teach us and there’s no better way to learn than to experience it first- hand. Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers a variety of environmental education field trip opportunities varying from one to two hour programs. For a complete list of programs, please visit Lindenwood’s page at fortwayneparks.org. Field trip fees are $2/participant/hour with a minimum fee of $20/$40 for 1-hour / 2-hour programs, respectively. Teachers, care givers and adult chaperones are free-of-charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling Eden at 427-6008 or eden. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Check out the Field Trip brochure and/or the Lindenwood Nature Preserve Program Guide for additional information about Field Trips!


2ForU Study Trips

Thank you for your interest in the 2ForU program!  2ForU is an easy way for teachers to schedule two great sites for one day!  Fill out one easy form to request your Study Trips. Your selected venues will work together to finalize the details and then contact you to confirm.

2ForU Participating Venues


Click here to see the 2ForU program offerings for all the participating venues.
Ready to sign up and/or learn more? 2FORU Registration

Lindenwood Field Trip Offerings:

 
Visit Length 1-2 Hours
Max # of Students 30
Grades K-8
Prices represent a discount for 2ForU No
Standard's Aligned Programming Yes
Cost / Student $2/hour
Cost / Adults Free
Cost / Teachers Free
Lunch Spot Yes
Transportation? No




For release:  Friday, August 9, 2019

Contact:       Natalie Eggeman, Mayor’s office, (260) 427-1167, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne returned to its historical riverfront today, with the opening of Promenade Park, a $20 million development that renews Fort Wayne’s three rivers as a regional destination for recreation, arts and culture, and nature activities. This one-of-a-kind park joins natural rivers with downtown Fort Wayne’s thriving urban center.

 

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Field Trips on the Farm

May 1-31 and August 5- September 9
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Farm tours are available at Salomon farm in 1-2 hour increments. Typically a farm tour will feature lots of hands on time with our animal friends and also highlight composting, gardening  and  farm  life back in the old days. A wagon ride is available upon request for farm tours of 1 ½ hours or more. All ages welcome! Field trip scheduling is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Eden Lamb (260-427-6008) or call Salomon Farm at 427-6790 with questions or to schedule your visit. Field trip cost is $3/participant/hour. Teach- ers, care givers, and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. We can accommodate up to 30 students per tour and 1:10 chaperone: student ratio is recommended.


Additional Information on Field Trips

Salomon Farm Park Field & Tour Description
Reference for Teachers-Getting the Most out of Your Farm Trip


2ForU Study Trips

Thank you for your interest in the 2ForU program!  2ForU is an easy way for teachers to schedule two great sites for one day!  Fill out one easy form to request your Study Trips. Your selected venues will work together to finalize the details and then contact you to confirm.


2ForU Participating Venues


Click here to see the 2ForU program offerings for all the participating venues.
Ready to sign up and/or learn more? 2FORU Registration
 

Salomon Farm Field Trip Offerings:

 
Visit Length 1-2 Hours
Max # of Students 30
Grades K-8
Prices represent a discount for 2ForU No
Standard's Aligned Programming Yes
Cost / Student $3/hour
Cost / Adults Free
Cost / Teachers Free
Lunch Spot Yes
Transportation? No



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