What Do You Know About The Fort Wayne Parks And Recreation Department? 

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When was the first park established? 
The first park, Old Fort Park, was established in 1863.

How many parks are there?
87 parks

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How many acres does the Parks and Recreation Department own?
2,805 acres

What is the largest city park?
Franke Park is our largest park with 329.24 acres.


What is the smallest city park?
Orff Park is the smallest with .02 acres!

What is the newest opened park?

Our newest opened park is Franklin School Park.  This park was dedicated on September 1, 2016.  

Location: 1903 St. Marys Avenue

Size in acres: 4.25 Acres

Learn more about Franklin School Park

How many trees does the Parks Department care for?
There are approximately 50,000 street trees & 25,000 park trees (As of 1/2017)

How many pavilions are there? 
There are 21 pavilions available for rental.
How many playgrounds are available?  
57 individual playgrounds and 9 spraygrounds  

Are there any municipal golf courses?

Yes, the City owns 4 golf courses located at Foster, McMillen ( 2 courses), and Shoaff parks.


How many swimming pools?
There are three swimming pools located in NorthsideMcMillen, and Memorial parks (open seasonally). Memorial, Waynedale, Shoaff, McCormick, Robert E. Meyers  Buckner and Kreager and NOW Franklin School Park all have splash pads that are open daily (during the season) and are FREE.

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How many tennis courts are there?
There are a total of 60 tennis courts.

What is the total number of baseball & softball diamonds?
The Parks and Recreation Department owns a total of 38 ball diamonds.

Are there any soccer fields?
Yes, there are 20.

How many miles does the Rivergreenway Trails cover?
There are 17 miles of Rivergreenway trails in the City of Fort Wayne, 24 miles of park paths, and 10 miles of mountain bike trails.


Do you offer summer concerts?
Foellinger Outdoor Theatre Summer Series is offered each season.  Check out: Foellinger Outdoor Theatre for additional information.   

Does the Department have a travel program?
Yes, we plan both day trips and extended travel trips.   For more information about the current list of extended trips or to receive a free tour brochure by mail, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017. 

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Are there any programs for youth?

We offer many FREE programs/activities for youth including arts and crafts, sports, nature education as well as lots of opportunities to pursue a particular hobby at our Youth Centers.  Classes and programs change seasonally.
 We also offer classes for pre-school and youth at our Community Center. These paid classes are available for review on our Registration site.

What about programs for adults?
Whatever your interest-music, dance, arts/crafts, languages, athletics or computers, we have plenty of classes planned for you.  Review and register for our adult classes

Are there any programs for seniors?
Whether you like to exercise, dance the night away, learn about computers, or attend a health related program, we’ve got you covered. Many of these "fun after 50"programs are held at the Community Center, 233 W. Main Street. 

Want more FUN Facts?  Check out the Parks Profile flyer.

Are you curious about all the different amenities the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department provides to the community?    Below is a list of our major facilities:

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Upcoming Events

Parks on Tap!
16 Oct 2019   6:00 pm -
Pumpkin Zone
19 Oct 2019  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Halloween Haunt
19 Oct 2019   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nevermore: “The Tell-Tale Heart”
19 Oct 2019   6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fright Night Lantern Tours
19 Oct 2019   6:00 pm - 10:00 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  parkswebmaster@cityoffortwayne.org