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Memorial Program Information 
  

Add to the beauty of your favorite park or trail and honor a loved one simultaneously with the help of our tree donation program. Choose a tree from our approved trees list with either a deed to commemorate your donation or a memorial stone placed near the tree with your message.   


The Parks and Recreation Department’s Landscape Supervisor (Eric Ummel, 260-427-6402) will assist in choosing the type of tree and planting location. Shade trees such as Maples, Oaks, and Lindens, flowering trees such as Redbuds, Crabapples, Dogwoods and Magnolias or evergreens such as Pines, Spruce and Firs may be planted, depending on the site chosen (please note: not all park areas are open to the program, but customer preference will be taken into account). 

Trees ordered between April 1st and October 15th will be planted between October and December of that year, weather permitting.  Trees ordered after that time will be planted the following spring. 

Memorial trees have a five year replacement guarantee.  If a tree should die within five years of its planting, please notify the Landscape Supervisor, and it will be replaced during the next planting season.  
 

Tree with Deed: A parchment Memorial Deed bound in a padded portfolio will be provided to the donor as a permanent record of this special tree’s location and significance.  The deed provides GPS information to locate the tree.   The tree donation with a deed is $400.  View Order Form for Memorial Tree with Deed   

Tree with Marker: Should you choose the marker option with the tree, the permanent dedication marker is made of polished light granite.  The markers are set into the earth so the surface is flush with the ground. The exposed surface is 6” x 12”, with the inscription sandblasted into the granite.  The inscription may be up to three lines with 16 spaces per line.  The tree donation with a marker is $600.    View Order form for Memorial Tree with Marker 

Memorial Bench:
Perhaps there is a specific area in your favorite park or trail where you find yourself lingering and wishing for a seat. You could turn that wish into reality by donating a park bench. The Parks and Recreation Department’s Landscape Supervisor will assist in choosing the location of the bench.  The bench will be 6’ long, black in color, with cast-iron legs and a rubber-coated slat-style seat and back.  A permanent dedication marker will be placed near the bench. It will be made of polished light granite.  The markers are set into the earth so the surface is flush with the ground. The exposed surface is 6” x 12”, with the inscription sandblasted into the granite.  The inscription may be up to three lines with 16 spaces per line.  The bench donation is $2,000.   View Order form for Memorial Bench with Marker

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LAKESIDE ROSE GARDEN

The rose gardens of Lakeside Park have a national reputation as an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) and are beloved by the citizens of Fort Wayne. Yet in the past few years, the park has lost more than 300 rose bushes due to the very cold and wet winters and springs. Donations are now being accepted to benefit the Lakeside Rose Garden. If you are interested you can download the Memorial Rose Order form and submit with your check or money order.

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Donations

Please consider making a donation to add to the beauty and fun of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation parks and programs. 

For additional information on any of the donation options, contact Sarah Nichter at 260-427-6024 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Scroll down to check out a few of the great parks, programs, and amenities offered by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.

For a complete list of Donation Options, check out  Donate now.



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RIVERFRONT

Donations are needed for Promenade Park for an on-going maintenance endowment once the park opens.  Individual donations may be given on-line.  For corporate donations please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Deputy Director of Riverfront, at 260-427-5986.  


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TREE CANOPY REPLACEMENT:

Our city has faced a major challenge resulting from the destructive effects of the Emerald Ash Borer. Our park strips and parks have lost tree canopy. This is a huge project and one that will not end until the ash tree population is replaced.

Donate now.


FUTURE SOCCER/FUTSAL COURTS

The Homestead Boys Soccer Team is raising money to build soccer/futsal courts in Fort Wayne's Packard Park!!

 

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Please help our Homestead Boys Soccer Team raise money to build soccer/futsal courts in Fort Wayne's Packard Park!! Please donate to help us…
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LAKESIDE ROSE GARDEN:

The rose gardens of Lakeside Park have a national reputation as an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) and are beloved by the citizens of Fort Wayne. Yet in the past few years, the park has lost more than 300 rose bushes due to the very cold and wet winters and springs. 

Donations are now being accepted to benefit the Lakeside Rose Garden. If you are interested you can download the Memorial Rose Order form and submit with your check or money order.  



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FOSTER PARK:

One hundred years ago, Col. David Foster and the Board of Park Commissioners dedicated the first 67 acres of Foster Park to an excited public. Today’s 276-acre park at 3900 Old Mill Road is a mature development from 100 years of loving care. Brothers Samuel and David Foster bought a total of 112 acres as a gift to the city of Fort Wayne, and their legacy has brought joy to countless families from the region.

Your gift will help improve and maintain the flower gardens and amenities that make this park so special. Your gift will be added to the flower garden endowment, and as always is tax-deductible. Donate now 


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MEMORIALS:

Generations of city residents have purchased memorial trees and benches for parks, in memory of a loved one. You can add to the beauty of our parks while honoring others with this donation program – which now includes a memorial rose bed at Lakeside Park! Check out the Memorial Program page for more information about donating trees or benches including order forms.


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BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY:

Providing gardens under glass in the center of Fort Wayne, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory offers a respite from the sounds of the city and a botanical experience during all seasons of the year. Help fund regularly changing shows and new activities by donating! Donate now



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YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offers program scholarships for qualified children as funds are available.
The Youth Scholarship program is made possible by the generous donations from individual citizens and corporate partners. We’d like to offer more kids the opportunity to play with the Parks – and encourage more corporations to get involved! Just call Sarah @260-427-6024 if you would like your company to participate. Or you can Donate now!
 



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TAYLOR'S DREAM BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND
 

The playground located in Kreager Park features accessible equipment so that children with disabilities can play alongside those without disabilities.

We are accepting donations for the maintenance endowment for the playground. Learn more about the playground at the Boundless Playground link.



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SPRAYGROUNDS
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Add water to a playground and what do you get? Absolute fun and joy on hot summer days! Spraygrounds and splashpads are better than a sprinkler on your lawn – and can be found at    numerous parks.  Are you interested in supporting these carefree facilities? Or have you considered donating toward a new splashpad  at your favorite park? Donate now



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YOUTH
CENTERS & PROGRAMMING:

Jennings,  Weisser, Cooper, and McMillen Centers provide after-school and summer enrichment programs and activities. Not only are these centers supervised and offer safe havens for children, they also offer year-round lifeskills assistance, math and language arts enrichment and recreational opportunities. Donate now


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 LEGACY PARKS:

Many of our city parks are more than 100 years old, and we are celebrating this heritage with a legacy fund.   This    trust is set up to help care for and improve these jewels that are our heritage. Learn more about our historic parks and how you can donate at the Legacy Parks link.


 

 

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