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River Camp

Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city  and how they are still used today. Campers  will leave with a better understanding of our rivers, their challenges and benefits,  as  well  as an enthusiasm for our waterways. Games, water activities, paddling and water safety are all part of the fun. A confirmation letter will  be sent out with details a week prior to camp! Ages 8-12. Registration deadline: July 2. Min. 20. Max. 40.

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348205-M1  7/30-8/3    M-F    9 am-4 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 5/$115
Location: Shoaff Park Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

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Camp Brochure-available very soon!

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp Starting February 7th!!

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Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp
2018 Release & Authorization form

Medication Permission Forms (As needed)
2018 Medication Protocol Information
2018 Prescription Medication Permission Form
2018 Over the Counter Medication Permission Form


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Allen County Partnership for Water Quality 


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Operation F4 (Fight for a Fitter Fort) is a local movement endorsed by the City of Fort Wayne that not only encourages Fort Wayne citizens to make healthier choices, but also guides them to creating lifelong healthy habits for every generation. We are taking action against inactivity, damaging eating habits, and the attitude that we'll do it "someday." That day is today!

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Programs of Interest

Here are some Parks & Recreation programs that promote a healthy lifestyle:

To register for any of the programs belowRegister NOW

Wellness Your Way

Wellness Your Way will be held this winter.  Check out the flier for additional information!

Arthritis Foundation Exercise

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-10:45 a.m.,
Community Center, 233 West Main Street.

This a drop in program. Drop in fee $1. Call 427.6460 for details.

Designed to increase strength and reduce pain.

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park
333 South Clinton St,
Fort Wayne, IN.

Skates can be rented. For hours and admission fees go to:

Wild Walkers
2nd and 4th Fridays of Each Month

Each hike features a different natural are in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserves, etc.)

Call Eden at 427.6008 to request a schedule by mail.

2018 Wild Walkers Schedule

Intro to Winter Hiking
What about hiking this winter? Want to learn more? Check out the Intro to Winter Hiking link

Lindenwood Nature Preserve
600 Lindenwood Avenue
110 acres.

Let’s go for a hike! Open daily dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Four hiking trails.  One is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Sorry, no pets or bikes.

Check out additional details: Lindenwood Nature Preserve

HEALing Kitchen Class

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The HEALing Kitchen Class focused on teaching Foster Grandparents how to cook healthy and inexpensive meals with fresh produce from the Community Center’s 9  raised vegetable beds, farmers’ markets and  other local markets. In addition to healthier cooking for their own families, it is hoped this knowledge will improve meal preparation in the families served by Foster Grandparents.

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The program was made possible by a grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and facilitated by OPF4. The curriculum used was developed by Parkview Health. Classes are held in the spring and the fall.  Check back soon for additional information.

Youth Scholarships

Want to learn more about Youth Scholarships?  Read more....


Meet meExciting news – NPRA has launched an impressive collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN to expand Parks Build Community and demonstrate the value of community parks on the national level.

A national Public Service Announcement, "Meet Me at the Park," has run on national media outlets. 

NRPA couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration and the potential it holds to bring national recognition to the benefits and value of community parks and recreation everywhere.

In light of this campaign, the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department is highlighting the following activities:

 "Meet Me at the Park" explore a new park (check out the list of our 86 parks)
...and hike with Wild Walkers or at Lindenwood Nature Preserve

...visit Lindenwood Nature Preserve for Saturday Sunrise Hikes, Understanding Your Parks & Preserves, Nature classes and more!
....enjoy Salomon and The Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration, Farmers' Market, Volunteering, Farmin' Fun Day Camp...
...for all sorts of sports (Youth Athletics or Adult Athletics) play at one of our Youth Centers 
...and take a trip volunteer enjoy monthly reenactments and activities (Historic Old Fort)
...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront including Hikes, Bikes & Birds, Water Plant Tours, Riverfront Educational Series, and Riverfront Clean-ups!
...check out "Fairy Tales" at the Botanical Conservatory (January 13-April 8) as well as enjoying the gardens at Easter in the Garden or Mother's Day in the Garden!
...and buy some flowers!  Check out the Mother's Day Plant Sale for more information.
...learn about our rivers!  River Camp is open to kids 8-12 years old.
...Camp at Franke Park Day Camp, Farmin' Fun Day Camp, or City Safari Day Camp
...blast through summer at the Arctic Summer Blast 
...listen to some jazz at Jazzworks! offered each July lessons in tennis, golf and swimming... Lifetime Sports Academy
...for fun at one of our Playground sites each summer (Hurshtown Reservoir) or for kids the Kids' Fishing Derby offered each June
...and Trek the Trails
...take in a Concert or Movie (Foellinger Theatre, Botanical Roots or Concert on the Farm)
...splash at one of the 8 Splash Pads 
... buy some fresh produce at the Salomon Farmers' Market (Johnny Appleseed Campground) golf at one of our Golf Courses (Foster, McMillen or Shoaff) try FootGolf or sign your kids up for Pee Wee or Jr Golf Tournaments (offered each summer)
...and visit the Children's Zoo
...FOR FUN! The list is truly endless! Looking for even more ideas or have a question? Give us a call at 260-427-6000.  Or check out our Spring Fun Times!  

Seasonal FUN in the Parks!

Our Fun Times comes out four times a year packed full of FUN for you and your family!  Below are some of our seasonal events to be offered in the future!

...participate in Winterval 2018 in various sites around Fort Wayne
...Holiday FUN at the Holiday Kick Off Party (Botanical Conservatory) and Santa's Workshop (Community Center) Trolley Tours (Downtown)
...see Santa and the Reindeer up close and personal! (Botanical Conservatory)
...visit Santa's Workshop
...enjoy a breakfast and bingo for Veterans
...experience Christmas at the Fort
...creativity at Santa's Workshop at the Community Center
...enjoy Christmas at the Farm (Salomon Farm)
...for Senior Games offered each June
...Chilli Challenge Bike Ride on January 1!
...celebrate Winterval at various locations including the Community Center, Conservatory, Old Fort, and many more!
...see the Rocky Horror Picture Show
...for the Halloween Haunt
...Plant a Tree @ the Great Tree Canopy Comeback
...take a Fright Night Lantern Tour
...Walk N' Learn (MD & Me Walk N' Learn)
...see the Settlers' Pioneer Village at the Johnny Appleseed Festival
...and Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown at the Botanical Conservatory, Historic Fort Wayne or Riverfront
...celebrate the Harvest at the Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival

For questions about any of these activities please call 260-427-6000.  

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Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

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Download the Unwind Your Mind SPRING flyer!

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is life changing. Because individuals with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected, it is important that opportunities to participate in community activities that are meaningful, creative, and social are made available to them. Such activity can provide a sense of competence, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Studies have shown that arts, crafts, computers and social activities help slow mild cognitive loss by up to 50%.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466..  

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Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date     Day        Time
2/20      T       1:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date     Day       Time
5/8       T       1:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.



March 9, 23, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/.50

Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors:  Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays).  Max. 8.

Date      Day               Time
2/24       S  11:30 am-1 pm
2/19       M  9:30-11 am
3/3         S  11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hand Building-Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays). Max. 8.

Date      Day                     Time
3/31       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/7         Sa      11:30-am-1 pm
4/9         M              9:30-11 am
4/14       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/21       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/28       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
5/14       M             9:30-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Glass Fusing

If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. The January class will fuse a 7” x 7” curved dish. The February class will fuse a 5” x 5” curved dish. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller.

Date    Day       Time

2/13    T    1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Glass Fusing

If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. Two   or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”)   to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. All necessary materials will be provided. Instruc- tor: Juanita Miller.

Date     Day       Time
3/14      W 1:30 -3 pm
4/18      W 1:30-3 pm
5/16      W 1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
March 19, April 16 & May 21
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content using colored  pencils.  No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1. Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to stay for lunch.

Creative Quilting

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you like to quilt? Do you want to meet other quilters, meet new friends, share your ideas and get your quilting questions answered? The iron and ironing board will be set up for pressing. You will have a large table to work on and lay out your quilt. New friends, new ideas, and new patterns – all you need for an enjoyable after- noon. Ages 50+. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1

Mind Sharpening Brain Training

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Keeping the mind active and regularly challenged may help you spend a shorter part of life in a state of decline. The Luminosity app provides math, vocabulary and reading challenges to help keep your mind sharp. You will learn how to sign up for your own account that can be accessed from any computer, smartphone or tablet that has internet access. Drop-in fee: $1

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Adult Programs:

Adult Programming at McMillen Park Community Center is $1 admission to the Center unless otherwise noted. 

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M-F, 12:00-3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Come play the fastest growing sport in America on our climate-controlled indoor courts. Drop in fee: $1 with photo ID.

Cardio Fit
Monday/Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Cardio Fit includes strength training, and stretching as well as cardiovascular exercises and dances using fitness steps. No pre-registration is required. Drop-in fee: $1 and a picture ID.

Open Gym
Mon & Fri, 12:00-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-9:00 p.m.
T, W, Th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Our clean and spacious four-court gymnasium is the perfect place for a great basketball workout! All patrons must present a photo ID.

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Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting workout based on the principle that a workout should be “fun and easy to do.” The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Wellness Mall Open Fitness
Monday & Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Drop-in fee: $1

Come enjoy our indoor walking track, fitness equipment and four court gymnasium where you can enjoy walking and exercising in the comfort of a clean and spacious facility. All patrons must present photo ID.

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Fun & Games 
Daily, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Drop-in fee: $1

Bring your friends and join fun and games at McMillen Park Community Center. We have a variety of board games or you may bring your own. All patrons must present a photo ID.

Computer Lab
Monday & Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Computer Lab is open to public for personal use. Drop-in fee: $1 and a picture ID.

Special Events

Parkview Focus on Health
Thursday, April 19, 7:30-11:00 a.m.
Come to the health fair for free health checks and low-cost lab tests. Take advantage of free screenings for blood pressure, height/weight/BMI, visual acuity, hearing, oral cancer, skin
cancer, bone density, balance and more. Available lab tests include Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Lipid Profile, Hemoglobin, TSH, PSA, Vitamin D. Must be 18 years or older to participate.
For more information, call 266-2472 or visit 

5th Annual Community Extravaganza
Saturday, May 19, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this free, fun, family event! Enjoy games, prizes, food and entertainment, commercial vendors and community resource booths. Parents can also register children (ages 5-18)
for the free summer program. 

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The McMillen Park Community Center is available for your family reunion, birthday parties, baby shower, basketball tournament, conferences, group meetings, wedding and/or reception, class reunion, repast or other large or small event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Andre Patterson or Percinta Hunter at  260.427-2420 for information.

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17 Mar 2018  12:00 am
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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department  705 E. State Blvd.   Fort Wayne, IN 46805  (260) 427-6000