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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, science experiments, canoeing and water safety are all part of the fun.

Additional details TBA in the SPRING!

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Camp Brochure-registration and information on all Day Camps will be available in the SPRING.

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp This SPRING
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Medication Permission Forms (As needed)
Medication Protocol Information
Prescription Medication Permission Form
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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The January newsletter is now available.

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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
...participate in Winterval 2018 in various sites around Fort Wayne
...visit Lindenwood Nature Preserve for Stories in the Snow, Intro to Winter Hiking and/or Whimsical Winter Hikes and Bonfire Socials!
....enjoy Salomon and a Winter Walk at the Farm
...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)
...wander around and soak up the atmosphere at Salomon Farm Park
...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront including Historic Boat Tours, Hikes, Bikes & Birds, or Little Explorers Science Series!
...check out "Snow Days" at the Botanical Conservatory (November 18-January 7)

...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 Winter 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!

...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)
...learn about Fort Wayne history (Historic Walking Tours)
...pick out plants for Mom (Mother's Day Plant Sale)
...celebrate Mom (Mother's Day in the Garden)
...for Senior Games offered each June
...learn about history (50+ Historic Walking Tours) offered periodically
...Chilli Challenge Bike Ride on January 1!
...celebrate Winterval at various locations including the Community Center, Conservatory, Old Fort, and many more!
...Camp at Franke Park Day Camp, Farmin' Fun Day Camp, or City Safari Day Camp
...Arctic Summer Blast 
...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)
....Join in the Active Aging Week
...splash at one of the 8 Splash Pads 
...see the Rocky Horror Picture Show
...for the Halloween Haunt
...Plant a Tree @ the Great Tree Canopy Comeback
...take a Fright Night Lantern Tour
... buy some fresh produce at the Salomon Farmers' Market
...celebrate Salomon Fiber Arts Celebration (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
...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

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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Physical Activity Seminar
Wednesday, November 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Physical activity is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.  This seminar will help you understand why we need to get exercise in our daily lives.  We will also discuss how much exercise is needed and for how long each week.  This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required by November 1. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat.  Instructor Cindy Hunt is a Nutrition Education Program Assistant with the Purdue Extension Office.

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.


2nd and 4th Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Prizes include 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

11/11     Sa     11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17/$22  
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

11/7    T    1:30-3:30 pm
1/16    T    1:30-3 pm
2/13    T    1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Glitter Galaxy Ornaments
Make 2 unique ornaments to hang on your own tree or give as gifts.  We’ll listen to holiday music while we work to get in the Christmas spirit.

Date      Day  Time
12/13     W     1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$5
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 
All necessary materials will be provided.
Instructor: Juanita Miller.
Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring
Monday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
November 20
Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color to 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 (see page 52 for details)

Music Appreciation
The Community Center is joining forces with various organizations to offer a music appreciation program. We’ll look at a variety of music during the hour long program. This program will be once a month to start and will grow from there.  Call Patti  427-6465 for further details.

The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, October 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program is designed to help you understand the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional.  Other topics covered include the common causes of memory loss, risk factors and importance of an accurate diagnosis.  Videos of physicians, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers are incorporated into the program. This seminar is free, however you will need to call 427-6460 by October 11 to reserve your spot.

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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.

Wellness Your Way 

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

Cardio Fit
Monday/Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. & Wednesday 6:00-6:30 p.m.

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


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

Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility.

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Fun & Games 
Monday & Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Drop-in fee: $1

Board games are available for your use or you can bring your own.

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.

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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, at 260.427-5965 for information.

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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department  705 E. State Blvd.   Fort Wayne, IN 46805  (260) 427-6000