River Camp

River Camp for 2020 is FULL!  Look for River Camp information in 2021.


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 learn about our rivers through hands-on exploration and leave with an enthusiasm for our waterways. Water activities, outdoor games, fishing, science experiments, dragon boat paddling, pontoon excursions, canoe paddling, hiking, river clean-up 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 1. Min 20. Max. 40.

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# Sessions/Fee: 5/$115

Location: Shoaff Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

Additional information on River Camp will be available in the spring.

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp in the spring 

Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp
Release & Authorization form
Release and Waiver for COVID-19

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

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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 Rereation 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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Summer Programs 

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

August 17

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. For your safety, please bring your own pencils and pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, June 17-August 26, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.


August 8, 22, 1:30 p.m.

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. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor of Huntington. Fee: 3 cards/50¢


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This presentation provides a general overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Join us for this informational program and learn more about the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association free of charge. Call 427-6460 by July 22 to register.

Fall Programs 

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

12/1       T                              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

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. Instructor: Onie Mensch. Max. 8.

Date      Day                        Time

10/3       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 13 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bingo is held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor - Huntington.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Monday, November 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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 or gel pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Drop-in fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.

September 2-October 28

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Monday, November 9, 3:30- 5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us and learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by November 4 to register.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Monday, September 14, 5:00-6:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association® offers helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s. We’ll connect you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by October 7 to register

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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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Public Hours

M-Th 9 am-2 pm & 6:30-8 pm

Fri 9 am-2 pm 

Sat 9 am-1 pm & Sun 12-5 pm


$1, Photo ID required

Youth registered in the After Schoo Program are

admitted FREE M-F, 3-8 pm 

COVID-19 Policy

Due to COVID-19 the building capacity is 145 people. Once this capacity is reached at any given time, the doors will be closed. All patrons must:

Have temperature taken before entering the building.                

Wear a mask! (Masks may be removed only while engaged in a physical activity while still practicing social distancing.)

Practice 6’ social distancing.



Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Pickleball courts are available every weekday morning for drop-in play. Balls are provided. Admission: $1 with photo ID

Wellness/Open Fitness

Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility. Admission: $1 with photo ID

Cardio Fit

Monday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for fun, aerobic exercise appropriate for all fitness levels! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Essential Steps

Tuesday & Wednesday, 6:30- 8:00 p.m.

Essential Steps is line dancing fun with choreographed, sequenced steps to improve memory, coordination and balance! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID


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

Dance yourself into a fitter you! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Fun and Games

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Adults enjoy board games as much as anyone. Bring your friends (and your opponents) for board game fun. We have an assortment of games, or you can bring your own. Admission: $1 with photo ID               

Men’s Adult Basketball League

Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Men’s Adult Basketball League begins February 4 and runs for 15 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Game times are scheduled on Thursdays at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Team registration forms are available at the McMillen Park Community Center Guests Services Desk and online. Team Rosters are limited to 12 players and the league to 12 teams. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 21. Team Fee: $200

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McMillen Park Community Center Rentals

The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, pickleball tournament, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information. Note, the Center is NOT available for rental at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Special Events

Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events of interest to you!


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Due to the COVID-19 virus some of our facilities remain closed at this time.  Check out our Back on Track plan to see what is opening when.  We released our Fall Fun Times full of programs activities that can be offered safely.  Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.  

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While you are "sheltering in place" enjoy our new link of virtual activities at FWParks@Home where you can go on a walk, take a class, read blogs, find activities and just have fun!  Check back often as we add more content daily.

 "Meet Me at the Park"

...explore a new park (check out the list of our 87 parks)
... fish at the Intergenerational Fishing Derby
... shop at the Handmade Homemade Sale at Salomon Farm Park
... Visit the Punkin Path or take in the Garden Trip or Treat at the Botanical Conservatory
... Get Active for Active Aging Week at the Community Center
... Eat Wild Game at Salomon Farm Park
... Celebrate Veteran's at the Veterans' Breakfast & Bingo
...hike with Wild Walkers or at Lindenwood Nature Preserve
...wander Salomon Farm or take a class
...paint, play a game, eat lunch or take in a special event at the Community Center
...for all sorts of sports (Youth Athletics or Adult Athletics)
...participate in Virtual Recreation at one of our Youth Centers 
...take a trip
...visit McMillen Park Community Center
... buy some fresh produce at the Salomon Farmers' Market 
...camp (Johnny Appleseed Campground)
...play golf at one of our Golf Courses (Foster, McMillen or Shoaff)  or try FootGolf 
...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront  
...Check out $1 Nights, Family Garden Close-Ups, Botanical classes and much more!!  Learn more at www.botanicalconservatory.org 
...and have endless FUN! 

Looking for even more ideas or have a question? Give us a call at 260-427-6000.  Or check out our Fall Fun Times!  

Meet Me On Our Riverfront!

Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne 
for a complete list of activities on the Riverfront!

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.

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! 

...for Senior Games offered each June
...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
...take in a Concert or Movie (Foellinger Theatre, Botanical Roots or Concert on the Farm)
...splash at one of the 8 Splash Pads 
...Ice Skate at Headwaters Park (open seasonally in November-early March)
...visit the Children's Zoo
...and Trek the Trails

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

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Fall/Winter After School Youth Program  
For school-age children ages 5-18
Youth registered in the After School Program are admitted FREE M-F, 3-6 pm  

Registration Information

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Youth After-School Program is limited. Youth will be admitted daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Students will not be re-admitted after leaving the facility on a particular day.  Admission begins at 3:00 pm daily. For additional information about the 2020 Fall & Winter Policies and Procedures including How to Register  please check out this information and read it carefully.

Parents please complete the following on-line form and submit for your children that participate in the programming at McMillen Park Community Center.  Thank you!  On-line McMillen Youth Program Registration form  Please call 427-2420 if you have any questions.

Students interested in virtual programming can call McMillen Park Community Center (260-427-2420) to inquire.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, there will be some changes in the operations of the youth program for the safety of our youth, their families, and our staff. For your safety, upon entering the facility all students:

Must have previously registered for the program including signing a waiver regarding COVID-19.

Must have temperature taken 1st thing upon entering building.

Must practice social distancing (6 ft apart).

Must wear a mask. 

** NOTE: Masks may be removed during any physical recreation but please continue to practice social distancing.

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FREE After School Fun for students registered in our program! 


Kids’ Café

Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.

A nutritious meal including protein, grain, vegetables, fruit and milk is prepared on site and served daily.

Dance Collective

Mondays, 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Powered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective dance professionals, students learn body awareness, coordination and musical expression.

McMillen Music Academy Powered by Sweetwater

Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Virtual as well as in person guitar lessons are provided free of charge by Sweetwater instructors.

Arts & Crafts Powered by ACPL (Pontiac Branch)

Mondays, 4:00 p.m.

Library personnel lead super fun, super easy crafts.


Mondays, 4:00 p.m.

Students learn the theatre basics: projection, inflection, articulation and dramatization!

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Jump for Life

Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Group physical fitness gets the kids moving!

Self Care

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Youth learn to take time out of each day to show themselves respect and love.

Junior Achievement Financial Literacy

Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.

Financial Literacy aims to equip young people with the skills needed to take control of their economic future.

Culinary Arts

Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.

Student gather in the kitchen to learn basic culinary concepts.

Story Time with ACPL (Hessen Cassel Branch)

Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.

Library personnel read and interact with youth to develop literary skills and a love for books.

Drug Awareness

Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.

This program promotes an anti-drug mindset and increases children’s likelihood to remain drug- free.


Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Students love Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math . . . as long as it’s fun! 

Movie Night

Thursdays, 5-6 pm

Family friendly movies will be played and a snack will be served!

Little Ballers

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

January 23-February 27

Open to boys and girls ages 4-7 free of charge, Little Ballers offers skills, drills and shooting fundamentals.  

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Jr. NBA Information

McMillen Park Community Center Youth Basketball Leagues as a part of the Jr. NBA gives us access to a national network of Jr NBA events, such as NBA cares community events, and NBA / WNBA games: discount uniform offers; coaching education and certification as well as professional development opportunities. We will also have opportunities for appearances from NBA and WNBA players (Pacers, Fever, Mad Ants and Legends) and access to grant funding.   

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Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League

January 20-March 10

The Jr. NBA Basketball League is open to boys and girls in grades 3-5 and 6-8. Games will be played on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:00. The cost is $60/team (youth registered in McMillen’s After-School Program may participate free of charge and will be placed on a MPCC team). Registration deadline: January 13. Call 427-2420 for more information or to register your team.

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Sisters of the Cloth 

The Master quilters of Sisters of the Cloth work one-on-one with youth ages 8-18, teaching the craft of quilting. Class sizes are limited. Call 427- 2420 for more information.

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Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground 

The Kids' Korner Indoor Playground will be open 12:30-2:30 pm Monday-Friday.  Please call 260-427-2420 to verify the schedule as due to COVID-19 the situation may change.

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Special Events Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events.
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Mrs. Cin. is very professional, nice and overall helpful.  The staff is wonderful with children.  L. Crawford
Staff is very professional. Tami C.
Awesome job-keep up the great job! Proud of the Center-Sandra W.
My son gets to enjoy some of his summer with other kids he may not get to see during the summer. Jennifer C.
Great program.  Glad that it is available to my kids. B. Pritchard
Your doing good.  Ms. Cin is great! N.G.
The program is very helpful because I didn't have anywhere to take my grandchildren for the summer. C. Shepherd
Great program for the kids, they also have plenty of activities. Kristal S. 

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Upcoming Events

Community Appreciation Day
24 Oct 2020   8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Shepherd’s Brass Quintet
29 Oct 2020   7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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31 Oct 2020   7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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