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 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 including COVID-19 camp policies and procedures! Ages 8-12.

The River Camp flier is now available.  Register starting March 22!

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp starting March 22 

Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp for 2021
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

COVID Statement:

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation has thoroughly researched COVID safety precautions, working with local, state, and national organizations to determine best practices for our summer day camps. COVID guidelines specific to each day camp will be sent to families in their confirmation packets, approximately 1 week prior to the camp week the child is attending. Please review guidelines carefully, as we are counting on you to help us keep our community healthy! We will continue to monitor guidelines and keep families informed should guidelines change; at this we will require all campers and staff to wear masks when indoors and any time social distancing is not possible.

COVID-19 Plan for River Camp

River Camp will separate campers in to groups of 10 children with 1 counselor. Groups may not intermingle. The use of shared items/equipment will be reduced to items that can be properly sanitized. Equipment such as life jackets and paddles will be assigned to campers so that these items are not shared. These items will be disinfected every day. Staff will sanitize high touch surfaces multiple times a day. Masks will be enforced while indoors and social distancing is not possible. Campers will be given clear instructions on when they can take breaks from wearing masks and when they are required to wear masks. Camp staff will be trained on speaking to children about COVID and guiding them to practice healthy hygiene habits. We also have a Communicable Disease Plan in place if you would like to review this further.


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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.  

General Programs 

Fidget Blankets

The Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Annie’s Caring Crochet Kit Club offers free Fidget Blankets to Alzheimer’s caregivers. These crocheted blankets have various objects securely attached to them that can help stimulate the mind and keep a person occupied as they “fidget” with each item. The Community Center is currently assisting with the distribution of Fidgit Blankets. Call Patti Davis at the 427-6465 to arrange a pickup.

ABC Exercise

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

ABC Exercise, formerly Arthritis Foundation Exercise, is a recreational exercise program designed for anyone with arthritis or related rheumatic disease and/or joint problems (hip/knee replace- ment, stroke, etc.). If you are just beginning to exercise, start with this class specifically designed to improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain caused by arthritis and other ailments and increase mobility. 

This class is being offered Virtually only at this time.  Learn more by calling the Community Center (260) 427-6460.  

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Spring Activities

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, April 19, May 17

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 until your heart’s content using colored pencils. Masks are required. 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 for lunch.)


Fridays, April 9, 23, May 14, 28

1:00 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. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Mind, Music & Movement

Music is a great way to excite both sides of the brain. It is actually the only information that is stored twice in your brain. Join this engaging group that is filled with music designed to cognitively stimulate and challenge your memory. This time together will also be sure to add enjoyment and quality of life in a welcoming environment.   Instructor: Kristine Agen. Registration deadline: March 31. Call 427-6466 to sign up. 

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4/7-5/12               W                            1-2 p.m.

# Sessions/Fee: 6/$10

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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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. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

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# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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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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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

Public Hours of McMillen Park Community Center

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

Fri 9 am-2 pm 

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

NOTE: Due to Covid -19 please call McMillen Park Community Center @ 260.427.2420 to verify current hours of operation because different times are allotted for each area.   


$1, Photo ID required

Youth registered in the After Schoo Program are

admitted FREE M-F, 3-7 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.


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


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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               

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Men’s Adult Basketball League

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

The Men’s Adult Basketball League begins March 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: February 22. 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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Check out our COVID-19 link to see what is open.  We released our Current 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.

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We just created a new link (FWParks4FUN) to list all of our games & activities we will be releasing very soon.  How about BINGO? So check out this link and visit a park soon!

 "Meet Me at the Park"

Please note, some of these activities may not be available currently due to COVID-19.  Please stay safe.

...explore a new park (check out the list of our 87 parks)
... play in "The Tiki Bowl" Play Garden at the Botanical Conservatory
....take a walk in the woods at Lindenwood
...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
...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 
...Ice Skate at Headwaters Park(open until February 28!)

...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 Winter 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.

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

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Winter/Spring After School Youth Program  
For school-age children ages 5-18
Youth registered in the After School Program are admitted FREE M-F, 3-7 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 2021 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, 4:00 p.m. Virtual; 5:30 pm on site 

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

McMillen Music Academy Powered by Sweetwater

Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. on site; 4:30 pm virtual

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

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Arts & Crafts Powered by ACPL (Pontiac Branch)

Mondays, 4:00 p.m.

Library personnel lead super fun, super easy crafts.

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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, 5:30-7:00 pm

Thursdays are family-friendly movie fun!

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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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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.

Virtual Programming   Check out the Virtual Programming link to learn more....


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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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