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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.

River Camp

Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp 

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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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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Want to see fitness tips and healthy recipes? Check out more: OPF4 Facebook page .

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Programs of Interest

We offer various programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.  View a partial list.

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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
...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  
...Check out "Hundred Acre Wood" Exhibit now through April 21, $1 Nights, Family Garden Close-Ups, Botanical classes and much more!!  Learn more at 
...and Trek the Trails
...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!  

"Meet Me at the Park for Outdoor FUN"

Hurshtown Reserovir (Opens in early May)
Wild Walkers  
Night Hikes with the Naturalist (June, July, August)
MD and ME Walk n Learn (Monthly)
Themed Trail Hikes (June, July, August)
Trek the Trails (May-August)
River Camp (7/30-8/3)
Concert on the Farm: Adam Strack opening for The Hubie Ashcraft Band (August 19)
Salomon Farmers' Market (June 6-September 5/Wednesdays from 4-7 pm)
Handmade Homemade Sale (October 21)
Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival (September 14 & 15)
Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers (August-November)
Cook Your Own Adventure: Culinary Series for Elementary (September-November)
Natural Dye Workshop (October 6)
Wood Applique (October)
Prohibition Kitchen: Mixology Basic Series (September)
Prohibition Kitchen: LEGENDary Cocktails (October 29)
Baking with Sweets So Greek (October)
Fundamentals of Pie Baking (October 20)
The Art of Holiday Pies with Sweets so Geek (November 10)
Audubon Society Fall Bird Watching (October 28)
Kids' Halloween Hike (October 28)
Fall Foliage Hike (September-November)

Meet Me On Our Riverfront! Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne for additional information.

Young Paddlers Club (June, July & August)
Riverfront Fort Wayne Paddle Socials (June, July, August)
Riverfront Boat Tours (June-September)
Panoramic Riverfront Tour on Sweet Breeze (July & August)
Riverfront Walking Tours (June, July, August)
Birdwatching on Our Urban Rivers (August-November)
Storytime on the Riverfront (June, July, August)
Riverfront Cleanups (June, July, August)
Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown: Riverfront FW (September 9)
Riverfront Walking Tour (August 25)
Troop Beverly Hills (September 29)
Star Parties on the Riverfront (August 10)
Young Naturalist Series (September-November)

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
...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 
...and visit the Children's Zoo

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

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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Carefree Crafts

Mondays, 12:30 p.m.

March 18, April 15, May 20 Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for some carefree crafts! Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to have lunch then stay to make and take home a craft! Ages 50+. Pre-registration is required by the previous Wednesday. Fee: $3/$1 with paid Monday Luncheon reservation. Spon- sored by: Majestic Care (Fort Wayne and New Haven).


March 8, 22, April 12, 26, May 10, 24, 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¢

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.

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4/20                Sa                            11:30 am-1 pm

5/18                Sa                            11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

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

March 18, April 15, May 20 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-reg- istration 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 pm

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 afternoon. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1

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
3/26                 T                                          1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Walking Group                     

Wednesdays, April 10-May 29 11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Would you like to get outside and enjoy a nice walk through Downtown Fort Wayne? Join us for a fun mile walk while enjoying the company of others. We will walk different routes through the down- town area.  Some of the walks will include a stop  at various locations for a quick tour. Please call 427-6460 to sign-up by the Monday before each walk. There is no fee to participate in these walks.

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 cogni- tively 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: April 2. Call 427-6466 to sign up.

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4/9-4/30                               T                  2-2:45 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$10
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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Pickle Ball                           

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

Come and play the fastest growing sport in Amer- ica on our climate-controlled indoor courts. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present a photo ID.

Men’s Basketball League     

Tuesdays and Thursdays,February 28-April 18

Game Times 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 p.m.

The league runs for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Team rosters are limited to 12 players. Register online or at the Center.

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Wellness Mall Open Fitness

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

Come enjoy our indoor walking track, fitness equipment and four court gymnasiums where you can enjoy walking and exercising in the comfort of a clean and spacious facility. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present photo.

Computer Lab

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

The Computer Lab is open to the public for your personal use. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present photo ID.

Open Gym 


9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & 7:00-8:45 p.m.

Our clean and spacious four-court gymnasium is the perfect place for a great basketball workout! Drop in fee: $1 with photo I.D.

Fun & Games

Daily, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Bring your friends and join fun and games at McMillen Park Community Center. We have a vari- ety of board games or you may bring your own. Drop in fee: $1 with photo ID.

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Cardio Fit                             

Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cardio Fit includes strength training and stretch- ing as well as cardiovascular exercises and dances using fitness steps. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present a photo ID.



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

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


Special Events

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

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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 Percinta Hunter at  260.427-2420 for information.

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Upcoming Events

Riverfront Clean Ups
20 Apr 2019   8:30 am - 12:00 pm
"Migrations” Live Butterfly Exhibit
27 Apr 2019  12:00 am
Riverfront Citizen Science Sundays: Project Squirrel
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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department  705 E. State Blvd.   Fort Wayne, IN 46805  (260) 427-6000