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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.

Code            Dates       Days           Time
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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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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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 "Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory"(July 14-November 11) as well as Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, The Punkin' Path Display, Pumpkin Zone, Botanical Roots Concerts, Rocky Horror Picture        Show, $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 Winter Fun Times!  

"Meet Me at the Park for Outdoor FUN"

Hurshtown Reserovir (Open through October 14)
Wild Walkers  
Lawton Skate Park Clean Ups (2nd Sunday of every month)
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.  

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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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Carefree Crafts

Mondays, 12:30 p.m.

January 21, February 18

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 a craft! Ages 50+. Pre-registration is required by the previous Wednesday. Fee: $3/$1 with paid Monday Luncheon reservation. Sponsored by Majestic Care of Fort Wayne.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage

Wednesday, February 13, 20 & 27
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In this 3-part seminar you will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and also explore the relationship changes that occur in this stage. You will find out how to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care. You will also learn effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors. Week one will educate the caregiver on changes in the brain, how to effectively communicate and the care requirements. Week two will focus on behavioral changes and safety concerns. Week three will cover home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 6 to reserve your spot.

Wii Bowling League

Tuesdays, January 8-February 26, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Wii Bowling is a great way to stay active! It promotes physical activity and helps to keep you on your mental game as well!  Join us for fun and friendly competition at the Community Center and other locations where we have the opportunity for social bowl-a-thons throughout the season. Call 427-6461 by December 21 to sign up. 



2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for Bingo on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor Huntington and Heritage Park. 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.

Date      Day        Time

1/19       Sa           11:30 am-1 pm

2/18       M            11:30 am-1 pm

2/2         Sa           11:30 am-1 pm

2/23       Sa           11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

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

January 21 & February 18

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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: Plan to stay for our Monday Luncheon

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 supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

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# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25/$30 day of class

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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Adult Men’s Basketball League

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 p.m.

December 4 – February 12

Games are scheduled at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The men’s league will run for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Team rosters are limited to 12 players. Register on line or at the Center.

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

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

Wellness Mall

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

Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility. Drop in fee is $1. Photo I.D. is required

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Cardio Fit

Monday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  

December 3-February 7

Fun cardio fitness for adults including strength training, toning and dance. Drop-in fee: $1. Photo ID required.



Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.    

December 12-January 30

Dance aerobic fitness with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Drop-in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

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Fun and Games

Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Come join the fun and games! We will have various board games available for your use or you can bring your own.

Movies w/Oakstreet

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Come join us for Movie Day and bring a friend. Drop-in fee: $1 Photo ID required

Computer Lab

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

The computer lab is open to the public for personal use. Drop-in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

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