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Athletic Programs for Youth

Every summer we offer a wide array of athletic programs.  Select programs are offered year around.  For additional information on offerings per season, check out the current Fun Times

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Futsal, also known as small-sided soccer, is now available at Packard Park. Ready to try out a Futsal clinic?

Registration for Youth Programs

Ready to Register?

Baseball for various levels including: Little Sluggers: T-Ball Training, Pee Wee T-Ball and Lob Ball 
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 Soccer is offered for: Mini & Little Kickers, Kickin' Kids, and Big Kickers 

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We offer Basketball for: Itty Bitty Basketball, Pee Wee Basketball, and Middle/High School Hoops!

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Other Sorts of Sports (offered seasonally) include:

Learn to Swim Lessons 
Tennis Lessons
Dance Classes
Lifetime Sports Academy

Pee Wee Golf Tour

Junior Golf Tour
J & B Pacers Summer Running

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Adult/Senior Athletics

To check out athletic programs for adults or seniors visit the Athletics page.

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2019 Will be a great summer in the park!

The Playground program STARTS on June 5th 

It’s going to be a great summer in the park and you are invited to join the fun! Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts and field trips program are just a few of the fun and exciting activities planned for our summer playground program. All five playground sites are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Children are free to come and go as they please. The program is FREE and is open to boys and girls ages 5 and older. FREE lunches are provided daily by Fort Wayne Community Schools. FREE Family Fun Nights featuring games, food and activities for the entire family will be held at Lakeside, Memorial and Packard. On-site registration is required.  For more information, please call Ms. Davis at 260.427.5966.

The Summer Playground Program is a Walk in/Walk Out facility for children.  To learn more, check out the Walk in/Walk out flier.

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Playground Program Locations
Hamilton Park
Spring & Cherokee

Lakeside Park
1401 Lake & Vermont
Family Fun Night: June 26, 5:30-7:30 pm

Lafayette Park
Lafayette Espl. & Sherwood Ter 

Memorial Park
2301 Maumee & Glasgow
Family Fun Night: July 10, 5:30-7:30 pm

Packard Park
Fairfield Ave. 
Family Fun Night: July 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

Enrichment Programs

The enrichment program is an interactive review in math, reading and language arts skills. All of the activities are designed to keep your child engaged, using and building the skills he or she has learned in school as well as learning something new. Some of the activities include sparkle spelling, bingo math, chalkboard races, free writes, storytelling, grade appropriate worksheets, crosswords and more.

Character Building/Etiquette Program

Helping children learn, develop and grow is the purpose of this program. Designed to teach life skills and build self-esteem our Character Building/Etiquette Program helps participants reach their academic potential; succeed in the workplace; live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives; and become engaged, responsible and productive citizens. All ages are invited to participate in the programs.


A special Thank YOU to the following organizations:  

YMCA, McDonalds, Peg Perego, Tin Caps Baseball, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Parkview, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Crazy Pinz, Kona Ice, Walmart, Sam's Club, Better Made Chips, and Community Harvest Food Bank.

FUN Day Photos

Enjoy some Fun Day Photos from the Summer Playground program. Youth had opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities on this day.   

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Memorial Park Carnival 2019


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Hope Books

Katie Dorsey has a passion for reading and giving back to the community.  Katie distributed FREE books to our Summer Playground participants.  Thank you Katie for sharing your love of reading to others. To find out more about Katie and her organization Hope Books read below.

Katie Dorsey started Hope Books in March 2015. It started as a challenge to create a take a book, leave a book box. After seeing how many children came into Community Harvest Food Bank she decided that was where she wanted to place her box. The program evolved from there to include Boys and Girls Club, The Urban League and several Community Centers in downtown Fort Wayne, along with various other locations. Nearly all of the new and gently used books are donated. Since March 2015 she has given away over 7000 books to kids in our community who may not have the opportunity to own a book otherwise.  Katie says, "My favorite part of this program is seeing the children's face light up when I hand them a book and tell them it is theirs to keep. It reminds me why I do this. Through Hope Books kids will grow a passion for books and learning that will help them succeed in the future. " You can find out more about what Katie is doing through Hope Books by visiting HopeBooksFW.blogspot.com or find her on Facebook at HopeBooksFW.

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Additional Information

Call 260.427.6000 for additional information.


Testimonials from parents: 

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Lakeside Park:

Program well supervised. No worries, feel kids are safe. Diane B.

This has given me free time to do my other duties and at the same time provide fun and education to the kids-works out great! Henry C.

"Miss Kim provided energy, a ready smile, appropriate discipline and a photographic memory, not to mention strong leadership for the rest of the staff at her site.  My child looked forward to the days she would be coming.  Thank you!" Paul O.

"The best summer I ever had." J. Bridsall

The summer program was great. My grand kids were very excited every day they came. I hope to see the staff next summer! Very good work, keep it up. Have a restful August. Thanks." Mrs. Jones

"I thank God for this program. This program is inspirational, fun, encouraging and exciting for my children. They beg me to allow them to come and stay until 4pm. The camp workers, Mrs. Theresa and Mrs. Alexis are terrific! Thank you again for helping the neighborhood children have a dynamite, fabulous and fun super summer!" Mrs. Jay C.

"He really liked the program. The staff provided my kids with excellent care. The kids were happy, safe, and stimulated. I would recommend the program to any parent." Patricia B.

"Thank you, it is a very good program. It helps parents very much." Hbdalla H.

"I am a parent of four children and one just came at the beginning of June. So it was very helpful to know that I can bring my older three to be entertained by the caring staff and fed lunches whenever we decided to come to the park this summer. Great help for a busy mom!"

"Tristian enjoyed coming and interacting with the other kids. He really enjoyed games, kickball, etc. He said he likes the Ford a lot." Kathryn B.

"I thanked God for the program. It gave my kids a wonderful way to spend the summer with other kids and meeting new people, which builds up their self-esteem. You couldn’t get any better than the staff. You guys pick wonderful, very exciting people who love the kids. I thank you again for a wonderful summer for my kids." Nicole A.

Packard Park:

My children like the staff; as do I. Marketta J.

This program is top notch excellent-this is a very professional, well-supervised program.  I can leave them and feel very secure.  Cheryl L.

The staff was so amazing! My children adored them.  This is very educational! The field trips were great, and the library coming out was also great.  We are absolutely coming back next year! Amanda W.

Sports are great along with other activities.  We enjoyed this program very well.  My children love going to the park everyday.  They have learned so much and made new friends.  Amanda W.

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afayette Park:

You all were great-you kept us informed with anything and everything. Thank you a lot-Cassandra C.

My children really enjoyed how the staff interacts with the kids-Marie S.

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Hamilton Park:

"It is awesome." Chris A.

"I enjoyed the program." Faith

"The summer park program has been a blessing to our family – we have been very impressed by it. As well the summer park program has exceeded our expectations. The staff is fantastic – our children talk about how fun, kind and welcoming staff members have been towards them. As parents, the staff has always been courteous, helpful and polite to us. Overall, it was clear that staff members enjoyed working with the children and were dedicated to their job. There were also several programs during the day – such as Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s, Girl Scouts, etc. – that added to the fun of the program. We were impressed by these programs and our children absolutely loved them. Staff members also made some neat crafts with the kids and those were some of the kids’ favorite times. Overall the summer park program provided our children with an incredibly fun, friend-filled, and interesting summer. Along with having a good time the children also were provided with the wonderful opportunities previously discussed. Many thanks for offering this program. We look forward to it in summers to come." Aaron & Jen G.

"Thank you so much for allowing our children the opportunity to play at the park, make new friends, and enjoy some arts and crafts time. My children have formed friendships, that have brought them great joy…so, thank you again for the program. We have enjoyed it very much."

"I appreciated the mature staff that kept track of all those fun games and activities. The kids enjoyed the staff’s friendliness and their involvement in games. Five star effort!"Karen P.

"This was the best program of all the Fort Wayne Parks!" Billy G.

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education's mission:

"To preserve the beauty of Fort Wayne's natural areas and parks; to promote outdoor recreation and education with classes and programs offered to the general public; provide events and programs designed to promote cultural enrichment."

Fall Programs

Check out the Fall Fun Times for information about the following or Register NOW.

Lindenwood (OPEN year around!) 
Wild Walkers  
Numerous cooking classes for kids, teens and adults
Draft Horse 101
Horseback Riding Camp
Native vs. Invasive Plants
Salomon Farmers' Market (June 5-September 4)
Native Plant Sale
Fiber Arts Celebration
Concert on the Farm
Tots and Pots
The Hammer Heads: Blacksmithing for Youth
Farmers in Training Orientation
Maple, Oak or Elm?
Birdwatching Basics
Wild Eats
Traditional Miami Lacrosse Stick Making Demonstration
Saturday Morning Hikes
Full Moon Hikes
A Walk in the Wetlands (50+)
Lindenwood Nature Camp
Daddy Day Hike
Nature Story Time
River Camp
Free Fishing Days
Family Learn to Fish Workshop
Hurshtown 50th Anniversary Celebration & Family Fishing Derby
Park Paddle Trips
Parks on Tap!
Trek the Trails
Tri-State Antique Tractor Club
Gardeners of America Club
MD and ME Walk and Learn


Activities on our Riverfront! Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne for additional information.

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races
Intro to Dragon Boat Racing
Intro to Kayaking
Young Naturalist Series
Storytime on the Riverfront
Stargazing on the Riverfront
Pedal, Paddle and Play
Open Streets
Confluence Kitchen
Riverfront Clean Ups
Promenade Park Grand Opening 
Riverfront Walking Tours
Riverfront Boat Tours
Riverfront Citizen Science

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Join us on Facebook!

We just created a new Facebook page just for the School Children's Flower and Vegetable Association program!  
Like our page today and learn more as the season progresses on growing vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and potted plants!


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Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park.  Photo credit: Steve Hague

Wild Walkers 2019 

Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org if you have questions. 

2019 Wild Walkers Schedule

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Lindenwood Field Trips & Outings 

Lindenwood Field Trips
May 1-October 31
600 Lindenwood Avenue 

Nature has so much to teach us and there’s no better way to learn than to experience it firsthand.  Check out the Lindenwood Nature Preserve for additional information.


Check out the Field Trip brochure

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Links to Nature Groups/Activities:


Botanical Conservatory
Franke Day Camp
Allen County Partnership for Water Quality
St. Joe River Watch Institute
Allen County Soil & Water Conservation District
Little River Wetlands Project
Environmental Education Association of Indiana
Trees Indiana
Mother Earth News         

Flora & Fauna Brochures Available:

Reptiles & Amphibians
Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers



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The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Community Center hosted the first annual Senior Games competition in 1979 to promote the benefits of remaining active and physically fit and to encourage all adults over 50 to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. Compete in any of 32 physically and mentally challenging events to test your talent and skill, while enjoying good company and making new friends. Participants and individual event winners will be recognized at an Awards Banquet.. Choose one event or challenge yourself in as many as you like…just don’t miss the fun!

2020 Senior Games

Mark your calendars for: June 1-19, 2020! 

Save the date! Approximately 500 active senior adults participated in the 2019 Senior Games. Mark your calendar and start “training” now for the 2020 Games. 

2020 Senior Games Brochure

The 2020 Senior Games Brochure will be available in the spring!

Volunteers NEEDED

We are looking for additional Senior Games Coordinators!  If you are interested, contact Patti Davis (260.427.6465).

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Rules & Results

The 2019 RULES for all Senior Games events are NOW available.  Please review them prior to your participation. 

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Congratulations to the
2019 Senior Games Champions
Holly Small and Joe Sowder

Check out the Senior Games Facebook page for additional results.

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Photos & Facebook


Like the Senior Games Facebook page today! Be up on the latest Senior Games information and see additional photos from the future Games soon!  

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2019 Sponsors

Many thanks to those who contribute to the success of the Senior Games!

Gold Level Sponsors

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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•  McMillen  Park  •   Boys & Girls Ages 7-18   

2020 Lifetime Sports Academy 
Check back in the SPRING!!

The Lifetime Sports Academy, under the supervision of Academy Director and Wayne High School teacher and track coach, Tom Hogan, is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and offers free group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming.  Group lessons in golf, tennis and swimming will focus on skill development, training, and participation and will be taught by certified coaches and highly trained professionals and volunteers.

ticipants may come as often as they wish and stay as long as they like. Special activities such as soccer, softball and volleyball will be organized at various times throughout the week for children not participating in group lessons. The Fort Wayne Community Schools summer lunch rogram will also be available at McMillen Park for Academy participants. The Lifetime Sports Academy is funded by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and Lifetime Sports Academy Committee and is offered FREE to area youth.



To Register

You may register at the McMillen Park Pavilion on the first day of the Academy or any time during the summer. Or you may Register on-line. Those who pre-register will only need to “check-in” at their first visit to the Academy.

LSA News!

Nick Bienz has just won the Fort Wayne City Golf Championship at Sycamore Hills Country Club. Nick started his golf as a young man of 11 at LSA. Read more... 

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Information on First Tee!!

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Lifetime Sports Academy is sponsoring the First Tee National School Program in 34 Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools for the sixth year the fall of 2019. The First Tee in-school golf program promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf and is the result of a cooperative effort between the Indiana PGA, the Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. and Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation.

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Upcoming Events

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16 Oct 2019   6:00 pm -
Pumpkin Zone
19 Oct 2019  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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19 Oct 2019   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department  705 E. State Blvd.   Fort Wayne, IN 46805  (260) 427-6000 • Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm  parkswebmaster@cityoffortwayne.org