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Franke Park
Sherman Blvd.

(260) 427-6725 (in season)
(260) 427-6000

Since its inception in 1946, Franke Park Day Camp has provided unforgettable childhood experiences for thousands of Fort Wayne area youth. With its strong emphasis on nature education, basic camping skills and Native American lore, this popular camp provides an environment which fosters cooperation, problem solving and socialization as well as the dirty, muddy, outdoor fun kids of all ages enjoy! For more information or to sign up, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that Franke Park Day Camp won First Place in the category “Places To Go/Things To Do/Summer Day Camp” in the Fort Wayne Newspaper’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards that were published on September 23, 2018, in the Journal-Gazette!

Camp Registration

Register on-line for 4-5, 6-11 year olds for Franke Day Camp starting February 6th!  

Download the Franke Park Day Camp (4-11 year olds)  Registration form and register (mail, fax, or dropped off at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department) starting February 6th!

If you are interested in the Advanced Camper program, check out the link: Registration Information & Schedules  to learn more.  

All campers must be of minimum age by June 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Campers (with the exception of CIT's) are limited to one camp session.
Registering for more than one camp session will result in cancellations of the additional session (s) and a refund less processing fees.
 

Sessions

#1 .............................................June 10-14

#2 ............................................. June 17-21

#3 ............................................ June 24-28

#4 ............................................... July 8-12

#5 .............................................. July 15-19

#6 ............................................. July 22-26


Summer 2019 Day Camp Brochure

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The 2019 Franke Park Day Camp Brochure is now available.  

Location
Franke Park Day Camp is located in  Franke Park at 3411 Sherman Blvd. The parking lot is located between Pavilion #2 and the playground.

Hours
M, T, Th, F             9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays           1:00-7:00 p.m. 

AM Camp Care 6:30-9:00  a.m.
PM Camp Care 3:30-6:00  p.m. 

 
The 2019 Freehill Community Award


The Freehill Community Award is a scholarship that will cover costs of one week of camp for one child that has never been to camp before.

To celebrate and honor Chris Freehill’s fifty years as a camper and employee at the Franke Park Day Camp, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has created the Freehill Community Award (FCA).  For half of a century, Chris Freehill has carried on the spirit that Franke Park Day Camp’s long-time director Dennis L. Gerlock ignited in 1950 and continued through his retirement in 1975.  Gerlock sought to give campers an outdoor summertime experience that centered around three important themes: basic camping skills, nature education, and Native American lore.  Chris has not only carried on these traditions for decades, but while doing so has also fostered an inclusive environment that celebrates community and camaraderie.

The FCA is for children that have never attended Franke Park Day Camp and will cover costs associated with attending a full week of Franke Park Day Camp including: enrollment fee, AM/PM care, and a camp t-shirt.

Check out additional details about the Freehill Community Award and submit your video starting February 1st, 2019.  Award deadline: March 31, 2019.


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Camper Information

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WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAM

Day Camp ends every Wednesday evening with an open house, staff introductions and a special program of songs and skits from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend and join the fun. Franke Park Day Camp t-shirts will be available for purchase at this time.

FRIDAY POW-WOWS

Each session of camp closes with a pow-wow on Friday, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., where the campers will perform authentic Native American dances and receive their feathers and/or dog tags. The weekly pow-wows help campers prepare for the Annual Big Pow-Wow at the end of camp. Family and friends are invited to attend.

 
73rd ANNUAL BIG POW-WOW 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

Campers from all sessions throughout the summer are invited back to participate in the annual Big Pow-Wow and reunite with the friends they made during camp. The program features authentic Native American dances around a big bonfire. Family and friends are invited to attend this traditional Franke Park Day Camp finale!


For additional information:

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, 260.427.6000

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WAYne Finding 

Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pickup info packet & rules

Monday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Completed tasks due (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Walk, run or drive…SAFELY on this unforgettable, epic scavenger hunt adventure of a lifetime! Teams of two comprised of one adult (18+) and one child (17 & under) will travel Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas completing tasks of various point values. Once the event has concluded and scores have been tallied, the top three teams with the highest accumulative point value will be awarded prizes. All participants will receive a WAYne Finding t-shirt that MUST be worn at all times while completing tasks. Teams must stay TOGETHER while completing all tasks and obey all laws on foot or in vehicle. Each team is responsible for their own mode of transportation. At least one team member must pick  up  your  information packet and rules on Friday, April 26 and drop-off your  completed  tasks  and  answers by 4:30 on Monday, April 29 (NO EXCEPTIONS). This event requires each team to have active Gmail and Facebook accounts in order to submit proof of completion for certain tasks. Reg- istration begins March 29th at 9:00 am and ends April 12th at 4:30 pm. Call 427-5043 to register by phone or stop by the Community Center at 233 W. Main St., Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You will need to submit a team name as well as birthdates and shirt sizes for  each  team  member  when you register. Fee: $40/team. NO REFUNDS. Registrations accepted after April 12th will be assessed a $20 late fee with no guarantee of your teams requested tee shirt sizes. Registration code: 243905-S1.


Questions

If you have questions about the WAYne Finding program, call Joel 260.427.6467 or
e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



2018 WAYne Finding Winners

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  • 1st – Wrigley Roo Crew (Brian Flory & Maya Koczan-Flory)

    Lybargers in BIG chair  Lybargers w pig

  • 2nd – Lybargars (Mary & Jennifer Lybargar)

    Team 57 w pig  Team 57 Orff

  • 3rd – Team 57 (Rob & Dominik Hines)

    Team Awesome w C.C. sign  Team Awesome w pig

  • 4th – Team Awesome (Amy & Maya Leahy)


Donors

Cincinnati

  • AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks
  • Arnold’s Bar & Grill
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Cincinnati Landmark Productions
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Kings Island
  • Perfect North Slopes (Lawrenceburg, IN)
  • The Phelps
  • Rockquest Climbing Center
  • Scallywag Tag

 

Ft. Wayne

  • Biagi’s
  • Comfort Suites Southwest
  • History Center
  • Kruse Museums (Auburn)
  • The Plex
  • Skatin’ Station (Auburn)
  • Skyzone
  • Walmart
  • Ziano’s


We are always looking for local businesses to sponsor challenges either at your place of business or in one of our parks for future events. For more information call Joel at 260.427.6467.
 


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Until the next Event...enjoy some photos to get you inspired! Or check out more photos
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Parkview Sports Medicine Pee Wee/Junior Golf Tour

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It’s not a pro tour, but it’s just as much fun! The Pee Wee and Junior golf Tours allow boys and girls ages 3-18 to test their skills against other young golfers on a variety of area courses. Tournament formats and fees vary for each event. Awards will be given at each tournament. 

Pee Wee Golf 

Course Directions

2019 PW Golf Registration form (Mail/FAX) 

Register On-Line TODAY  

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2019 Jr. Golf Registration form (Mail/FAX)

Register On-line TODAY  



2019 Schedule of events 


2019 Pee Wee Tournaments (ages 3-11)

Please check in with the golf course at the phone number listed below for any weather related issues.

 

Event                   Date                       Deadline                        Contact Phone Number For Golf Course            
Shoaff Front 9 6/12 6/5 (260.427.6745)
McMillen Back 9 6/27  6/19  (260.427.6710)
Canterbury Green  7/12   7/5  (260.486.7888)
Shoaff Back 9 7/17    7/10  (260.427.6745)
McMillen Tour Champ  7/25-26       7/19  (260.427.6710)



2019 Junior Tournaments (ages 12-18)

Please check in with the golf course at the phone number listed below for any weather related issues.

Event         Date                     Deadline                          Contact Phone Number for Golf Course
Coyote Creek        
6/10 6/5 (260.483.3148)
Colonial Oaks   6/11 6/5 (260.489.5121)
Brookwood 6/17 6/12  (260.747.3136) 
Indiana Tech 6/19 6/12  (260.745-7093)
Canterbury Green 6/24 6/19  (260.486.7888)
McMillen 6/26     6/19  (260.427.6710)
Chestnut Hills 7/1  6/26  (260.625.4146)
Foster Tour Champ 7/9-10  7/2  (260.427.6735)
Shoaff 7/19 7/12  (260.427.6745)

 



Pee Wee Golf Tour Participants Caddy Information

Each Pee Wee event will be a “caddy” event.  This means that a parent is allowed to carry the participants clubs as well as give advice on shots.


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Tee-times

Link to the Tee-times page to find out when you need to report for your event.   

Tournament Results

After you've played, see how you did on the Tournament Results page!  

Testimonials

Great program, glad it exists, wish more participants would be involved. Summer is busy with many such activities and it is difficult to attend many events ourselves. Having 4 children spread out over various age groups makes it expensive for us and difficult logistically as a family. Rick, Dave and all the assistants are super! I think the children should have a caddy to at least help with club selection if the pros can have help, for goodness sake shouldn’t the peewees? I understand the potential for parental over-involvement but when kids especially 3-5 year olds are pulling out their fairway woods 10 yards off the green, they need some guidance and in my opinion it should be allowed.-Joel H.


Well organized, great golfers. Wish it didn’t start as early in the morning. Benjamin G.


The program provides a positive self experience for all participants! The staff is friendly, it was a great experience for my kids-Melinda P.


Fun-Ellis Y.

Advertisement is key. This is a great program for kids, but need more players to make it competitive. I would not have known about it unless a family member wasn’t already in it. Thank you for everything. My daughter had a great time! It would be great if the name of the golf course played was on the trophy/plaque. I heard some kids say, “Great it says the same things as the other ones I have” (sarcastically)-Thanks again! My daughter will be returning next year. Kimberly T.

As a grandparent, who golfs, I’m happy my grandson has had the opportunity to play with other kids his age. He has learned the rules, keeping score, and showing good sportsmanship. We are fortunate that we are retired and could take our grandson to the events-Bobby B.

 

2019 Sponsors

 

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Thanks to the FWWGA  and the Men's FWGA for their on-going assistance with the PW & Jr. Golf program.

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Interested in being a sponsor?

Check out the Junior & Pee Wee Golf Tour Sponsorship Opportunities flier



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Youth Golf Lessons

Shoaff Golf Course, 6401 St. Joe

June 14-July 12, Fridays, 8-11:30 a.m.

Group golf lessons for boys and girls ages 6-18 will be offered this summer at Shoaff Park Golf Course. Instruction is conducted from 8:00-9:00 a.m. followed by course play until 11:30. Instructor Chris Jones is a PGA Professional and the Manager of Golf Operations for the Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Shoaff Park Golf Course Clubhouse at 427-6745 for more information or to sign up.

# Sessions/Fee: 5/$50

FREE Golf Lessons with the Lifetime Sports Academy 

The Lifetime Sports Academy is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and offers free group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming. The program operates Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Group golf lessons will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays with practice opportunities scheduled every day. All necessary equipment will be provided for the group lessons, however, if you have equipment,you are encouraged to bring it. You will become eligible to receive free golf equipment, special lessons and playing opportunities once you pass golf skills tests and a golf rules test.

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The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Travel Service has planned a variety of tours just for you.
To receive a free brochure on a trip that interests you, or for more information, please call Travel
Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Photo highlights from the Mackinac Island Trip!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos. 

 

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2019 Extended Trips and Tours

To request a brochure or for more information about extended trips and tours, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


2019

July 18, 19, & 20 ................................................ Tall Ships Celebration –Via  Motorcoach

DAY 1 - Greet the Tall Ships with a luncheon cruise on the “Islander”, Tour the Historical Homes in Bay City – over 200 of them!  Visit Saginaw Naval Museum finishing off with dinner at Krzysiak’s Hoouse.)

DAY 2 - Early Admission to the Tall Ships Celebration, tour Zellinger Wool Company and shop Frankenmuth or shop the Birch Run Outlet Mall, then this evening  German wine & beer tasting before Chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

DAY 3 -  Board the Tall Ship “Appledore” for a lunch cruise on the Saginaw River out to the Bay. 2 nights lodging & 7 meals, Single $785, Double $654, Triple $619.  A $300 deposit is required with registration.

October 11 – 16.................................................................Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 
Featuring Albuquerque and Sante Fe – 6 Days; 7 Meals  ($2,769 Double includes air fare).

October 13-15............................................................................Mackinac Island & the Grand Hotel
Features 2 nights at the beautiful Grank Hotel, gourmet meals, a carriage tour of the island, afternoon tea and daily activities.  Single $860; Double $710; Triple $660  Deposit $250
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October 23 – November 1...........................................................Iconic Israel 
Highlights: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Tiberias, Nazareth,  Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Bethlehem,.  10 Days; 15 Meals  ($4899 Double includes air fare)

December 29-January 2 ...............................................................California New Year’s Getaway
Featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade. 5 Days; 5 Meals ($2,899 Double includes air fare).

2020 Trips

February 20-29   Hawaiian Adventure

Oahu, Kauai and Maui with optional 2-night Big Island post tour extension; 10 days, 13 meals ($5,799 double w/airfare until August 20, 2019)

March 23-31        Tropical Costa Rica

Optional 3 night Jungle Adventure post tour extension; 9 days, 14 meals ($2,899  double w/air fare until September 23, 2019)

March 25-April 3  Reflections of Italy

Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice, Milan and more; 10 days, 13 meals ($4,249 double w/air fare until September 26, 2019)

April 5-18       Cultural Treasures of Japan

Tokyo, Hakone, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyota and more; 14 days, 21 meals ($6,999 double 2/air fare until October 6, 2019)

May 2-14        Exploring the Alpine Countries 

Austria, Germany and Switzerland; 13 days, 17 meals, ($4649 Double w/air fare until November 4, 2019)

May 24 – June 1        Painted Canyons of the West 

Featuring Utah’s Five National Parks; 9 days, 11 meals, ($3,599 double w/air fare until November 25, 2019)

July 31-August 7       Islands of New England

Providence, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and more; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,149 double w/air fare until January 31, 2020)

August 4-15          Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train With Oberammergau Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play is produced only once every ten years! Don’t miss this opportunity! 12 days, 17 meals ($7,099 w/airfare and tickets to play)

August 18-29        Croatia & Its Islands

Small Ship Cruising on the Adriatic Coast (7-day Cruise), Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and more; 12 days, 19 meals ($4,999 double w/air fare until July 12, 2019)

October 3-14      National Parks of America 

Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and more; 12 days, 17 meals, ($4649 double w/air fare until April 3, 2020)

October 3-15     Spain & Morocco 

Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Morocco and more; 13 days, 18 meals ($4,499 double w/air fare until April 3, 2020)

October 11-18    Colors of New England

Featuring Coastal Maine; 8 days, 10 meals, ($3,599 double w/air fare)



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Some of the 2018 New York City Travelers enjoying their "Girls Trip".  Pictured, from left to right are 
Laurene Benelli, Carrie Edwards, Tina Wells, Thelma Retz, Terrie Mays and Laurie Muzzillo.  Check out the information below on the 2019 trip!! 


New York City

September 16-20, 2019  

Four days in the Big Apple begins with a ferry trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty followed by Times Square, Macy’s, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Guggenheim, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Two evenings at the theatre, 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are also included

Code #: 475105-M1

Single $1,950; Double $1,550; Deposit $500

View the New York City Brochure

 

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Thanks to our travelers who visited New York City with us and supplied these photos.  

 

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Day Trips 

 
Many popular Day Trips are planned throughout the year. To see a complete list or to register,
go to: Register now
 

Like to see Day Trips planned for the entire year? NOW AVAILABLE a list of 2019 Day Trips 



Chicago Flower Garden Show

Recent travelers to Chicago include:Sharon Stout, Karen Wyss, Margaret DeMeritt, Donna Rensch, Dona Keiser and Becky Clifton

 

Broadway in Chicago presents “Cats”

Our motorcoach stops first on Michigan Avenue at Water Tower Place where we will gather at the Mity Nice Grill to enjoy American dishes, served family style for lunch (included).  Then it’s a short ride to the Oriental Theatre in Chicago’s Loop for a matinee performance of  “Cats.” Based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in larger than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters.  The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. A supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home at Culver’s in Valparaiso, about 1½ hours after departure.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

375202-S1            8/3         Sa           $145

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball

Join us as we head to Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field for another exciting season of Chicago Cubs baseball! Lower terrace, infield seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favorite players in action as they battle for another World Series win. A box lunch and beverage (included) is provided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

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Cubs vs. Athletics

375000-W2          8/7         W            $130

Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chinatown and the Oriental Museum

Experience the sights, sounds and smell of China on our late summer trip to Chicago’s famous Chinatown. This bustling century- old neighborhood offers endless dining and shopping options; the Chinatown Marketplace, full of narrow alleys packed with shops and restaurants will make you feel like you have hopped a flight for a faraway destination. Lunch today is on your own, but no matter which spot you choose you will be sure to have a rich cultural experience.  We’ll finish our day off with a stop at the Oriental Museum before we depart the Windy City. Continental breakfast will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

375016-S1            8/10       Sa           $60

Departs 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 9:30 p.m.

Put-in-Bay

Climb aboard the Jet Express for a high speed trip to the island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio for a day of excitement and adventure. A tram ride (included) of the island with on and off boarding will take you where you want to go.  Or you may want to order up a golf cart to tour the island on your own. Take in attractions such as Perry’s Monument, museums, a butterfly house, miniature golf, cave tours, wineries, arcades and dozens of restaurants and pubs.  There’s something for everyone at Put-in-Bay! Sign up today.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

375004-S1            7/13       Sa           $90

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. 

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Lake Erie Island Hopping & Luncheon Cruise

This morning we are off to Sandusky where we will board the Goodtime I for a day of island hopping on beautiful Lake Erie. Our first stop will be Kelleys Island where we will spend the morning exploring all the island has to offer before we head to Put-in-Bay where we will explore the island with a 1-hour tram ride. A luncheon buffet is included on board as we move from island to island. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served on the way and a supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code                     Date      Day         Fee

475206-S1            8/17       Sa           $115

Departs: 6:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:00 p.m.

Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan will take you back in time as you tour the 80 acre community of old buildings and memorabilia. You will be enchanted as the Village comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and settings of America’s past. Try out one of the delicious restaurants for lunch. An all-day Ride Pass is included for use on the old-time transportation. A continental breakfast is served on the way up, and a fast food supper stop (on your own) will be taken on the way home.  

Code                     Date      Day        Fee

375018-S1            9/7         Sa           $99

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.      

Returns: 10:30 p.m. 

 

Cancellation Information

All Cancellations on day trips are subject to a $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made within one week of departure will be refunded only if replacements can  be  found.  There  are no refunds for NO-SHOWS. All day trips include the service of a Travel Service escort, motorcoach transportation and all necessary gratuities, including those to the escort and motorcoach driver. All trips feature NO SMOKING on the motorcoaches. 

Day Trip Testimonials

My travel friends (Beckie, Tonda, and Leah) and I would like to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful Chicago Shopping Trip on Saturday, December 1st. Our group had a wonderful time. The price for the trip was unbeatable. The organization of the trip was flawless. Donna was a wonderful hostess who made sure everyone's needs were met. Bob, the bus driver from excursion travel, was the best driver we have ever had and we have been on quite a few bus trips in the past.

We will definitely recommend future bus trips sponsored by Parks and Recreation to our friends and families. We would certainly be interested in taking future bus trips through the Parks and Recreation. This was our first time and I sure it will not be our last.  

Thanks again for such a wonderful time last Saturday.

Michelle V.

Traveler Testimonials:

I want to comment about the trip to Branson. It was a wonderful and well organized event.
Sue and the bus driver were outstanding. Thank you for your attention to all the details that
made up such a nice trip. - Sylvia C. 
   

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 Bringing joy and happiness through plants is what the Show is all about! 


SCFVA History

In the early 1920’s, Park Superintendent, Adolf Jaenicke, organized a program with the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce which would provide school children with potted plants. On October 5, 1923 the Board of Park Commissioners instructed Mr. Jaenicke that “plants be propagated in our greenhouse and later be distributed among school children throughout the city.” Actual distribution began four years later.

    
Mrs. John Memmewisch served as the first president until 1929. During her tenure, the constitution was written specifying participation by public and parochial schools. Flower seeds were added in 1928 and vegetable seeds in 1929.


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The Park Board maintained the program through 1961 when a new organization was formed and new era had begun! Through volunteer efforts, plants and seeds were to be distributed to the children in the spring and in the fall each school was to have a flower show. All “Blue Ribbon Winners” were to be eligible to participate in a City-Wide Blue Ribbon Recognition Day Show.

More than 60 schools participate in the SCFVA program. Each year 1,000 packets of seeds are sown by participating children and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department grows and distributes more than 19,000 potted plants.

According to the by-laws, the purpose of the Association is to “further education in the Nature Study Theory, growing flowers, plants and vegetables, molding characteristics of worth in making citizens of the future.” We hope to continue working to improve the interest in nature that is inherent in children!

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Join us on Facebook!

We just created a new Facebook page just for this program!  Like our page today and learn more as the season progresses on growing vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and potted plants!

 

Chairperson Information

2019 SCFVA Booklet (NOW Available)  School Delivery Schedule

SCFVA Order Form-
time to order seeds, ribbons, t-shirts, pencils and plants!  NEW: A FREE tree seedling is available for every 3rd grade student.  Make sure you check out that information on the Order Form as well.  The seed order deadline is Monday, February 4!
  
SCFVA Order Form-Spanish version

If you encounter any problems with downloading any of this information, please contact Lynda Heavrin (427-6424).

 

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Student Information

Late spring our crews will be delivering plants to local elementary schools (K-4th grades) participating in the SCFVA program.  Children will then be bringing those plants home with care instructions and asked to grow those plants throughout the summer and bring in the next school year to their School Plant Show.    In the fall, their local school has a show where all of the plants and vegetables are judged and ribbons are awarded. The Blue Ribbon winners then go on to compete at the Blue Ribbon Show held yearly at McMillen Park Community Center.    Please contact Lynda Heavrin, 260-427-6424 if you have any questions.  

 
School Children’s Flower and Vegetable Association
Flower, Plant and Vegetable Show And Blue Ribbon Show 

Hey students, remember that plant or the seeds you took home from school in April? Your school is going to have a show soon where you can bring back your cut flowers, vegetables or plant to be judged. If you win a Blue Ribbon you will be invited to the Blue Ribbon Show at McMillen Park Community Center.


Your plant died? Don’t worry, you will be able to bring in another favorite plant for judging. If you have any questions please call 427-6424 for more information.

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City-Wide Blue Ribbon Show Information 

2019 Blue Ribbon Show
Date: September 14, 2019
Location: McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott Street  

Thanks to our SCFVA Executive Committee and volunteer judges who give so graciously of their time to assure the continued success of this program!

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This program would not be possible without all of our loyal Chairpersons who put in a lot of time covering all of the details of each school show!

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