December 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:        Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                       Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne, IN: Mayor Tom Henry and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll today provided an update on the 2016 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department. Over 60 projects were started and completed in 2016 and more than 30 projects are still in progress. In total, the City of Fort Wayne invested close to $3 million in Parks & Recreation Department improvements in 2016.

“Fort Wayne is a recognized leader in providing quality of life amenities because of our commitment to investing in parks,” said Mayor Henry. “I continue to be encouraged by the positive momentum and excitement we’re experiencing in our City. We’re fortunate to be in a community that values and appreciates the importance of maintaining our parks. Collectively, we’re making a meaningful and lasting impact.”

The following include completed 2016 Projects:

  • Franklin School Park: Phase One
  • Buckner Park: Splash Pad
  • Courthouse Green: Accessible Ramp and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Franke Park: Park/Children’s Zoo Entryway Sign Installed, BMX Fence Improvements, Bleacher Improvements, Day Camp ADA Pathway and HVAC Installed, Foellinger Theatre Exterior Painted, Signage, Concrete Ramp and Loading Dock Improvements
  • Salomon Farm Park: Learning Center Parking Lot and Homestead Improvements
  • Packard Park: Ball Diamond and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Community Center: Parking Gate and New Kitchen Flooring Installed, Sound Equipment Improvements
  • Foster Park: Volleyball Court Improvements
  • Lions Park: New Concrete Pathways and Signage Installed, Outfield Fence Improvements
  • Lawton Park: Cannon Monument Restoration
  • Johnny Appleseed Park: Campground Signage and Drainage Improvements, Campground Restroom Climate Control Installed
  • Indian Village Park: Sidewalk Improvement
  • Klug Park: ADA Swing Installed
  • Kreager Park: Cozy Cocoon Playground Addition
  • Waynedale Park: Drinking Fountain Improvements
  • Lions Park: Pickleball Court Improvements
  • Headwaters Park: Riverfront Floating Dock Project
  • Shoaff Park: Completed Pathway Around Golf Course
  • Various Parks: Bicentennial Benches and Plaques Installed in 19 Parks

    The following include ongoing 2016 Projects:

  • Old Fort and Headwaters Park: Bank Stabilization Improvements
  • Roosevelt Park: Pedestrian Bridge Improvements
  • Salomon Farm Park: Asphalt Path and Old Barn Path Lighting Improvements
  • Botanical Conservatory: Plaza and Gutter Improvements
  • Bass Park: Playground Improvements
  • Memorial Park: Civil Servant Memorial Wall Engraving
  • Wells Street Bridge: Beam and Railing Improvements
  • Foster Park: Tennis Court Improvements
  • Lakeside Park: Solar Basketball Lights Installed

    The following parks and facilities have improvements scheduled for 2017:

  • Franklin School Park
  • McMillen Park Community Center
  • Foellinger Theatre
  • Botanical Conservatory
  • Salomon Farm Park
  • Reservoir Park
  • Shoaff Park
  • Riverfront Development

“The Board of Park Commissioners and the Parks & Recreation Department are grateful for the continued support and commitment of the Administration to invest in one of Fort Wayne’s most valued legacies,” said Director Moll.

The City will continue to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department, with $5 million slated for 2017.

Visit for more information about 2016 projects.

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