The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department will be using this link to share important information addressing the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our department.
We are continuing to monitor the situation in order to provide the best guidance possible for all of our citizens. We will be following all information and best practices put forth by public health authorities such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Board of Health and the City of Fort Wayne.
Due to the City's announcement on November 17, 2020 new closures will go into effect on November 23, 2020-January 19, 2021 including the closure of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offices, Parks and Recreation pavilions, Community Centers, and Youth Centers. The Botanical Conservatory will remain open.
Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.
Masks are required when visiting all Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department facilities. You will notice the above signs posted at all our facilities requiring a mask to enter. Thanks for your cooperation!
Q & A
Will you offer programs this season?
Our Winter Fun Times is now available! We are offering many fun and exciting programs for you.
See the link below to learn more about the Winter Fun Times and all of the FUN Winter activities we have planned! A few highlights include: "Oh? Christmas Tree!" Holiday Exhibit, Welcome to "The Tiki Bowl" Exhibit, Winterval, Winter Cozy, classes for all ages and much MORE!
Please note, the Botanical Conservatory will remain OPEN while the Community Center, Youth Centers, and Main Offices will be closed from November 23-January 19, 2021. We are exploring many virtual options for you so check back often for exciting NEW virtual programs we will be offering this winter!
Can I visit a park?
All 87 Parks remain open. We ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and proper hygiene.
We are following the CDC/Board of Health/City of Fort Wayne guidelines for what is Open vs Closed. You can now check out our COVID-19 infographic to learn more! We remain under a MASK mandate.
Can we visit the playgrounds and spraygrounds?
The playgrounds are open at this time! Spraygrounds are now CLOSED for the season and will reopen in late spring.
I am seeing people not abiding by social distancing and/or breaking other park rules and I am not sure what to do?
We have placed signs at all of our parks noting social distancing. If you see a sign that is down, please give us a call 260-427-6000 and one of our team members will check into the status of the sign. If you notice issues with the public at a particular park please report to the Police Non-Emergency number (260-427-1222) as we rely on the Police for enforcement issues.
What about trails? I’d like to go on a walk with my family. Is that okay?
Yes all park trails remain open. We ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and proper hygiene. When you encounter someone on a trail remember to move to the side as you are able to give plenty of distance between you while you pass.
What about Golf? I’d really like to get out and play.
All Golf Courses are now closed for the season. However, Foster Park Golf Course will be open for play this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 19, 20, and 21). The course will open at 10:00 a.m. each day and the last tee time will be 3:00 p.m. Call 427-6735 for tee times starting Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. On-line tee times are not available. Check ou the Foster Park Golf Course link to learn more.
Is there anything my family can check out virtually?
Sure! We created a new link just for you. FWParks@Home has all sorts of virtual videos, hikes, classes, challenges, blogs, activities, “tours” and more. In the weeks to come we plan to roll out even more! So check this link often. In addition, stay connected with us on our Social Media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
I have a pavilion reservation and I am unsure what to do?
Pavilions will be closed until MLK day (January 18, 2021) and a refund will be issued. Call our office at 260-427-6000 if you have questions.
I have a dog but do not have a dog pass. Can I get one still?
To purchase a Dog Park Membership we will need copies of your vet records showing your dog is up-to-date on Parvo, Rabies and Distemper along with the completed last two pages of the Dog Park Information Packet: http://www.fortwayneparks.org/images/stories/Facilities/POOCH_PASS_2016.pdf
The membership is $40 and expires on December 31st. If you were to wait until July 1st or after to purchase the membership it is $20. If you have additional questions, just give us a call at 260-427-6000.
How do I contact your office? I have other questions that are not covered here.
Starting November 23, 2020-January 19, 2021 our Administrative Office (705 E. State Blvd.) will be CLOSED to the public. However, you can reach us via phone: 260-427-6000 Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.