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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.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021  masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status, at all City of Fort Wayne-owned facilities, which include the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department office, Parks and Recreation pavilions, community centers, youth centers, and the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. 


Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.


Q & A


Do you have any jobs?

Yes we do!  We are looking for energetic employees in a variety of areas.  Please check out our JOBS link to learn more! 


Will you offer programs this season? 

Our Winter Fun Times is now available!  Winter registration starts on November 3rd!  We are offering many fun and exciting programs for you.    

A few highlights in November include: Sensory Friendly Night of Lights, Alpine Holiday, Night of Lights at the Conservatory, Santa's Workshop, Headwaters Skating, American Legion Band plus classes for all ages and much MORE! 


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Winter Fun Times 

What about Golf? I’d really like to get out and play.

City Golf Courses have now been closed for the season.  Check back in mid-March for opening information. 

City golf course daily open times in the spring will be based on daylight and weather conditions. When inclement weather occurs, courses may close for a short period, or for the day, depending upon the severity of the weather. Golfers are asked to call ahead to confirm course availability and to reserve tee times:

McMillen Park Golf Course (260-427-6710)  (Closed)

Shoaff Park Golf Course (260-427-6745)      (Closed)

Foster Park Golf Course (260-427-6735)      (Closed)

I'd like to take a Day Trip or maybe even contemplate a longer trip?  When can I do this?

We hope to resume our travel program in the spring. You can check out the Day & Extended Travel link to learn more.


What about Virtual activities? Do you have any?

As the world keeps changing we want you to know we continue to pivot and provide safe activities for families to enjoy!  Whether you are continuing to "shelter in place" or are safely out and about...we have you covered with options to pursue!  So check out the two links below and if you have additional ideas for us, just reach out!  Feel free to call 260-427-6000 and offer up new and creative ideas you would like us to pursue.

In addition, stay connected with us on our Social Media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

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Can I visit a park?

All 87 Parks remain open. We ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and proper hygiene.


Can we visit the playgrounds and spraygrounds? 

The playgrounds are available. The Spraygrounds are now CLOSED for the season.  


Will you open drinking fountains & restrooms this season?

Our drinking fountains & restrooms are being shut down for the winter.  Before visiting your favorite park please think ahead.     

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.

I have a pavilion reservation and I am unsure what to do?

Pavilions are now being booked for 2022 events. Call our office at 260-427-6000 if you have questions.  Or you can stop by!  

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: 

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.

The Administrative Office (705 E. State Blvd.) is OPEN to the public. You can also reach us via phone: 260-427-6000 Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.  

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