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.
Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.
Q & A
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!
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.
Can I visit a park?
All 87 Parks remain open. We ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and proper hygiene.
Are the bathrooms open yet?
All park restrooms are now open, with the exception of Johnny Appleseed Campground as they are still closed per Governor Holcomb's executive order from 5/21.
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.
Golf opened to the public on May 4th. If you would like to play, please call the course of your choice first to make a tee time.
When do you plan to start programs again?
We are developing a reopening plan in accordance with the Governor’s office and the City of Fort Wayne. In the meantime we are going on a rolling two week basis and cancelling programs that way. Customers are receiving a full refund when programs are cancelled.
Our Summer Fun Times will be released electronically in late May.
Is there anything my family can check out virtually while we shelter in place?
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
My kids are registered for Camps, will those be held this summer?
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has cancelled all weeks of City Safari Day Camp, Franke Park Day Camp and Salomon Farm Park Farm Camp for 2020, in response to the ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Full refunds will be issued in the coming weeks. Those registered will be receiving an e-mail from the Department with additional information.
I have a pavilion reservation for this summer and I am unsure what to do?
You certainly can wait to do anything. If you would like to reschedule to another date or cancel your reservation we can assist you with those arrangements. Please call 260-427-6000. At this point pavilion reservations have been cancelled through May. Pavilion renters are being contacted about options.
Pavilions will be open starting June 1st for limited capacity.
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
Our office is now open (Monday-Friday, 8 am-5pm) so you can call us at 260-427-6000 and find out your options for purchasing a membership.
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 go about purchasing a Salomon Professional Photography Pass while the office is closed? Is that possible?
How do I contact your office? I have other questions that are not covered here.
The Administrative Office (705 E. State Blvd.) is now open Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm.
Or you can contact us via phone: 260-427-6000 Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.