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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.

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


When do you plan to start programs again?

Our Summer Fun Times is now available!  We are offering many fun and exciting programs for you.    

See the link below to learn more about the Summer Fun Times Please note, our Fall Fun Times will be released on August 12th.  

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What about upcoming festivals/events?  Any updates?

At this point the City Tennis Tournament has been cancelled as well as the Salomon Concert on the Farm, Salomon Fall Harvest Festival and Johnny Appleseed Festival.  Instead of Senior Games we will have a modified Active Aging week with enrollment limitations.  Look for information very soon on Active Aging Week. 

All public events at the Historical Old Fort for the remainder of 2020 are cancelled. 


Can I visit a park?

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


What is open vs closed? It seems to be constantly changing.

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 in Stage 4.5. 


Can we visit the playgrounds and spraygrounds? 

The playgrounds and the spraygrounds are OPEN! To check out a list of spraygrounds opening, click here.

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.

Are the bathrooms open yet?

All park restrooms are now open. 

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.


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  River Camp was held.  

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

Pavilions are now open.  Call our office at 260-427-6000 to learn more.

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: 

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 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.  

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