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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


Will you offer programs this fall? 

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

See the link below to learn more about the Fall Fun Times and all of the FUN Fall activities we have planned!  A few highlights include: Golf Challenges, Confluence Kitchen, Handmade Homemade Sale, Punkin Path, Garden Trick or Treat, Raven Scavenger Hunt, Great Tree Canopy Comeback, Riverfront FW Murder Mystery, classes for all ages and much MORE! 

Our Winter Fun Times will be released November 3rd!


What about upcoming festivals/events?  Any updates?

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

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo will remain open until October 31st this year! The typical Wild Zoo Halloween will not happen. However, they may have different activities during the month of October, so stay tuned to their  website or Facebook page for additional information.

We are thinking ahead to WINTER check back soon on updates.


Can I visit a park?

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

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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 5 (10/15/2020) and 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.

If you would like to play, please call the course of your choice first to make a tee time.  McMillen Golf Course will close after October 31st.  Foster & McMillen will remain open through Veteran's Day (November 11) and will extend their season weather permitting with limited hours.  Check out the Golf web sites to learn more: Shoaff Park Golf Course & Driving Range, McMillen Park Golf Course & Driving Range, Foster Park Golf Course.  


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

I have a pavilion reservation 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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