River Camp

River Camp for 2020 is FULL!  Look for River Camp information in 2021.


Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city and how they are still used today. Campers will learn about our rivers through hands-on exploration and leave with an enthusiasm for our waterways. Water activities, outdoor games, fishing, science experiments, dragon boat paddling, pontoon excursions, canoe paddling, hiking, river clean-up and water safety are all part of the fun! A confirmation letter will be sent out with details a week prior to camp! Ages 8-12.

Registration deadline: July 1. Min 20. Max. 40.

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# Sessions/Fee: 5/$115

Location: Shoaff Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

Additional information on River Camp will be available in the spring.

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp in the spring 

Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp
Release & Authorization form
Release and Waiver for COVID-19

Medication Permission Forms (As needed)
Medication Protocol Information
Prescription Medication Permission Form
Over the Counter Medication Permission Form

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Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is life changing. Because individuals with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected, it is important that opportunities to participate in community activities that are meaningful, creative, and social are made available to them. Such activity can provide a sense of competence, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Studies have shown that arts, crafts, computers and social activities help slow mild cognitive loss by up to 50%.

The Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466.  

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Summer Programs 

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

August 17

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music; visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content. For your safety, please bring your own pencils and pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, June 17-August 26, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.


August 8, 22, 1:30 p.m.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor of Huntington. Fee: 3 cards/50¢


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This presentation provides a general overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Join us for this informational program and learn more about the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association free of charge. Call 427-6460 by July 22 to register.

Fall Programs 

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date      Day                        Time

12/1       T                              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hand Building-Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructor: Onie Mensch. Max. 8.

Date      Day                        Time

10/3       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 13 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bingo is held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor - Huntington.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Monday, November 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content using colored pencils or gel pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Drop-in fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.

September 2-October 28

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Monday, November 9, 3:30- 5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us and learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by November 4 to register.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Monday, September 14, 5:00-6:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association® offers helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s. We’ll connect you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by October 7 to register

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Adult Programs:

Adult Programming at McMillen Park Community Center is $1 admission to the Center unless otherwise noted. 

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Public Hours

M-Th 9 am-2 pm & 6:30-8 pm

Fri 9 am-2 pm & 3-6 pm

Weekend Hours Beginning October 3

Sat 9 am-1 pm & Sun 12-5 pm


$1, Photo ID required

Youth in After Schoo Program are

admitted FREE during program hours only

COVID-19 Policy

Due to COVID-19 the building capacity is 145 people. Once this capacity is reached at any given time, the doors will be closed. All patrons must:

Have temperature taken before entering the building.                

Wear a mask! (Masks may be removed only while engaged in a physical activity while still practicing social distancing.)

Practice 6’ social distancing.

Men’s Adult Basketball League

The Men’s Adult Basketball League begins September 10 and runs for 15 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Games times are scheduled on Thursdays at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Team registration forms are available at the McMillen Park Community Center Guests Services Desk and online. Team Rosters are limited to 12 players and the league to 12 teams. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: August 20. Team Fee: $200

Open Gym

Adults, Monday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Youth, Monday-Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Our clean and spacious 4-court gymnasium is the perfect place for a great basketball workout! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID. Youth registered in the After School Program are admitted FREE.

Pickle ball

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Come play the faster growing sport in America on our climate-controlled indoor courts. Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Wellness / Open Fitness

Monday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility. Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Essential Steps

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Line dance fun with choreographed, sequenced steps to improve memory, coordination and balance! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Cardio Fit

Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Fun, aerobic fitness for all levels! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID


Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dance your way into a fitter you! Drop-in fee: $1 with photo ID

Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground

The Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground is located inside McMillen Park Community Center and is open to boys and girls ages 13 and under during public hours. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and must wear gym shoes while on the playground. The playground is not supervised by Community Center staff. Access to the playground is included in the $1/person general admission to the McMillen Park Community Center. Note, at this time the Playground is closed.

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McMillen Park Community Center Rentals

The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, pickleball tournament, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information. Note, the Center is NOT available for rental at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Special Events

Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events of interest to you!


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Due to the COVID-19 virus some of our facilities remain closed at this time.  Check out our Back on Track plan to see what is opening when.  We released our Fall Fun Times full of programs activities that can be offered safely.  Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.  

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While you are "sheltering in place" enjoy our new link of virtual activities at FWParks@Home where you can go on a walk, take a class, read blogs, find activities and just have fun!  Check back often as we add more content daily.

 "Meet Me at the Park"

...explore a new park (check out the list of our 87 parks)
... fish at the Intergenerational Fishing Derby
... shop at the Handmade Homemade Sale at Salomon Farm Park
... Visit the Punkin Path or take in the Garden Trip or Treat at the Botanical Conservatory
... Get Active for Active Aging Week at the Community Center
... Eat Wild Game at Salomon Farm Park
... Celebrate Veteran's at the Veterans' Breakfast & Bingo
...hike with Wild Walkers or at Lindenwood Nature Preserve
...wander Salomon Farm or take a class
...paint, play a game, eat lunch or take in a special event at the Community Center
...for all sorts of sports (Youth Athletics or Adult Athletics)
...participate in Virtual Recreation at one of our Youth Centers 
...take a trip
...visit McMillen Park Community Center
... buy some fresh produce at the Salomon Farmers' Market 
...camp (Johnny Appleseed Campground)
...play golf at one of our Golf Courses (Foster, McMillen or Shoaff)  or try FootGolf 
...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront  
...Check out $1 Nights, Family Garden Close-Ups, Botanical classes and much more!!  Learn more at www.botanicalconservatory.org 
...and have endless FUN! 

Looking for even more ideas or have a question? Give us a call at 260-427-6000.  Or check out our Fall Fun Times!  

Meet Me On Our Riverfront!

Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne 
for a complete list of activities on the Riverfront!

Meet meExciting news – NPRA has launched an impressive collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN to expand Parks Build Community and demonstrate the value of community parks on the national level.

A national Public Service Announcement, "Meet Me at the Park," has run on national media outlets. 

NRPA couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration and the potential it holds to bring national recognition to the benefits and value of community parks and recreation everywhere.

Seasonal FUN in the Parks!
Our Fun Times comes out four times a year packed full of FUN for you and your family!  Below are some of our seasonal events! 

...for Senior Games offered each June
...and Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown at the Botanical Conservatory, Historic Fort Wayne or Riverfront
...celebrate the Harvest at the Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival
...take in a Concert or Movie (Foellinger Theatre, Botanical Roots or Concert on the Farm)
...splash at one of the 8 Splash Pads 
...Ice Skate at Headwaters Park (open seasonally in November-early March)
...visit the Children's Zoo
...and Trek the Trails

For questions about any of these activities please call 260-427-6000.  

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Fall/Winter After School Youth Program  

For school-age children ages 5-18
Free Youth Programming
Monday-Thursday 3-7 pm; Friday 3-6 pm;

Fall/Winter program starts August 13

Registration Information

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Youth After-School Program is limited. Youth will be admitted daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Students will not be re-admitted after leaving the facility on a particular day.  Admission begins at 3:00 pm daily. For additional information about the 2020 Fall & Winter Policies and Procedures including How to Register  please check out this information and read it carefully.

Parents please complete the following on-line form and submit for your children that participate in the programming at McMillen Park Community Center.  Thank you!  On-line McMillen Youth Program Registration form  Please call 427-2420 if you have any questions.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, there will be some changes in the operations of the youth program for the safety of our youth, their families, and our staff. For your safety, upon entering the facility all students:

Must have previously registered for the program including signing a waiver regarding COVID-19.

Must have temperature taken 1st thing upon entering building.

Must practice social distancing (6 ft apart).

Must wear a mask. 

** NOTE: Masks may be removed during any physical recreation but please continue to practice social distancing.

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FREE After School Fun! 

Kids’ Café

Nutritious balanced meal cooked on site (in partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank),


Science, technology, engineering, art and math practiced in a variety of fun projects and activities.

Community Youth Fit (CYF)

A variety of staff led interactive youth appropriate fitness challenges and games.

Food For Thought

Youth will learn to prepare simple snacks and think about food and nutrition with a different appetite

Character Building

Youth will go through a variety of topics dealing with trust, respect, responsibility, self- image, behavior and many more including doing community service projects to show/grow care and citizenship. They will build character and leadership skills.

Show Time

Youth will have the opportunity to do self-expression activities, via dance, instruments, writing, singing etc.

Game & Recreation Time

Youth will learn rules to various games and have the opportunity to show what they have learned as well as teach games they know.

Virtual Programs

Onsite youth will have virtual time with youth from other sites and youth from different cities and states as we combine onsite and virtual programs for some fun interactive “watch and learn” programming, Field trips, games and more.


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Jr. NBA Information



McMillen Park Community Center Youth Basketball Leagues as a part of the Jr. NBA gives us access to a national network of Jr NBA events, such as NBA cares community events, and NBA / WNBA games: discount uniform offers; coaching education and certification as well as professional development opportunities. We will also have opportunities for appearances from NBA and WNBA players (Pacers, Fever, Mad Ants and Legends) and access to grant funding.   


In our 1st year of a Jr. NBA site we were able to truly showcase our talent at McMillen Park Community Center! We had three participants that received either 1, 2 or 3rd place at the Regional competition in Indianapolis! Jasmine (pictured above) in the Girls 14 U level placed in the top 5 scores in the country!  She went to New York for a week this past summer to represent Indiana. Congratulations Jasmine!   

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Sisters of the Cloth 

The Master quilters of Sisters of the Cloth work one-on-one with youth ages 8-18, teaching the craft of quilting. Class sizes are limited. Call 427- 2420 for more information.

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The "Obama Quilt" as we of Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild call it, was inspired by the election of Mr. Barak Obama to the office of President of the United States of America.  It was designed by Mrs. Kathleen Fincher and constructed by several guild members. It features many individuals who were instrumental in paving the way not only for Mr. Obama, but for all minorities. The "Obama Quilt" symbolizes the success of pursuing the cause of equality for everyone-but there is much more to be done.

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Computer Brain Training (CBT)

Students learn to work with computers. Projects have included PowerPoint presentations. 

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Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground 

During the school year, the public hours for the playground are: 9-3 pm and 6-8:45 pm Monday/Friday.  When FWCS are closed, 9 am-12 pm. 

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Special Events Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events including the 7th Annual Community Extravaganza!
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Mrs. Cin. is very professional, nice and overall helpful.  The staff is wonderful with children.  L. Crawford
Staff is very professional. Tami C.
Awesome job-keep up the great job! Proud of the Center-Sandra W.
My son gets to enjoy some of his summer with other kids he may not get to see during the summer. Jennifer C.
Great program.  Glad that it is available to my kids. B. Pritchard
Your doing good.  Ms. Cin is great! N.G.
The program is very helpful because I didn't have anywhere to take my grandchildren for the summer. C. Shepherd
Great program for the kids, they also have plenty of activities. Kristal S. 

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