Three rivers converge in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.
People in Northeast Indiana have gathered here for centuries.
Experience the legacy. Explore the natural wonder. And enjoy
this community’s new momentum forward.
Learn more about the Riverfront.
A new iMap is now available allowing users to search by:
Parks- search parks by amenity, locate information by park
Trails- search by trail, view trail amenities, determine trail distances
Fun Times-search for activities by age and/or category
Questions about the iMap can be directed to 260.427.6000.
Controlled Burn at Buckner Park
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has hired a contractor to conduct a controlled burn on the parking lot swales at Buckner Park this spring sometime between March 19 and April 19.
The parking lot swales at Buckner were designed to provide temporary detention and filtration of storm water as it comes off the parking lot. This type of swale system helps to reduce and clean our storm water before it reaches our rivers. These swales were originally planted with native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers.
Controlled burns are a tool that can be used to maintain the health of these native plantings. Controlled burns help manage invasive/exotic weeds in the plantings; they reduce the amount of volunteer weed trees and shrubs to keep the plantings open to sunlight. The ash left when done helps restore nutrients allowing for healthier plant growth in the future. Controlled burns reduce fuel loads that can help prevent a wildfire from starting from a spark. Controlled burns can also help increase the diversity of the planting, thus being more valuable to local wildlife and beneficial insects.
Controlled burns can only be conducted during very specific weather conditions. Wind direction, wind speed, temperature, moisture, and humidity all play a factor on when burns can be done safely and effectively. These conditions will be monitored daily in order to burn the Buckner Park islands at the most opportune time this spring. Buckner Park will be closed to the public during the actual burn event, which will take less than 4 hours. Unfortunately, because of the specificity of the weather needed, we will most likely not know which day the burn will take place until the morning of. Once alerted that morning, we will post to social media and on our web site.
City Utilities 3RPORT Tunnel Works Program
The Tunnel Works Program represents a major part of Fort Wayne's efforts to implement the 2008 Long-Term Control Plan and associated Consent Decree with the US Environmental Protection Agency. The premier project - the deep rock tunnel - will be constructed in the bedrock deep below the city. The tunnel will collect and transport sewage from the combined sewer system to the sewage treatment plant. This sewage would otherwise discharge (overflow) into the rivers when it rains.
Tunnel Notification for Parks
For more information, please refer to the project’s website at http://fortwaynetunnel.org . If you have specific questions about the project, please contact Wendy Reust (427-1367) or T.J. Short (427-2740).
NIPSCO has Completed their Project on St. Marys River
NIPSCO has completed their work on the St. Marys River Remediation Project near the Historic Old Fort. Restoration will be completed this spring. Find more information about this important project at NIPSCO’s website.
Klub Kreager Fitness
We are starting a NEW program called Klub Kreager Fitness. Please check out the site for additional information including a NEW survey so you can share your availability to participate in classes. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Ms. Davis at 260-427-5966.
Check out OpF4 for upcoming family friendly events & programs.
Check out the NEW Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation flier highlighting 11 of our local parks and more!!
Are you curious about the number of parks and all the different amenities the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department provides to the community? Check out the Parks Profile flyer to learn more.
Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department Earns National Accreditation-Again!
On October 15, 2014 the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department achieved reaccreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This notable accomplishment was announced at the Best of the Best Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina at the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) 2014 Congress and Exposition.
The Fun Times
The Fun Times is a guide that is updated four times a year. It includes events, classes, and programs that are available. The guide is available online and in the mail to those who sign up to be on our mailing list. To be added to our mailing list and/or to sign up for our E-News please go to the Talk to us 2! page. You can always view the most Current Fun Times (click on the icon located on the left side) on any page.
Thank you Fort Wayne!
Thank you for supporting our Department! Our overall customer service rating continues to run over 90%!!