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Supervised Summer Playground Program

June 8-July 31

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

It’s going to be a great summer in the park and you are invited to join the fun! Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts, and Kohl’s Healthy Kids fitness program are just a few of the fun and exciting activities planned for our summer playground program. All eight playground sites are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Children are free to come and go as they please. The program is FREE and is open to boys and girls ages 5 and older. FREE lunches are provided daily by Fort Wayne Community Schools. Each park will host a FREE summer carnival featuring games, food and fun for kids and their families. A “farewell to summer” Fun Day will be held at Memorial Park on the last day of the playground program. Parents must complete a registration form for each child at their first visit.

2015 Locations

McMillen Community Center
3901 Abbott St.
Community  Extravaganza: June 6, 12-4 pm

Lakeside Park
1401 Lake & Vermont
Carnival: June 17, 5-7 pm

Lafayette Park
Lafayette & Douglas
Carnival: June 24, 5-7 pm

Hamilton Park
Spring & Cherokee
Carnival: July 8, 5-7 pm  

Packard Park
Fairfield Ave.
Fun Day: July 15, 5-7 pm

Cooper Community Center
2300 Clinton & Creighton
Carnival: July 22, 5-7 pm

Hanna Homestead
Gay & Lewis
Mondays 9-11 am & 3-5 pm
Wednesdays 9-11 am
Carnival: July 29, 5-7 pm

Memorial Park
2301 Maumee & Glasgow
Kaboom Play Day: July 31, 3-5 pm

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2015 Summer Playground Daily Schedule

Time            Monday                 Tuesday             Wednesday                Thursday                Friday                     
9-10 am Math, Reading &
Language Arts
Math, Reading &
Lanugage Arts
Math, Reading &
Language Arts
Math, Reading &
Language Arts

Fun Day

10-11 am Field Games
Arts & Crafts 
Open Recreation
Field Trip
Field Games
Arts & Crafts 
Open Recreation
Field Trips
Fun Day
11 am-12 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12-3 pm Skill Building
Activities &
Fitness Fun 
Field Games
Board Games
Structured Activity
Skill Building
Activities &
Fitness Fun 
Field Games
Board Games
Structured Activity
Fun Day
3-5 pm Athletics Skills/
Athletic Skills/
Arts & Crafts
Athletic Games Athletic Skills/
Arts & Crafts
Fun Day

Enrichment Programs

The enrichment program is an interactive review in math, reading and language arts skills. All of the activities are designed to keep your child engaged, using and building the skills he or she has learned in school as well as learning something new. Some of the activities include sparkle spelling, bingo math, chalkboard races, free writes, storytelling, grade appropriate worksheets, crosswords and more.  

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Parkview Live

Presented by Parkview Hospital

Parkview Health, for the last 6 years, has helped busy families and kids navigate important healthy behaviors like moving more, eating better and being their best. This year Parkview Health is continuing the LiVe program. Adopting LiVe’s core “8 Healthy Habits” has been shown to be the most effective way families can get fit and healthy.


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Additional Information

Call 260.427.6000 for additional information.



Testimonials from parents:


Lakeside Park:

"Miss Kim provided energy, a ready smile, appropriate discipline and a photographic memory, not to mention strong leadership for the rest of the staff at her site.  My child looked forward to the days she would be coming.  Thank you!" Paul O.

"The best summer I ever had." J. Bridsall

The summer program was great. My grand kids were very excited every day they came. I hope to see the staff next summer! Very good work, keep it up. Have a restful August. Thanks." Mrs. Jones

"I thank God for this program. This program is inspirational, fun, encouraging and exciting for my children. They beg me to allow them to come and stay until 4pm. The camp workers, Mrs. Theresa and Mrs. Alexis are terrific! Thank you again for helping the neighborhood children have a dynamite, fabulous and fun super summer!" Mrs. Jay C.

"He really liked the program. The staff provided my kids with excellent care. The kids were happy, safe, and stimulated. I would recommend the program to any parent." Patricia B.

"Thank you, it is a very good program. It helps parents very much." Hbdalla H.

"I am a parent of four children and one just came at the beginning of June. So it was very helpful to know that I can bring my older three to be entertained by the caring staff and fed lunches whenever we decided to come to the park this summer. Great help for a busy mom!"

"Tristian enjoyed coming and interacting with the other kids. He really enjoyed games, kickball, etc. He said he likes the Ford a lot." Kathryn B.

"I thanked God for the program. It gave my kids a wonderful way to spend the summer with other kids and meeting new people, which builds up their self-esteem. You couldn’t get any better than the staff. You guys pick wonderful, very exciting people who love the kids. I thank you again for a wonderful summer for my kids." Nicole A.

Packard Park:

This program is top notch excellent-this is a very professional, well-supervised program.  I can leave them and feel very secure.  Cheryl L.

The staff was so amazing! My children adored them.  This is very educational! The field trips were great, and the library coming out was also great.  We are absolutely coming back next year! Amanda W.

Sports are great along with other activities.  We enjoyed this program very well.  My children love going to the park everyday.  They have learned so much and made new friends.  Amanda W.

Lafayette Park:

My children really enjoyed how the staff interacts with the kids-Marie S.

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Hamilton Park:

"It is awesome." Chris A.

"I enjoyed the program." Faith

"The summer park program has been a blessing to our family – we have been very impressed by it. As well the summer park program has exceeded our expectations. The staff is fantastic – our children talk about how fun, kind and welcoming staff members have been towards them. As parents, the staff has always been courteous, helpful and polite to us. Overall, it was clear that staff members enjoyed working with the children and were dedicated to their job. There were also several programs during the day – such as Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s, Girl Scouts, etc. – that added to the fun of the program. We were impressed by these programs and our children absolutely loved them. Staff members also made some neat crafts with the kids and those were some of the kids’ favorite times. Overall the summer park program provided our children with an incredibly fun, friend-filled, and interesting summer. Along with having a good time the children also were provided with the wonderful opportunities previously discussed. Many thanks for offering this program. We look forward to it in summers to come." Aaron & Jen G.

"Thank you so much for allowing our children the opportunity to play at the park, make new friends, and enjoy some arts and crafts time. My children have formed friendships, that have brought them great joy…so, thank you again for the program. We have enjoyed it very much."

"I appreciated the mature staff that kept track of all those fun games and activities. The kids enjoyed the staff’s friendliness and their involvement in games. Five star effort!"Karen P.

"This was the best program of all the Fort Wayne Parks!" Billy G.

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