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Pawster Park


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About Pawster Park Playground

Pawster Park Pooch Playground is located in Foster Park West on Winchester Road, just off Bluffton Road. It is a public facility owned and operated by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. All dogs (except female dogs in heat) are welcome subject to the rules and regulations below.




In 2000, a dedicated group of local dog-lovers approached the Parks and Recreation Department with the concept of developing a dog park in Fort Wayne. The group conducted research on similar facilities in other communities and pledged their energy towards raising funds to construct the facility.

In 2010 a new Dog Agility course was added which includes six new canine agility equipment pieces.  These products are specially designed to help dog owners to teach obedience skills, build confidence, and give exercise.  There are three separate pieces in each area of the two fenced areas.  One area has a set of six weaving poles, a wait table, and a doggy teeter totter.  The other area contains a tire jump, a set of five hound hoops, and a dog walk ramp.  This new equipment is tough enough for any park setting and will provide fun activities for dogs of all sizes and abilities.  


In 2001, City ordinance was revised to allow unleashed dogs inside the confines of the dog park and a seldom used baseball diamond in Foster Park West was removed and dedicated for Pooch Playground. 

The facility is open 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily weather permitting.

In order to enjoy Pawster Park Pooch Playground, all dogs are required to have a Pooch Pass. To obtain your Pass, stop by the Parks and Recreation Department Main Office any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: All users purchasing the required Pooch Pass to use the facility will be issued a code to unlock the gate.

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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department
Administrative Office
705 East State Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
(260) 427-6000

Dog Owners must show proof of rabies, Distemper, and Parvo vaccinations to obtain passes. Passes must be visibly attached to your dog's collar at all times.

All permits shall be valid from the time they are issued until the following January 31 (for 2012). Fees will not be pro-rated. Color-coded tags will contain a registration number and the year for which the tag is valid.

Annual Pooch Passes are $40 per dog 

Half Season Memberships are available for purchase yearly (July 1-Dec.31 for $20)

Memberships  expire Dec. 31st

Limit three (3) Pooch Passes per household.

Check out the Dog Pass and Liability Form.

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Event: Games!Dogs!Play! at Salomon Farm.

6th Annual Games! Dogs! Play!
Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Don’t let your dog miss this fun event, dog- gone-it! It will be the most fun you and your canine companion have all  year,  paws  down! It’s a dog’s day with vendors, adoptable dogs, rescue groups and the opportunity to participate in fun and goofy canine challenges. Food will be available for purchase during the event, too! Registration is required to participate in the games (see information below) but the event is open to the public and free of charge.
Call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 for more information. G!D!P! is co-sponsored by My Best Friend Dog Training.

Games! Dogs! Play! Doggie Games

Join us at Franke Park for fun and laugh-inspiring challenges for you and your dog. See what your dog can do, he may surprise you! Games are come-as-you-are (no special training is required) and include basic commands like sit, stay, etc. All participants will receive a special gift, while supplies last. Games start at 9:00 and will take about 30 minutes to complete; on-site registration will stop at 11:00 a.m. Pre- register more than one dog and get 50% off the second registration fee. You must register by phone (427-6011) or in person at 705 E. State Blvd. to receive the discount. Registration deadline: May 7. Min. 8. Max. 40. G!D!P! is co-sponsored by My Best Friend Dog Training.

Code                 Date              Day              Time
248305-S1          5/10              Sa                 9-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10/$12 on-site Location: Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

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