Below are a few options for donating to the beauty and
fun of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation programs. If you or
your business would like to assist with one of these, please
contact Sarah Nichter at 260-427-6024 or
For a larger donation of land or funds, please contact Sarah Nichter at
Scroll down to check out the great parks, programs, and amenities
that you can donate to.
TREE CANOPY REPLACEMENT:
Our city is facing a major challenge resulting from the destructive effects of the Emerald Ash Borer. More than 20% of our street trees are dying or will be dead in the next few years because of this invasive insect, and you can help make a difference by donating to remove and replace the trees. Our park strips and parks are losing tree canopy. This is a huge project and one that will not end until the ash tree population is replaced.
Lakeside Rose Garden: The rose gardens of Lakeside Park have a
national reputation as an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) and
are beloved by the citizens of Fort Wayne. Yet in the past few years,
the park has lost more than 300 rose bushes. In addition, 2012 is the
final year that roses will be supplied by the AARS.
“The last three seasons have been brutal on the roses. We’ve had cold
and wet winters and springs, which are less than ideal conditions for roses,”
said Lynda Heavrin, Manager of Landscape and Horticulture. “ Considering
the needs at Lakeside Park, this is great timing to begin a memorial rose
This “perfect storm” of reduced budgets, the loss of a regular influx of free
rose bushes, and the huge need for new bushes has created an opportunity
for Fort Wayne citizens to get involved.
Donations are now being accepted to benefit the Lakeside Rose Garden.
Any size donation is greatly appreciated. For larger donations, $1,500 will
provide for a bed of 20 roses with a memorial sign; a bed of 10 roses with
memorial sign is $800. If you are interested you can download the
Memorial Rose Order form and submit with your check or money
or call 260-427-6024.
Foster Park: One hundred years ago, Col. David Foster and the Board of
Park Commissioners dedicated the first 67 acres of Foster Park to an
excited public. Today’s 276-acre park at 3900 Old Mill Road is a
mature development from 100 years of loving care. Brothers
Samuel and David Foster bought a total of 112 acres as a gift
to the city of Fort Wayne, and their legacy has brought joy to
countless families from the region.
Join the dozens of citizens who have contributed generously – your gift will help
improve and maintain the flower gardens and amenities that make this park so
special. Your centennial birthday gift will be added to the flower garden endow-
ment, and as always is tax-deductible. For more information,
call Sarah Nichter at 260.427.6024.
Donate now and choose the Foster Park Gardens option.
MEMORIALS: Generations of city residents have purchased memorial trees and benches for parks, in memory of a loved one. You can add to the beauty of our parks while honoring others with this donation program – which now includes a memorial rose bed at Lakeside Park! Check out the Memorial Program page for more information about donating trees or benches including order forms.
The Boundless Playground at Kreager Park is Indiana's first. It features accessible equipment so that children with disabilities can play alongside those without disabilities.
We are still accepting donations for the maintenance endowment for the playground. Learn how you can donate at the Boundless Playground page.
GLORIOUS FLORAL DISPLAYS: We’re proud of the award-winning gardens in city parks, and your donation can help maintain the beauty that residents find from the early spring tulips through the late summer annuals.
SPRAYGROUNDS: Add water to a playground and what do you get? Absolute fun and joy on hot summer days! Spraygrounds and splashpads are better than a sprinkler on your lawn – and can be found at numerous parks. Are you interested in supporting these carefree facilities? Or have you considered donating toward a new splashpad at your favorite park?
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is involved with numerous projects and programs that benefit the community.
BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY: Providing gardens under glass in the center of Fort Wayne, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory offers a respite from the sounds of the city and a botanical experience during all seasons of the year. Help fund regularly changing shows and new activities by donating!
YOUTH CENTERS & PROGRAMMING: Jennings, Weisser and Cooper Centers provide after-school and summer enrichment programs and activities. Not only are these centers supervised and offer safe havens for children, they also offer year-round lifeskills assistance, math and language arts enrichment and recreational opportunities.
LEGACY PARKS: Many of our city parks are more than 100 years old, and we are celebrating this heritage with a Legacy fund. This trust is set up to help care for and improve these jewels that are our heritage. Learn more about our historic parks and how you can donate at the Legacy Parks page.