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How to Become a Donor


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Please consider making a donation to add to the beauty and fun of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation parks and programs. 

For additional information on any of the donation options, contact Sarah Nichter at 260-427-6024 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Scroll down to check out a few of the great parks, programs, and amenities offered by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department. For a complete list of Donation Options, check out  Donate now.


Our city is facing a major challenge resulting from the destructive effects of the Emerald Ash Borer.  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.

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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 due to the very cold and wet winters and springs. 

Donations are now being accepted to benefit the Lakeside Rose Garden. If you are interested you can download the Memorial Rose Order form and submit with your check or money order.  

DSC_9185_6_7-foster_garden_gazeboFOSTER 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.

Your gift will help improve and maintain the flower gardens and amenities that make this park so special. Your gift will be added to the flower garden endowment, and as always is tax-deductible. Donate now 


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.

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The playground located in Kreager Park features accessible equipment so that children with disabilities can play alongside those without disabilities.

We are accepting donations for the maintenance endowment for the playground. Learn more about the playground at the Boundless Playground link.

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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?


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!

Jennings, Weisser, Cooper, and the NEW McMillen 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.



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.



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