Photo credit to: Allen County Public Library's Community Album
Size in acres: 39.33
History: Lawton Park was bought to be used as an Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1866, (it was called Northside Park until the turn of the century). In 1918 Lawton had 40 acres and along with Swinney remained one of the city's largest parks for many years. Cannons became part of the Lawton Park scene in 1901.
WHAT TO DO
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Kids Crossing Playground
Kids Crossing is one of the city's greatest children's playgrounds. The playground is a scaled version of the original fort which serves as the backdrop for the playground.
Lawton Skate park offers a 20,000 square foot facility, has 9 tons of reinforced steel, 500 cubic yards of concrete, and is lit at night (requires a button to be pressed) until the park closes.
The park is surrounded by an 8' fence and has one turn-style entry at the east side.
The Lawton Park Greenhouse has been a fixture of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department since the early 1920's. Employees at the greenhouse are responsible for growing over 130,000 plants for all of the Parks Department floral needs.
The Rivergreenway Trail is a 24 mile long linear park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Trail is along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and the Maumee Rivers. The Rivergreenway trail is your opportunity for recreation, fitness and conservation while getting away from it all while still being linked close to everything.
The Old Fort/History
The Historic Old Fort is a replica of an original structure under the command of Major Whistler. The new facility functioned as a living history museum offering a colorful first-person interpretation of life in the untamed "west" in 1816.Below are photos of the monument and two cannons located across the river on the east side of Lawton Park.