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Cooper Community Center

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Reservoir Park,
2300 Clinton & Lafayette

260.427.6700 (9 am-3 pm) 260.427.6728 (3-8 pm)

Cooper Center continues to fulfill its unique mission, by providing activities for youth in such areas as athletics, crafts, skill development and food service. All activities are supervised by a highly committed and trained staff. All programs are free.

Cooper Center is available for rental use. $30/hr minimum of 2 hours; plus a $45 security fee; plus a $25 cleanup returnable deposit.


Bennie Lewis, Manager of Neighborhood Programs
Michael Ayers, Facility Supervisor
Camille Curry, Program Coordinator
Costella Mack, Program Coordinator

What's NEW

Check out Facebook and Twitter for information about Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation including information on Cooper!

Check out the NEW East Central Neighborhood Blog and learn more about what is happening in our community

The Safe Haven Open Houses and Basketball Tournament has been set for October. Check out the press release for additional information.

Cooper Center Hours:
Youth Summer Hours: June 9-August 1, 9 am-5 pm

School Year Hours: M-Th 3-8:00 pm; Fri 3-6 pm
If FWCS are closed, we are open 12- 5 pm

Closed for City Holidays throughout the year.  

Business Hours : 12-8 pm, Friday 12-6 pm 

Summer Program

The Neighborhood Recreation Center summer program will run in 2014 at Weisser, Jennings and Cooper Centers. The activity schedule is below. Note: The Fort Wayne Community Schools Summer Lunch Program will provide free lunches each weekday from 11:30 a.m.-noon at all three sites. Registration begins in May. Stop by Jennings, Cooper or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. The activities at our Neighborhood Recreation Centers are FREE! For more information, please contact the coordinator at each center.

Jennings, Cooper & Weisser Centers Summer Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-10 am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
10-11 am Enrichment Enrichment Enrichment Enrichment Open Recreation
11 am-12 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12-3 pm Open Recreation Open Recreation Open Recreation/ Weisser Swim Open Recreation/ Cooper Swim Open Recreation/ Jennings Swim
3-5 pm Arts/Crafts Athletics Arts/Crafts Athletics Arts/Crafts Athletics Arts/Crafts Athletics Movies

Cooper Center Programs

All programs at Cooper are offered free of charge! Check out the NEW 2013 Neighborhood Program Calendar

Fall Youth Programs
October 8-February 11

All students participating in the fall program must complete a registration form at the Cooper Community Center.

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Passage 2 Manhood

Mondays, 6-7 pm

Passage to Manhood is a life skills program designed to give middle and high school boys the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors. Facilitator: Terrance Miles.

 Lit Ladies

Tuesday, 5:00-7:15 pm 


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 Akoma Dance Crew

Akoma runs on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 at Weisser.



Jump for Life

4:00-5:00 pm on Wednesdays

Jump for Life is an exercise, nutrition and hygiene program. Youth enjoy a variety of fieldtrips involving swimming and hair, skin and nail care and dining. The youth also are exposed to health related businesses within the community and learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. The group meets October – April.

Power Hour

Monday-Friday, 3-4 pm

Power Hour provides homework assistance and tutoring.

Youth Kwanzaa Celebration

Wednesday, December 26,3:00-4:00p.m.

Community Kwanzaa Celebration

Thursday & Friday,December 27 & 28 6:00 p.m.

15th Annual Black History Bowl

Wednesday, February 25




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SBA Academy

Tuesdays, 5-7 pm

Check out the Weisser Center site for more information.  Please note, transportation is provided to/from Weisser Park Youth Center for the SBA Academy.

Basketball Program

Monday/Wednesday 5:30-8 pm     Weisser Elem (Elementary)
Tuesday                  6-8 pm          Lakeside MS (Middle School)
Thursday                 6-8 pm          Lakeside MS (High School)

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Drop In Activities

Include: arts & crafts, science projects, movies, cooking, computers, field trips and virtual field trips.

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Kids Cafè

Monday-Friday 5-6 pm

A nutritious evening meal is served every weekday.

Backpack Program

Call the Center for more information on this program for families. 





High Achievers

Cooper Center High Achiever Alumni

Antonio Wilson, Northside High School

Twenty-first Century Scholars Program

The Twenty-first Century Scholars program is an income-eligible program for families in Indiana. 
Students in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade who qualify for the program can receive up to four years
of college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college or university. 

You can learn more about the scholarship program by applying online at

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It is fun at Cooper they have a lot of games.  Xavier

My daughter enjoys the crafts, games, field trips, and making new friends.  Melissa G.

I am so happy that there is a place for my children to go where they are loved and cared for. Staff at Cooper Center are interactive, and friendly and have great ideas. My children talk about them often.  Tonya O.

I love the field trips and party ideas Ms.Camille has. I love how she gives each child an African name. The spirit is lively and safe.   Callie B.

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