Park Study Team organized to evaluate all parks with respect to current social patterns and needs for physical changes to meet the new demands.
A federal EEO review of the Department was conducted by a team from Washington D.C. resulting in a high compliance rating.
Department adopted a change in policy which emphasized fees and charges to make services and programs financially self-supporting.
Foellinger Theatre reopened following completion of the basic reconstruction.
First full season of operation for Lindenwood Park Environmental Study Area, leased from the Lindenwood Cemetery.
Stewart-McMillen Tennis Center completed.
Completion and opening of new Senior Citizens Center.
Lawton Park Greenhouse destroyed by fire.
Therapeutic Recreation Program implemented. The Department was awarded the Pioneering Award by IPRA for being the first Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana to start such a program.
Recreation services provided outside Fort Wayne city limits for the first time through a purchase of services agreement.
75th anniversary of the department.
First Annual Winter Festival.
First Three Rivers Festival Junior Golf Tournament sponsored by Bordens marked the beginning of the annual Junior Golf Program.
The 1979-83 Park Master Plan completed and approved by the State Department of Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation Division.
Recognition of the Fort Wayne Park Department Employees Independent Union, Inc. as the bargaining agent for all non-supervisory employees.
A multi-party agreement drawn up between the Redevelopment Commission, Park Board, Park Foundation, Foellinger Foundation, and the Freimann Charitable Trust. Agreement states what each party will be doing in its relationship to create the Botanical Conservatory.
Grant through the Department of Natural Resources approved which will involve a study of wood utilization.
Launching of the Historic River Cruise Program.
Department hosted the First Joint State Conference for IPRA, IAHPER, ICEA.