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What Do You Know About The Fort Wayne Parks And Recreation Department? 

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When was the first park established?
The first park, Old Fort Park, was established in 1863.

How many parks are there?
86 parks

How many acres does the Parks and Recreation Department own?
2,805 acres

What is the largest city park?
Franke Park is our largest park with 329.24 acres.


What is the newest acquired park?
Our newest acquired park is Robert E. Meyer's Park.  Year Acquired: 2008

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What is the newest opened park?

Our newest opened park is Robert E. Meyer's Park.  This park was dedicated on August 14, 2009.  

Location: (Jefferson/Harrison inside the new Harrison Square Development with views to Parkview Field)

Note: Park closes 3 hours prior to activities at Parkview Field.

Size in acres: 1 1/2 acres
Year Acquired: 2008

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  • performance stage (in the round) 
  • splash fountain
  • shade trees
  • ornamental trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses
  • urban oasis

How many trees does the Parks Department care for?
There are 45,100 street trees and  15,000 park trees. (As of 12/31/2013)

How many pavilions are there? 
There are 20 pavilions available for rental.
How many playgrounds are available?  
53 individual playgrounds and 6 spraygrounds  

Are there any municipal golf courses?
Yes, the City owns 4 golf courses located at Foster, McMillen ( 2 courses), and Shoaff parks.


How many swimming pools?
There are three swimming pools located in NorthsideMcMillen, and Memorial parks (open seasonally). Memorial, Waynedale, Shoaff, McCormick, Robert E. Meyers  Buckner and Kreager parks all have spraygrounds that are open daily (during the season) and are FREE.

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How many tennis courts are there?
There are a total of 62 tennis courts-39 of which are lighted.

What is the total number of baseball & softball diamonds?
The Parks and Recreation Department owns a total of 39 ball diamonds.

Are there any soccer fields?
Yes, there are 20.

How many miles does the Rivergreenway Trails cover?
There are 24 miles of Rivergreenway trails in the City of Fort Wayne.


Are there any free summer concerts?
Foellinger Outdoor Theatre Summer Series offers Free Concerts.   

Does the Department have a travel program?
Yes, we plan both day trips and extended travel trips.   For more information about the current list of extended trips or to receive a free tour brochure by mail, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017. 

IMG 1454Are there any programs for youth?
We offer many programs/activities for youth including arts and crafts, sports, nature education as well as lots of opportunities to pursue a particular hobby.  Classes and programs change seasonally.


What about programs for adults?
Whatever your interest-music, dance, arts/crafts, languages, athletics or computers, we have plenty of classes planned for you.  Review and register for our adult classes.

Are there any programs for seniors?
Whether you like to exercise, dance the night away, learn about computers, or attend a health related program, we’ve got you covered. Many of these "fun after 50" programs are held at the Community Center, 233 W. Main Street.


What else does the Parks and Recreation Department own?





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