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Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department

Capital Improvement Narratives

The following are capital improvement projects that are planned for the coming year at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department parks and facilities. Over 60 projects were started and completed in 2016 and more than 30 projects are still in progress.  In total the City of Fort Wayne invested close to $3 million in Parks & Recreation Department improvements in 2016.  In addition, the City will continue to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department, with $5 million slated for 2017. 

The following include ongoing Projects:

  • Old Fort and Headwaters Park: Bank Stabilization Improvements
  • Roosevelt Park: Pedestrian Bridge Improvements
  • Salomon Farm Park: Asphalt Path and Old Barn Path Lighting Improvements
  • Botanical Conservatory: Plaza and Gutter Improvements
  • Bass Park: Playground Improvements
  • Memorial Park: Civil Servant Memorial Wall Engraving
  • Wells Street Bridge: Beam and Railing Improvements
  • Foster Park: Tennis Court Improvements
  • Lakeside Park: Solar Basketball Lights Installed 

The follwing parks and facilities have improvements scheduled for 2017:

  • Franklin School Park
  • McMillen Park Community Center
  • Foellinger Theatre
  • Botanical Conservatory
  • Salomon Farm Park
  • Reservoir Park
  • Shoaff Park
  • Riverfront Development

    Status Report/Plans

    For a current status report on the various projects, please check out the following information on-line: Current Status Report on Capital Improvement Projects 

    Project Pictures 


Foster Park

Tennis Courts in need of repair The courts will be color coated this spring and completed by June 1 pending weather conditions.





Botanical Conservatory

Patio & gutter project.  Funding being explored for lighting, irrigation, fencing & landscaping.


Bob Arnold Northside Park

New concrete walkway


Memorial Park Splashpad

A new surface was installed around the splashpad.


Franke Park

In the Long House ceiling fans were installed.


Wells Street Beam Improvements



Weisser Park

Work on the Dugout 



McMillen Park Community Center

New flooring installed.


Foster Park

Court improvements to volleyball courts.

Salomon Homestead

Salomon Farm Park

The Farmstead addition was removed to take the home back to the original footprint.


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Klug Park

Concrete work is now complete for the new Klug Park walking path. The new Legacy Arch was installed this winter.


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Foellinger Theatre

Improvements at Foellinger Theatre include: powerwashing, priming and painting as well as working on the drains and other projects. 


Lions Park

Court improvements were made at Lions Park for all courts.


Kreager Park-Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground 

This new Cozy Cocoon is great for children with Autism. 

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Johnny Appleseed Campground

Three new HVAC units were installed at Johnny Appleseed Campground in the restrooms and laundry area.

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Franke Park Day Camp

Upgrades to Franke Park Day Camp include 1 new HVAC in the kitchen and 3 new HVAC units in the Nature Lodge.  In addition, replacing doors slabs off the hallway.

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Courthouse Green

Installed new ADA compliant walk and fixed broken concrete.

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Franklin School Park

Phase I

Franklin School Park Phase I is now open to the public. This phase includes the renovation of the arches, family restrooms in the pavilion, site work and a new splash pad.  Read more on the Franklin School Park link!

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Community Center

New parking gate installed at the Community Center.

The following include completed 2016 Projects:  

  • Franklin School Park: Phase One
  • Buckner Park: Splash Pad
  • Courthouse Green: Accessible Ramp and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Franke Park: Park/Children’s Zoo Entryway Sign Installed, BMX Fence Improvements, Bleacher Improvements, Day Camp ADA Pathway and HVAC Installed, Foellinger Theatre Exterior Painted, Signage, Concrete Ramp and Loading Dock Improvements
  • Salomon Farm Park: Learning Center Parking Lot and Homestead Improvements
  • Packard Park: Ball Diamond and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Community Center: Parking Gate and New Kitchen Flooring Installed, Sound Equipment Improvements
  • Foster Park: Volleyball Court Improvements
  • Lions Park: New Concrete Pathways and Signage Installed, Outfield Fence Improvements
  • Lawton Park: Cannon Monument Restoration
  • Johnny Appleseed Park: Campground Signage and Drainage Improvements, Campground Restroom Climate Control Installed
  • Indian Village Park: Sidewalk Improvement
  • Klug Park: ADA Swing Installed
  • Kreager Park: Cozy Cocoon Playground Addition
  • Waynedale Park: Drinking Fountain Improvements
  • Lions Park: Pickleball Court Improvements
  • Headwaters Park: Riverfront Floating Dock Project
  • Shoaff Park: Completed Pathway Around Golf Course
  • Various Parks: Bicentennial Benches and Plaques Installed in 19 Parks




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Purdue Cardinal Community Hoops & Managed Health Services (MHS) Donate Funds to Improve Basketball Court at Jennings Recreation Center

Read more about this great investment in the youth of this community! 

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This new playground piece was added at Lions Park. This piece is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, the playground structure has two facades: one side tells the story of the “The Ugly Duckling,” and the other side tells the story of “The Little Mermaid.”

Learn more about The Smart Playground from KOMPAN.

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Camp Canine opened in July of 2015!

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Resurfaced Swinney Tennis Courts




Packard Park Site Improvements

  • Improved site drainage around the pavilion with perforated drain tile.
  • Improved deteriorated Concrete patio/ walks.
  • Connected concrete walk from Pavilion to Tennis courts.
  • Added additional 520 Square feet of patio area.
  • Installed dumpster pad and improved concrete drive approach to pavilion 

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Foster #1 Kitchen Upgrade

Northside Park parking lot improvements to various lots in the park

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Weisser Center flooring improvements

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Salomon Farm parking lot improvements

 Salomon Water Fountain

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Salomon Farm water fountain/spigot improvements

Shoaff Tennis and Parking Asphalt

Shoaff Tennis Asphalt 

Shoaff Park tennis and parking lot improvements



Franke #1 upgraded kitchenette: cabinets, countertops and sinks for ADA compliance.


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