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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.  In addition, The City of Fort Wayne continues to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department!  $5 million was slated for 2017 and additional funding has been set aside for 2018. 

The following include ongoing Projects:

  • Memorial Park Civil Servant Memorial wall engraving
  • Old Fort and Headwaters Park: Bank Stabilization Improvements
  • Franke Park Foellinger Theater Improvements
  • Promenade Park Construction
  • Salomon Farm Learning Center Addition and Homestead Renovation
  • Reservoir Park Sidewalk Improvements
  • 5 Year Master Plan Update
  • Shoaff Park Restroom Building and Shelter
  • Franke Park – Harris Road Canine Facility

    The following parks and facilities have improvements scheduled for 2018:

  • Foellinger Theater- Performer Area Improvements
  • Salomon Farm – Parking Lot for Learning Center
  • Freimann Square – Fountain Improvements
  • Johnny Appleseed – Restroom Building, Playground and Campground Improvements
  • Lakeside Park – Garden Irrigation
  • Lawton Park – Above Ground Storage Tank
  • Memorial Park – Task Force Recommendations
  • Shoaff Park – Conklin Pavilion Improvements
  • Packard Park – Futsal Court Renovations
  • Reservoir Park – Infrastructure Improvements
  • Franke Park – Pathway Improvements

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 

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Memorial Park Grove

Thanks to the Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club for raising funds for an additional 71 trees that were planted in Memorial Park Grove. The trees represent the men and women from Allen County who died in Active Service during WWI. A total of four species were planted including: white oak, hackberry, elm and tulip.

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Freimann Square

Old lights at Freimann  Square were obsolete. Finding parts proved difficult and a move toward better efficient lights was  important so the old lighting was replaced with LED lights.  Future phases are being planned to replace all the single light heads.

 



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Shoaff Park

Tentatively opening summer of 2018 a restroom facility and open air shelter.  This building will be located adjacent to the Shoaff Park splashpad.  The new Shoaff Park sign was recently installed at the entrance. 


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Waynedale Pavilion

Improvements to the Waynedale pavilion include: 5 Beams were replaced and new concrete poured on the patio.

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Foster Park

Before/after pictures showing the Tennis Courts in need of repair The courts have now been color coated.

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Botanical Conservatory

The lighting, irrigation & fencing is complete for the patio and gutter project.  The landscaping is in progress.

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Bob Arnold Northside Park


New concrete walkway

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Memorial Park Splashpad

A new surface was installed around the splashpad.

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Franke Park

In the Long House ceiling fans were installed.

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Wells Street Beam Improvements

 

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Weisser Park

Work on the Dugout 

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McMillen Park Community Center

New flooring installed throughout the Center.

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Foster Park

Court improvements to volleyball courts.

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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. 

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Lions Park

Court improvements were made at Lions Park for all courts.

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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


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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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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

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Salomon Farm water fountain/spigot improvements

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Shoaff Tennis Asphalt 

Shoaff Park tennis and parking lot improvements

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

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