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Welcome to the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Fort Wayne by providing positive opportunities for leisure time and by being stewards of our park lands, facilities, public trees and other resources entrusted to our care.  We believe we enhance the quality of life in our community and are committed to providing the best department possible.

Thank you citizens of Fort Wayne for continuing to support the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.  We appreciate your support as we continue to enhance the quality of life in Fort Wayne! 

Our 2016 Foellinger Theatre season  is finished for the season.  How spectacular! We will announce our 2017 season very soon!   

In early December Mayor Tom Henry and I provided an update on the 2016 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department. 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.

We are proud to announce that the City will continue to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department, with $5 million slated for 2017!

On September 1, 2016 we opened our newest park-Franklin School Park!  This property was once a school and has been converted into a park.  The historic arches were renovated to keep the charm of the property.  A new splash pad has been added as well. 

The Parks & Recreation Department is honored to be leading phase one of the riverfront development project in the City of Fort Wayne.  The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department will manage the process and oversee the buildout of the initial project.  Development will occur in eight areas.  Check out more about riverfront development: Riverfront

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department continues to invest in our established parks and facilities too.  Check out our Invest link to see photos and information on some of our planned and recently completed projects. 

We accomplish our mission by offering classes and programs for all ages, 86 parks of all sizes, 4 Golf Courses, 5 Community Centers (McMillen, Weisser, Cooper, Jennings, and our downtown Community Center),   Rivergreenway Trails, a Botanical Conservatory, 3 Aquatic Centers, an Outdoor TheatreLindenwood, Salomon, HurshtownHeadwaters Park & Ice Arena as well as the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and many other places to seek respite in a high tech world.

Are you curious about all the different amenities the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department provides to the community?  Check out the Parks Profile flyer to learn more.

This year we started a new program called Unwind Your Mind to offer activities for those in our community with signs of early dementia.  Check out the link to learn more and watch this new program GROW. 

Do you like to travel?  Come with us for a Day or Extended Trip!  Check out the complete list of trips and pack your bags!!

If you are looking for something a little different, check out our newest facility, the McMillen Park Community Center!  Since it opened on June 7th, 2014  business has been booming.  Activities are offered for all ages.  Check it out at: McMillen Park Community Center.

Another recent add to our facilities that has been extremely popular is "Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground" in Kreager Park.  Round up all the kids in your family and head out for a day of exploring this wonderful playground where all kids can participate and enjoy the many features of this very unique facility.  Check out the Boundless Playground link for more information.

What about trying a new sport?  What about Pickleball?  It is often compared to badminton, ping pong and tennis, with its own set of rules.  Head out to Lions Park and give this new sport a try!! Check out the Pickleball link for further information.

Speaking of new sports...have you heard about FootGolf?  We opened a 9 hole course at Mad Anthony III's in 2015!  Check out more about FootGolf...

Take time to explore our parks and facilities either on-line or in person when the weather permits.  Try a new sport or learn a new skill.  Visit the Botanical Conservatory to smell the flowers that are available year around for your enjoyment.  Enjoy the opportunity to be outside and take a walk or run along the Rivergreenway or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of your favorite park. If you would rather enjoy a ride or a walk with a group, check out Trek the Trails and/or Saturday Hike or Bike Trail Excursions!

Looking for even more to do?  Especially outside?  Check out the link Meet Me at the Park for additional ideas.

To keep all these parks & facilities looking fresh and operating smoothly takes a tremendous support team. I am so thankful for the dedication our team commits to making your Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation the best it can possibly be. 

If you are ready to see what we have to offer, you can
Register or view an on-line copy of the Current Fun Times.

Once you have explored the parks and recreational areas, let us know how we are doing.  Your feedback is very important to us.  Our overall customer service rating continues to run near 90%!!

In November, 2011 the results from the completed Fort Wayne Parks Survey were released.  The survey was administered by the Center for Social Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The results were very positive and will help us shape the future of our Department.  We are very appreciative of the community and thank you for your support!! 

We are very appreciative of all the positive momentum in Fort Wayne.  To that end I sit on both the Riverfront Implementation Committee and the Legacy Joint Funding Committee.  Both of these committees are high profile and in our local news quite frequently.  Look for additional information as it is developed. 
We take great pride in striving to be one of the best Park & Recreation Department's in the nation.  We are proud of the fact that we have been accredited since 2004.  Check back often and see what new and cool things we have in store for you.

Al Moll, Director
705 E. State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana  46805
Phone (260) 427-6000
FAX (260) 427-6020


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