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Lifetime Sports Academy Presents 2017 Awards

July 21, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Natalie Eggeman (260) 427-6028
              Public Information Officer

Free program has served 26,950 children

Fort Wayne, Ind--Today marked the successful completion of the Lifetime Sports Academy’s 20th summer with more than 1,000 participants this year and a total of 26,950 participants over the last 20 years. Group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming were offered to boys and girls, ages 7 – 18. Lessons focused on skill development. 

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Roots at the Conservatory: 2017 Concert Series

July 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:         

Liz Firestine (260-427-6446)   OR      Mitch Sheppard (260-427-6441)
Conservatory Programs                      Parks Deputy Director
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Fort Wayne, IN: The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is excited to release the lineup for its twelfth annual Botanical Roots outdoor concert series to take place at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne.  This season brings six headliners and openers out onto the Terrace plaza every Friday night, July 28-September 1. Concerts feature nationally touring acts performing energizing, dance-inspiring styles that find their roots in American musical traditions.  

July 28                  The Kinsey Report                                                    (Blues)

August 4               Gizzae                                                                        (Reggae)

August 11             C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band          (Zydeco)

August 18             Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers          (Zydeco)

August 25             The Soul Lounge Band                                            (Soul/Funk)

September 1         Morry Sochat & the Special 20s                              (Blues)

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Limited Access to Foster Park Entrance- July 25 - 27

July 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:        
Natalie Eggeman, PIO (260-427-6028)                                                   

Fort Wayne, Ind. Vehicular access to Foster Park will be limited on July 25 – 27 due to NIPSCO replacing the regulator station that is located near the park entrance. This is in conjunction with the City of Fort Wayne Tunnel Project. There will likely be only one lane to both enter and exit Foster Park at Old Mill Rd. Traffic control officers will be stationed by the entrance and signs will be posted, but we encourage all park visitors to be patient and careful when entering and exiting during work periods.

Artists Share their Designs for Promenade Park Sculpture

July 17, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact:           Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)
                         Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne, Ind.Five nationally recognized artists have been invited to submit proposals to create an iconic sculpture that will be the visual anchor of the Promenade Park entrance.

In January 2016, the Waterfield Foundation donated $100,000 through the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. for the creation of the entryway sculpture. The donation, combined with a 50% match from Lilly Endowment, Inc., brings the total value of the donation to $150,000. The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department partnered with Arts United to ensure that the final piece of art represents the rivers and the growing vibrancy of downtown Fort Wayne through an unbiased selection process.

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Memorial Pool Opening Saturday

July 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:        

Natalie Eggeman, PIO (260-427-6028)                                                                 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Memorial Pool will be open to the public Saturday, July 8 at 12:30 pm.

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Mayor Henry Leads Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Promenade Park

June 29, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:         Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)
 
                      Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne, Ind. –Progress continues to be made on riverfront development efforts. Mayor Tom Henry and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll today joined representatives from City Council, the Board of Park Commissioners, the Fort Wayne Park Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority and Riverfront Fort Wayne investors for a groundbreaking ceremony on the future site of Promenade Park. 

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What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in July

                         

June 23, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        Public Information Officer

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Blumengarten: A German Story

July 1 – November 12

From summer to fall we celebrate our German twin, the city of Gera, with a special garden. The Showcase will present five aspects, including a dahlia garden, casual biergarten, and practical cottage garden, to introduce visitors to Germany through its natural spaces. In addition, a gallery exhibit of artifacts will provide Conservatory guests a little more taste for the history of Thuringia, “the green heart of Germany,” where Gera is located. Established in medieval times but influenced by the modern era, Gera is different than familiar Bavaria. Explore the culture of central Germany with interpretive displays spotlighting their respect for both nature and history. Additional programs will be offered throughout the length of this exhibit to help Fort Wayne discover more about Gera, our German sister city since 1992. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1, ABC21 WPTA, the M.E. Raker Foundation, Wilson Foundation, and Auer Foundation.

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Park Foundation Donates to Riverfront Development

June 21, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:         Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)
Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Park Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its support of Promenade Park by raising funds for the construction of the Fort Wayne Park Foundation Compass Pavilion. With generous contributions from area foundations and individuals, the Foundation raised $1,000,000 which was generously matched with $500,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. In addition, the Park Foundation pledged $150,000 from its unrestricted endowment funds to support the project.

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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        Public Information Officer

Community Center, 233 W. Main St., June 21, 10 am – 2 pm

Fort Wayne, IN—The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department,  Kingston Healthcare and Active Day supports the Alzheimer’s Association by inviting the public to the Summer Solstice Celebration, a cookout with music, entertainment, arts and games.

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Jennings Recreation Center: Free HEAL Classes

June 16, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                        Public Information Officer

June 24; July 8, 22; August 5, 26; September 9, 16, 30

Fort Wayne, IN—The public is invited to attend a free, 8-session Healthy Eating Active Living program at Jennings Recreation Center Saturdays, noon – 2 pm during the months of June – September.

Participants will learn the following:

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