River Camp

River Camp for 2020 is FULL!  Look for River Camp information in 2021.


Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city and how they are still used today. Campers will learn about our rivers through hands-on exploration and leave with an enthusiasm for our waterways. Water activities, outdoor games, fishing, science experiments, dragon boat paddling, pontoon excursions, canoe paddling, hiking, river clean-up and water safety are all part of the fun! A confirmation letter will be sent out with details a week prior to camp! Ages 8-12.

Registration deadline: July 1. Min 20. Max. 40.

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# Sessions/Fee: 5/$115

Location: Shoaff Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

Additional information on River Camp will be available in the spring.

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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp in the spring 

Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp
Release & Authorization form

Medication Permission Forms (As needed)
Medication Protocol Information
Prescription Medication Permission Form
Over the Counter Medication Permission Form

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Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is life changing. Because individuals with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected, it is important that opportunities to participate in community activities that are meaningful, creative, and social are made available to them. Such activity can provide a sense of competence, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Studies have shown that arts, crafts, computers and social activities help slow mild cognitive loss by up to 50%.

The Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466.  

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Summer Programs 

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date                      Day               Time

7/21                       T              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hand Building Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays). Max. 8.

Date      Day                                         Time

6/20       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

July 20, August 17

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music; visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content. For your safety, please bring your own pencils and pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, June 17-August 26, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.


June 26, July 10, 24, August 8, 22, 1:30 p.m.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor of Huntington. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, June 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This seminar is provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® and is free of charge. Call 427-6460 by June 22 to sign up.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This presentation provides a general overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Join us for this informational program and learn more about the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association free of charge. Call 427-6460 by July 22 to register.

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Adult Programs:

Adult Programming at McMillen Park Community Center is $1 admission to the Center unless otherwise noted. 

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Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 am 

Come play the fastest growing sport in America on our climate-controlled indoor courts. Following the best practices put forth by public health authorities, we are limiting play to singles only (no doubles play) and all players are required to wear a mask. Space is limited to 45 players in the building at any given time. Drop-in fee: $1. All patrons must present a photo ID.


Essential Steps: Line Dancing

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Cardio Fit

Monday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cardio Fit includes strength training and stretching as well as cardiovascular exercises and dances using fitness steps. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present a photo ID.


Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes that create a dynamic workout based on the principle that a workout should be “fun and easy to do”. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Drop in fee: $1 and photo ID.

Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground

The Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground is located inside McMillen Park Community Center and is open to boys and girls ages 13 and under during public hours. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and must wear gym shoes while on the playground. The playground is not supervised by Community Center staff. Access to the playground is included in the $1/person general admission to the McMillen Park Community Center. Note, at this time the Playground is closed.

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McMillen Park Community Center Rentals

The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, pickleball tournament, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information. Note, the Center is NOT available for rental at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Special Events

Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events of interest to you!


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Due to the COVID-19 virus some of our facilities remain closed at this time.  Check out our Back on Track plan to see what is opening when.  We released our Summer Fun Times full of programs activities that can be offered safely.  Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.  

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While you are "sheltering in place" enjoy our new link of virtual activities at FWParks@Home where you can go on a walk, take a class, read blogs, find activities and just have fun!  Check back often as we add more content daily.

 "Meet Me at the Park"

...explore a new park (check out the list of our 87 parks)
...hike with Wild Walkers or at Lindenwood Nature Preserve
...wander Salomon Farm or take a class
...paint, play a game, eat lunch or take in a special event at the Community Center
...for all sorts of sports (Youth Athletics or Adult Athletics)
...participate in Virtual Recreation at one of our Youth Centers 
...take a trip
...visit McMillen Park Community Center
... buy some fresh produce at the Salomon Farmers' Market 
...camp (Johnny Appleseed Campground)
...play golf at one of our Golf Courses (Foster, McMillen or Shoaff)  or try FootGolf 
...enjoy monthly reenactments and activities (Historic Old Fort)

...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront  
...Check out $1 Nights, Family Garden Close-Ups, Botanical classes and much more!!  Learn more at www.botanicalconservatory.org 
...and have endless FUN! 

Looking for even more ideas or have a question? Give us a call at 260-427-6000.  Or check out our Summer Fun Times!  

Meet Me On Our Riverfront!

Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne 
for a complete list of activities on the Riverfront!

Meet meExciting news – NPRA has launched an impressive collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN to expand Parks Build Community and demonstrate the value of community parks on the national level.

A national Public Service Announcement, "Meet Me at the Park," has run on national media outlets. 

NRPA couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration and the potential it holds to bring national recognition to the benefits and value of community parks and recreation everywhere.

Seasonal FUN in the Parks!
Our Fun Times comes out four times a year packed full of FUN for you and your family!  Below are some of our seasonal events! 

...for Senior Games offered each June
...and Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown at the Botanical Conservatory, Historic Fort Wayne or Riverfront
...celebrate the Harvest at the Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival
...take in a Concert or Movie (Foellinger Theatre, Botanical Roots or Concert on the Farm)
...splash at one of the 8 Splash Pads 
...Ice Skate at Headwaters Park (open seasonally in November-early March)
...visit the Children's Zoo
...and Trek the Trails

For questions about any of these activities please call 260-427-6000.  

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You can now register for Summer Virtual Programs offered by the team from  McMillen.  Registration information for Jennings, Cooper, and Weisser coming later today.

Programs offered in the future include:


Youth Program Schedule
During the School Year

Free Youth Programming Monday-Thursday 3-8 pm; Friday 3-6 pm;

Registration Information
Parents please complete the following on-line form and submit for your children that participate in the programming at McMillen Park Community Center.  Thank you!  On-line McMillen Youth Program Registration form  Please call 427-2420 if you have any questions. 


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Kids’ Café

Students ages 5-18 are fed a nutritious meal daily. Each meal includes protein, vegetables, fruit and milk. Ages 5-18

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Jump for Life
This fitness program is made to get kids moving!

Open Gym

Youth Only

Mon, Tues, Wed, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Youth & Adults

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12:00 -5:00 p.m.

Our clean and spacious four-court gymnasium is the perfect place for a great basketball workout! Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.  

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Drums Not Guns

Participants learn drumming and discipline while also learning the dangers of gun violence

Project Alert

This drug and alcohol awareness program for ages 11-18 is designed to prevent drug use. 

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Little Lady Bugs

This is a girl’s rites of passage program for ages 5-10 years old. Students build relationships and learn age appropriate life skills, including nutrition, feelings, teamwork and basketball values.

Positively Me!

This group of girls aged 11 and up discusses various issues facing young ladies today such as setting and achieving goals, getting along with parents and handling emotions. Students also play games, do various activities and complete community service projects.

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McMillen Music Academy 

This music program powered by Sweetwater Sound provides free lessons in guitar and choir.


Students learn the theatre basics such as projection, inflection, articulation and dramatization!

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Powered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective dance professionals, students learn body awareness, coordination and musical expression.

Planting Healthy Seeds

Planting Healthy Seeds is a fun Nutrition Program for students ages 5-18. Children learn to make healthy food choices, through interesting games and food tastings and creating new recipes. This program was created by Parkview Hospital.


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Movie Night

Children enjoy movies while learning movie theatre etiquette.

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Jr. NBA Information



McMillen Park Community Center Youth Basketball Leagues as a part of the Jr. NBA gives us access to a national network of Jr NBA events, such as NBA cares community events, and NBA / WNBA games: discount uniform offers; coaching education and certification as well as professional development opportunities. We will also have opportunities for appearances from NBA and WNBA players (Pacers, Fever, Mad Ants and Legends) and access to grant funding.   


In our 1st year of a Jr. NBA site we were able to truly showcase our talent at McMillen Park Community Center! We had three participants that received either 1, 2 or 3rd place at the Regional competition in Indianapolis! Jasmine (pictured above) in the Girls 14 U level placed in the top 5 scores in the country!  She went to New York for a week this past summer to represent Indiana. Congratulations Jasmine!   

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Sisters of the Cloth 

The Master quilters of Sisters of the Cloth work one-on-one with youth ages 8-18, teaching the craft of quilting. Class sizes are limited. Call 427- 2420 for more information.

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The "Obama Quilt" as we of Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild call it, was inspired by the election of Mr. Barak Obama to the office of President of the United States of America.  It was designed by Mrs. Kathleen Fincher and constructed by several guild members. It features many individuals who were instrumental in paving the way not only for Mr. Obama, but for all minorities. The "Obama Quilt" symbolizes the success of pursuing the cause of equality for everyone-but there is much more to be done.

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Computer Brain Training (CBT)

Students learn to work with computers. Projects have included PowerPoint presentations. 

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Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground 

During the school year, the public hours for the playground are: 9-3 pm and 6-8:45 pm Monday/Friday.  When FWCS are closed, 9 am-12 pm. 

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Special Events Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events including the 7th Annual Community Extravaganza!
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Mrs. Cin. is very professional, nice and overall helpful.  The staff is wonderful with children.  L. Crawford
Staff is very professional. Tami C.
Awesome job-keep up the great job! Proud of the Center-Sandra W.
My son gets to enjoy some of his summer with other kids he may not get to see during the summer. Jennifer C.
Great program.  Glad that it is available to my kids. B. Pritchard
Your doing good.  Ms. Cin is great! N.G.
The program is very helpful because I didn't have anywhere to take my grandchildren for the summer. C. Shepherd
Great program for the kids, they also have plenty of activities. Kristal S. 

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