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The kids & staff visit Jennings Center this fall!

Reservoir Park, 

2300 Clinton & Lafayette
260.427.6700 (9 am-3 pm) 260.427.6728 (3-8 pm)

Cooper Center continues to fulfill its unique mission, by providing activities for youth in such areas as athletics, crafts, skill development and food service. All activities are supervised by a highly committed and trained staff. All programs are free. 

Cooper Center Hours:

Hours: M-Th 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri 3-6 pm

When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm

NOTE: Youth Center Holiday Hours:

Thurs Dec. 12th Cooper , Jennings & Weisser serve @ 4:30pm – 5pm (Cooper Tree Lightning)

Tuesday Dec 17th Cooper, Jennings & Weisser serve @ 4:30pm – 5pm (Community Unity @ Jennings)

Wednesday Dec 18th Cooper, Jennings & Weisser No Kids Café (etiquette dinner) Building will Close at 5pm for this event.

FWCS CLOSED: Cooper, Jennings, and Weisser will serve Kids Café @ 2pm

Friday Dec. 20, Mon. Dec. 23, Thurs Dec 26, Fri. Dec 27th , Mon. Dec 30, Tues. Dec 31

We will be open 12-5 Mon Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020.

All sites closed Dec. 24 and Dec 25
and Jan. 1, 2020 (Cooper, Jennings, and Weisser) 


Community Unity

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After-School Time FUN!

The Parks and Recreation Department's three community youth centers offer a safe, fun environment for after-school hours. School age youth are encouraged to do homework, play, and enjoy a nourishing evening meal. All programming is FREE! 

Chantell After School


Scholarship Application   

The 2020 Scholarship Application and all other documentations will be available in the spring.

Interviews will be scheduled in May of 2020.. 

It is advised that the applicant must visit and research the  (in June) as the Scholarship winners will be announced at this time and you MUST be present to receive the Scholarship. 

Join our team!

Recreation Leaders engage and interact with youth, lead games, and provide guidance and mentoring at three community centers and in our Summer Playground program. Must be 18 or older, meet all qualifications and pass a background check and drug test.

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Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Michael Ayers, Coordinator

What's NEW

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The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Partner Officer Program received the 2018 Innovative Program Award during the 2019 Indiana Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Conference in French Lick.

The Partner Officer Program began in the three Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation youth centers in January 2018. Uniformed, off-duty Fort Wayne police officers work at the three Youth Centers to play with, help, and serve kids who spend their afternoons there. In local schools they are called Resource Officers, and in Youth Centers, these Partner Officers are becoming regular fixtures, with center participants knowing them as the great people they are—not just uniforms they only see at crime scenes.

Check out Facebook and Twitter for information about Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation including information on Cooper!

We have created a new link with information on all the Youth Programs at Cooper!

Check out the NEW East Central Neighborhood Blog and learn more about what is happening in our community

Planting Healthy Seeds: The Impact of Childhood Obesity

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High Achievers

Cooper Center High Achiever Alumni

Antonio Wilson, Northside High School

Twenty-first Century Scholars Program

The Twenty-first Century Scholars program is an income-eligible program for families in Indiana. 
Students in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade who qualify for the program can receive up to four years
of college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college or university. 

You can learn more about the scholarship program by applying online at www.scholars.in.gov

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It is fun at Cooper they have a lot of games.  Xavier
My daughter enjoys the crafts, games, field trips, and making new friends.  Melissa G.
I am so happy that there is a place for my children to go where they are loved and cared for. Staff at Cooper Center are interactive, and friendly and have great ideas. My children talk about them often.  Tonya O.
I love the field trips and party ideas Ms.Camille has. I love how she gives each child an African name. The spirit is lively and safe.   Callie B.


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