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The kids & staff visit Jennings Center 

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You can now register for Virtual Programs offered by the team from  McMillen or for the Jennings, Cooper, and Weisser teams!


Visit our Youth Programs page to check out some videos posted to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation YouTube channel! - 



COVID-19 Impact

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has announced that based on Governor Holcomb's Back on Track plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper Youth Center will be closed the summer of 2020. 

During this COVID-19 outbreak there are various places that have stepped up to help our community with meals. For information on locations offering meals to the community during this time please see the Lunch site list (FWCS).

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

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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! 

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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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