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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, Weisser 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).
802 Eckart Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Weisser Center Hours
Youth Center Hours:
M-Th 3-8 pm; Friday 3-6 pm
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm
A registration card must be completed and a Pick-Up Procedure form signed for each program participant. Forms are at the Center.
The Weisser Park Youth Center opened its doors in 1998. The 14,000 square foot facility houses:
- a computer center
- an arts & crafts room
- a library/resource/study center
- a teen club/meeting room
- an open lobby for unstructured recreation
- a snack preparation station
- a weight training room
- a full service kitchen
- a (27’ x 36’) multi-purpose/performing arts room equipped with a stage area and seating for over 300 people.
The campus also has outdoor tennis and basketball courts and shared use of the Weisser Park School gymnasium.
Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Zynette Paige, Facility Supervisor
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.
2020 Scholarship Application
The 2020 Scholarship Application and all other documentations will be posted the spring of 2020.
It is advised that the applicant must visit and research the Jennings Recreation Center prior to the interviews.
All candidates must attend the Teenage Sunday event as the Scholarship winners will be announced at this time and you MUST be present to receive the Scholarship.
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 Weisser!
Planting Healthy Seeds: The Impact of Childhood Obesity
The Center is fully staffed to serve as a primary after-school alternative and a safe haven for neighborhood youth. During Center hours, children may play unstructured games or table games (air hockey, foosball, pool, etc.); create art or craft projects; use educational or recreational software in the computer room; study, read or do research in the resource room; exercise and work out in the weight training room; or just relax and enjoy the company of friends. For more about core programs: CLICK HERE
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!
Weisser Center High Achiever Alumni
Adrian Curry Morehouse College
Denzel Hayden, Miles College
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