Starting November 23, 2020-January 19, 2021 all Youth Centers will be transitioning to virtual programs as the Youth Centers will be closed. Cooper, Jennings & Weisser will start virtual programming Monday-Friday at 4:00 pm and McMillen Community Center will have virtual programming starting at 3:30 pm. Please register at your Youth Center of choice and call if you have any questions.
Please check out this link to learn more about the Fall/Winter program and how to register for Virtual Programming.
Youth Centers to provide Free Dinners for Children
Starting Monday November 23, Free Dinners will be available Monday-Friday on a first come/first served basis. Check out the press release for the timing for each center and additional details.
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
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
Recently Zynette recorded a Podcast with Director Steve McDaniel. Listen in to the the Weisser Center Podcast!
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.
2021 Scholarship Application
The 2021 Scholarship Application and all other documentations will be posted the spring of 2021.
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
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