Lawton Park Labeled

Lawton Park 

Size in acres: 39.33

Since 1866

Lawton Park is located at 1900 N. Clinton, Fort Wayne, IN. For more detailed directions check out the General Park Map, or  Lawton Park Map 


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Lawton Park was bought to be used as an Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1866, (it was called Northside Park until the turn of the century). In 1918 Lawton had 40 acres and along with Swinney remained one of the city's largest parks for many years. Cannons became part of the Lawton Park scene in 1901.

Lawton Park was home to the first public swimming pool in Fort Wayne.  The pool opened in 1918.  The pool was in operation for almost 65 years and closed in 1982.  

Read more about local history including  Lawton Park by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne Reader.




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Check out the Engage Fort Waynelink to learn more about the Lawton Park playground project!



Ball Diamond

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Lawton Park has ball diamonds located along 4th Street. For more information on ball diamonds, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Skateboard Park

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Lawton Skate park
offers a 20,000 square foot facility, has 9 tons of reinforced steel, 500 cubic yards of concrete, and is lit at night (requires a button to be pressed) until the park closes.

The park is surrounded by an 8' fence and has one turn-style entry at the east side.

Lawton Greenhouse 

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The Lawton Park Greenhouse has been a fixture of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department since the early 1920's. Employees at the greenhouse are responsible for growing over 130,000 plants for all of the Parks Department floral needs.


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The Rivergreenway Trail is a 24 mile long linear park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Trail is along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and the Maumee Rivers. The Rivergreenway trail is your opportunity for recreation, fitness and conservation while getting away from it all while still being linked close to everything.

The Old Fort/History

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The Historic Old Fort is a replica of an original structure under the command of Major Whistler. The new facility functioned as a living history museum offering a colorful first-person interpretation of life in the untamed "west" in 1816. Historic Old Fort is committed to offering public events throughout the year.  
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Above are photos of the monument to Civil War Veterans and two cannons located across the river on the east side of Lawton Park.

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The nationally renowned restoration company, Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio (CSOS), based in Forest Park, IL has completed the restoration of the Philippine Gun Mount Monument in Lawton Park.  

CSOS transported the cannon from Lawton Park to Forest Park earlier in 2016 where they completed a restoration of the small metal cannon. The entire surface of the cannon was severely corroded and the bottom of the barrel completely missing due to the corrosion from water damage.  

The cannon was transported back to Lawton Park and has been re-installed on its limestone base. CSOS will also clean and repair the base as part of the restoration process. The Parks & Recreation Department has committed funds each year for the care and maintenance of monuments throughout the Parks’ system.







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