December 18, 2019

Contact:    Rob Hines

                 P: 260-427-6028

                 C: 260-241-1932

                 Public Information Officer

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry and Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel provided an update on the department’s 2019 capital improvement projects and programs inside the new Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park. Over 70 projects were completed in 2019 and the City of Fort Wayne invested approximately $3 million in Parks and Recreation Department improvements in 2019. 

“Fort Wayne wouldn’t be what it is today without our parks,” said Mayor Henry. “I continue to be encouraged by the popularity and success of the Parks and Recreation Department. We’re impacting lives in a positive manner and have become nationally-recognized for providing excellent services and unique opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The following completed 2019 Capital Improvement Projects were shared:

  • Salomon Farm Park Homestead Restoration
  • Botanical Conservatory Connector
  • Freimann Pool Liner Replacement
  • Franke Park Master Plan Finalized
  • Weisser Youth Center Roof Improvement
  • Community Center Multi-Purpose Floor
  • McMillen/Northside Pool Shade Structures
  • Guldlin Park Dock/Ramp Improvements
  • Foster Park Golf Course Cart Paths
  • Franke Park Spy Run Creek
  • Johnny Appleseed Restrooms

2020 promises to be very exciting with many projects scheduled to begin soon:

  • Foster Pavilion #3 Improvements
  • Botanical Conservatory Sculpture
  • Kettler Pavilion Improvements
  • Memorial Park Olen Pond Memorial Restoration
  • Northside & McMillen Pool Improvements
  • Memorial Park Trail System
  • Salomon Farm Master Plan Implementation
  • Foster Golf Pro Shop Improvements
  • Various Playground Improvements

“I want to recognize our Parks and Recreation team for their continued dedication to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Fort Wayne,” said Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel, “and on behalf of our department, I also want to thank Mayor Henry, Fort Wayne City Council, the Board of Park Commissioners and our many private donors for another successful year.”

The City will continue to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department, with $3 million of public funding slated for 2020.

Visit for more information about 2019 projects.


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