October 20, 2022

Contact:   April McCampbell

                 P: 260-427-6024

                 C: 260-241-1932

                 Manager of Communications

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week of October 24-30:



The Great Tree Canopy Comeback – call for volunteers

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Four sites in Allen County: Memorial Park (Washington Blvd. & Maumee Avenue) & Foster Park (3900 Old Mill Road) in Ft. Wayne, Werling Park (Werling Road) in New Haven & the Wabash and Erie Canal Towpath Trail (near 5500 block of Glendale Road) in Ft. Wayne

Local citizens are encouraged to join Friends of the Parks of Allen County along with area parks and trails departments for the twenty-first annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback event. The scope of this year’s project is to maintain young trees by adding mulch and removing invasive species as well as planting new trees. Work will be completed in teams and will vary by location. Volunteers of all ages are critical to the success of the event and are encouraged to sign up and help sustain forest regeneration in local parks. Positions needed include Courier/Cutter, Mulcher and Planter. Volunteers who can help at any of the sites as needed are also highly valued. Please contact Friends of the Parks in advance by downloading/returning the signup form at https://www.fortwayneparks.org/images/2022_Registration_Flyer.pdf or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   


Garden Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

Gather up the kiddos for this family-friendly (not-so-scary) Halloween event at the Botanical Conservatory. All are invited to dress up and scout out sweet treats and spook-tacular tricks when visiting the indoor and outdoor gardens. Also snap boo-tiful photos when making your way through the scenic outdoor Pumpkin Path. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Sponsored by Stoner’s Funstore, Majic 95.1 WAJI and Fox 55.


 Pumpkin Path Display

Open until October 30, public hours

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

Enjoy fall surroundings in the outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best. As part of this interactive display, you are invited to join in a scavenger hunt and discover what there is to see! You are also welcome to pose with festive photo ops along the way. Included with regular Conservatory admission. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and Classic Hits 101.7.


Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Golf Course closings

  • Shoaff Park Golf Course will close for the season at the end of the day on Sunday, October 30.
  • Foster Park and McMillen Park golf courses will be open for the regular season through Friday, November 11.
  • Additional golf days at Foster and McMillen may be available, based on weather conditions. Updates will be posted at www.FortWayneParks.org and on the www.Facebook.com/fortwayneparksgolf social media page. 


 Also happening:


Final Trek the Trails Bike Ride of the Season

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.

North River Road Trailhead, near 7000 N. River Road

The final 2022 Trek the Trails ride will meet at the trailhead for an 8.5 mile ride. There is no cost to participate. All experience levels are welcome and participation is at your own risk. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets. Trek the Trails is sponsored by Trek Bikes Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Harley Davidson, and UAW 2209. Follow the City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Trails, Fort Wayne Running Club, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation on social media for weather-related updates. For a complete list of locations and dates, visit: http://www.fortwayneparks.org/trails/news-events.html.


 Harvest Fest at Youth Centers

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 -6:30 p.m.

Jennings, 1330 McCulloch Street

Weisser, 802 Eckart Street

Youth and families are invited to a free Harvest Fest with games, activities and family fun. Both Weisser and Jennings will hold events from 5:00-6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!


 Harvest Festival at McMillen Park Community Center

Thursday, October 27, 5:30-7:00p.m.

3901 Abbott Street

Celebrate with fall fun at McMillen Park Community Center! Guests will enjoy games and family activities. This event is free.


 $1 Thursday Nights

Thursday, October 27, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

Catch a glimpse of a day in Paris: City of Light & Love in the showcase garden along with the Tropical and Desert gardens in the Conservatory. Admission is just $1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday. Plus, Civic Center Garage parking is validated for free.


Final Tread the Trails Event of the Season

Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.

North River Road Trailhead, near 7000 N. River Road

Tread the Trails is for individuals of all skill levels; runners, walkers and wheelchair users are invited to participate. All Tread the Trails events are five kilometers in distance, with the option for a longer or shorter experience if the participant chooses. All should be prepared with water. Individuals participate at their own risk. Tread the Trails takes place every other Thursday. Tread the Trails is organized by Fort Wayne Public Works and Fort Wayne Trails in partnership with the Fort Wayne Running Club and the City of New Haven. For a complete list of locations and dates, visit: http://www.fortwayneparks.org/trails/news-events.html


 Chess on the Riverfront

Sunday, October 30, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Promenade Park, 202 West Superior Street

Join local chess clubs for a free opportunity to learn and play chess. This event is open to all ages and all skill levels. Experienced players from Fort Chess and Take a Stan Chess clubs will be on site to teach. Bring your own board or use a board from a club. Contact Brian Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-443-1147 or Eli at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Paris: City of Light & Love

Open until November 13, public hours

Paris, France has long exuded romance through its iconic cityscape, art, architecture and famous riverbanks. Over time, a secluded atmosphere of cafes, lush landscapes and carefree glamour have come to define Parisian style. Catch a glimpse of a day in Paris through familiar scenes and playful hues adorning a public square in the Botanical Conservatory’s summer and fall exhibit. It’s bursting with light and love. This special exhibit is included with regular admission and sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, M.E. Raker Foundation, Waterfield Foundation, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Foundation, Edward M. Wilson Foundation, Majic 95.1 WAJI, Classic Hits 101.7 and WANE 15.



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