Every summer, kids look forward to the Lifetime Sports Academy hosted at McMillen Park. This annual program is a hit with both parents and children, providing a fantastic opportunity for kids to stay active, learn new skills and make friends. 

The 45th Annual Fort Wayne Senior Games are set to kick off at the Community Center on June 3, promising an exciting and fun-filled event for everyone involved. This year marks a significant milestone, celebrating nearly half a century of bringing seniors together for friendly competition and camaraderie. 

Fort Wayne is buzzing with excitement as summer approaches, one of the highlights of the season is undoubtedly the series of concerts hosted at the iconic Foellinger Theatre. Located in Franke Park right across from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, this covered outdoor venue offers music enthusiasts a chance to enjoy open air live performances, creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.

Ready to get your green on this summer? Find inspiration at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory—it’s blooming with excitement as it celebrates its 40th year as a cultural oasis! Get ready to dig in and discover all the cool stuff happening inside this leafy paradise.

Right off of the dock in Promenade Park, is a treasure floating on water: the Sweet Breeze canal boat replica. This vessel offers a leisurely escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, gliding along the historic St. Marys River with an air of serenity. 

Hey campers! Are you ready for some good outdoor fun? Well, get your gear ready because Johnny Appleseed Campground is opening its gates this May, and you don't want to miss out on the excitement! 

Attention all outdoor enthusiasts! Get ready to dive into the excitement as Hurshtown Reservoir in Grabill, Indiana, gears up to open its doors for the season on May 1! Located in the heart of Grabill, this scenic reservoir has been a beloved recreational spot for locals and visitors alike for many years. 

Staying in town for spring break? Find fun with Fort Wayne parks, trails, community centers and programs that help you:

  • Reduce stress.
  • Soak up the well-being benefits of the outdoors.
  • Increase exercise.

Relax and enjoy a guided cruise on the Fort Wayne Rivers. Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic canal boat replica is offering 45, 60 and 90 minute tour lengths. This fully accessible tour will be a fun experience for everyone! Each tour provides an opportunity to learn something new about Fort Wayne through its riverfront. For information on private tours please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Riley Hollenbaugh is our new Riverfront Fort Wayne Program & Events Manager. Born and raised in South Whitley, Indiana, he has spent years working in economic development in northeast Indiana. Before that, he worked as a community and workplace development director in a community in Michigan with a focus on events, streetscape evolutions, and beautification projects.

We’ve all spent time in the parks on a hot day enjoying the shade from the tree cover above. Trees in parks are just always there and we don’t give them much thought, taking them for granted. Sometimes we’ll see a dead tree or a stump from one that’s been recently cut, and we don’t think much of it because there are so many others around.

Enjoy Fall Bird Migration at Lindenwood

Throughout the second half of the year, millions of birds all across North America flock together and migrate south.  Some species take specific paths to certain regions, and others make a broad shift to wherever food is more available.  Early fall is a great time in Indiana to witness a large variety of birds passing through that we don’t get to see all year round, (as well as early spring when they travel back north).  

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is inviting citizens to participate in the Citizen Match Tree Planting Program. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Forestry Team is responsible for maintaining our publicly owned urban canopy, comprised of almost 50,000 street trees located along nearly 1300 miles of roadway and 20,000 trees found within our 87 parks.

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