The Board of Park Commissioners, Mayor Henry, Director McDaniel, Richard Phillips, President of the Park Foundation and park staff joined in the ground breaking ceremony for the  Franke Park Renaissance project.  Read more....  

2024 Meeting Dates and Information

The Board of Park Commissioners next meeting will be on August 8th at 10:00 am at Citizen's Square. Please note, the July meeting has been cancelled.  
The Normal Location is: Citizen's Square, City Council Chambers, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Check out the 2024 Board of Park Commissioners Meeting Schedule.   Please note, meetings are subject to change depending upon the Commissioners’ schedules.  


  • Justin Shurley, President 
  • Cory Miller, Vice-President 
  • Richard Briley, Commissioner
  • Jenna Jauch, Commissioner

Executive Director

  • Steve McDaniel, Board Secretary

Ex-Officio Member

Richard Phillips, Jr., President Park Foundation

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Commissioners Justin Shurley and Rick Briley join with some of the Sweet Breeze staff  at the beginning of the season.   Learn more about the Sweet Breeze operation....


General Information

Meetings are subject to change depending upon the Commissioners’ schedules-notification will be posted if there are any meeting date /time changes.

Meetings are at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted. Most meetings will be held in Citizen's Square, City Council Chambers, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Please call (260) 427-6000 to confirm meeting location.

"Reasonable accommodations" for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with state and federal law. Any person needing a "reasonable accommodation" should notify Harlean Falls at (260) 427-6023 at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the meeting.

You can also e-mail Harlean with your request at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Brett Gauger and Gary Goldberry representing the Air Show/ANG 122nd presented the Board of Park Commissioners with the above lithograph. 

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Commissioners Cory Miller and Rick Briley joined Mayor Henry and Director McDaniel at the opening of the Buckner trail!  Read more....

Park Board Documents

Information on Agendas, Minutes, and Board Documents is now available on the following link: Parks Board Documents.

Check out the Parks Showcase link to learn more about particular parks.



The following Board Minutes are now available: 



Board of Park Commissioners and Park Staff join in the celebration for the Groundbreaking of Riverfront IIB Read more....

2023 Annual Report & Summary

The 2023 Annual Report  is now available on-line.

The  2023 Annual Report Summary is also now available!

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Do you know what roles the Park Board of Commissioners play in Fort Wayne Parks? Rewarding, problem-solving, challenging and leaving a legacy for the future are just some of the ways our 2023 board describes their experiences. Listen in as they talk to Director Steve McDaniel on this Parks Podcast!  In addition, this Park Board photo op was in front of the recent opening to Riverfront 2A.  Read more....


General Information

Overall policy and management direction of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is provided by a four member bi-partisan Board of Park Commissioners appointed by the mayor for staggered four year terms. Following provisions of Indiana statutes (I.C. 36-10-4), the Board approves budget revenues and expenditures, passes bond issues, acquires and improves property, adopts new programs, establishes management policy and regulations, and provides a public venue for community debate and input.


Park Survey Results

Check out the 2020 Fort Wayne Parks Survey completed by Great Lakes Marketing Research. The results were very positive and will help us shape the future of our Department. Thanks to the community for their support!!

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