What Do You Know About The Fort Wayne Parks And Recreation Department?
When was the first park established?
The first park, Old Fort Park, was established in 1863.
How many parks are there?
How many acres does the Parks and Recreation Department own?
What is the largest city park?
Franke Park is our largest park with 339.24 acres.
What is the smallest city park?
Orff Park is the smallest with .02 acres!
What is the newest opened park?
Our newest opened park is Promenade Park in Riverfront Phase I. This park was dedicated on August 16, 2019.
Location: 202 W Superior Street
Size in acres: over 4 Acres
How many trees does the Parks Department care for?
There are approximately 50,000 street trees & 25,000 park trees
How many pavilions are there?
There are 22 pavilions available for rental.
How many playgrounds are available?
58 individual playgrounds and 10 spraygrounds
Are there any municipal golf courses?
How many swimming pools?
There are three swimming pools located in Northside, McMillen, and Memorial parks (open seasonally). Memorial, Waynedale, Shoaff, McCormick, Robert E. Meyers , Buckner, Kreager and Franklin School Park all have splash pads that are open daily (during the season) and are FREE. In addition, Promenade Park offers the Doermer Kids' Canal open during the season and is also FREE.
How many tennis courts are there?
There are a total of 53 tennis courts.
How many Futsal courts?
There are a total of 2 futsal courts.
The number of Pickleball courts?
There are a total of 45 pickleball courts that will be available the fall of 2022.
What is the total number of baseball & softball diamonds?
The Parks and Recreation Department owns a total of 38 ball diamonds.
Are there any soccer fields?
Yes, there are 20.
How many miles does the Rivergreenway Trails cover?
There are 14 miles of Rivergreenway trails in the City of Fort Wayne, 24 miles of park paths, and 10 miles of mountain bike trails.
Do you offer summer concerts?
Foellinger Outdoor Theatre Summer Series is offered each season. Check out: Foellinger Outdoor Theatre for additional information. In addition, at Promenade Park you can see various free concerts throughout the year. Check out the Riverfront on-line schedule to learn more.
Does the Department have a travel program?
Yes, we plan both day trips and extended travel trips.
A Special Note
At this time the Day Travel program is on a pause but will resume once we feel it is safe again and we have the staffing in place to make this happen.
Extended Travel Trips
Are there any programs for youth?
We offer many FREE programs/activities for youth including arts and crafts, sports, nature education as well as lots of opportunities to pursue a particular hobby at our Youth Centers. Classes and programs change seasonally. We also offer classes for pre-school and youth at our Community Center. These paid classes are available for review on our Registration site.
What about programs for adults?
Whatever your interest-music, dance, arts/crafts, languages, athletics or computers, we have plenty of classes planned for you. Review and register for our adult classes
Are there any programs for seniors?
Whether you like to exercise, dance the night away, learn about computers, or attend a health related program, we’ve got you covered. Many of these "fun after 50" programs are held at the Community Center, 233 W. Main Street.
Want more FUN Facts? Check out the Parks Profile flyer.
Are you curious about all the different amenities the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department provides to the community? Below is a list of our major facilities:
- Botanical Conservatory
- Community Center
- Family Aquatic Centers
- Franke Day Camp
- Golf Courses
- Hurshtown Reservoir
- Promenade Park
- Jennings Recreation Center
- McMillen Park Community Center
- Cooper Center
- Dog Parks
- Johnny Appleseed Campgroundd
- Lindenwood Nature Preserve
- Outdoor Theatre
- The Historic Old Fort
- The Rivergreenway
- Weisser Park Center