July 8, 2021 - Residents once again took advantage of our trail system in June, with trail counts 18% higher than in previous years at 89,712 users.  Last year the count reached 75,708 users in June. The Rivergreenway that runs by Promenade Park gained momentum in June as well with 13,610 users, on par with the long popular Pufferbelly Trail by Fox Orchard Run.

Trail usage was down a little in April due to the late season snow, and flooding kept users off the trails in early and mid-May.

Trek the Trails bike rides are averaging 95 participants each week. Residents are invited to join the rides on Tuesday evenings. Riders are asked to arrive at 6:00 p.m. and the trek will begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. Participants should wear helmets and bring along water for the ride.

Upcoming Trek the Trail information:

  • July 13: Towles Intermediate School parking lot, 420 E. Paulding Rd, 8 miles
  • July 20: Swinney Park West Trailhead, parking lot by the old swimming pool, near 2200 W. Jefferson Blvd., 8 miles
  • July 27, Turnstone, facility in the Lot C on north side of building, adjacent to Livingston Ave, 3220 N. Clinton St., 8 miles
  • August 3: Parkview YMCA Trailhead, back of Parkview YMCA parking lot behind the playground at 10001 Dawson’s Creek Blvd., 8 miles

More information about Trek the Trail rides and upcoming dates: fortwayneparks.org/trails/news-events.html

The growth of the trail system is one of Mayor Tom Henry's top priorities in an effort to help Fort Wayne be the healthiest city possible and position the community for new jobs and talent attraction and retention.

The City of Fort Wayne’s Greenways began as part of the Parks and Recreation Department. From 1975 to 2005, the Parks Department built the Rivergreenway. In 2005, as interest grew and more residents began using the trails, the current City Greenways and Trails Department moved to the Public Works Division, a fitting move as the community’s view of trails shifted from recreation to active transportation.