December 21, 2023 - Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation offers highlights of the department’s 2023 capital improvement projects and programs. Over 80 Park projects were completed and the City of Fort Wayne invested approximately $3 million in Parks and Recreation Department improvements this year.

“I’m encouraged by the outstanding year that our Parks and Recreation Department had to make a meaningful difference for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Several important projects were completed and many more are continuing as we work together as a community to provide unique quality of life amenities.”

Completed 2023 Capital Improvement Projects include:

  • Botanical Conservatory HVAC Control Upgrades & Chiller Replacement
  • Botanical Conservatory Indoor Lighting
  • Bowser Park Pavilion Renovation
  • Buckner Park Trail Construction
  • Casselwood Park Playground Equipment
  • Community Center Roof Phase 2 Construction
  • Franke Park Drainage Improvements
  • Jennings Recreation Center Improvements (Boiler, Kitchen, Fence)
  • Sheldon Park Drive New Playground Equipment, Sidewalks and Benches
  • Various Park Paving Improvements
  • Various Parks City/Park Street Tree Plantings

Looking ahead to 2024, the following projects are some of which are planned to steward park properties and enhance use of and access to the parks for citizens and visitors.

  • 10 Neighborhood Playground Replacements
  • Botanical Conservatory Linkway Interior Construction
  • Community Center HVAC Control System
  • Foster Park Golf Course Restoration Plan
  • Headwaters Park Fountain Restoration to begin
  • Headwaters Park /Old Fort Bridge Repairs
  • Mechanic Street Bridge Engineering and Construction
  • Neighborhood Street Trees
  • Salomon Farm Building door repairs/painting, siding repairs
  • Spy Run Rivergreenway Trail Paving Renovation
  • Tillman Park Restroom Building Repairs
  • Various Playgrounds Curbing, Drainage and Safety Surfacing 

“The Board of Park Commissioners and the Parks & Recreation Department appreciates the continued support and commitment of the Administration to invest in our parks” said Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel. “Our department is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the citizens and visitors to Fort Wayne.”

The City will continue to invest in Parks, with $3 million slated for 2024.

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