Tunnel Project

HELP US NAME THE TUNNEL BORING MACHINE

Side view of front of machine
Photo shows the front cutter-head portion of the 400-foot TBM

This summer, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will arrive in Fort Wayne to dig a five-mile-long sewer tunnel in efforts to clean up our rivers. With a 20-foot diameter and a 400-foot length, the TBM will grind its way through bedrock to dig the tunnel. Now, we need your help to name this massive and vital worker!

Mining historians say that as far back as the 1500s, miners prayed to Saint Barbara for protection while working in the dark underground. As a result, most TBM’s are given a woman’s name. However, this trend is changing, and some TBM’s have received male or gender-neutral names. 

Over the last month, we’ve worked with local schools, neighborhood supporters, and staff members from City Utilities to come up with name ideas. Here are the finalists: 

  • Bessie or Boring Bessie, the Excavation Sensation: Bessie is a name frequently given to large animals. The boring machine is very large and it consumes a lot of material like a large animal. The machine will bore, but it’s far from boring! In fact, it’s sensational.             
  • Buster or Bedrock Buster: The machine digs deep underground. While digging, the machine “busts” through bedrock. The machine is designed to break apart rocks and tear through them.
  • Daisy or Daisy the Digger: During World War II, Fort Wayne’s professional women’s baseball team was named the Daisies. This name honors the groundbreaking and earthshattering role of the Daisies, who helped pave the way for women’s professional sports.
  • MaMaJo: A tribute to Fort Wayne’s three rivers, Ma from Mary, Ma from Maumee and Jo from St. Joe. Pronounced “Mama Jo.” The tunnel will help protect Fort Wayne's rivers.
  • Roxie or Roxie the Rock Star: The boring machine will be cutting through rock. Roxie suggests a strong woman nicknamed for the trail of rocky rubble she leaves behind as she rolls forward.        
  • Wayne the Worm: This combines the name of our city and the purpose of the machine, which is to dig the tunnel in bedrock just like a large worm would dig a tunnel in the earth.

 
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Pet Explorers Day Camp

Registration Open

We are so excited to announce our upcoming Summer Day Camps: Pet Explorers and Junior Pet Explorers!

Register HERE!

Teens 14-17 years old can apply HERE to be a Teen Buddy at summer camp! Scroll down for more info.

 Details:

- There are two camps available depending on your child's age

- Camps will run Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- We will not have extended care available for the 2018 camp season

- Registration is $120

- Campers will recieve a fun Pet Explorers or Junior Pet Explorers t-shirt!

- The camp will take place at our shelter located at 3020 Hillegas Rd. 

- We are unable to accommodate children with severe allergies to animals as they are involved in many of activities

- There is a $20 cancellation fee per registrant

- Registration is on a first come, first serve basis!

- One of the highlights of the camp will be Animal Time! We have several different opportunities built into the day for campers to interact with and learn about our adoptable pets. We will also have guest speakers with interesting animals too! We will always consider the needs of our animals - and for that reason we cannot spend more than 2 hours a day interacting with animals. Most of our time will be spent learning how to be a responsible pet guardian, making treats for the shelter pets, exploring animal related careers, learning how to be safe around animals, playing animal games, creating animal crafts and learning how to be a advocate for animals in our community!

- Waitlist: If the camp you'd like to register your child for is full and you'd like to be placed on a waitlist please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject line "Waitlist".


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Teen Buddies

We are looking for teens who love kids and animals to help out with our Pet Explorers Summer Camps!

Teen Buddies will play an important role in helping camp counselors and they will be the campers' best friend for the week of camp! Teen Buddies WILL NOT directly handle animals. During the application process teens can choose which week(s) they'd like to help with. Following the application process, there will be an interview and required orientation for all Teen Buddies in the program. The application window closes May 18.

Click HERE to apply.

 

Questions about the summer camps or Teen Buddies? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pet Explorers Day Camp Forms (These forms can also be found on registration page)

Over the Counter Medication Form

Prescription Medical Form

Pet Explorers Day Camp

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Trek the Trails 2018 Schedule

All rides begin at 6:00 pm.

If there is unsafe weather such as heavy rain, lightning or extreme heat the ride will be canceled. Cancellation notices will be posted on the City of Fort Wayne’s Facebook Page. 

Date

Tuesday Trek the Trails Ride Start Locations

Length

5/1/2018

Engle Rd Trailhead  *Kick-off Event*

Meet at the Towpath Trailhead on Engle Rd at intersection with Statesmans Way – near 7001 Engle Rd.

9 miles

5/8/2018

Shoaff Park Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet at the parking lot near the Conklin Pavilion on the south side of the park – near 6401 St. Joe Rd

8 miles

5/15/2018

Fellowship Missionary Church *New Route*

Meet in the parking lot for Fellowship Missionary Church at 2536 E Tillman Rd

8 miles

5/22/2018

Northrop Sports Parking Lot on Cook Rd  *New Route*

Meet at the parking lot near the FWCS North Bus Hub on the south side of  Cook Rd – near 301 W. Cook Rd.

7 miles

5/29/2018

Deer Ridge Elementary School

Meet in the Deer Ridge Elementary School parking lot at 1515 S. Scott Rd.

6 miles

6/5/2018

Rockhill Park Trailhead  

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman St.

9 miles

6/12/2018

Johnny Appleseed Park Trailhead

Meet in Johnny Appleseed Park near Camp Canine by Coliseum Blvd

8 miles

6/19/2018

Moser Park Trailhead

Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball diamonds in Moser Park – near 601 W. Main St, New Haven, IN

8 miles

6/26/2018

Lawton Park Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street – near 250 E. 4th St

8 miles

7/3/2018

Covington Elementary School  *New Route*

Meet in the Deer Ridge Elementary School parking lot at 1515 S. Scott Rd.

8 miles

7/10/2018

IPFW  *New Route*

Meet at IPFW in the parking lot on the east side of the Venderly Family pedestrian bridge over the St. Joseph River.  IPFW is located at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd

8 miles

7/17/2018

Lawton Park Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street – near 250 E. 4th St

8 miles

7/24/2018

Northrop Sports Lot   *New Route*

Meet at the parking lot near the FWCS North Bus Hub on the south side of  Cook Rd – near 301 W. Cook Rd.

7 miles

7/31/2018

Tillman Park Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet in the parking lot near the softball diamonds – near 7500 S. Hanna St

8 miles

8/7/2018

Lawton Park Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street – near 250 E. 4th St

8 miles

8/14/2018

Moser Park Trailhead

Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball diamonds in Moser Park – near 601 W. Main St, New Haven, IN

8 miles

8/21/2018

Rockhill Park Trailhead

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman St.

9 miles

8/28/2018

Tillman Park Trailhead

Meet in the parking lot near the softball diamonds – near 7500 S. Hanna St
8 miles
9/4/2018

Indian Trails Park Trailhead

Meet at the very back of Indian Trails Park near 10300 Aboite Center Rd
8 miles
9/11/2018

Northrop Sports Lot  *New Route*

Meet at the parking lot near the FWCS North Bus Hub on the south side of  Cook Rd – near 301 W. Cook Rd.

7 miles
9/18/2018

Ice Way Trailhead  *New Route*

Meet at the parking lot just south of SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse at 3946 Ice Way, near Fernhill Ave.
7 miles
9/25/2018

Rockhill Park Trailhead

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman St.
9 miles