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The children at Lakeside Park watched from the monkey bars as a giant Connect Four game, colorful hula hoops and decorations was removed from the van. Young staff dressed in flower lei necklaces and grass skirts started some music and invited the kids to play. The oldest girl said “we don’t have any money.” A staffer replied, that’s okay, it’s free! All of the children jumped down and ran over to see the Park & Play activities. Soon those hula hoops were put to use amid smiles and laughter.


According to the 2022 population estimates released today by the United States Census Bureau, the city of Fort Wayne, as measured by population within the city limits, is America’s 83rd largest city with a population of 267,927. The annual growth of what remains Indiana’s second largest city was 1,555 people and a 0.6% increase from 2021. Fort Wayne moved up a spot in the largest-city rankings from 84th place in 2021.

Nightime Elevation

Fort Wayne’s commitment to being an open, welcoming, inviting, and inclusive community continues as we work each day to be the best city possible.

The public has a unique opportunity to come together with local government officials, civic leaders, and neighborhood advocates for the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission’s unveiling of Pillars of Hope and Justice, a public art monument in downtown Fort Wayne.