December 7, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll today provided an update on the 2016 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department. Over 60 projects were started and completed in 2016 and more than 30 projects are still in progress. In total, the City of Fort Wayne invested close to $3 million in Parks & Recreation Department improvements in 2016.

“Fort Wayne is a recognized leader in providing quality of life amenities because of our commitment to investing in parks,” said Mayor Henry. “I continue to be encouraged by the positive momentum and excitement we’re experiencing in our City. We’re fortunate to be in a community that values and appreciates the importance of maintaining our parks. Collectively, we’re making a meaningful and lasting impact.” 

The following include completed 2016 projects:
Franklin School Park: Phase One
Buckner Park: Splash Pad
Courthouse Green: Accessible Ramp and Concrete Sidewalk Improvements
Franke Park: Park/Children’s Zoo Entryway Sign Installed, BMX Fence Improvements, Bleacher Improvements, Day Camp ADA Pathway and HVAC Installed, Foellinger Theatre Exterior Painted, Signage, Concrete Ramp and Loading Dock Improvements
Salomon Farm Park: Learning Center Parking Lot and Homestead Improvements
Packard Park: Ball Diamond and Sidewalk Improvements
Community Center: Parking Gate and New Kitchen Flooring Installed, Sound Equipment Improvements
Foster Park: Volleyball Court Improvements
Lions Park: New Concrete Pathways and Signage Installed, Outfield Fence Improvements
Lawton Park: Cannon Monument Restoration
Johnny Appleseed Park: Campground Signage and Drainage Improvements, Campground Restroom Climate Control Installed
Indian Village Park: Sidewalk Improvement
Klug Park: ADA Swing Installed
Kreager Park: Cozy Cocoon Playground Addition
Waynedale Park: Drinking Fountain Improvements
Lions Park: Pickleball Court Improvements
Headwaters Park: Riverfront Floating Dock Project
Shoaff Park: Completed Pathway Around Golf Course
Various Parks: Bicentennial Benches and Plaques Installed in 19 Parks

The following include ongoing 2016 projects:
Old Fort and Headwaters Park: Bank Stabilization Improvements
Roosevelt Park: Pedestrian Bridge Improvements
Salomon Farm Park: Asphalt Path and Old Barn Path Lighting Improvements
Botanical Conservatory: Plaza and Gutter Improvements
Bass Park: Playground Improvements
Memorial Park: Civil Servant Memorial Wall Engraving
Wells Street Bridge: Beam and Railing Improvements
Foster Park: Tennis Court Improvements
Lakeside Park: Solar Basketball Lights Installed 

The following parks and facilities have improvements scheduled for 2017:
Franklin School Park
McMillen Park Community Center
Foellinger Theatre
Botanical Conservatory
Salomon Farm Park
Reservoir Park
Shoaff Park
Riverfront Development 

“The Board of Park Commissioners and the Parks & Recreation Department are grateful for the continued support and commitment of the Administration to invest in one of Fort Wayne’s most valued legacies,” said Director Moll. 

The City will continue to invest in the Parks & Recreation Department, with $5 million slated for 2017. 

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