October 4, 2021 - The City of Fort Wayne is seeking nominations for the 2021 Trail Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual(s) who has demonstrated strong leadership and made exemplary and significant contributions in volunteer time to planning, construction, maintenance, promotion and/or fundraising for the City of Fort Wayne’s trails and greenways network. Nominations are due by October 15, 2021. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by October 15th and emailed nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 15th.

Nominations may be mailed or emailed to:

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Dawn Ritchie

Citizens Square

200 East Berry Street, Suite 210

Fort Wayne, IN  46802


Nominations must be no more than one-page in length. The one-page limit does not include any letters of support or pictures. Nominations must include a reason(s) for why this person is deserving of the award.

Award nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of City of Fort Wayne employees. Judging criteria shall include, but not be limited to: volunteer hours donated; savings to taxpayers by in-kind contributions such as maintenance or marketing; partnerships, donations or in-kind services secured; any ideas or projects that improve the trail network; etc.

Award recipient(s) will receive a framed certificate recognizing his/her exemplary contributions to the trail network, signed by Mayor Tom Henry. The City will also plant a tree in honor of the volunteer in a mutually agreed upon location along a trail. At the base of the tree, a marker will be installed recognizing the volunteer with the name and year of the award. The award recipient(s) will be announced in the fall and will coincide with a late fall tree planting.