Membership is open to all city and Allen County residents, 18 years of age or older. The Foundation is classified as tax-exempt.
Did you know you can become a member of the Fort Wayne Park Foundation? If you contribute $100 or more, you become an annual member of the Foundation. This entitles you to vote for members of the board of directors as well as receive periodic updates and information about the Foundation’s work. You may receive a tax deduction (please consult with your tax advisor) as well as the knowledge that your contribution will help support our beautiful park system.
Promenade Park on the Riverfront in Fort Wayne is the focal point of Phase 1 of Riverfront Development which is revitalizing our downtown area between Harrison Street and the Wells Street Bridge bordered by Superior Street to the south and extending across to include the Fort Wayne Park & Recreation Department property on the north side of the riverbank.
The Park promises to bring vibrancy and excitement to our downtown. Waterfront activities as well as family programs will highlight the features of the park including a beautiful plaza, pavilion, bandshell, amphitheatre, gardens, children’s play area and tree canopy trail to name a few.
Our community campaign gives everyone in the community the chance to support the Promenade and the creative programming that it will offer adults and children alike.
Riverfront Clean Ups
Saturdays, 8:30 am – Noon
Volunteers will clip honeysuckle limbs from bushes, cut down the remaining trunks with handsaws and carry the brush to an area in the park. All tools and work gloves will be provided. The honeysuckle stems are not prickly and the brush isn’t heavy. This is a family-friendly activity, so children are welcome too. Please dress for the weather! Close-toed shoes, like tennis shoes, are recommended. Groups of 4 – 40 volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a Riverfront cleanup by calling 260-427-6408.
Community Center Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities
Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 200 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer, you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 260-427-6461 for more information.
Botanical Conservatory Volunteer Opportunities
The Botanical Conservatory has volunteer openings for gift shop cashiers, outdoor gardening, admissions desk receptionists, and special event workers. Minimum age 10 with accompanying adult, age 15 with staff supervision. Be a part of our Family Fun Day this summer, or help keep our garden beds weed-free. Training available as needed. Contact Rebecca Canales at 260-427-6442.
Adopt-a-Playground Community Service
Is your civic organization, scout troop, church group, neighborhood association, work peers or family looking for a worthwhile volunteer project? Adopt a Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department playground! By organizing this volunteer effort to clean up playgrounds on a regular basis, adults help to provide safe and inviting places for our city’s youth. The program also generates a broader awareness of the importance of fun and unstructured play for the health of our children and community pride through personal interaction and ownership of Fort Wayne’s playgrounds. For more details, call Shannon at 427-6400.
By making improvements in our Parks, you help our citizens and visitors build memories, strengthen our community, and improve the quality of life for everyone.