More than 70 Lincoln Financial Group employees spent Thursday painting Franke Park's pond pavilion and pavilion No. 1. Employees also rolled up their sleeves and cut back the overgrown vegetation in the area.
“With 86 parks to care for, and only so many hours in the day, having community volunteers on hand to give the parks some extra TLC is always appreciated by us, and by the citizens who use the park,” said Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Director Al Moll in a news release
The parks department encourages groups and individuals to volunteer in the parks through the Adopt a Playground Program. Adopting organizations commit to a three-year period, cleaning up their playgrounds three times each year.
The adoption program came out of the Playful City USA award that the city has received since August 2010 for promoting the importance of play. One of the factors that create barriers to play is the perception that playgrounds are rundown or unsafe, so a Play Task Force created the adoptions program, according to the news release.