FORT WAYNE FIVE: Largest public parks in Fort Wayne

Franke Park, 329.4 acres - Located at 3411 Sherman Boulevard, Franke Park has a little bit of everything. The park includes Shoaff Lake, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and Foellinger Theatre. Acquired in 1921, the park is also known for it's sledding hill, playgrounds, hiking trails and three pavilions.
Foster Park, 254.86 acres - Located at 3900 Old Mill Road, the Foster Park land was first acquired in 1912. The park is a major point on the Rivergreenway, preserving 4 miles of riverside along the St. Marys River. Amenities include one of the city's three public golf courses, four tennis courts, three pavilions, volleyball courts, a dog park, baseball and softball diamonds, restrooms, soccer fields, playgrounds, and community gardens.
Kreager Park, 223.64 acres - Located on North River Road in the 46815 zip code, , the park includes four lighted softball fields, the city's first "boundless playground," a splash pad, eight tennis courts, eight lighted soccer fields, and access to the Rivergreenway on the north side of the Maumee River.
Buckner Park, 197.8 acres - Located at 6114 Bass Road, Buckner is one of the largest municipal parks. Amenities include an open-air pavilion, restrooms, two playgrounds, a splash pad, and trails. The park is still largely undeveloped and includes mature deciduous woods and prairie. The park was first established in 1969 and expanded in 2002.
Shoaff Park, 184.48 acres - Located at 6401 St. Joe Road, Shoff Park Park offers the most amenities of any park in the system. The park hugs 1.3 miles of the St. Joseph River shoreline, and includes a boat launch and fishing access. Other amenities include one of the city's three municipal golf courses, a driving range, Frisbee disc golf course, two pavilions, playground, splash pad, baseball diamond, and a soccer field.

Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains 86 public parks ranging in size from over 329 acres down to .02 acres. Here are the five largest.

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