City parks department’s summer playground program resumes

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation’s 2019 Summer Playground Program has begun.

Children ages 5 to 18 who are still in school can participate in the program Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through July 26. The program is held at five playgrounds: Hamilton Park, Lafayette Park, Memorial Park, Packard Park, and Lakeside Park, along with the city’s youth centers: Weisser Park Youth Center, Cooper Community Center, Jennings Recreation Center and McMillen Park Community Center. All five playgrounds and youth centers are supervised by trained staff.

Activities will include kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts and field trips. Children can also enjoy a free lunch or snack provided by Fort Wayne Community Schools.

In a statement, Parks Director Steve McDaniel said “We believe keeping kids active is extremely important in establishing a pattern of wellness, along with engaging and interactive play, like what happens every day in our Fort Wayne playgrounds. Keeping our children active and engaged is vital to the development of a healthy community.”

Families are also invited to three free Family Fun Nights featuring games, food and activities. These will be held at Lakeside, Memorial and Packard Parks, and more information about these events can be found at fortwayneparks.org, under Youth Programs.