Foster Park’s 100th Year Celebration – July 27 & 28

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News release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:

Foster Park’s 100th Year Celebration – July 27 & 28

(July 5, 2012) – Due to storm damage in the park, Foster Park’s 100th Year Celebration event scheduled for July 6 and 7 will be postponed until July 27 and 28. The Celebration Golf Scramble scheduled for July 7 is cancelled, with hopes of rescheduling it in September.

Friday, July 27—KaBOOM! Play Day

5 pm – Family Fun Walk Kicks Off: The whole family is invited to join a fun, fitness walk around Foster Park’s two-mile loop. The first 1,000 walkers will receive free wristbands, and paid participants will be entered into door prize drawings. Pre-register online at or you may register the day of the event at 4 pm in Pavilion #2. All participants should check in at Pavilion #2 at 4:30 pm. Fee: $5 per individual or $10 per household to benefit improvements at the Foster Park Flower Gardens.

6 pm – FREE Community Picnic: The Southwood Park Neighborhood Association is hosting a picnic at Pavilion #1 (the largest pavilion near the volleyball courts). Free-will offering will be accepted to benefit Foster Park Flower Gardens.

6pm – 9:30 pm FREE Sports Activities: Open recreational volleyball for all ages on the volleyball courts (6pm – 9:30 pm); children’s tennis activities (6pm – 7:30pm); Introduction to Pickleball on the tennis courts (7:30pm – 9 pm).

6pm – 8:30 pm FREE Carnival: Kids, come out and play carnival games like the ring toss, basketball toss, fish pond, lollipop tree and much more. And learn about 8 Healthy Habits families can undertake to get fit and healthy with Parkview Health’s LiVe program. Free carnival games and LiVe will be located near the playground

Special Golf Promotion All Day: Foursomes can play 18 holes with a cart at Foster Park Golf Course for $100. Call 427-6735 to reserve your tee time, or reserve on-line at


Saturday, July 28th

“Rediscover Your Parks” Tours: Have you driven past one of our Legacy Parks and always vowed to stop and explore when you had more time, or are you curious about the history of our older parks? If so, this bus tour is perfect for you! Ride along with a knowledgeable guide and explore Swinney, Foster, Lakeside, McMillen and Memorial Parks, as well as Rudisill Blvd. The stops are all part of the historical George Kessler Park and Boulevard System—the first city plan—which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Tour buses will depart from Swinney Park at 10 am and 1 pm. The 10 am tour will return to Swinney Park at approximately noon. The 1 pm tour will stop by the Ice Cream Social at Foster Park for a short time and return to Swinney at approximately 3:30 pm. Fee: $10 per adult / $5 per student / Children 14 and under free / $25 maximum per family. Register online at by July 25.

1 – 3 pm Free Ice Cream Social: Join neighbors and Friends of the Parks of Allen County for some Edy’s ice cream. This event is sponsored by Mr. John Oldenkamp. RSVP to Robin Holley at 260-417-3804 or email her at by July 25. Donations are appreciated and will go directly to Foster Park projects.

Many thanks to the hard-working volunteers who helped coordinate the celebration, and for donations that will benefit Foster Park. Donations include those made by Kathy Callen & John Powell, Southwood Park Neighborhood Association, Foster Park Neighborhood Association, Patricia Thomson, Kevin & Pam Kelly, Albright’s Meats, Kroger, Vera Bradley, Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Bobick’s Golf Headquarters, Patty Tritch, Illsley Place Neighborhood Association and many smaller contributions.

Donations for the Legacy Trust Fund and Foster 100th Celebration are being accepted online at


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