Foster Park entrance closed during Friday’s celebration

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News release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:

Foster Park Entrance Closed During Friday’s Celebration

(July 24, 2012) – Due to limited parking in Foster Park, those attending Foster Park’s 100 Year Celebration on Friday, July 27 are asked to park at the former Taylor University Campus. Parking lots off Rudisill and Lexington will be open, and signs will be posted at the entries. Then take the short walk down Rudisill or Lexington to Foster Park. Only golfers and those needing handicapped parking spaces will be allowed to drive in the Foster Park entrance 4 – 9:30 pm that evening.

This event will take place rain or shine!


Friday, July 27

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. 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 28

“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. The tour bus will depart from Swinney Park at 1 pm. The 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. Registrations will be accepted during Friday’s activities.

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 Donations are appreciated and will go directly to Foster Park projects.

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