Reminder: Friends of the Parks to host renowned landscape architect tonight


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News release from the Friends of the Parks of Allen County:

Friends of the Parks to Host Renowned Landscape Architect
Event Focus is “Our Great Midwest Landscape”

(June 3, 2015) – Riding the wave of community interest and engagement, the Friends of the Parks of Allen County is offering the public another opportunity to continue the conversation about the vision for Fort Wayne.

With the theme “Our Great Midwest Landscape,” the free event is Tuesday, June 9, at the Arts United ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, and features globally renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. His contemporary designs and artistry have created notable projects such as Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, Mill Race Park in Columbus, Ind., and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York.

Van Valkenburgh is known for capitalizing on local sensibilities in design, use and access for community engagement with the built and natural landscape. Attendees will be treated to a presentation of his work and have the chance to participate in a conversation about how Fort Wayne can continue to incorporate its unique personality in the design of our public places and spaces going forward into a new period of redevelopment.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with refreshments by The Hoppy Gnome, followed by a performance by dAnce.Kontemporary at 6:15 and the presentation by Van Valkenburgh at 6:30. A brief Friends of the Parks business meeting will follow the public event.

Event partners include Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the American Institute of Architects, Arts United and The Hoppy Gnome.

To register, go to For more information, contact Julie Donnell, Friends of the Parks president,


About Friends of the Parks of Allen County
It is the mission of the Friends of the Parks to promote the stewardship and celebration of the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the parks and public spaces in Fort Wayne and Allen County.


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