What’s happening in the parks the week of October 4, 2021


The following events and programs are happening the week of October 4, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Parks.

What’s happening in the parks: week of October 4, 2021

Fort Wayne, Indiana (October 4, 2021) – The following events and programs are happening the week of October 4:

Active Aging Week
October 4-8
Register at the Community Center, 233 W. Main Street, 260-427-6460
Active Aging Week was initiated by the International Council of Active Aging to celebrate aging and to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale. Similar to other organizations around the world, we are providing multiple activities for older adults. The goal is to share the positive messages of Active Aging Week and to showcase our age-friendly wellness programs. The campaign’s overriding goal is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. There is NO CHARGE for Active Aging Week events, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call 427-6460 or stop by the Community Center to sign up. Registration deadlines are two days prior to each event.

Pumpkin Path Display
October 5-31, Public hours
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street
We welcome you to the Pumpkin Path where you may enjoy fall surroundings in our outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best. As part of this interactive display, see if you can outsmart the garden gnomes who are back and more mischievous than before. You are also invited to take part in photo ops and festive activities that reveal the weight of the biggest pumpkin! Included with regular Conservatory admission. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 and Classic Hits 101.7.

Community Inclusive Expo
Sunday October 10, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
Come play with Three Rivers Visiting therapy dogs, interact with our bubble light machine and sensory toys, make a sensory toy (while supplies last), and play sensory interactive games. Hear from speakers on topics such as gaining employment while having a disability. Visit booths from businesses and organizations that offer services and products to those who have special or adaptive needs. This event is free and open to the public.

$1 Night Insight: Paint a Pumpkin
Thursday, October 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street
What could be cuter than a mini pumpkin painted by the one and only you? You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity that is fun for the whole family! On the first Thursday night of the month, Conservatory admission is just $1, parking is free, and there is a special $1 Night Insight fun themed activity from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. No registration required.

Trek the Trails: Parkview YMCA Trailhead
Tuesday, September 28, 6:10 p.m.
Parkview YMCA parking lot behind the playground, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd.
Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this summer to experience Fort Wayne on two wheels. Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. Tuesday rides will continue through the fall. Rides begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. For more information, call the City of Fort Wayne Greenways & Trails Office at 427-6228 or Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. at 969-0079.

Fireside Tales of Terror
Friday, October 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Old National Bank Plaza, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
Local Paranormal Investigators, the Original Para-Sisters, share their most chilling Fort Wayne stories around a cozy fire. Hear about the haunting history from some familiar places of people that dare not to be forgotten. Some stories may not be suited for all ages, but stories before 7 p.m. will be kid-friendly.

FREE Drop-In Sessions at AARP Outdoor Fitness Park
Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main Street
Get your outdoor workout in before it is too cold! Stop by during instructor-supervised times on Wednesday mornings. Pre-registration is not required for these drop-in programs but must be completed before class. Please come 15 minutes in advance to register.

Sweet Breeze Boat Tours
Saturdays and Sundays
Promenade Park, South Boat Dock, 202 West Superior Street
$27/person for a 90 Minute Tour and $17/person for a 45-minute tour
(Children 2 and under can sit on an adult’s lap for no charge)
Relax and enjoy a guided cruise on the Fort Wayne Rivers. Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic canal boat replica is offering 45- and 90-minute tour lengths on the weekends. This fully accessible tour will be a fun experience for everyone! Each tour provides an opportunity to learn something new about Fort Wayne through its riverfront. Tickets are on sale now with several dates and times available for purchase. Visit RideSweetBreeze.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

“Visions of the Old West” Garden Exhibit
Through November 14, Public hours
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street
Stroll down the main street of a not-quite-Ghost Town, listen to ragtime tunes from the honky-tonk saloon and appreciate the wild and rugged beauty of cacti, succulents and wildflowers in the surrounding hillsides. Pump water from the community well, play a game of cracker-barrel checkers in the shade and look over the “WANTED” posters for local outlaws. Summer annuals will make way for autumn chrysanthemums in warm russets, tawny golds and blazing orange. Sponsored by the M.E. Raker Foundation and Wilson Foundation.

Foster Park, Shoaff Park, and McMillen Park
Foster, Shoaff and McMillen Park Golf Courses are open daily, depending on weather and course conditions. Golfers are asked to call ahead to confirm course availability and to reserve tee times:

  • McMillen Park Golf Course – 260-427-6710
  • Shoaff Park Golf Course – 260-427-6745
  • Foster Park Golf Course – 260-427-6735

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