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Join the Celebration on July 27 and 28 at Foster Park!

July 13, 2012

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the Community Picnic, email!

Celebrating 100 Years of Foster Park!

Friday, July 27
KaBOOM! Play Day featuring a Special Golf Promotion, Family Fun Walk, Picnic, Sports Activities, & Carnival

Even though we had to delay the original celebration because of the storm damage, the FUN must go on! Join us on July 27 & 28 for a 2-day celebration of Foster Park’s 100th birthday!

More than 100 years ago, one of Fort Wayne’s leading citizens gave a precious gift to City residents—the land along the St. Mary’s River that became known as Foster Park, named after Colonel David Foster. Totaling 255 acres, Foster Park has something for everyone – nature lovers, athletes, brides and families from a wide region find that the park is a special place. Foster’s golf course was the first public course built in Fort Wayne, and maintains its standing as one of the best 18-hole courses in the area. Join us in celebrating this city jewel for its 100 years of consistent beauty.

Family Fun Walk, 5:00 p.m.

The whole family is invited to join a fun, fitness walk around Foster Park’s two-mile loop to support the Foster flower gardens. Participants will be entered into door prize drawings and free wristbands will be given to the first 1000 walkers. 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 Flower Gardens.

Register NOW for the Walk
(Please note: the Brochure has the original date of July 6, but the Walk has been rescheduled to July 27.)

Pre-register online at by Friday, July 20, or you may register the day of the event at 4 pm in Pavilion #2. 

Community Picnic, 6:00 p.m.

The Southwood Park Neighborhood Association is hosting a FREE picnic. Come to Pavilion #1 (the largest pavilion near the volleyball courts) to get your hot dog supper. Free-will offering accepted to benefit Foster gardens.

Sports Activities, 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Open recreational volleyball for all ages on the volleyball courts (6:00-9:30); children’s tennis activities (6:00-7:30); Introduction to Pickleball on the tennis courts (7:30-9:00).

Carnival, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Kids, come out and play carnival games like the ring toss, basketball toss, fish pond and lollipop tree. 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.

Thanks to our sponsors for the Celebration:

  vera_Bradley_Signature  kroger_logo Albrights_logo
 Foster_Park_Neighborhood_logo_2  SP_Entrance_Pillars
 Kathy Callen & John Powell  Kevin & Pamela Kelly  Patricia Thomson


Saturday, July 28
Park Tours and Ice Cream Social

“Rediscover Your Parks” Tour

1:00 p.m.

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.

REGISTER NOW for the Tour (by July 25)

Free Ice Cream Social
1:00-3:00 p.m.

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.

Parking for these events is limited, so please park at the former Taylor University Campus. The overflow parking lot off Lexington will be open for our events. After parking, take the short walk down Rudisill to Foster Park. This event will take place rain or shine!

Sponsorships for this event are still available. Join Vera Bradley, Southwood Park and Foster Park Neighborhood Associations and numerous individuals by calling Sarah Nichter at 427-6024.

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