Fourth of July hours for Fort Wayne parks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The following Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation facilities and programs will have adjusted hours for the July 4th holiday:

City Pools:
– Learn to Swim evening lessons are cancelled for July 4th. Evening LTS class will be made up Monday, July 1st.

– Adult Swim is cancelled the evening of July 4th.

– No disability swim the evening of July 1st.

Community Youth Centers, Jennings, Cooper and Weisser will be closed on July 4th.

The Summer Playground Program will not be in session July 4th.

Lifetime Sports Academy will not be in session July 4th.

Packard Park Futsal Courts will not be open July 4th.

Salomon Farm Park and Lindenwood Nature Preserve will be open July 4th, but offices will be closed.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation administrative offices will be closed July 4th.

For questions about specific facilities and programs, contact the Parks and Recreation offices at 260-427-6000.

Park & Rec also has several events lined up:

Did You Say Fire-”Cracker”?
Thursday, July 4, 6 – 7 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Visitors to the Conservatory can enjoy a special treat on this memorable holiday — making “Christmas” crackers in July! Invented by Tom Smith in the 1800s, this fun craft will be perfect on the Fourth. Join the Conservatory to make this rather loud keepsake to enjoy just in time for the big fireworks display downtown. Visitors can also test their knowledge of the history of this special day and enjoy a light snack.

Gabriel Sanchez Presents the Prince Experience
Saturday, July 6, 8 pm
Foellinger Theatre

Playing all of the greatest hits from the Purple One like “When Doves Cry,” ”Kiss,” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Salomon Farm Park Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays through Sept. 4, 4 – 7 pm
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

The Salomon Farm Park Farmer’s Market connects the local community to farmers, producers, bakers, and artisan that are within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park. Produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and many also embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also occasionally includes baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Northside and McMillen Pools Open
– Northside Pool, East State Blvd and Parnell Ave.
o 12:30 – 5 pm daily
o 7 – 9 pm Mon/Wed/Fri
o Adult Swim: 7 – 8 pm Tues/Thurs

– McMillen Pool, Oxford St. east of Anthony Blvd.
o 1:30 -7 pm daily
– Admission prices available at

Lifetime Sports Academy
Through July 19
McMillen Park

The Lifetime Sports Academy is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and offers FREE group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming. The program operates Monday-Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. Group lessons in golf, tennis and swimming will focus on skill development, training, and participation and will be taught by certified coaches and highly trained professionals and volunteers. Participants may come as often as they wish and stay as long as they like. The Fort Wayne Community Schools summer lunch program will also be available at McMillen Park for Academy participants. The Lifetime Sports Academy is funded by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and Lifetime Sports Academy Committee and is offered FREE to area youth. Register at the McMillen Park Pavilion any time during the summer.

FREE Summer Playground Program
Through July 26, Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm

Children ages 5 to 18 who are still in school, can participate in the program Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm through July 26 for fun, interactive activities throughout the day, and this program is held at five local playgrounds: Hamilton Park, Lafayette Park, Memorial Park, Packard Park, and Lakeside Park, along with the city’s youth centers: Weisser Park Youth Center, Cooper Community Center, Jennings Recreation Center and McMillen Park Community Center. All five playground sites and the Youth Centers are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts, and field trips are just a few of the exciting activities planned for the summer playground program. Children can also enjoy a FREE lunch or snack provided by Fort Wayne Community Schools.

For full details on all events and programs happening at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, go to