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What’s Happening in the Parks This Week

The following events and programs are happening the week of June 1.

Youth Center Virtual Programs

Starting June 3, 10 am – 5pm

Register online at

Offered by the teams at Cooper, Jennings, McMillen Park, and Weisser Park Youth Centers, these programs are open to youth aged 5 – 18. Kids can learn more about art, fitness, dance, nutrition and more in a safe, online environment from the comfort of their home.

Salomon Farmers Market

Wednesdays starting June 3

4:00-4:30 p.m. – Seniors & Higher Risk Individuals

4:30-7:00 – General Public

Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park (817 W. Dupont Rd.) and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. Interested in vending? Contact Eden at or 427-6008. Sponsored by 103.9 Wayne FM.

Full Moon Hikes

Friday, June 5

Youth – 8 pm, Adult – 9:15 pm

Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Join us for a special moonlit adventure and experience nature in a completely different perspective. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the entrance to the preserve and hike the Trail of Reflection for a scenic stop at the pond. This ½-mile trail is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible to the pond, although ground conditions may vary. Each hike will last approximately one hour. Youth hikes are for ages 17 and under with an adult. The adult hikes are for those 18 and older. The hikes are free, however, pre-registration is required. Please note that pets are not allowed in the nature preserve.

32nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby

Saturday, June 6, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Hurshtown Reservoir, 16000 Roth Rd., Grabill

The 32nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the pristine Hurshtown Reservoir is open to children ages 16 and younger. An adult must accompany all contestants. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in 4 age categories. Each participant may enter only one fish. The grand prize will go to the child that catches the biggest fish overall. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Fishing begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues until the weigh-in at 11:00. Awards will be at 12:00 p.m. Contestants must be present to win. Contestants should bring their own bait, tackle and bucket to hold their fish. Because this is a free fishing day, no fishing licenses are required! This contest is catch and release only. Please call or e-mail Eden at 427-6008 or for more information. Admission to Hurshtown is $4 per car. The derby is FREE. To comply with state requirements due to COVID-19, only the first 100 visitors will be permitted, then the reservoir gates will be closed.

Indiana Free Fishing Days in Fort Wayne Parks

Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7

Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters on those days. Enjoy fishing at Salomon Farm Park, Hurshtown Reservoir, Shoaff Park, Johnny Appleseed, Franke, Guldlin or Headwaters Park. Check out Salomon Farm Park for special youth fishing events and mark your calendar for Hurshtown Reservoir’s June 6 Family Fishing Derby!

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