FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – Friends of the Parks of Allen County and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation are planning to restore Foster Park Pavilion #3. High demand for space at the pavilion in Foster Park is what sparked the restore.
The rustic-style stone pavilion was built in 1938 by the Federal Works Progress Administration in the Foster Park Oak Grove. The plans of the project are to accurately and fully restore the building, improve landscaping with a new paved trail connection the pavilion to the Foster Park walking loop, clear the bank along the St. Marys River to increase visibility and also make accessibility improvements. This restore, along with other improvements in and around the park will improve connections between Foster Park, park resources and neighborhoods.
Ed Welling, President of Friends of the Parks of Allen County, said “Our organization has a long-standing interest in Foster Park,” and goes on to say “and we are excited to be able to act on that interest by participating as a key partner in this project to return Pavilion No. 3 to its proper role and beauty in the park. We know that Foster Park, which is so loved and well used by the people of Fort Wayne, and especially the surrounding south-side neighborhoods, will benefit greatly from having a third pavilion returned to full usefulness. We especially look forward to the improved links to the Fort Wayne trails system and to the Waynedale neighborhoods to the west that this project makes possible.”
Steve McDaniel, Director of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation says “Partnerships with private organizations like Friends of the Parks of Allen County are key to many of the successful projects we are able to complete for Fort Wayne citizens. We are incredibly grateful to them for their help in getting this project off the ground and we’re excited to see the changes we can bring to Foster Park as a result of this collaboration.”
A fund raising effort is being put together by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Parks of Allen County. The fund raiser will allow the public to become invested in the project. In addition, Friends of the Parks of Allen County announced that the Oldenkamp family gave a generous gift allowing them to be a partner in the restoration process.