Surprise Gift To Fort Wayne Parks And Recreation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A surprise gift to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation department will go towards future programs and maintenance.

The Journal Gazette reports that officials have learned a gift of $500,000 will be directed towards operating the parks. It comes from the estate of Dr. Suzanne Knoebel. She was the first female president of the American College of Cardiology, receive many awards and eventually named one of the 100 Most Important Women in America by Ladies' Home Journal.

Knoebel grew up in Fort Wayne, but was known for her work in Indianapolis and was on the faculty at Indiana University. She passed away on July 2nd.

Park officials say they may use the funds for park maintenance or seed money to fundraiser for Buckner Park. Knoebel grew up as part of the Buckner family, and the Buckner Farm is now Bucker Park and owned by the city.