FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- "Walking to the beat" has new meaning for South Central Fort Wayne residents.
Growing Minds Educational Services teamed with South Central neighborhood association members on a door-to-door meet and greet Saturday afternoon.
Growing Minds co-owner, Carlos Brooks says, “If we can figure out how to bring people together in this community it just gives us the skillset to branch out and create that movement throughout the rest of the city.”
Residents posed questions about structural developments like Packard Park and its maintenance over time.
They also suggested the area was heavily patrolled by police, sometimes making residents feel out of place in their own neighborhood.
Fort Wayne Police Department's Tom Vachon says, "We can have a meet and greet, sit down, and have a good constructive conversation," when asked how law enforcement and civilians can mend any lingering conflicts that were posed during the discussions.
Fifth District City Councilman Geoff Paddock joined the discussion alongside the neighborhood association members.
Paddock says, “We want to work together. We want to hear from residents. What are the problems in the area that we can help address?”
South Central Fort Wayne residents are encouraged to reach out to their respective neighborhood association presidents or the Packard Area Planning Alliance to voice any concerns.