Parks department seeking public input in Franke Park Master Plan

The Fort Wayne Parks Department said it is important to get the community's input on projects like this.

Posted: Feb 7, 2019 9:53 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2019 10:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Franke Park Master Plan is still in the early development phases and it encompuses the entire park.

The Fort Wayne Parks Department said it is important to get the community's input on projects like this.

"It's just so exciting to see how much better it can become," said Becky Clifton, Fort Wayne.

Clifton has been coming to Franke Park for most of her life.

She said she likes the ideas the parks department is putting forward, including a new entrance off Goshen Avenue.

"Opening up things for the zoo to have better parking and just an overall better layout of the park," she said.

That proposed entrance is included on the two versions presented to the public and had a lot of people talking.

Including Kristi Campbell who owns a business on Goshen.

"I'm kind of curious how that is going to drive business to us," said Campbell.

The master plan is looking long term, about the next 20 years so some changes will take awhile to materialize.

Some can be addressed are some tweaks to programs like the Franke Park Day Camp.

"Without any significant big changes. There are some programs we really want to hold onto that have a lot of history in the park," said Chad Shaw, parks department superintendent of landscape and horticulture.

"I'm just glad to see that there is interest in upgrading the park and keeping it for future generations to enjoy as much as we have," said Clifton.

There is still a chance for you to weigh in on the Franke Park Master Plan by visiting the plan's website.

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