Salomon Farm Park expands Wolf Family Learning Center

Salomon Farm Park celebrated the grand opening of the Wolf Family Learning Center Wednesday morning.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 3:42 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Salomon Farm Park celebrated the grand opening of the Wolf Family Learning Center Wednesday morning.

They've been working to bring a farm feel to city living since the owners first gave 170 acres to the Fort Wayne Parks and Rec Department in 1996. The 4,000 square foot expansion takes that a step further.

"That opened up a lot more opportunities in our programming that we're able to offer, so we're able to expand our day camp that we have out here in the summers, and then also open up the facility to a larger amount of people for rental," said Steve McDaniel, director of the parks department.

The Wolf Family Learning Center is named for a generous donor, Don Wolf, who has worked to uphold the Salomon family's wish to maintain an authentic 1930s farm for the last 20 years.

"The nice thing about it is we're only three or four miles from downtown Fort Wayne, so everybody can enjoy it," Wolf said.

A quick tour around the farm shows the volunteers, parks department, and partners have done just that.

"I kind of oversaw the whole thing. Lined up the Amish carpenters who understood that age of building and we tried to design everything to fit that time frame," Wolf said.

The farm offers a variety of activities including walking the trails, learning how to take vegetables from farm to table, and stopping to see the animals.

The learning center is just one project on the farm. The parks department is also restoring the old homestead, which has stood on the land since 1871.

"Right now, tentatively, we're scheduled for spring of 2019 to have those renovations done and be able to open that up to opportunities throughout the farm," McDaniel said.

Once finished, the house will be used for events such as weddings.

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