Fort Wayne Trails- Improving our city, improving lives
Apr12

Fort Wayne Trails- Improving our city, improving lives

  When I moved to Fort Wayne in 2002, the city was beginning to invest in and develop our trail system. Now, just ten years later, the effort has been consolidated through the formation of Fort Wayne Trails, and our community boasts over 70 miles of connected trails, with more on the way. That’s quite an accomplishment, and it has become one of our most prized amenities, helping us build a vibrant and healthy community. As a runner, I cannot easily capture the value of our trail system in words. They provide me with a safe and scenic way to stay healthy and active and connect me with other people and destinations. My favorite portion of the trail, dubbed the Maumee Pathway, extends from just south of my neighborhood near Lakeside Park along the Maumee River to New Haven. It provides me with over 10 miles of uninterrupted trails through a quiet and beautiful portion of the countryside. The terrain is relatively flat, as well, providing the optimal landscape for long runs. During the summer, my husband and I do our best to embrace something we call no car weekends. Because of how easy it is to access our trail system, we are able to get almost anywhere in the city without traveling by car, and we can do so safely because of the trails. Our favorite trip is to the Barr Street Market downtown via the Maumee Pathway and the River Greenway. When we are feeling particularly adventurous, we hop on our bikes and make the trek through downtown to the Towpath Trail, which offers several winding miles through breathtaking plains and wetlands and gives us access to the Southwest side of town. Because of the investment our community has made in our trail system, residence now have a safe place to walk, run, and bike. It’s amazing how connected our city has become as a result, and not just physically. While biking or running on the trail, everyone you meet greets you with a smile and a friendly hello… how often does that happen in traffic? Fort Wayne Trails truly is improving lives, one trail at a...

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Discover Science Central
Feb28

Discover Science Central

Remember what it was like to be a kid? To experience things for the first time? To discover the hows and whys behind everyday things? Remember what it was like to play until you fell asleep face down in a pile of blocks? (Don’t laugh, it has happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to others, too). Walking through the doors of Science Central transports me back to that time and place… like being a kid again. So whether you’re a nostalgic adult or a curious and adventurous kid, you’ll find something to delight, intrigue, or baffle you within its walls. I moved here over ten years ago but didn’t make my first trip to Science Central until my niece and nephew visited a few years ago, and I may have had more fun than they did. Now, it’s an annual trip. Offering hands-on fun and interactive science activities, Science Central entertains us for hours. Highlights include the two-story windy slide, the high-rail bicycle, and live science demonstrations. As a fan of repurposed historic spaces, I love the building in which it is housed, too. Formerly the City Light and Power Plant, the building has been transformed into a colorful playground for children and adults alike. It includes over 32,000 square feet of exhibit space, a traveling exhibition area, a gift shop, three classrooms, and a demonstration theatre. The iconic smokestacks on top of the building are painted in vivid colors and serve as a friendly welcome at one of downtown’s major gateways. If all that is not enough, Science Central earns major bragging rights as the only regional science and technology center and the only NASA Educator Resource Center in Indiana. If you’ve never been before, plan to spend at least two to three hours there on your first visit. With over 130 exhibits to experience, you will want to make sure you have plenty of time to explore.   Hours: Winter Monday – Tuesday:  Closed Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer Monday:  Closed Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Admission: Kids (2 & Under) – FREE Kids (3-12)- $8 Adults (13-64)- $8 Seniors (65+)- $7...

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What’s new at The History Center
Dec27

What’s new at The History Center

If you grew up in Fort Wayne, chances are you took a few field trips to The History Center while you were in school, but have you been back since? It’s a great place to spend the afternoon, even for adults. Located prominently at the corner of Barr and Berry Streets in downtown Fort Wayne, the building exudes an air of permanence. Constructed with large limestone and sandstone blocks, it is built like a fortress. Over the years, the porous limestone and sandstone on the exterior eroded and was repaired, but what you see on the outside is what you would’ve seen had you inhabited Fort Wayne in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The staff has taken great care to respect the original architecture and design of the building. Recently, the historic building underwent a few renovations, including a complete restoration of the Shields Room. Perched on the second floor of The History Center overlooking the corner of Barr and Berry Streets, it is now an impressive open space with high ceilings, beautiful artistic detailing, and exquisite woodwork. All that’s missing is the chandelier, and once it arrives, the room will look much like it did in the early 1900s. The History Center is also home to 38 historical exhibits, boasting the largest collection of Allen County History. Since 1980, about 20 percent of the individual exhibits have been updated, and this year, the Allen County Innovation permanent exhibit was completely refurbished. It opened to the public in October and is the first permanent exhibit to receive a complete makeover. Of course, you’ll want to visit the basement if you go. Back in the day, it housed the county jail and some of the cells are still down there.   The History Center 302 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (260) 426-2882...

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Upcoming Events for Runners
Nov16

Upcoming Events for Runners

I caught the running bug earlier this year and hit the training hard this spring and summer. I participated in three official races and had a blast. As we head into winter, I was resigned to take my training indoors to the treadmill, which simply isn't as fun as training outdoors. Running in frigid temps never even crossed my mind. I am not a fan of cold weather. Then I heard about three upcoming races that have motivated me to get back out there to train. Of course, when the temps drop below 60 degrees, additional gear is needed, so make sure you dress appropriately. If you aren't sure what you need, I encourage you to visit Three Rivers Running Company. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and will steer you in the right direction.  So, if you are looking for some motivation to stay in shape, I encourage you to sign up for a few of these upcoming races. Most of them have a run/walk component, so you don’t have to be an all-star runner to participate. The Turkey Trot, Saturday, November 17   10 am start time for 5k race Start and finish at Fox Island County Park Registration is $15 All proceeds benefit Fox Island County Park Nature Center For more information, visit the race website. The Galloping Gobbler, Thanksgiving Day, November 22 8:15  am start time for 8 mile race 8:30 am start time for 4 mile race Start and finish at the Hutzell Athletic Center at the University of St. Francis Registration fee is $25 for both races For more information, or to register, visit the race website.     Gingerbread Pursuit, Saturday, December 8 8:30 am start time for 4 mile race Start at Cinema Center at Wayne and Clay Streets, finish at the Allen County Courthouse Registration fee is $18 For more information, or to register, visit the race website....

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