NOTICE:  Allen County Parks believes that Thanksgiving is a day to be spent giving thanks for our blessings and doing that with family and friends (not working or shopping) ! To that end WE WILL CLOSE AT 4:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25th, BE CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY AND WILL RE-OPEN FRIDAY MORNING AT 9:00 AM so that our employees can spend the day with their families and friends. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


The staff at Allen County Parks and the Allen County Park and Recreation Board extend our deepest sympathies and our prayers to the family of Samuel Gregory Jr who passed away October 23rd. Sam was a member and Park Board President for 21 years and had just resigned his position this past January. Sam was a great leader, park supporter, and just an all around great guy. Sam was always there to answer questions, give advice, lend a hand, raise funds and more to all the staff at our parks both past and present. During his tenure the department built two Nature Centers, a Maintenance Facilty, new Fox Island residence and an agreement for the operation and management of Deer Run Wilderness Area. We missed him when he left our Board and will miss him even more now. To his family thank you for sharing him with us all of those years. As Sam would frequently say during Board meetings (when one of us would talk to long), MOVING ON (bang the gavel)!!  Rest in peace Sam!

Check out Jeff Ormiston’s awesome videos of the various stages of monarch butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to chrysalis, and then the butterfly we all know. Allen County Parks is proud to have reared, raised and tagged over 100 monarchs this year at Metea and Fox Island County Parks. Its 28 minutes long all together but you can watch in real time the caterpillar form the chrysalis and then the monarch emerge from the chrysalis. To watch the video click here

For upcoming events – see calendar at right hand bottom of this page! Please note most programs have a pre-registration date!!

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Allen County Parks Mission…

“To establish and manage a permanent park system incorporating conservation, education, outdoor values, and nature preservation, and to provide recreational opportunities for the people of Allen County within this structure”

Allen County Parks provide:

  • Natural areas for recreation and nature study
  • Environmental education for thousands of Allen County school children
  • Natural and cultural history programs of all ages
  • Careful management of county park system resources to maintain and increase natural diversity and recreational opportunities
  • Rental facilities in a beautiful natural setting

Allen County Parks are owned by the people of Allen County and are operated by the volunteer Allen County Parks Board, appointed by area public and elected officials. Allen County Parks are funded by Allen County government and by user fees, facility rentals, program fees, grants, donations, and gifts. Staff salaries are provided by county tax revenues, with ALL operating and maintenance expenses supplied by user fees and other sources.

Thanks for visiting our website! Come visit us in person, we’d love to have you and we’re sure you will enjoy your visit. Click on any of the pages on the right to find out more information about the parks and programs we offer.

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Allen County Parks Administrative Offices

Fox Island County Park Nature Center

7324 Yohne Road

Fort Wayne IN 46809

Phone: 260.449.3180

Fax: 260.449.3181