Park Board

The Allen County Park and Recreation Board and staff would like to express our thanks and gratitude to two of our outgoing Board Members. Ms. Mitch Sheppard and Mr. William Crowley for their service and support during their tenure with the Board. Many thanks and well wishes in their future endeavors.

We would also like to welcome our newest Board Members, Mr. Sean Johnson and Mr. Lee Wilson and thank them for their willingness to serve the citizens of Allen County.

On July 19, 1965, the Allen County Park Board was formed. On July 28, 1965 their first meeting was held. The original 5-member board was appointed by the Circuit Court Judge of Allen County.

The goal of this board was to serve the citizens of Allen County with park areas for recreation and also to acquire large areas of land to help ensure conservation and preservation of our natural resources.

In 1985, the Allen County Park and Recreation Board was re-established in accordance with the amended Indiana Park and Recreation Ordinance dated July 19, 1965, as authorized by Indiana Code 36-10-3. Under this amended ordinance, the 5-member board was increased to a 7-member board and became effective April 18, 1985.

These seven members are appointed by five sources rather than only one source under the original ordinance. Members are appointed as follows:

2-members appointed by the Circuit Court Judge;
2-members appointed by the County Council;
1-member appointed by the County Commissioners;
1-member selected by’ the’ County Extension Committee; and
1-member appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne.

Each member serves a staggered term.

They currently meet on the 3rd Thursday, on a bi-monthly basis, on an as-needed basis, and in accordance with Indiana Code, they will conduct an executive session for special concerns such as real estate options or personnel matters. The Park Board is under the authority of both the Allen County Commissioners and County Council

Current Park Board Members:
Open until 2021 organizational meeting –  President
Stephanie Veit- Vice President
Matthew Henry  – Secretary
Terri Theisen – Member

Carrie Hawk – Gutman- Member
Matt Graham – Member
Sean Johnson – Member
Lee Wilson – Member
Thomas A. Hardin – Park Board Attorney
Jeff Baxter – Parks Superintendent

Meetings are at 3:30 PM the 3rd Thursday on a bi-monthly basis, alternating between Fox Island and Metea County Parks.

MEETING DATES

2021  Meeting Dates (all dates are tentative)

January 21, 2021 – Fox Island County Park
March 18, 2021 –  Metea County Park
May 20, 2021  – Fox Island County Park
July 15, 2021  – Metea County Park
September 16, 2021  – Fox Island County Park
November 18, 2021  – Metea County Park
January 20, 2022  – Fox Island County Park

For agendas and minutes please contact superintendent “at” allencountyparks.org (please replace the word “at” with @)