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!

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:

Kim Stacey -  President
Mitch Sheppard- Vice President
Ricky Kemery – Secretary
Matthew Henry  - Member
William Crowley- Member
Stephanie Veit- Member
Justin Molitoris – Member
Carrie Hawk-Gutman – Park Board Attorney

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


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2015  Meeting Dates (all dates are tentative)

January 15, 2015 – Fox Island County Park  Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2015 –  Metea County Park  Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2015  - Fox Island County Park   Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2015  - Metea County Park
September 17, 2015  - Fox Island County Park
November 19, 2015  - Metea County Park
January 21, 2016  - Fox Island County Park

2014 Agendas and Minutes
January  Agenda  Minutes
March  Agenda  Minutes
May  Agenda  Minutes
July  Agenda  Minutes   Cancelled
August  Agenda  Minutes
September  Agenda  Minutes
November  Agenda  Minutes

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