Park Board

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 Wednesday, 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:
Mitch Sheppard – President
Carrie Gutman- Vice President
Matt Graham – Member
Matthew Henry – Member
James Wolff – Member

Matthew Booker- Member
Stephanie Veit – Member
Thomas A. Hardin – Park Board Attorney
Jeff Baxter – Parks Superintendent / Secretary to the Board

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

Board Address:
Allen County Hanauer Reserve
3022 Easterday Road
Fort Wayne IN 46818
Phone: contact Superintendent of Parks at 449-3312


2024  Meeting Dates (all dates are tentative)

January 17, 2024 – Fox Island County Park
March 20, 2024 –  Metea County Park 
May 15, 2024  – Allen County Hanauer Reserve
July 17, 2024  –  Fox Island County Park 
September 18, 2024  –   Metea County Park
November 20, 2024  – Allen County Hanauer Reserve
January 15, 2025  – Fox Island County Park

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