About the neighborhoods of Southeast Fort Wayne
The Southeast Fort Wayne communities of Fort Wayne, Indiana are 46802, 46816, 46803 and 46806. Other neighboring areas include New Haven and Wayndale.
Area: 16.967 square miles
Southeast Fort Wayne: 2,472 people per square mile
Fort Wayne: 3,278 people per square mile
Southeast Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation maintains 86 public parks totaling 2,805 acres (11 km2). Three public and 20 private golf courses are located in Allen County. Franke Park is the most extensive city park, at 316.4 acres (1.3 km2).
Franke is home to the Foellinger Theatre, Shoaff Lake, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which draws about 500,000 visitors annually. Other notable parks include Johnny Appleseed Park – home to a campground and Johnny Appleseed’s grave and McCulloch Park (home to Samuel Bigger’s grave).
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Headwaters Park, Lawton Skatepark, and Historic Fort Wayne are located downtown. Hurshtown Reservoir, near Grabill, is the largest body of water in Allen County and is popular with watersports enthusiasts for sailing and fishing. Located downtown along the St. Marys River, Fort Wayne Outfitters offers canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, and pontoon boat rentals for recreation along the three rivers.
Southeast Fort Wayne Sports
Fort Wayne is currently home to three minor league sports franchises. These include the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League, Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, and Fort Wayne TinCaps of baseball’s Midwest League. The city is also home to the Fort Wayne Derby Girls of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division 2.
Intercollegiate sports in the city include IPFW in the NCAA’s Division I Summit League as well as NAIA schools Indiana Tech (in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference) and the University of Saint Francis (in the Crossroads League and Mid-States Football Association).
Some notable events in sports history have occurred in Fort Wayne. The first professional baseball game was played May 4, 1871 between the Fort Wayne Kekiongas and the Cleveland Forest Citys. It was rained-out in the top of the ninth inning, with the Kekiongas ahead 2–0. On June 2, 1883, Fort Wayne hosted the Quincy Professionals for one of the first lighted baseball games ever recorded.
Fort Wayne is also credited as the birthplace of the NBA, as Fort Wayne Pistons coach Carl Bennett brokered the merger of the BAA and the NBL in 1948 from his Alexander Street home. On March 10, 1961, Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in the NBA to reach 3,000 points in a single season while competing at Memorial Coliseum.
Fort Wayne was ranked as the “Best Place in the Country for Minor League Sports” in a 2007 issue of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, dropping to second place in 2009.
Southeast Fort Wayne Schools and Education
East Allen County Schools (EACS) operate 20 schools, with a total enrollment of 9,114.
Private universities with regional branches in Fort Wayne include Crossroads Bible College, Grace College and Theological Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, Manchester University College of Pharmacy, and Trine University. Other colleges include Brown Mackie College, Harrison College, International Business College, ITT Technical Institute, Medtech College, National College, and Ross Medical Education Center.
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