Welcome To Waynedale!
Nestled in Southern Fort Wayne, our “Neighborly Community” is celebrated as one of the best places to live and work in Northeast Indiana. Walking down the streets of our quiet neighborhoods or visiting one of our many family owned businesses, we see our neighbors, families and friends who offer a welcoming wave as they greet us. Our kind traditions certainly makes Waynedale feel like home.
Our hometown residents gather for our annual Community Picnic, Memorial Day Parade, Taste of Waynedale and more. You can feel the excitement as everyone seems to have a little more pep in their step in anticipation of each community event. People come from all over Indiana to see and participate in our community activities that continue to grow in attendance from year to year.
Waynedale has many unique qualities that make it different from any other place in the world, but the most interesting aspect is tradition. Waynedale was named and founded in 1921, until it was annexed into Fort Wayne in 1957. But as Waynedalers love to keep tradition, fifty-five years later, most still refer to the area as Waynedale than Fort Wayne.
Also kept in tradition are our multi-generational family-owned businesses, who have continued to do business in Waynedale since their start. The community businesses structure is self-sufficient, providing literally everything the average citizen needs. As many of our businesses are within walking distance of our residential neighborhoods, most people don’t have to travel far to find what they need, right here in Waynedale.
Our Parks, Trails & Nature
In Waynedale we find neighbors and friends enjoying the features of our parks with their families. The area’s rustic setting provides a superb location for outdoor activities. Our parks and nature preserves are within walking distance of most residences in the community.
Two trails that are close to the Waynedale communitiy available to the public to run, walk, bike, and enjoy. The St. Marys Pathway extends along the West side of the St. Marys River and runs through Foster Park. The Ardmore Avenue Trail, spans the West side of Ardmore Avenue, from Lower Huntington Rd. to Airport Expressway.
Waynedale Memorial Park 2900 Koons Street
8.0 acres nestled in the heart of Waynedale at the corner of Koons Street and Elzey Street, the Waynedale Memorial Park features a basketball court, pavilion shelter, playground, sprayground, tennis courts and fitness trails. The park was dedicated to the community in 1949.
Foster Park 3900 Old Mill Road
254.9 acres along the St. Marys River with ball diamonds, fishing, fitness trail, floral display, golf course, hiking trails, natural open space, pavilion/shelter, picnicking, playground, restrooms, Rivergreenway, tennis courts, volleyball, Foster Gardens, Bridal Glen, Lincoln log cabin replica. In Foster West on Winchester Road, just East of Bluffton Road, are ball diamonds, Pawster Park off-leash dog park, restrooms, Rivergreenway, soccer.
Fox Island Park 7324 Yohne Road
605 acres with the largest contiguous forest in Allen County, 270 acres protected as part of Indiana State Nature Preserve System, Nature Center, Fort Wayne Astronomical Society, observatory, bird watching, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming, wildflower hikes. (260) 449-3180. www.foxislandalliance.org
Eagle Marsh South side of Engle Road East of Jefferson Boulevard
Established in 2005
Features: Largest preserve in Allen County and the third largest wetland restoration in Indiana. Eagle Marsh creates habitat for birds and other wildlife, including many that are endangered, threatened or of special concern in Indiana.
Library – Waynedale Branch, 2200 Lower Huntington Road
In 1928 Noble’s Home Store made room in a corner and acquired an Allen County Public Library depository. Today, the current library is located on Lower Huntington Road and has been recenty expanded and updated. It offers Interlibrary loans, internet access, copies, a meeting room and other programs.
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10am- 9pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm
Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road
Chief Richardville understood the importance of the Southwest shores of the St. Marys River. This is where the tribe made their home and where the government in 1827 built his home on his own government reservation. Recently rennovated, it is one of the oldest buildings in Northeast Indiana.
Miami Indian Heritage days programs are held at the Chief Richardville House from 1-4 pm on the first Saturday of the month, May through November. Sponsored by the History Center, admission for each Saturday event is $7 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages 5 & under are free.
Hanson Observation Deck, West Sandpoint Road
Ever feel the ground shake under your feet? Chances are it’s the Hanson Aggregates quarry operations. Waynedale has a rich history of mining due to its unique geological features.
The Hanson Observation Deck is open to the public, offering a breathtaking view of the quarry in action. The deck is safely enclosed with fencing. To get there, follow Sandpoint Rd. West, the Observation tower will be visible on the left side, 2 minutes past Ardmore Ave.
Stone Lake Scenic Neighborhoods, East Waynedale
Waynedale’s Eastern neighborhoods, Lake Shores and Stone Lake, boast beautiful scenic views abundant with wildlife. Many of the homes in this area are settled on man-made lakes and ponds created by a flooded quarry and overflows. Throughout the area are connecting trails that outline the lake and ponds. It is common to see fishermen, bikers and walkers enjoying the quiet neighborhoods listening to the songbirds and enjoying the sights.
Although the scenery trails and water are not open to the public, residents of the neighborhood associations enjoy access to the area.