BROADWAY FAMILY FUNFEST CELEBRATED
One of Fort Wayne’s oldest parks had a $100,000 makeover recently, with the renovation of the McCulloch Park Bandstand and the installation of a musically-themed playground. These improvements were celebrated during the first Broadway Family FunFest at the park by Director Al Moll, Parks & Recreation and advocates of the Broadway Corridor.
“McCulloch’s bandstand has made this park a gathering place for the community since the early 1900s, and the tradition can continue with the recent renovations,” said Moll. “Today we celebrate this iconic facility with the Fort Wayne Area Community Band’s music and the Broadway Merchants who made this FunFest possible.”
Formerly known as G.E. Park, McCulloch is four acres of green space on Broadway Street. And to compliment the musical theme of the park, the old playground equipment was replaced this year with whimsical-looking instruments that make different sounds and tones. Children can create their own music. The cost of improvement to the bandstand was $71,723, and playground improvements cost $28,000. The total cost of improvements to McCulloch in the past year is $99,723.
The Broadway Merchants who created the Family FunFest by offering children’s activities, face painting, prizes and activities, hope to make this event a regular occurrence. Broadway has experienced a renewal as its local businesses have come together to make a stronger community. Their goal is to emphasize the welcoming environment of Broadway.
Businesses and organizations involved in Family FunFest are: IntraScape, Broadway Aquatics, Beadrageous, Midwest America Federal Credit Union, Imagine Schools, Zesto, W. Central Neighborhood Association, St. Joseph Hospital, Local 124 Fire Fighters Union, DesignFactore, Metro Realty, Gouloff-Jordan, SCAN, Allen Ct. SPCA, Mad Anthony Brewery, George’s International Grocery and Shine & Hardin Law Firm.
McCulloch Park was named after Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch, who gave this site to the City in 1886. As a park that is more than 100 years old, a Legacy Park status has been included on the new sign by the Parks & Recreation Department. McCulloch is the site of activities during Three Rivers Festival, and is an important anchor for residents of Broadway.