The Wolf Family Learning Center at Fort Wayne’s Salomon Farm Park now has 4,000 more square feet.
Mayor Tom Henry and Parks Director Steve McDaniel cut the ribbon on the newly expanded, $560,000 facility Wednesday. The building now features a professional-grade teaching kitchen, classroom area, fully-accessible restrooms, gathering area and rental space for 240 people.
“We’re fortunate to live in a community that values parks and the importance of education,” Henry said in a statement. “Our entire city is appreciative of the efforts of the Wolf family and the Salomon family. Together, they’ve made significant contributions to the quality of life we enjoy in Fort Wayne. The expanded learning center is a tremendous addition that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
The Salomon family gifted 170 acres in 1996 to the Parks and Recreation Department, with the understanding that a working 1930s farm would be maintained. The historic farm had become “an island in the middle of a very busy and growing suburban area,” a news release said. Chris, Maxine and daughter Lynne Salomon believed the land could help city youth learn the value of agriculture and the land could offer a respite to the busy, surrounding urban area.
“Don Wolf has been involved with the planning, funding and activity at Salomon Farm Park since its inception,” McDaniel said. “His accomplishments are too many to list, but we owe a debt of gratitude to Don for his commitment and knowledge, as well as his generosity.”
With the $560,000 expansion, the learning center now offers a professional-grade teaching kitchen, a classroom area, fully accessible restrooms, a large gathering area and rental space for 240 people.
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