Learning center adds space
Wolf Family Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park now has 4,000 more square feet of space.
Mayor Tom Henry and city parks Director Steve McDaniel cut the ribbon on the $560,000 project Wednesday. The expanded facility includes a professional-grade teaching kitchen, classroom area, gathering and rental space and accessible restrooms.
“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 gave the 170-acre farm to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department in 1996, with the stipulation that a working 1930s farm would be maintained. The Salomon family believed the land would help area children learn the value of agriculture.
“Don Wolf has been involved with the planning, funding and activity at Salomon Farm Park since its inception,” McDaniel said in a statement. “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.”
In the fall, Salomon Farm Park will offer school field trips, culinary classes for preschoolers, a culinary series for elementary school children, a natural dye workshop, wool applique, cocktail classes, a festival and a handmade homemade sale, as well as a weekly farmers market.
More information about programs at Salomon Farm Park can be found at www.fortwayneparks.org.