Going Green: Parks and Recreation

Published 07/01 2014 01:18PM

Updated 07/01 2014 02:15PM

Headwaters Park, Buckner Park, Wells Street Bridge, and the McMillen Center all have one thing in common.  They all have a special "green" touch.

WFFT's Tara Petitt looks into several of the renovations that Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation has done within the last decade in order to make our city just a little greener.

"We're trying to provide a better atmosphere and a better future for our kids and for the citizens."

Steve McDaniel is the Deputy Director of Park Maintenance for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.  He says their goal is to provide clean and efficient places for the community to recreate within our city.

"Over the last 10 years, we've taken great strides to make sure that we're providing more recycled materials in our building construction, and also ensure that it is more energy efficient."

Fort Wayne Parks and Rec has constructed and renovated dozens of facilities over the last decade in order to be more efficient and help the environment.  Some of these renovations include the installation of more efficient air handlers, boilers, hot water heaters, waterless urinals, and LED lighting.

"When we're looking at renovating a facility or building a new facility, it's good to go that extra step to make sure that we're using the right products for the construction and that we're also doing the right thing for our community."

Even playground equipment, like slides, are made of recycled material.

"Our playground equipment is made out of steel and plastic, and both of those materials, manufacturers use recycled material."

It's not just the playgrounds and buildings that are getting green touch.  Have you driven across the renovated Wells Street Bridge recently?

"The bridge on Wells Street, all that decorative light is LED light, and it uses a lot less energy than your traditional lighting from a decade ago."

McDaniel says all of their efforts contribute to their goal of making Fort Wayne a cleaner and better place to live.

"If you can use recycled material and you can use higher efficiency, that's the thing to do.  We wanna make sure that it's good for our kids and the future, and we're building upon the future for the city."

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