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Neighbors offer suggestions for new ‘Packard Park’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A pavilion, a musical sidewalk, even a dog park. Neighbors are thinking about what they’d like to see in a new “Packard Park.”

Community members attended a meeting Thursday to discuss changes they want to see in their neighborhood park.

“If we could see positive changes here, I think people would come out of their homes, I think people would take pride in our community and our neighborhoods,” Holly Muñoz said.

Muñoz is chairman of the Packard Park initiative. She said she held Thursday night’s event to give community members the opportunity to come together and voice their opinions about the park.

Muñoz says the ideas collected at the meeting will be paired with a survey, and the data will be reflected in a plan of redevelopment by the parks department.

“We’re trying to incorporate a lot of our ideas based around the fact that we’re a neighborhood park, so people need to just be able to walk here and enjoy what is existing here,” Muñoz said.

One neighbor says she’d like the park to be more accessible for everyone who visits.

“Right now, there’s not a lot of spaces where you can come and sit down and enjoy the green space and kind of get away from the streets and the sidewalks,” Bethany Ballard said.

Ballard also said she’d like to see a bit of the culture that Fort Wayne has to offer added to the park.

“There’s a lot of art and music that I think is strong in our area and would be really cool to feature in the park,” Ballard said.

People here talked about ideas like adding a pavilion, a musical sidewalk or even a dog park. No matter what they add, neighbors say they’re excited about the future of Packard Park.

Muñoz says her committee met with the parks department in February and came up with a three-year goal to have changes made to Packard Park.

She said things are moving faster than she thought, and she is glad she has the support from the parks, local council members and the people in her community.

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