The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:40 pm

Parks and Recreation upgrading facilities to keep visitors safe

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will spend nearly $300,000 on facility upgrades designed to keep visitors safe amid the pandemic.

Improvements include "touchless lighting" that will turn on automatically, sensors to open doors and replacing sinks and faucets. The upgrades are planned at dozens of parks facilities, and they were approved during a Parks Board meeting this morning.

Funding for the projects will come from money given to the city under the federal CARES Act, an economic stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March.

City spokesman John Perlich said the city has received nearly $8.7 million under the act.

"We have to submit approved expenses to the Indiana Finance Authority and they reimburse the city for approved expenditures such as the parks ones," he said in an email.

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