The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 06, 2022 1:00 am

Jan. 1, 1962: Sledding at Reservoir Park

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Hundreds of people headed to Reservoir Park on Jan. 1, 1962 for sledding and ice skating the day before school resumed.

Skaters can be seen on the frozen pond at the bottom of the 50-foot hill.

The 13.1 acre Reservoir Park on Clinton Street was created in 1880, according to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation website. It was renamed Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park in 2009 after the former mayor and city park board member who helped find funding to rebuild the park in the 1970s.

The high in Fort Wayne on that first day of 1962 was in the mid-20s.

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