Fort Wayne

Historic riverfront setting open limited weekend hours though October 2019.


Historic Fort Wayne offers over a thousand years of rich history on Detroit’s riverfront. Located on land significant to Native American cultures and hosting the signing of the Treaty of Springwells ending the War of 1812, Fort Wayne’s star fort was built in 1845. It served induction and logistics functions during the Civil War, the World War II “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Vietnam War era, and other events throughout the nation’s history.

Historic Fort Wayne was deeded by the federal government to the City of Detroit by the 1970s and is now operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Division.


Historic Fort Wayne is presently open to visitation on weekends from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., with tours provided by the volunteer Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. For questions or tours outside of these hours, please contact the city’s Parks and Recreation Division staff at 313-628-0796.


Several historic buildings, outdoor spaces, and athletic fields at Historic Fort Wayne may be reserved for events for a fee. For more information, please contact the city’s Parks and Recreation Division staff at 313-628-0796.


Addressing Recreational Equity in Southwest Detroit: A Planning Grant to Revitalize Historic Fort Wayne

Made possible by the National Park Foundation with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, the City of Detroit General Services Department is undertaking a comprehensive strategic planning process for Historic Fort Wayne. The project seeks to improve recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for residents of Southwest Detroit and the region by revitalizing Historic Fort Wayne.

As part of this planning process, we are considering interventions including expanding park hours and recreational programming, stabilization of vacant buildings, solicitation of support and guidance from public, private, and nonprofit partners, and finally, finding new and compatible uses for presently vacant buildings at Historic Fort Wayne.

Come learn about Historic Fort Wayne’s planning process and share your feedback!

For questions about this meeting and the planning process, please contact Timothy Boscarino at 313-628-2490.