Parks Department

City of Bluffton Parks & Recreation
Brandy FiechterSuperintendent   
Karla Fritts – Assistant Superintendent 
Laurie Baumgartner
Sports Coordinator
Randy Peeper – Maintenance Supervisor
Office: (260) 824-6069
Fax: (260) 824-6041
parks@blufftonindiana.gov

2020 Annual Report
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2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
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2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report

Park Board Members
Rick McEvoy
Christine Zadylak
John Gerber
Susan Campbell

The Park Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the City Hall Building. Further information is available by calling 824-6069.

Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department

Summer Job Application
5 Year Master Plan 2022
Interurban Trail Design
(260) 824-6069 – parks@blufftonindiana.gov
Facebook: Bluffton Parks     Twitter: @Bluffton Parks
Wells Community Pool Information – (260) 824-1550
Splash Pads Hours 11 am – 7 pm
Rock Steady Boxing Classes for Parkinson’s (M, W, F 11:00 a.m.) New location 710 S Mulberry
Bluffton K-9 Kommons Rules and Waiver
Wells County Rocks Partnership
City Gym Photo Tour
City Gym Calendar: https://teamup.com/kshe54y9g2zc9mykm8
Open Gym Registration Form
Pavilion Rental Calendar
Pool rental calendar: https://teamup.com/c/tofjqj/pool-rentals
Roush Park Golf Cart Parking
Playground Rules

Click on highlighted events for more information! All events are subject to change or cancellation. Events with * are pre-registered only and usually register a month before the event.

January
City Gym Calendar: Open Gym Calendar
1  2022 Wells Wonderful Winter 100 Challenge Start (Strava Instructions) (Challenge Log)
1-31 Yarn Bombing Bluffton
2-31 FREE Weekday walking 8:30-10:30 am
2-31 Open Gym 3:30-6 PM     open gym registration form
3 –Summer Job Application 2022
4-27 – Tuesdays and Thursdays Toddler Time
4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 – Yoga M/W, 6:30 pm, $5, Washington Park
4 – Nerf Wars *
4, 11, 18, 25- Farm Wagon
13, 20, 27 Hooked on Crochet 5:30-6:30 PM *
20 – Theater Thursday 10 AM
31 – Hue Can Paint 6-7:45 PM *

 

February
City Gym Calendar: Open Gym Calendar
Wells Wonderful Winter 100 Challenge
1-28 Yarn Bombing Bluffton
1-24 Tuesdays and Thursdays Toddler Time
1-26 FREE Weekday walking 8:30-10:30 am
2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 – Yoga M/W, 6:30 pm, $5, Washington Park
1,8,15,22- Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am             Map
3, 10, 17, 24 – Thursday Night Cardio Boxing, 5:30 pm at Washington Park, $5
3 – Toddler time Block Party 11 am
3-28 Open Gym 3:30-6 PM      open gym registration form
5- Chilly Chili Trail Run (Online Registration)
10, 17, 24 Hooked on Crochet 5:30-6:30 PM *
17 – Theater Thursday 10 AM
20 – Daddy Daughter Dance Winter Wonderland 6-8 PM*
20 – Mother Son Nerf Wars 2-3:30 PM *
21 – Summer Job Application Due

March
City Gym Calendar: Open Gym Calendar
1-31 Tuesdays and Thursdays Toddler Time
3-17  Open Gym 3:30-6 PM  open gym registration form
1-28 Yarn Bombing Bluffton
2 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 – Yoga at Washington Park 6:30 pm $5
3, 10 – Thursday Night Cardio Boxing, 5:30 pm at Washington Park, $5
1,8,15,22,29 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9am   Map
1- 31 FREE Weekday walking 8:30-10:30 am
1-16 – Larry Leprechaun
7-31 – Spring Coloring Contest
14-30 Online Cake Wars
17- Theater Thursday 10 AM
28 – Hue Can Paint 6:00-7:45 pm *

April

6- Cake Wars Voting Ends
1-30 Yarn Bombing Bluffton last month to turn in
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Cardio Boxing 5:30 pm
4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 – Yoga at Washington Park, $5,
5,12,19,26- Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am Map
8-18 – Bark in the Park Photo Contest Online
9 – Princess tea party – Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) *
12 – Paint Party in the Park (Adult painting class) 6pm *
14 – Easter Egg Hunt 5:30 pm Sharp! Roush Park
14 – Dog Bone Hunt 5:45 pm Roush Park
14 – Sensory-friendly Easter Egg Hunt 6:30 pm Lions Park *
18 – May 19 Senior Snippets *
21- Theater Thursday 10 am
24 – Earth Day 5K Run/Walk 8:30 am https://raceroster.com/events/2021/46279/earth-day-5k

May
Summer Recreation 2022
2-19 – Senior Snippets *
3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 – Yoga at Washington Park 6:30 pm, $5
3, 10,17,24, 31 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am      Map
3-31 Murder in May (Clue Parks Dept. Edition)
7- Yoga Brunch & Bubbles, Washington Park 9 am
8 – Swim Lesson Registration 10am-noon
8 – Yoga Brunch & Bubbles 9-11 am https://raceroster.com/events/2021/46471/yoga-brunch-and-bubbles
14 – Power Wheels Obstacle Course 9 am-11 am
14 – Kids’ Bikefest: Ride, Race & Play 11 am – 1pm
15 – Wheels Around Wells Bike Ride
17 – The Firefly Tour Fort Wayne Ballet 7 pm
19 – Theater Thursday 10 AM
23 – Hue Can Paint 6-7:45 pm *
26 – Nerf Wars 5:30-6:30 pm *
28 – Wells Community Pool Opens

June
Summer Rec Activities 2022
Tennis Lessons 5 weeks   
Tennis Waiver
1, 6, 8, 13 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 – Yoga in the Park Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Kehoe Park
2 – Gaga Ball 2:00 PM Roush Park Gaga Ball pit
6 – Bowling 12-2 PM EZ Bowl $3 *
6,13,20,27- Craft Club 9-10 am Roush Park
7,14, 21, 28- Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am    Map
7-30 – Tot Time Tuesday and Thursdays 9-9:30 am Roush
8 –  Egg Drop Challenge City Gym 2-3 pm
9 – Lego Play Day Roush Park 9:30-10:30 am
10, 17, 24 – Art in the Park 10:30-11:30 Roush Park
14- July 5 – Scientific Tuesdays 11-11:45 am
14 – 5 IN 5 5K Series (race 1) 7 pm
15 – Bubble Dash 12 pm Pickett’s Run
15 – Foam Party 1:30-2:30 Pickett’s Run
16 – Chicks Run 5K 7 pm

16 – Theater Thursday 10 AM

17 – Rock Painting 10-10:30 am Roush Park
20 – Matchbox Car Play Day 10-11 am Roush Park
21 – Animal Explorers 9-9:30 am Roush Park
21 – 5 IN 5 5K Series (race 2) 7 pm
22 – Fuse bead Magnets 2-3 pm Washington Park pavilion *
22 – Loom Hot Pad 3-4:30 pm Washington Park pavilion *
23 – Ronald McDonald Care Mobile 9 -4 pm
23 – Shaving Cream Fight 2-2:30 PM Pickett’s Run
23 – Wabash River Paddle (FREE) 7 pm
24 – Kehoe Concert Last Child Aerosmith Tribute Band 8-10 pm
25 – Fastest Kid in Town 9 am
26 –Kehoe Concert Community Worship Celebration 7-8:30 pm
27- Stuff and Fluff 10-10:30 am*
28 – 5 IN 5 5K Series (race 3)
29 – Dinosaur Dig 10:30-11 am *
30 – Paper Skyscraper 2-3 pm City Gym
30 – Light the Night Late Night Bike Ride 9 pm 

July
Summer Rec Activities 2022
1 – 31 Magical Park (geospatial augmented reality games), Lions Park
1 -31 Photo Scavenger Hike & Hunt, Wabash River Native Habitat Trail
1 – Art in the Park Roush Park
4 – Fireworks 10 pm
5 – Scientific Tuesday 11-11:45 am
5 – NO Farm Wagon – shut down
5 – 5 IN 5 5K Series (race 4) 7 pm
6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 – Yoga in the Park, Kehoe Park 6:30 pm, $5
7, 14, 21, 28 Yoga in the Park Wednesdays 6:30 pm Kehoe Park
8 – Kehoe Concert Fleetwood Gold (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band) 8-10 pm
9 – Superhero 5K Race & 1 Mile Fun Run 8:30 am
9 – Superhero Day 10 am
10 – Classic Car Cruise 5 pm  Classic Car Cruise Ma
10 – Kehoe Concert Ok Boomer 7-8:30 pm
12 – 5 IN 5 5K Series (race 5) 7 pm
12, 19,26 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am Map
13, 14, 15 – Drawing Classes 11 am-12 pm *
14 – Beyblade Spin-Off 3-4 pm *
21 – Theater Thursday 10 AM
25 – Hue Can Paint 6:00-7:45 pm *
28  – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am    Map
28- Nerf Wars 3-4 pm *
29 – Kehoe Concert Simply Elton 8-10 pm

August
Summer Rec Activities 2022
1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 14, 29 – Yoga at Washington Park 6:30 pm, $5
2, 9,16,23, 30 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am    Map
7 – Wells Community Pool Last Day
7 – Jeep Cruise-In 5:30 pm
7 – Kehoe Concert Sugar Shot 7-8:30 pm
18 – Theater Thursday 10 am
27- Touch a Truck 9 am-12 pm

September
3 – Parlor City Trot 13.1 miles / 10K
5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 – Yoga 6:30 pm
6, 13, 20, 27- Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am    Map
8 – Nerf Wars 5:30-6:30 pm *
14-Oct.24th  Fall Coloring Contest
15 – Theater Thursday 10 am
14 – Burn it Off Bootcamp 9 am
26 – Hue Can Paint 6-7:45 pm *
26-Oct 20 Senior Snippets *
29 – 5 IN 5 Fall 5K Series (race 1) 6 pm

October
1-24 Fall Coloring Contest
3-31 FREE Weekday Walking 8:30 -10:30am City Gym
3-20 Senior Snippets *
3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 – Yoga in the Park, 6:30 pm at Washington Park $5
4, 11,18,25 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am    Map
4-27 – Tuesday and Thursdays Toddler Time 11-12Pm
6- 5 IN 5 Fall 5K Series (race 2) 6 pm
6 – Toddler Time Fire Station visit 11 am
11 – Immunization Clinic at Farm Wagon 7:30am  Immunization Clinic Consent Form
13 – 5 IN 5 Fall 5K Series (race 3) 6 pm
20 – 5 IN 5 Fall 5K Series (race 4) 6 pm
20- Theater Thursday 10 am
25-31st Virtual Costume Contest
27 – 5 IN 5 Fall 5K Series (race 5) 6 pm
31 – Autumn Adventure 5-6 pm

November
Open Gym: Calendar 3:30-6PM Sun., Mon., Thurs., Sat.
1-30 FREE Weekday walking 8:30- 10:30 am
1-23 Tom the Tricky Turkey
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am     Map
1-29  Open Gym 3:30-6PM Open Gym Registration Form
1-30 Yarn Bombing Bluffton
1-29 Tuesdays and Thursdays – Toddler Time Oct.-March
2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 –  Yoga in the Park 6:30 pm at Washington Park, $5
TBD – Hooked on Crochet 5:30-6:30*
5 – WOOF (5,10,15 Mile trail run) https://raceroster.com/events/2021/49810/woof-trail-run
13 – November Holiday Yoga Brunch 9 am (with Sip & Scrub)
16-Dec.14 – Giant Stocking Coloring Contest
17 – Theater Thursday 10 am
23 – Santa’s Mailbox (ends Dec.8th)
24 – Wobble Before You Gobble group run 9 am
28 – Hue Can Paint 6-7:45*
28 – Gingerbread Contest and Entry form

December
City Gym Calendar: Open Gym Calendar
Yarn bombing Bluffton
1-30 FREE Weekday walking 8:30-10:30 am
1-31 – Community Positivi-tree
1-29 Tuesday and Thursdays Toddler Time 11-12
1-31 Open Gym 3:30-6Pm Open Gym Registration Form
6, 13, 20, 27  – Farm Wagon at Life Church 9 am Map
5 – 21 – Spot the Grinch
7 – Paws and Claus 5:30-7 pm
8 – Toddler Time Story Time with Mrs. Claus 11 am
8 – Winter Wonderland 5:30-7 pm
9 – Santa’s Mailbox ends today
TBD – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
TBD – Monday Map of Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14 – Giant stocking coloring contest ends
12-16 – Gingerbread contest voting
TBD – Wednesday Map of Santa Claus is Coming to Town
15 – Theater Thursday 10 am
24 – Santa Run FREE group run, 9 am
TBD – Thursday Map of Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Photo/Video Policy
Photos and video footage are periodically taken of people participating in Bluffton Parks Department programs or activities, attending a class or event, or using park facilities or property.  Please be aware that by registering for a program or class, participating in an activity, attending an event, or using park facilities or property, you authorize the Bluffton Parks Department to use these photos and video footage for the promotional purposes of publications, advertising, marketing materials, brochures, event flyers, digital signs, social media (including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media sites) and website without additional prior notice or permission and without any compensation to you.  All photos and videos are property of the Bluffton Parks Department.


 BLUFFTON COMMUNITY FITNESS EVENTS AND FACILITIES

In an effort to promote public health the Bluffton Parks Department has created a Community Fitness Flier that lists the many opportunities in our area to make it easy for you to find something physically active to do.  Bluffton has been blessed with a lot of great programs and facilities that we want to make you aware of.  If you have any information you would like to have added to this list call 824-6069 or e-mail the information to parks@blufftonindiana.gov.  Events are subject to change, so feel free to contact the organization directly from the information provided.

                         


ABC STUDIO AND EVENT CENTER – 1169 N Main St. Suite 1 Bluffton     Phone : (260)433-3417         Facebook: ABC Studio & Activity Center           Email: andrea.abcstudio@gmail.com

 

BASKETBALL LEAGUES      128 E Market St        Barry Crosby Phone (260) 824-4399
                      Boys 5th – 8th Grade – Games are played on Saturdays in the Bluffton City Gym Dec-March
                      Men’s League – Games are played on Tuesdays in the Bluffton City Gym Nov – Feb. High School Rules apply.

 

BLUFFTON HARRISON SCHOOL DISTRICT (BHMSD)    Elementary School: 1100 E Spring               Middle School: 1500 Stogdill Rd                     High School: 1 Tiger Trail
Indoor Walking – School Year only – High School – 6 am to 7 am – Enter Door 1 – Walking Track of Upper Gym  Phone: (260) 824-3724
Indoor Walking – School Year only – Elementary School  – 4 pm to 8 pm – Enter Door 1 or 2  Phone: (260) 824-0333
Tennis courts are available for general public use when not in use for school-sponsored activities.  Lights are not available for evening/night use.

BHMSD Community Swim program September – May     Questions about any programs or to rent the pool call Justin Uptgraft at 824-3536 or e-mail juptgraft@bhmsd.org
                             Family Swim – Children MUST  be accompanied by an adult.  Lap lanes are open.  Mondays from 7-8 pm, enter door #6. Cost $2 adults, $1 kids Season Pass $30

                             Open Swim – Recreational swimming for all members of the community.  Lap lanes are open.  Wednesdays 7-8 pm, enter door # 6. Cost $2 adults, $1 kids Season Pass $30                                          Children must be picked up by 8:00 pm
                            Day Swim – Lap and/or rehabilitative swimming for all fitness levels Monday – Friday 1:05-1: 45 pm.  Enter door #5.  Cost $2 or 10 session pass for $18
                            Early Bird Swim – Lap and/or rehabilitative swimming for all fitness levels Tuesday  & Thursday  6-7 am.  Enter door #6.  Cost $2 or 10 session pass for $18

 Red Cross Swimming Lesson Program April – May, For more information contact Bluffton Harrison Middle School at 824-3526
                             Cost per student: $30 Bluffton – Harrison Township Resident/ $40 Non- Resident  Checks payable to BHMSD,
                             Infant Program Children 0 -2 yrs – Tuesday & Thursday Evening 5-5: 30 pm.  An adult must participate with the child.  Minimum of 5 students to hold the class.
                             Pre-school Program Children 3-4yrs – Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 5:30-6:00pm.  An adult must participate with the child.  Minimum of 10 students to hold the class.
                             Red Cross Level Program – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 6-7 pm Children must be at least 5 years old.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

BLUFFTON PARKS DEPARTMENT      128 E Market St Bluffton          Phone: (260) 824-6069         E-mail: events@blufftonindiana.gov
Website: blufftonindiana.net Facebook: Bluffton Parks Twitter:@Bluffton Parks

Summer Recreation 2021
Gym Membership- Becoming a member of the city gym gives you access to the fitness room, shower/locker rooms, saunas, racquetball court, and basketball court. Membership Costs: $80 Single Membership or $100 per Family Membership.  Fees are prorated at a $20 discount every 3 months. 1-day pass for visitors is  – $5 and must be purchased in advance of the visit.  Payments are accepted at the City Clerk Treasurer’s office in City Hall.

River Greenway Trail Corridor is a paved walking and bicycling trail starting at the east end of East Wabash Street, in the heart of Bluffton, and then running southeast on the banks of the Wabash River on River Road to the White Bridge, a distance of 2 1/4 miles. The River Greenway Trail includes a boating access site
in the east end of the trail near the White Bridge, a replica historic covered bridge, and designated parking lots along the trail. No horses or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.

Jefferson Park – 315 E Horton; and is approximately 2.1 acres in size, located in the southeast portion of Bluffton off Townley and Bennett Streets. Facilities include a playground, 2 T-Ball diamonds, a batting cage, a press box, and a concession stand/restrooms building.

Lancaster Park – 200 East Jackson Street; located on the north side of Bluffton off of State Road 1 and includes approximately 17.5 acres and includes a sledding hill.

Lions Park– 228 Midway; is approximately 5.5 acres in the west-central part of Bluffton, off Midway and Washington Streets, Facilities include a playground, a pavilion with picnic tables and grill, 2 lighted basketball courts, 3 lighted tennis courts, a practice T-Ball diamond, a lighted softball diamond, and a concession stand.

Pickett’s Run is located on E. Washington St. near the intersection of Wayne St and River Road. The park includes paved paths (Pickett’s Run Loop 1/5 mile or 326 meters), picnic tables, and a Story Walk (managed by the Wells County Public Library). Located across the street at the corner of E. Washington & Bennett St. is the splash pad spray park. The splash pad is open May-Sept, 10 am-9 pm, daily depending on the weather. There is no cost to enjoy! The park also includes a life fitness trail for outdoor exercise.

Roush Park– 925 W Silver; is about 8 acres in size and located in the southwest part of Bluffton, off the Indiana Street-Clark Avenue intersection. Facilities include playground equipment, 2 lighted baseball diamonds, 2 lighted softball diamonds, picnic areas, 2 pavilions, restroom/changing facilities, batting cages, and 2 basketball courts a splash pad, and 1/2 mile paved walking trail.

Washington Park -710 S Mulberry; is approximately 2.6 acres in size in the southeast part of Bluffton, off Ohio, Mulberry, Arnold, and Bennett Streets. Facilities include playground equipment, 2 8-foot basketball goals, and 2 lighted 10-foot basketball goals both newly paved in 2020; a newly built 2019 indoor climate-controlled pavilion for rent with restroom facilities; a lighted outdoor pavilion with picnic tables for rent and a fitness facility regularly used for Rock Steady Boxing.  The park also will include 2 horseshoe pits (bring your own equipment) and an outdoor corn hole game coming in 2020.  There are 3 lighted tennis courts across Mulberry Street from Washington Park.

Wells Community Swimming Pool –  310 West Spring Street (260) 824-1550 Opens Memorial Weekend
Pool hours are Mon. – Fri. 1-6 pm and Sat. – Sun. noon to 6 pm.
The pool is available for private rentals. Dates do fill up fast and we will start taking reservations beginning January 2nd by calling 824-6069. Call the pool directly from May 29-Aug 8th at 824-1550 to make a reservation.

Ticket Packages are sold at 25 tickets for $50.00. They are good for all ages and days.
Daily Admissions Adult (18+) $3; Student (4-17yrs) $2.50; 3 & under free w/ paid ADULT (Limit 3 free children per paid adult) Daily discounts are $1.50 admissions for all ages from 4-6pm only.  NEW 2021 – Tuesdays are $1 day.
Adult Lap Swim Monday – Friday (12:00 – 12:50 pm) – $1.50 A 12 visit pass is available for $15. Must be 18+ to participate.
Pool Rentals Without the large slide are $95 per hour and a rental with the large slide is $105 per hour.  Rentals include lifeguards and free pavilion use. Logrolling equipment $10 per hour. Gas Grill rental $10.  The Wells Community Pool is ADA accessible. Pool entries include a pool ramp, a Portable Aquatic Lift, and easy access stairs.

 

BLUFFTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Fitness Tuesday for our Senior Circle members every Tuesday (except holidays) on the 4th Floor from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Free use of cardio equipment – Bluffton Regional Medical Center Main Campus – Cardiopulmonary Department on the 4th floor – Qualified staff member available – Free blood pressure by qualified staff- Cardiopulmonary Department on the 4th floor For more information, call 919-3144

Diabetes Share Group – Meet the second Tuesday of the month (except summer months) 4-5 p.m.- – Bluffton Regional Medical Center – 4th Floor Conference room-# 401 – Free – Learn healthy ways of eating, how to read a label, etc. For more information, contact Stephanie Amstutz, Clinical Registered Dietitian; at 919-3035, or Sue Schwyn, RN; at 919-3162

Heart 2 HART Designed for: Anyone over the age of 18 that would like to exercise in a medically supervised environment. Some of the populations that we specialize in are: – Diabetes (Type I and II) – Hypertension – Hypercholesterolemia – COPD – Heart Disease – Along with many others Participants will need to exercise during departmental business hours. The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointment times are required. Call: 919-3140 to make your appointment. Department Contacts: Traci Heller RRT and Lori Perry CRT Location: Bluffton Regional Medical Center Main Campus – Cardiopulmonary Department on the 4th floor The cost for the program is $30 a month for an individual. This is a self-pay program. It cannot be billed to insurance.

 

BLUFFTON STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING -2268 N, IN-1, Bluffton           Facebook: Bluffton Strength and Conditioning          E-mail: blufftonstrength@gmail.com           Phone: (260)273-5437.
Bluffton Strength & Conditioning is a one-of-a-kind fitness facility that strives to improve the wellness of our community. We offer daily classes that are led by certified trainers, nutrition challenges, kids’ classes, and much more! Check us out on Facebook.

 

CREATIVE ARTS COUNCIL – 211 W. Water Street,     Bluffton Phone: (260) 824-5222       Email: creativeartscouncil@gmail.com         Website: wellscocreativearts.com

LINK TO CREATIVE ARTS EVENT CALENDAR

Black Box Theater– Also referred to as the “Multi-Purpose Room”. Productions of Wells Community Theater, dance performances, and special events take place in this space.

Balentine Art Gallery– An average of ten art exhibits are on display in the Balentine Gallery throughout the year. Art classes and workshops also take place in the gallery at various times

Dance Studios– Two dance studios with mirrors, barres, and Marley flooring. The dance studios are used throughout the year for dance classes, auditions, and acting classes.

 

THE DANCE CO. -114 North Main Street, Bluffton      Phone: 260-356-5542 – Traci Daugherty      Email: misstraci-thedanceco@hotmail.com         Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedancecobluffton
FOR MORE THAN 18 years our school has been providing dance education in Bluffton. We believe that our success comes as a result of providing quality service, as well as our underlying belief in the strength of our organization. It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime. The Dance Co. believes that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.

Classes offered -The Dance Co. offers classes for ages 3 to 18 in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Boys only classes along with Co-ed classes. We celebrate our season with our year-end recital. We offer our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress. Registration for fall classes opens up in late April.

LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH -428 S Oak St, Bluffton, IN 46714       Website: https://www.lifecommunity.net

Volleyball Jan-March to register call 260 824-2252 or email Caleb@lifecommunity.net

 

OSSIAN NAZARENE CHURCH – 302 N Metts St, Ossian         Phone 260 622-7449          Website www.ossiannaz.org

5K walk/run 

5K Walk/Run Turkey Trot

 

OUABACHE STATE PARK – 4930 East SR 201, Bluffton         Phone: 260 824-0926         E-mail: lmiller@dnr.IN.gov         Website: stateparks.IN.gov/2975.htm         Facebook: Ouabache State Park
Entrance Fees – Daily Gate Fees: IN State $ 7.00/car; Out of State $9.00/car; Bike/ Pedestrian $2.00
Annual Entrance permit resident $50.00, Annual Entrance Permit Non-Resident $70.00, Golden Hoosier Permit (Must be 65 years of age and IN resident) $25.00,
Motorized Lake Permit $25.00, Non-Motorized Lake Permit $5.00, Bike/ Pedestrian Permit $10.00
Camping Fees – Sunday –Wednesday $24.61 per night (includes tax), Thursday – Saturday $32.10

We offer 5 hiking trails and a paved bicycle trail, fishing (Licenses are sold at all gates), tennis courts/basketball courts, boat & bike rental, volleyball court, baseball diamond, and a bocce ball court. Equipment rentals include Bocce Ball, Cornhole, and baseball base rental is $6.00. Boats and bike rentals range from $5.00 to $20.00

Walking Trails – Year Round Park trails, FREE with paid admission

Swimming Beach  -all ages (drop-in) May 23-Labor Day Sunrise-Sunset Kunkel Lake FREE with paid admission

Paddle Boat Rental Must be at least 16 Memorial Day-Labor Day 9-5 M-Th, 7-7 F-Su Boat/Beach House $5 – $20

Bike Rental Must be at least 16 Memorial Day-Labor Day 9-5M-Th, 7-7 F-Su Boat/Beach House $6-$10

SEASONAL SPECIAL EVENT LIST: Check the DNR website at stateparks.IN.gov DNR CALENDAR and SPECIAL EVENTS

 

SUMMER T-BALL, BASEBALL, SOFTBALL LEAGUES – Facebook: Bluffton t-ball      Facebook: Wells County Girls Softball      Facebook: Bluffton Youth Baseball      Facebook: Bluffton Elks Sandy Koufax Baseball Team

T-Ball: Dave Goodwin – 273-0397 Games are played at Jefferson Park (315 E Horton) & Whicker Field (1430 Wayne St) League runs mid-May-early July.  Must be at least 4 years old and not yet 7 as of May 1st,
Coaches Pitch – Must be at least 7 years old and not yet have turned 9 by April 30th.
Girls Softball: Allen Bricker – 273-1168 Jeff Eubank – 827-8422 Games are played at Roush Park (925 W Silver) League runs mid-May – early July. Grades 2-5 play in the Junior League and grades 6-12 play in the Senior League.
Farm League & Jr League: Gary Napier – 387-2279 Games are played at Roush Park (925 W Silver) Farm League 8-10 yr olds and Junior League 10-12-year-olds.
Sandy Koufax: Rick King – 273-0460 Games are played at Lion’s Park (228 Midway) 13yr olds and up. League runs April – June

 

WELLS COMMUNITY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – 11410 S Wayne St Bluffton         Phone: 824.5070         FB: Wells Community Boys & Girls Club
Annual membership of $20 is required for each child.  Summer Hours: 7 am – 5:30 pm; Cost: $25 per child for the week. Breakfast, lunch & a snack are provided daily.

Summer Activities (June -Aug ): Lego Club ages 5-12; Princess in Training ages 5-8; Bookworm Club ages 5-8; Yoga Club (girls only) ages 9-12; Music Makers Club ages 9-12; Jr Forrester Club ages 5-12; Career Launch Teens only; Jr Staff Teens only; Various STEM/Sports activities ages 5-18
Fall Activities (Aug -May ): WriteBrain Books ages 5-18; My.Future ages 5-18; Various Art Activities ages 5-18; Career Exploration ages 5-18; Alternative Energy Club ages 9-12; Robotics Club ages 5-18; 3D Awareness Club 9-18; Career Launch Teens only; Jr Staff Teens only; Various STEM/Sports activities ages 5-18

 

WELLS COMMUNITY SWIM TEAM Website: www.wellsswim.info      email: wellsswim@gmail.com         WCST president for 2020: Beth Singleton (260) 820-1865
The Wells Community Swim Team is an athletic team whose athletes come from all over wells country. We average about 100 swimmers ranging in age from 5yrs – 18yrs. which are broken into 5 separate competition groups. Each group is assigned a separate Coach reporting to a Head Coach, a total of at least 4 coaches. Our season starts in May with practices and finishes in Mid-July with our Conference Championship Meet.
We view our team as a conduit to teach kids life skills, life lessons, teamwork, and the thrill of competition. Additionally, the kids get some very serious exercise each morning through July. And at the end of it all, they leave having developed some lasting relationships.  In May we hold practices at Norwell and Bluffton Middle School pools. Once the Wells Community Pool opens, we switch to holding practices there. While schools are still in session, we have practices from either 4-5 pm or 5-6 pm. Once we begin outdoor practices, we have practice times from 7:45-8:45 or 8:45-9:45
Cost is $95 for the first child, $65 for the second, and $55 for each additional child. This includes 2 months of daily swim practices, individualized coaching, participation in 2 meets per week, and great cardiovascular exercise.

WHICKER PARK – 1410 Wayne St

New in 2017!  Whicker Park is an all-inclusive handicap-accessible park open from dawn to dusk.  Park includes restrooms, baseball diamond, playground, and pavilion.  The pavilion is open to the public and cannot be reserved.

CAYLOR-NICKEL FOUNDATION FAMILY YMCA-550 West Dustman Rd, Bluffton     Website fwymca.org     Facebook Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA       Phone 260-565-YMCA (9622)      Email theresa_biberstine@fwymca.org Mobile App

Membership Rates: Effective through 12/31/18 Type Monthly Draft /  Full Pay Annual, Students $19.00 / $228.00 , Adult $47.50 / $570.00,  One Adult Household $56.00 / $672.00 , Household $72.00 / $864.00,  Senior $44.50 / $534.00,  Senior Family $58.00 / $696.00. One Time Joiners Fee: $75.00, Students: $15.00, Bank draft must be for at least 12 months. Our financial assistance program makes the Y available to everyone. Discounts include the Military Outreach Initiative, 7th Grade Initiative, and Foster Families

Facility Hours Monday-Friday 5 am – 9 pm Saturday 7 am – 6 pm Sunday 1 pm – 6 pm.   Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult while in the YMCA facility

LINK TO YMCA EVENT CALENDAR

Early Learning Center (Daycare Center-Director Amy Habegger) Monday-Friday 6 am-6 pm
Child-care Facility Hours* Monday-Friday 8:30am-Noon Monday-Thursday 4pm-8pm Friday 4pm-7pm Saturday 8:30am-Noon Sunday 1pm-4pm

Pool: Swimming is a lifelong skill that helps participants build confidence, leading to a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. Swimming lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, with lesson times on Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. For more information or to register for lessons call 565-YMCA (9622), or contact trey_stemen@fwymca.org and visit our website fwymca.org.

Gymnasiums: It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn the game. At the YMCA, kids develop all of their skills; from catching and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active. We have 2 full Gymnasiums which allow us to offer a variety of activities daily including ½ court Basketball games, Volleyball, Pickleball, and open gym. Visit our website fwymca.org or our Mobile App to see a full schedule of our Gyms.

Walking at the Y: We encourage members to use the Gym or the Halls of the Y to get their steps in. We have mapped both areas to help you track your miles walked.

Wellness Center: Healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body, and spirit; We offer Wellness Center Orientation along with a Life Coaching Program, to help promote healthier decisions and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual, and spiritual strength.

Group Exercise Classes: Whether you are just beginning your wellness journey or are an experienced and avid exerciser, we have the perfect group exercise class with helpful, knowledgeable staff ready to help you every step of the way. A variety of classes are offered daily starting at 5:15 AM, 9:15 AM, and 4:30 PM6: 30 PM. We also offer a Saturday morning class at 9:00 AM. You can see our entire schedule at fwymca.org or on our Mobile App.

Adaptive Programs: The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne in partnership with the Anthony Wayne Services Foundation is expanding our services to people with diverse abilities. We all have strengths and limitations. At the Y, everyone is included. In addition to serving organizations that have programs for adults and children of various abilities, the YMCA offers Adaptive Swim Lessons, integrated services for child care and camp, the unique Trail Buddies program designed to
get people safely out on the trails, and some specific adaptive youth sports programs. We are continually looking at ways to better serve the large community. For more information contact at courtney_springer@fymca.org.

Rentals: Whether you have a family gathering or a birthday party you want to throw and don’t have space, we have a meeting room for rent that can hold up to 100. For more information contact our rental coordinator Jennifer Cook at Jennifer_cook@fwymca.org.

 

YOGA FIX STUDIO: Bluffton, IN.
We offer reiki massage and many different types of Yoga classes weekly for everyone from beginners to more advanced youth and adults.  Yoga is great for any age group and the benefits are numerous from decreasing stress, anxiety, insomnia, gaining more mobility and flexibility, weight loss, relieving pain from ailments including fibromyalgia, arthritis, to increase muscle tone, joint strength, improved posture, and balance. Along with the physical benefits, it works on mental and spiritual health by learning breathing techniques and other ways to balance your life by calming the soul and focusing on the mind. We feature different workshops to focus on specific topics that relate to Yoga and its benefits and will be sponsoring Yoga in the Park starting in June, every other Saturday at Kehoe Park from 9-10 am. The first class is always free to try. Stop into the studio at 1551 SE ST RD 116 or sign up online at yogafix17.wixsite.com/yogafix or call 260-273-5989 for any questions.

Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Waxing, are services also available by calling Becky at 260-273-4355

 

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Bluffton residents may now apply to gain entry to The Bluffton Dog Park, located at 805 W Market at the intersection of Indiana and Market Street. The registration forms are available at City Clerk Treasurer’s Office or can be downloaded. Bluffton K-9 Kommons Rules and Waiver 
Jefferson Park, 315 E Horton; and is approximately 2.1 acres in size, located in the southeast portion of Bluffton off Townley and Bennett Streets. Facilities include a playground, 2 T-Ball diamonds, a batting cage, a press box, and a concession stand/restrooms building. T-Ball is for ages 4-6, and the coach pitch is for 7 and 8, boys and girls.
Kehoe Park 300 N Main; is about 2 acres in size and located in the central part of Bluffton along the Wabash River, just west of the Ind. 1N-Ind. 124 juncture. Facilities include a lighted amphitheater (outdoor theatre), a pavilion (gazebo) with picnic tables, and a restrooms building. This is the site of the summer concert series and free Friday movies in July.
200 East Jackson Street; located on the north side of Bluffton off of State Road 1 and includes approximately 17.5 acres and includes a sledding hill. (Former Lancaster School property)
Lions Park, 228 Midway;  is approximately 5.5 acres in the west-central part of Bluffton, off Midway and Washington Streets, Facilities include a playground, a pavilion with picnic tables and grill, a mini-soccer field, 2 lighted basketball courts, 3 lighted tennis courts, 2 restroom facilities, a maintenance office building with storage, a practice T-Ball diamond, a lighted softball diamond, and a concession stand. Adult Softball Leagues and the Sandy Koufax league for boys ages 13-14 use the field at Lions Park, which used to be Wilson Field through the years that it was the football field for the high school.
Pickett’s Run is located on E. Washington St. near the intersection of Wayne St and River Road. The name of this property comes from the stream that once ran through this park site. This is the former location of 17 homes that were damaged in the July 2003 flood and had to be destroyed. Phase 1 of the park is complete which includes paved paths (Pickett’s Run Loop  1/5 mile or 326 meters), picnic tables, benches, wood carvings, a NEW Story Walk, and a historical marker. Located across the street at the corner of E. Washington & Bennett St. is the splash pad spray park made possible by the generosity of the Wells County Foundation in honor of the 50th Anniversary. The splash pad is open May-Sept, 10 am-9 pm, daily depending on the weather. There is no cost to enjoy! The park also includes a life fitness trail for outdoor exercise.  
Rivergreenway Trail Corridor is a paved walking and bicycling trail starting at the east end of East Wabash Street, in the heart of Bluffton, and then running southeast on the banks of the Wabash River on River Road to the White Bridge, a distance of 2 1/4 miles. The state has extended the trail eastward from the bridge, connecting it into Ouabache State Park, where it links into an extensive park trail. The total trail from Bluffton to and through much of the state park is close to 5 miles. Future plans are to continue the Rivergreenway Trail westward to Markle. Rivergreenway Trail features include a boating access site in the east end of the trail near the White Bridge, a replica historic covered bridge, and designated parking lots along the trail. No horses or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail or any hiking or bike trail in the city.
Rotary Park is between 1 and 2 acres in size. This park is part of the Rivergreenway Trail corridor off the River Road along the Wabash River in the east part of Bluffton. Facilities include a pavilion with picnic tables, a paved parking lot, and access to the Rivergreenway Trail.
Roush Park, 925 W Silver;  is about 8 acres in size and located in the southwest part of Bluffton, off the Indiana Street-Clark Avenue intersection. Facilities include playground equipment, 2 lighted baseball diamonds, 2 lighted softball diamonds, picnic areas, 2 pavilions, restroom/changing facilities, a storage building, press boxes at the ball diamonds, batting cages, concession stand, and 2 basketball courts. The Farm League (9 and 10-year-old boys) and Jr. League (11 and 12-year-old boys) use the two baseball diamonds. Junior Girls League (ages 9-12) and Senior Girls League (ages 13-16) use the two softball diamonds. NEW in 2016 will be a splash pad, and a 1/2 mile paved walking trail along with renovations done to the large pavilion.  
Veterans Memorial Park, 725 S Main; is in the southeast part of Bluffton at the corner of Main and Arnold Streets. This park features memorial gardens, walkways, a gazebo, and park benches. It is the scene of official tributes to those who have served in the nation’s defense.
Washington Park, 710 S Mulberry; is approximately 2.6 acres in size in the southeast part of Bluffton, off Ohio, Mulberry, Arnold, and Bennett Streets. Facilities include playground equipment, 2 8-foot basketball goals, and 2 lighted 10-foot basketball goals that will be resurfaced early 2020; a new year-round enclosed pavilion with kitchenette, a Rock Steady Boxing/ Fitness room, and a lighted pavilion with picnic tables. Across the street are 3 lighted tennis courts.
Wabash River Park is located at the beginning (west end) of the Rivergreenway Trail Corridor and is about 1/2-acre in size. Facilities included are picnic tables, benches, and a gazebo.

Park & Pavilion Rentals All pavilion rentals are made through the Parks Department at 260-824-6069. Rentals are to be paid when reserving and liability waivers are signed.  Pavilion Rental Form 2022    Pavilion Rental Calendar  Pavilion Fees 2022 Call to schedule your event before filling out the rental agreement form to confirm dates and times. 824-6069

 Kehoe Park (300 N Main) Stage Rental  – Weddings $100; Non-Profit, 5 hours or less $400; more than 5 hours a day $675; For Profit, 5 hours or less $500; more than 5 hours a day $725. A deposit of $125 is required along with a 1 million dollar liability insurance listing the City of Bluffton as an insured for all rentals. (3-110 amp electric outlets, 1 – 30 amp electric outlet, 1 – 100 amp electric outlet, restrooms available, dimmer switch on stage for lights) Kehoe Pavilion Rental – $55 per day (free with stage rental)  includes 6 picnic tables, 2 benches, electric outlets seating for 36 people.

Washington Park  Washington Park Rental Information  (710 S Mulberry)  The inside pavilion is open year-round and includes a warming kitchen and seating for 120 people.  The bottom left cabinet in the kitchen includes 2 horseshoe games and bags for the cornhole game located in the park.  Feel free to use these supplies and return them when finished.  (electricity and restrooms available)

Lion’s Park (228 Midway) Includes 4 picnic tables, seating for 24 people, no electricity, restrooms available.

Roush Park (925 W Silver) Pavilion Large Rental includes 20+ picnic tables, serving counters, electric, restrooms available; Small Pavilion has 3 picnic tables and restrooms available. Roush Park Golf Cart Parking

Rotary Park (Along River Greenway) Pavilion includes 3 picnic tables, seating for 18 people, no outlets, no restrooms

Wabash River (Corner of Scott & Wabash Streets) Pavilion includes 3 picnic tables, seating for 18 people, no outlets, no restrooms

Wetland Trail – This city-owned property on the Northside of the river is great for biking and walking, per city ordinance 1070 horses are not allowed on this trail.  Click for a map view: Native Habitat Waterway

Wells Community Pool
–  (310 West Spring Street) Pavilion Rental includes 17 picnic tables, 4 electric outlets, has a charcoal grill or a gas grill may be rented from the Parks Department, restrooms in the pool house.  See the “swimming” tab on the website for rental forms.

Year-Round Rock Hiding – Wells County Rocks Partnership

Yarn Bombing – Yarn Bomb Description  Yarn Bomb Bluffton Past Photos

Special Thanks! The Parks Department would like to thank the Wells County Foundation for awarding our parks a grant to install 4 new drinking fountains.  They will be located at Jefferson Park, Lion’s Park, Washington Park, and the Pickett’s Run Splash Pad.

Park Rules:

Park closes at 11 pm

No profanity, obscene gestures, bullying, or other inappropriate behavior will be tolerated

No alcohol or illegal drugs

Dispose of trash in receptacles

The large dumpsters are for park use only and trash from rentals, NO illegal dumping

Do not climb or hang on basketball rims

No bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters in the pavilion area or on tennis courts

No motorized vehicles on trails, sidewalks, or paths in the parks

No standing on picnic tables or benches

Keep dogs on a leash & remove waste

Metal detecting is not allowed on park property

If you see something, say something, these are your community parks.  Notify the Bluffton Police Department at 824-3320 to report inappropriate behavior needing immediate response.  You may also call the park office at 260 824-6069 to report what you observed.  Please indicate the date, time, and description of the incident so that we can find it quickly on our security cameras.

Playground Safety

Adult Supervision advised

Use equipment properly

Beware of hot surfaces

Remove drawstrings to prevent entanglement

Do not use when wet, damaged or roped off

Do not jump off equipment

Do not bring benches, tables, etc. into the play area

Do not climb up slides

Packed earth surfaces under equipment may result in serious injury from falls

12 Resources to Cure Nature-Deficit Disorder

Photo/Video Policy  Photos and video footage are periodically taken of people participating in Bluffton Parks Department programs or activities, attending a class or event, or using park facilities or property.  Please be aware that by registering for a program or class, participating in an activity, attending an event, or using park facilities or property, you authorize the Bluffton Parks Department to use these photos and video footage for the promotional purposes of publications, advertising, marketing materials, brochures, event flyers, social media (including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media sites) and website without additional prior notice or permission and without any compensation to you.  All photos and videos are property of the Bluffton Parks Department.

City Gym

City Gym Photo Tour

Students in grades K-12 are invited to the city gym for supervised play from 3:30-6 pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Basketballs and other equipment are provided during this time.  Make sure to pick your student up on time.  Calendars for the gym can be found here https://teamup.com/kshe54y9g2zc9mykm8  (Baseballs, roller skates, skateboards are not allowed on the gym floor)  Free event! Open Gym Registration Form

City Gym Prices   City Gym Membership Form   Becoming a member of the city gym gives you access to the fitness room, locker rooms, saunas, racquetball court, and the gym.  1 Day pass is also available for guests who attend with a member for $5 a day.   Payments are accepted at the City Clerk Treasurer’s office.

Gym Rental Gym Rental is $25 per hour. For Gym Rental information contact the Parks Department office at (260) 824-6069.  Rental Application Form

Gym Rules:

  1. Family members (immediate family) are described as married spouses, and minor (IRS dependent) children in the same household. Exceptions in the case of split families may be made, if you have questions, contact the PARK OFFICE. Keys are to be used by members only and may not be given to anyone else to use. Other members that are included in the “family key” are college-enrolled children still being supported by parents.  Any other household residents that are 18 years old and above, MUST purchase their own key. Single members are the only persons allowed to use their keys. They cannot bring in guests/family members or allow others to use their keys which includes, but is not limited to spouses, children, or other family members.
  2. Anyone using alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, smoking, or other inappropriate behavior in the gym or other gym-associated facilities, will have their membership revoked.  No weapons are allowed in or around the facility.
  3. Turn out all the lights (except stairwell lights) when you are finished using any of the gym facilities and secure doors as you leave.
  4. Family members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in this facility.  Family members ages 14-17 need an adult to use the weight room, children under the age of 14 are not allowed in the weight room.
  5. No one under the age of 18 years may use the sauna.
  6. All facilities are to be used at your own risk.
  7. Immediately notify the gym supervisor if you observe any improper behavior or damage in the facilities, or contact the Bluffton Police Department at 824-3320.  Please report maintenance concerns to 824-6069 (24 hr. voicemail).
  8. Treat the facility with respect.
  9. The gym hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There are to be no activities past 11:00 p.m. without prior approval by the Park Board.
  10. Any person who misuses the City Gym facilities or equipment engages in misconduct on or about the facilities or engages in conduct disruptive to programs being held at the facilities, whether or not in connection with an event sponsored by the Parks Department, shall be subject to having their City Gym privileges revoked at the sole discretion of the Superintendent of the Parks Department for the City of Bluffton.
  11. Open gym hours are for students only, no adults.  This is a special time set aside for children and adult members may not be on the gym floor.  Members may still use the weight room, locker room & racquetball court.

Please report immediately any repairs or maintenance that may be needed. You may leave it on the parks department voice mail, which is available 24 hours a day at 824-6069. ** MEMBERSHIP TO THE BLUFFTON CITY GYM IS A PRIVILEGE THAT MAY BE REVOKED AT ANY TIME BY THE BLUFFTON PARKS & RECREATION BOARD OR ITS EMPLOYEES FOR DISREGARD OF THE RULES AND GUIDELINES OR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN! ** 1-DAY PASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASES IF YOU WANT TO BRING IN A NON-BCG MEMBER.  Application(PDF)

Wells Community Pool

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Information on Splash Pads

Wells Community Pool Information

Wells Community Swimming Pool  310 West Spring Street (260) 824-1550

Weather permitting, the pool hours are 1-6 pm 7-days a week.  The pool is heated between 80-82°.   Please note that no refunds are given on days we must close early due to weather or low attendance.  The temperature needs to reach at least 70° to open.

The pool is available for private rentals. Dates fill up fast, and we will start taking reservations beginning January 3rd by calling 824-6069.  Call the pool directly during the pool season (May 28-Aug 7th) at 824-1550 to make a reservation.

Ticket Package  20 tickets for $50.00.  Tickets are suitable for all ages and days.

Daily Admissions Adult (18+) $3.50; Student (4-17yrs) $3.00; 2 & under free w/ paid ADULT (Limit 3 children per paid adult) Daily discounts are $2.00 admissions for all ages from 4-6pm only.

Lap Swim Monday, Wednesday, Friday (12:00 – 12:50 pm) – $2.00   A 10 visit pass is available for $15.  Teens who wish to swim laps will be allowed to participate.

Pool Rentals  Are $125 per hour and include the giant slide, all lifeguards, and free pavilion use for parties of 1-150 people.  Parties with over 150 guests are $175 per hour.    Logrolling equipment $10 per hour.  Please note your rental will still take place in the evening even though the pool may have closed earlier due to weather or low attendance.  The rental will be canceled if the weather is unsafe for your party. Check the pool rental schedule here:  https://teamup.com/c/tofjqj/pool-rentals

Pool Rental Agreement  Call to schedule your event before filling out the pool rental form to confirm dates and times. During the summer months, call 824-1550. When the pool is closed, call 824-6069.  The Wells Community Pool is ADA accessible thanks to the generous support of the Wells County Foundation. Pool entries include a pool ramp, a Portable Aquatic Lift, and easy access stairs.

2021 Park and Recreation Summer Activities

Wells County Rocks Partnership

Summer Recreation 2021

Kehoe Summer Concert Series

FUN FUN FUN and most of it FREE!! Summer recreation sign-up starts May 14th.  To register view the link above and select the programs you want to participate in. Next, e-mail us at events@blufftonindiana.gov with the child’s name, age, and phone number along with the list of classes they want, or call 824-6069.  If the event says “drop-in” you don’t need to register, simply show up.

Grades are determined by what year the students just completed.

FREE TENNIS LESSONS: Monday – Friday, June 1 – July 2 at Lion’s Park (228 Midway) weather permitting. A parent must register their child the first day they attend. (Follow us on Facebook for any weather-related delays at Bluffton Parks) The class is determined by the grade the student will enter or by being age 5 by June 1stTennis Waiver

  5th – 8th: 9-10am             5yrs-1st : 10-11am (Mondays only)               2nd – 4th: 10-11am (Tue – Fri)        High School: 11 – Noon

SPLASH PADS – 2 Locations: 304 E Washington St at Pickett’s Run Park & 925 W Silver St at Roush Park.  Hours: 11 am-7 pm

YARN BOMBING – is a form of street art in which the artist transforms public spaces with colorful knits or crocheted yarn to give everyday items a whimsical look.  The Bluffton Parks Department would like to thank the local artists who worked hard on the 2021 project located at the River Greenway.   If you are interested in participating in the 2022 project call the park office at 824-6069.

Park Rules: Playground Rules

Photo/Video Policy  Photos and video footage are periodically taken of people participating in Bluffton Parks Department programs or activities, attending a class or event, or using park facilities or property.  Please be aware that by registering for a program or class, participating in an activity, attending an event, or using park facilities or property, you authorize the Bluffton Parks Department to use these photos and video footage for the promotional purposes of publications, advertising, marketing materials, brochures, event flyers, social media (including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media sites) and website without additional prior notice or permission and without any compensation to you.  All photos and videos are property of the Bluffton Parks Department.

Register for the Parks Department summer activities by calling 824-6069 or e-mailing parks@blufftonindiana.gov.  Please include participant’s names, phone, e-mail, and list of classes starting May 15th.  

Summer Ball Registration Info:

T-Ball:  Dave Goodwin – 273-0397    Mail completed form to 6899 Wenger Ct Bluffton IN 46714

Girls Softball: Allen Bricker – 273-1168

Farm League/Jr League:  Gary Napier-  phone 387-2279; e-mail gary.napier31@gmail.com  PO Box 227 Bluffton In 46714  Bluffton Youth Baseball Form   Bluffton Youth Baseball Info

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