Lakeside Rose Gardens

Lakeside Rose Gardens

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The unreliable 1912 Lakeside Park master plan may have been the work of George Kessler, who designed the Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard plan the same year. The 23.8 acres of land were purchased in 1908, excavations of the lagoon began in 1911, a canteen was built in 1916, and the flooded Italian garden and pergola were built in 1925. In 1928 the tennis court was established.

The most classic element of this picturesque landscape is the swooping garden. The garden was designed by the director of Adolphe Jaenicke Park in 1921 and contains more than 1,000 plants and was designated as a National Rose Garden in 1928. The strict geometric shape is very suitable for the natural environment, surrounded by city streets and private houses on three sides. The pavements of the park are connected to the network of nearby roads. Historical photos reveal decorative furniture and flower beds. There are four lagoons in the original plan, including natural lagoons and excavation lagoons, as well as winding paths, winding roads, and bridges leading to the lagoon islands.

Today there is a sculpture in the park commemorating Fort Wayne Civil War hero Henry Lawton. The rose garden has recently been renovated. Three lagoons still exist and one of them was buried to build a baseball field.

Lakeside Park has 25.8 acres of activity locations for basketball, fishing, skating, picnics, playgrounds, trails, tennis courts, and other activities for taking photos and relaxing during the day.