Wells County Trails Outreach

In December, our Executive Director Kent Castleman worked with the Wells County Trails planning group to continue visioning a connected Wells County. The group also discussed their connectivity to Allen County and the region through the Poka-Bache Connector which is slated to have the southern end point in Bluffton at Oubache State Park.

The group reviewed planning maps for trails and sidewalks in the county and discussed how to move the community thinking forward to have a more connected community. Rural communities such as Bluffton often times have very limited resources for infrastructure and transportation improvements, therefore, there is a need for philanthropic giving and fundraising to happen in the county to reach their goals.


While our mission focus remains on Allen County and connecting our communities, Fort Wayne Trails has a goal to assist developing these groups in each county in the region. Citizen advocacy is a large part of the success for the trail network in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Castleman will stay engaged to help the group develop their governance and organizational structure. The goal is for the group to be self-sustaining.

Brewed IN the Fort is Fort Wayne Trail’s largest annual fundraiser. At the 2019 event, we were able to raise $23,000 for trails in Allen County. Like so many things this year, Brewed IN the Fort has been
canceled, but not all is lost. One part of this fun festival that we have been able to take virtual is the auction. Please help us raise money for expanding and connecting trails in Fort Wayne and Allen County
by bidding on some amazing food, fun, and experiences. The items are now available for preview and the bidding will kick off 12 Noon on Wednesday and will end 5 pm Sunday.