New JA Park to Highlight Local Business Leaders
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New JA Park to Highlight Local Business Leaders

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Junior Achievement (JA) broke ground on the new JA Legacy Park on Wednesday.

The park, which will be located next to JA’s Fort Wayne headquarters, will open in October. It will tell the stories of local business leaders and entrepreneurs connected to JA through sculptures, signs, benches and QR code-activated videos. The park, which will include a pond, will span 4 acres.


JA Foundation President Jim Johnston said the new park will allow young people in the community to learn more about their community through art.

“When JA Legacy Park opens, our community leaders and entrepreneurs will be honored through sculptures and interactive artwork,” Johnston said. “By sharing their stories through JA Legacy Park, these individuals will continue to inspire and support young people as they discover the stories of those who have shaped our communities.”

Lena Yarian, president of JA of Northern Indiana, said experiential learning programs like JA NEXT, the initiative that funded the park, can inspire young people.

“Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana is proud to provide nearly 184,000 student interactions each year through business-education partnerships and funding from those who support the impact of JA experiential learning on the evolving needs of youth,” said Yarian. “The JA NEXT initiative is underway and we invite others to discuss opportunities to inspire others through JA Legacy Park.”