Individuals, households, businesses, and organizations interested in supporting our historic West Central Neighborhood may do so through Association membership. Residency or ownership of property within the neighborhood boundaries is not required. Use the “Drop down Button” below to select a membership level and pay by PayPal or credit card. Or, you may print out, complete, and mail in our membership form.
Contributions to the WCNA are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS Code regulations. The WCNA is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational and charitable organization under state and federal laws. (* Businesses and Organizations: upon payment, your business or organization will be placed under the “Directory of Business and Organization Members” and will be visible on a continuous basis for the calendar year of payment.
- Home and Garden Tour. For 34 years, West Central has hosted its annual Home and Garden Tour to showcase the neighborhood’s architecturally unique array of homes built by some of the most prestigious architecture firms in Fort Wayne. The Home and Garden Tour is held annually on the weekend following the Labor Day weekend and provides a pleasant and relaxing end to the summer season.
- Arts Fest. On the same weekend, our companion ArtsFest to the Home and Garden Tour provides two days of a colorful array of local bands, musicians, and crafters. Visitors are invited to stroll along shady, tree-lined streets lined with booths of homemade crafts and items. Food and beverages are served by local restauranteurs. The expanded Arts Fest was awarded the Downtown Improvement District “Best Event” award in 2009. Each year we strive to make your visit to our beautiful neighborhood a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
- Neighborhood Cleanups. The neighborhood hosts several cleanup opportunities each year, including Great American Clean Up, Tire Days, and Dumpster Days.
- 800 Block of West Washington Boulevard. In 2011, the City and the Belay Corporation undertook an ambitious plan to renovate and restore a major portion of one of our West Central blocks along a leading City thoroughfare. Four houses in the middle of the block had fallen subject to abandonment, disrepair, and vandalism. The City partnered with the Belay Corporation to renovate two of the homes that were salvageable. Unfortunately, two houses were beyond saving and required demolition. But, in their places, two beautiful and structurally similar homes are rising. Within a short time, the 800-block of West Washington will be “whole” again.
- 1218 Fulton Street. A long-abandoned house on Fulton street was purchased by the West Central Neighborhood Association. An investor was secured, and 1218 Fulton Street has been renovated and placed on the market as a rental property.
In recognition of achieving numerous goals and its continued efforts to improve the neighborhood, West Central was named by “This Old House” magazine as the Best Old House Neighborhood in Indiana in 2010.