FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) In 2001, Ronald G. Repka was killed while bicycling on a country road in Allen County when he was struck by an impaired driver who was speeding. His death helped fuel a campaign to build trails and safer sidewalks in Aboite Township. On Thursday, a park was dedicated in Repka's name.
That campaign, led by Lynn Reecer, Stephanie Schultz, Repka's widow Sharon and others eventually led to the creation of the Aboite Trails Network which eventually became part of Fort Wayne Trails.
The Ronald G. Repka Memorial Park was previously referred to as Homestead Park. The 3.7 acre parcel of land is located on Homestead Road south of Fire Station #18 and Liberty Mills Road. It features an open air shelter, a fire fighter-themed playground and a .37 mile paved walking path that loops around the park and connects with the Aboite Trail System and the Liberty Glen Subdivision.
The Ronald G. Repka Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to perpetuating Ron’s interest in youth sports, as well as providing cancer patient support and cycling safety awareness programs. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization funded by private donations, fund raising events and other charitable organizations. For more information about the Ronald G. Repka Foundation, visit: http://repka.brinin.org/joomla15/