FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department kicked off its 38th Senior Games event on Monday.

The annual activities began after Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer and Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll held the ceremonial lighting of the torch at Courthouse Green. More than 200 participants over the age of 50 have already signed up to play in a variety of games at locations around the city.

The cost to participate in each event is $1 for those who signed up by May 20, and $2 for each event after the early registration date. Registrations will still be accepted two business days prior to the event.

Many games require little to no experience. The 25 activities offer a wide range for people of all physical abilities including pickleball, canoeing, fishing, card games, darts and billiards. For a full list of activities, check out the Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

“The annual Senior Games event is one of the many ways the Parks & Recreation Department is demonstrating our commitment to provide opportunities for people of all ages to play in our community,” said Director Moll. “Fort Wayne has been designated a Playful City USA each year since 2010.”

The first Senior Games was held in 1979 to promote the benefits of remaining active and physically fit.

Participants and individual event winners will be recognized at an awards banquet at the Community Center on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm. Awards include door prizes and gift cards for event winners.