The mission of the Friends of Garfield Park Inc., is to ensure the preservation and continuation of the public benefits of Garfield Park through enhanced funding, the application of effective advocacy and expanded stewardship.
In the video clip below the President of the Friends of Garfield Park, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, takes Jon Barnes of The Indianapolis Public Library's Communications Department on a tour of the grounds at the Library's Garfield Park Branch on the city's southside. She discusses the recent addition of a rain garden as well as other green initiatives made possible through a partnership between the Library and the Friends of Garfield Park, among other organizations.
Conservatory Crossing Nov 29-Dec 31, Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 1-5pm. See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and enjoy running model trains, a train village and thousands of twinkling lights. This display is done in partnership with The Indiana Rail Road Company. $3 per person or $8 per family (max. 2 adults)
Christmas at Garfield - Sat, Dec 14 10am-1pm Free - Visit the Conservatory to meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show, visit the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves and head to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats. All activities are free. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa
GPAC Exhibition Dec 7 - Feb 11 - Join us in our journey across the history of Garfield Park. This exhibition will feature old photographs, memories, and city plans that will highlight how the park has changed and become what it is today.
CONSERVATORY AND SUNKEN GARDEN
BURRELLO FAMILY CENTER
Originally constructed in 1914, the Garfield Park Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet of plants from the world's tropics. The Sunken Garden includes three acres of European classical formal gardens. The garden's graceful historic fountains, paved walkways and benches throughout the landscape, make it a gorgeous and relaxing retreat from city life.
Originally utilized as an open-air shelter and pool house, the center has been renovated to include a beautiful art gallery, performing arts spaces, classrooms and a literary arts library. A visitor to the GPAC can experience a hands-on arts activity in the Arts for All room as well as view local and regional artwork on display in the Main Gallery - all for no charge.
The MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, is an outdoor amphitheater that was built in 1922. In 1997 the amphitheater was renovated and given its current name, honoring local philanthropist Mr. P.E. MacAllister.
In 1998 the Burrello Family Center and Aquatic Center opened, replacing the old pool and basketball court at the Community House. The outdoor Aquatic Center is open during the summer months. The Family Center contains fitness and other recreational facilities in addition to the gymnasium.