Visitor’s Guide to Historic Garfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…Come for Free Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concert and Fireworks and be one of the first to enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Historic Garfield Park

Indianapolis, Indiana – You may know that Garfield Park is the oldest city park in Indianapolis and that it is 126 fantastic acres packed with fun and activity for your family. But did you know that Garfield Park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places? Qualification to be placed on the Registry is judged by how great the park’s impact has been on the city. Since its founding as Southern Park in 1876, our city’s south side gem has gained historical significance like no other park of its kind.

Features in the Park have been identified specifically for their historical significance. They are each featured in our evolving Visitor’s Guide to Historic Garfield Park. There are a variety of ways to have fun with these new tour materials and we invite you to try them all and tell us what you think.

A walking tour is recommended and July 1st would be the perfect day to bring your friends and family to Garfield Park to enjoy it. Perfect because… July 1st is also an “An Evening for The Stars.” A free family event presented by the Friends of Garfield Park (FOGP) starting at 8:00 PM featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra followed by a fantastic fireworks display after the show. Volunteers will be on hand at 5:30PM before the concert at the MacAllister Center Amphitheatre to provide you with resources to help find your way and enjoy the featured historical elements of the Park.

Whether you can make it to the Park on July 1st for the public launch or not, you can still enjoy the content created for you. Go to the Garfield Alive Tour page on our website and download the Visitor’s Guide to Historic Garfield. There you will find resources needed to enjoy the audio tour and to plan a walking tour at your convenience. This Historic Garfield Park Tour is a key component of Garfield Alive. Garfield Alive is a multi-year initiative of the FOGP and developed as a unifying theme connecting all that Garfield Park has to offer.

Garfield Park is located on the south side of Indianapolis at 2505 Conservatory Drive.

Since 1998, the Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. operating as a 501 (c) 3, have been proactively ensuring the preservation and continuation of public benefits of Garfield Park through enhanced funding, the application of effective advocacy, and expanded stewardship.

An Evening for the Stars is being presented by Franciscan St. Francis Health, Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, The National Bank of Indianapolis, Zink Distributing, Indy Parks and the Friends of Garfield Park.


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