Circa 1998. The Friends of Garfield Park, Inc was conceived by concerned, business-minded individuals, supported by Indy Parks and Recreation. After incorporating on November 19, 1998, The Friends began developing a model for supplemental financial support for Garfield Park. An endowment, supported by the Indianapolis Foundation was created in order to ensure that resources would be available to maintain the investments made in the park for many years to come. The Friends of Garfield Park will continue to assist Indy Parks and Garfield Park long into the future t preserve the greatest park in America.
One of the first efforts of the FOGP was championing the creation of the Garfield Park Cultural Landscape Preservation and Renewal Plan. Created in 2004 and 2005, The Cultural Landscape Plan was funded through grants of $25,000 from the Efroymson Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, $5000 from Marion County Historic Preservation Fund, and $22,500 each from Friends of Garfield Park and Indy Parks.
The project, which celebrates the concepts and designs of George Kessler, was guided to completion by Patricia O’Donnell, ASLA of Heritage Landscapes, which specializes in preservation planning and implementation for cultural landscapes. The plan will serve as a guide to future development nd programs at the park.
You can visit the details of The Cultural Landscape Plan here.