About Friends

The Mission of the Friends of Garfield Park 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.

Friends of Garfield Park

The FOGP is a 501(c)(3), incorporated on November 19, 1998.
It has a volunteer board of directors and DMB Marketing and Management provides administrative, organizational development and promotional services.

Conceived by Community Leaders

 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 to preserve the greatest park in America!

Friends for the Future

To preserve the future of the park FOGP championed 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 the Central Indiana Community Foundation, $5000 from Marion County Historic Preservation Fund and $22,500 each from Friends of Garfield Park and Indy Parks.

This 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 and programs at the park such as: Click to view information about the Cultural Landscape Report.


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