Preservation Campaigns

Preservation is a big part of the Mission
for the Friends of Garfield Park.

Friends of Garfield Park often raise funds and friends for conservation, preservation, education and interpretation programs focusing on specific landmarks and landscapes at Garfield Park.

As a guideline, the Friends of Garfield Park uses findings from the 2004 Garfield Park Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) to determine priorities and plan projects and initiatives. The CLR highlights the most unique and important Garfield Park landmarks from George E. Kessler’s early 20th-century park-and-boulevard design for Indianapolis.  The park’s iconic features symbolize the distinctive natural character and feel of Garfield Park’s gently rolling landscape of woodlands and grassy open spaces, a setting unique among city parks in the downtown area.

Preserving Garfield Park for future generations is a big part of the work of Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. 

We can’t do this important work without you!


The MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts (New in 2017)

 Since 1994, the MacAllister Center has hosted more than 350 performances and annually draws an attendance of more than 25,000 visitors per year. To ensure that the MacAllister Center continues to be viewed as premiere arts venue in Indianapolis, the Friends of Garfield Park Board is embarking on a $300,000 campaign for capital improvements to the facility that will enhance both the visitor and performer experience which includes the MacAllister Center and adjacent corporate shelter.

Planned improvements and enhancements include structural improvements such as roof repairs, tuckpointing and concrete repair, new dressing rooms for performers, new exterior restrooms for venue guests, new production and lighting system, new signage. The project also includes new corporate shelter painting, lighting, sound system, and signage.

Garfield Alive

Garfield Alive is a multi-year initiative focused on maximizing the vitality of the Garfield Park neighborhood and expanding park use. Launching in 2014, with a generous grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Garfield Alive has evolved into a unifying theme under which to connect and energize all the offerings at the park. Since its inception, Garfield Alive has enjoyed many benchmark accomplishments including:

  • Increased community awareness of the park and its historic significance
  • Completed a Historic Tour of several vistas at the park including artistic site markers, audio tours, and guides for walking tours. Visit the Historic Tours page for more details or to experience the tour online
  • Provides FOGP with an ongoing initiative to achieve its primary mission to… Ensure the preservation and continuation of the public benefits of Garfield Park through enhanced funding, the application of effective advocacy, and expanded stewardship.

$1000 Garfield Alive Partner

Your $1000 Gift as a Garfield Alive Annual Partner will help us continue this important work of Garfield Park advocacy and preservation. You will be recognized as a Community Partner of our historic Garfield Park tour in both the mobile app and in our recorded tour copy, receive (4) tickets to Music in the Gardens & Friends reception on June 1 ~ (10) VIP tickets to an evening for SOIndy on September 3 ~ (2) tickets to the Rockin’ Garfield Holiday Bash on December 2.

Make the $1000 Garfield Alive 2017 Annual Partner gift online now, or if you prefer to mail your gift simply download the PRINTABLE DONOR GIVING FORM below, select your specific gift designation, and mail the completed form along with your payment information. We thank you in advance for your gift to Garfield.

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