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!

Help us Keep our Fabulous Fountains

The Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. are launching a $1.5 million effort to restore our historic
fountains. Water features by nature are high maintenance and often require costly repairs and
restoration. And most of you know our historic Fountains are over 100 years old.

Preservation efforts will be focused on 4 key areas of concern:

Fountain Water Quality which deals primarily with the development of an automated water
treatment system and a force main to direct back wash to the sanitary sewer.

Fountain Electrical & Control because the current lighting system for the Fountains
experiences excessive power degradation in the lighting circuit. Plus, the lighting control system
uses the same circuitry as the lighting power, further complicating the lighting system’s

Hardscape Repairs are needed in several places including the entrance to the Conservatory,
sections of the Terrace, the steps from the Terrace down to the Garden, masonry benches, iron
fence, and of course the exterior basin walls and coping around the Fountains.

And in keeping with our mission to Ensure Preservation of the public benefits of Garfield Park, FOGP is by necessity, taking the long view.
Therefore, it is our intention to increase fund balance in the endowment to provision for an increase in annual maintenance costs of all the updated equipment.

We need your help and support. Please consider a donation.

The MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts (2017-2018)

In 2017, A generous grant from the Efroymson Family Fund enabled Friends of Garfield Park, Indy Parks & Recreation and a host of community partners the opportunity to preserve and restore one of Indy’s most precious assets. The total investment in the Restore the Mac project was $435,000. Primary financial support for Restore the Mac 2017 also comes from P.E. MacAllister, Robert L. Bowen, Fred Klipsch, Michael G. Browning, Robert Grand, and D. Mark Bowell.

Improvements and enhancements accomplished in 2017-2018 include structural improvements to the covered stage, backstage dressing rooms areas, exterior masonry tuck-pointing, the introduction of a state-of-the-art lighting system, facility painting, and the total restoration of the Community/Corporate Pavilion. In addition, the project included upgrades to the public restrooms, which are now available to all park visitors. Several other community partners generously provided construction, in-kind and leadership support for preserving the Mac including: The Hagerman Group, Don Humphrey, Miller-Eads Electrical Contractors, Don Williams Painting, DECO Coatings, Eagle Mechanical, One Source Rentals.

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 our EXCLUSIVE Friends Night Celebration @ the Mac with Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends reception on June 27 AND (10) VIP tickets to Evening @ the Mac on September 1 

Make your annual $1000 Garfield Alive Annual Partner gift online now.

View the Annual Giving Form for the specific dates and ticket allocations relating to your annual gift.

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