NewsLocal News / October 29, 2013

Historic Fountains Flow Again

Jill Sheridan
Historic Fountains Flow Again

A jewel of Indianapolis’ oldest park has undergone a significant restoration. On Tuesday night a ceremonial lighting will highlight the Fountains at Garfield Park, 2505 Conservatory Drive. 

The Sunken Gardens and Fountains were opened to the public exactly 97 years ago.   Normal wear and tear has left the fountains non-operational for the past two years.  

Scott Manning with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works says the renovation project includes energy efficient filters and pumps, LED lighting and a new computer control system.  

"We've brought the fountains into the 21st century," says Manning.

The site hosted a slew of events over the years, including visits from U.S. presidents and concerts by major names like the Guess Who.  Built in 1881, Garfield Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an important community asset.  

The picture from the Boston Library depicts the fountains in the early 20th century.