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About Garfield Park

Opening in 1873, Garfield Park is the oldest park in the city. It consists of more than 122 acres on the near southside of town at the confluence of Pleasant Run and Bean Creeks. Before 1873, the area was called Bradley Woods and after 1873, Southern Racing Park. The park was renamed Garfield Park in 1881 shortly after the assassination of President James A. Garfield.

With its various amenities, Garfield Park has something for everyone: visual arts, playgrounds, plants, basketball, music, swimming, flowers, pickleball, theatre, trails, horseshoes, fitness. Garfield Park facilities include Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden, Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC), Burrello Family Center, Garfield Park Aquatic Center and the MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts.  

Garfield Park will also be benefitting from the Lilly Endowment Grant that will replace the playground near the Pagoda and make improvement to the Sunken Gardens. Initial work on these projects is anticipated to begin in 2024.

Did you know?

Garfield Park has been known for its greenhouses since 1895.

At one point in its history, Garfield Park housed a zoo with live animals such as monkeys and bears.

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