Newfields has secured $21.7 million in grants and gifts for infrastructure upgrades of the The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park in Indianapolis.
The art and nature destination will expand its reach and community impact through improved infrastructure, upgrades to enhance accessibility, and new art installations.
The money will help maximize use of the 100-acre reserve, which is one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. Funding will support amenities such as bike paths and walking trails to better connect the park to the Central Canal Towpath and Newfields’ upper campus; additional parking, security and restrooms to build visitor capacity; and creation of an endowment for art maintenance and commissions. It also will fund ecological upgrades, including a pollinator meadow and erosion control.
As part of the grant, Newfields also will establish an endowment to fund ongoing park maintenance, as well as new art installations. This will help position the park, which remains free to the public, to be sustainable long-term by increasing capacity for paid events such as film screenings, festivals and summer camps.
Construction will begin in 2019 and is expected to last through 2025.