Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will be on hand Saturday for the unveiling of the restored Ruins at Holliday Park. The structure has been off limits to the public for nearly 20 years after having fallen into disrepair.
Thanks to a $3.2 million fundraising effort by the Friends of Holliday Park, revitalization work on the ruins began last year. The Ruins area now includes a children’s water table, shimmer fountain, benches as well as new trees and gardens.
Holliday Park says the stone sculptures are part of the facade of New York’s first skyscraper, the St. Paul building, built near the turn of the century. Indianapolis won a bid in the 1950s to preserve the facade by bringing the sculptures, known as "the Races of Man," to Holliday Park. The ruins were originally dedicated in 1973.
The "Rock the Ruins" event at Holliday Park will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Hogsett will speak at the event along with Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot.
You can learn more about the history of the Ruins at Holliday Park below: