The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has given a grant of $10 million to support enhancements of art, trails, parking, nature conservation and more at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Newfields in Indianapolis. The fund will also help the park expand its reach and community impact through improved infrastructure, upgrades to enhance accessibility and new art installations.
The 10-year grant will support amenities such as bike paths and walking trails to better connect the park to the Central Canal Towpath and Newfields’ upper campus as well as 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.
“The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park has become a key asset that enhances quality of life for Indianapolis residents, makes the city a more appealing place to visit, and better positions us to attract talent,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. “This $10 million grant helps us to honor the legacy of our founder and aligns with our efforts to make Indianapolis a more thriving and vibrant community.”