IMPORTANT NOTE: Through traffic and parking at the Fairbanks Park is temporarily closed due to construction. Fairbanks Park will remain open and accessible to all guests during regular Museum and Garden hours for the run of the project. Guests can access Fairbanks Park by parking in the Newfields main surface lot and checking-in at the Welcome Center. Entrance to Fairbanks Park will remain accessible via the Canal Tow Path, which can be accessed by the bridge over White River on Michigan Road. Please visit Citizens Energy Group construction map for location details.
Also, please keep in mind the trail around the north end of the lake is temporary closed due to riverbank erosion. Current stabilization efforts are supported by the Ball Brothers Foundation, Nancy and Jim Carpenter of Wild Birds Unlimited, and Toni and Bob Bader. The trail will fully reopen once the riverbank is stabilized.
Through support from Jim and Nancy Carpenter and their company, Wild Birds Unlimited, bird feeding and viewing stations are attracting feathered friends to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. The six brand-new feeders are stocked with a wide array of seeds to draw in a diverse species of birds – from well-known birds like cardinals and blue jays, to noisy woodpeckers and brightly plumaged goldfinches.
This view is of the avian nesting platform in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 acres. The platform, sitting atop a 50 foot utility pole, has more than 25 square feet of surface area constructed to simulate a previous nest user. The platform is suitable for several bird species including: ospreys, great horned owls, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, egrets, and bald eagles. Staff at the IMA are working hard to increase suitable nesting structure for a number of bird species, and continually rehabilitate the entire habitat in and around The Park.
Free and accessible parking is available at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
- The parking lot entry is located at 1850 West 38th Street, about one-half block west of the main Newfields entrance.
Accessible restrooms are located at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Please be advised the pathways to the pavilion can sometimes flood, making the trails impassable.
Portions of Fairbanks Park include accessible pathways. Please consult the Newfields campus map to identify accessible pathway locations.