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Newfields to reopen outdoor spaces, including the Fairbanks Park, on June 25

Outdoor spaces reopening include The Garden, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, and The Beer Garden.
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Posted at 10:28 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 10:28:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Newfields announced Friday it will be reopening its outdoor spaces to the public on June 25.

Newfields' outdoor spaces include The Garden, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, and The Beer Garden. Other areas of the Newfields campus, including the IMA Galleries, The Café, The Lilly House, and the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

“We at Newfields are thrilled to finally be able to safely welcome the Indianapolis community back to our beautiful outdoor spaces,” Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, said. “Our expansive 152-acre campus at Newfields provides a healthy place for our guests to leave their homes and spread out in the fresh air while enjoying the sights and sounds of summer. We hope the reopening of The Garden and Fairbanks Park will help bring back the sense of respite and joy that everyone so badly needs at this time.”

Not only is the entrance to The Garden and The Beer Garden free for Newfields members, but they also get to start exploring the campus two days earlier than the public, beginning June 23.

General admission tickets for the public will be $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, and free for children five and under, while Fairbanks Park remains free to all. Member tickets are available to reserve June 16 at 11 a.m., and public tickets will go on sale June 22 at 11 a.m. Tickets must be booked online.

The Garden and The Beer Garden will be open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the campus will remain closed on Mondays. Fairbanks Park will be open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

In adhering to safety regulations in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Newfields have reduced capacity onsite, restrooms will be available at a reduced capacity as well, and all staff members will be required to wear a mask at all times.

As part of Summer at Newfields presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis is the debut of a brand-new outdoor exhibition in The Garden called "Anders Ruhwald: Century Garden." The installation features five sculptural vignettes by Chicago-based artist

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