Residents recently saw the opening of the Garfield Brewery, a further signal of a renaissance along the Shelby Street corridor. Garfield Park, the city's oldest recreation center and the hub of the neighborhood, hosted a Mexican Independence Day celebration Sept. 15, and the inaugural Holler on the Hill music festival over the weekend.
“The recent developments in Garfield Park show what an engaged and determined community can accomplish,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “The attempt to attract new artists, residents and businesses to the area while maintaining a sincere respect for the original community is clearly a winning strategy for revitalization.”
With its historic conservatory and Sunken Gardens, the MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, aquatic center and arts centers, a playground and a library, the park sports a wealth of civic pride. It has endured and thrived for more than 140 years, thanks in no small part to the Friends of Garfield Park.
“If it isn’t already, the neighborhood is very likely the city’s next big success story,” City-County Councilor Frank Mascari said. “Every resident and every member of Garfield Park’s community associations should be proud of what they have helped to accomplish over the last several years.”