The Ruins at Holliday Park reopening after years of decay

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A north side park that’s been falling apart for nearly two decades is reopening Saturday, thanks to a group of Hoosiers.

For years, no one could get into The Ruins at Holliday Park, because they were closed off by a chain linked fence.

Thanks to the Friends of Holliday Park, that’s about to change. The group worked with Indy Parks to devise a five-year restoration plan. They even raised more than $3 million to add fountains, benches and gardens.

“The ruins were completely overgrown. The fountains and pools were unusable. They leaked several gallons of water each day when they were running,” said organizer Lisa Hurst. “There were plants growing out of things, there was ivy everywhere, the iron had rotted. I mean, the ruins were ruined.”

The renovated ruins will be open to the public starting Saturday. The park and ruins are free to enjoy all year long.

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