I’m Sarah Sandquist, Director of Fishers Parks. Fishers has 24 parks spread throughout the City, ranging in size and function from pocket parks like Cheeney Creek Nature Area to larger parks like Holland Park and Brooks School Park. Each park has its own character and there is something for everyone!
Today, we are going to explore Heritage Park! Nestled in the center of the park is The Ambassador House, a top-rated wedding and special event venue, rich in both history and charm. Originally built in 1826 at the corner of 96th Street and Allisonville Road, the restored Greek Revival-style home was once the summer house of prominent Indianapolis attorney Addison Harris, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria-Hungary from 1899-1901.
Here are 5 reasons you should visit Heritage Park:
- The Ambassador House – The beautifully restored home, which was cut in half before being put back together at it’s current location, holds a very unique history for Fishers and greater Indianapolis.
- Heritage Gardens – Take a walk through the gardens surrounding the house, where you will find over 100 heritage species of plants and flowers. The gardens are maintained by a team of volunteers from Marion County Master Gardeners, as well as the Ambassador House Board.
- Angel of Hope Memorial – Newly constructed in 2020, this is a special place of reflection for parents who have lost children. Fishers Parks and Recreation Foundation funded the project through a number of generous donations from community members.
- Sledding Hill – Grab your sled and head to the park! The hill is one of two sledding hills in the city and is a popular destination on snowy days.
- Walking Path – A paved path circles the park and takes you through a serene wooded area. Grab your four-legged friend and be sure to pick up a doggie waste bag at the beginning of the path.
Sarah Sandquist is the previous Director of Fishers Parks and was with the department since 2018. She loves bringing her two sons to Fishers Parks and special events like concerts and the Farmers’ Market. Her favorite park is Roy G. Holland Park, although the new AgriPark might knock Holland out of 1st place! In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her family.