Carmel and Clay Township are well known for their high quality of life and excellent park and recreation system. Founded in 1991, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) was established through an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Carmel and Clay Township in Indiana. CCPR was created to serve the nature and fitness needs of the community, manage and develop existing spaces and resources, and create a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 acres of park land and numerous recreation facilities, providing more than 5,000 annual classes and programs for all ages. CCPR contributes to the community’s outstanding quality of life by providing enriching, enjoyable escapes through recreation, fitness, and nature.
West Park is Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s (CCPR) only park west of U.S. 31/Meridian Street, making this a highly popular destination and important asset for the community. The original 75 acres for West Park was purchased in 1997 and developed in three phases between 2000 and 2002 based on the 1999 West Park Site Master Plan. Some of the original amenities, such as the playground and spray pad, are nearing the end of their anticipated life and will soon need to be replaced. The park was expanded through the acquisition of adjacent property in 2003 (5 acres) and 2005 (40 acres), accounting for its current 120 acres.
A master plan is being developed to guide future development within this park. The new master plan will incorporate and integrate designs for the capital repair, or replacement, of existing infrastructure and expansion into the 45 undeveloped acres.
West Park had a Master Plan completed 16 years ago. Many amenities are reaching the end of their lifecycle and the park has undergone an expansion since the first planning effort. The time is right for CCPR to develop another West Park Master Plan that will help guide the park’s development over the next several years. The plan will be vital to identifying the path forward for the 45 undeveloped acres within the park. To accomplish this task, a project team was compiled to assist CCPR with recognizing the desired path forward. This process will include a variety of components including: public engagement, background research, data analysis, conceptual plans, and a final Master Plan that includes an action plan to assist with implementation.