Looking for a way to contribute to your community? Parks & Greenways Reopening Plan

In accordance with the Governor’s #MaskUpHoosiers initiative, masks are now required for individuals 8 years and older.

Parks & Greenways Mask Requirements

Explore Our Parks & Greenways

Our parks, restrooms (varies by park), Central Dog Park, playgrounds and splash pads are now open!

Parks & Greenways – Resumption of Operations Plan

The safety of our staff and community are our top priority. While we’re doing our part to keep our spaces and surfaces clean, we still need your help. Please do your part! Follow CDC recommendations:

  • We discourage people from congregating in large groups.
  • Continue practicing physical distancing, maintaining distances of at least six feet when feasible.
  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • We encourage you to perform temperature checks at home prior to visiting.
  • While masks are not required, they are highly encouraged.
  • Bathrooms are open.
  • Water fountains will remain closed.
  • Our team will be cleaning playgrounds regularly, but we ask that visitors please pick up after themselves and practice personal hygiene, as we are unable to touch every surface.

Our Parks

At Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, we manage and maintain more than 500 park acres throughout Carmel, including 13 parks and 4 greenways. In partnership with the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), we are the first park system in the state of Indiana to be certified as wildlife and habitat-friendly.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, playing, or running, our parks have fun for everyone! Amenities include playgrounds, splash pads, park shelters, restrooms, greenspace and more. Explore all of our park activities by clicking “Choose An Activity” below.

Growing Parks Through Reimagination

Thanks to the Clay Township Impact Program, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is helping the community by updating and enhancing its parks to become more accessible, safer and available year-round.

Improvements are coming to Flowing Well Park, Carey Grove Park, Meadowlark Park, River Heritage Park, West Park and Lawrence W. Inlow Park. Due to these improvements, parks will experience closures during construction. Stay tuned for upcoming closure details.

Flowing Well Park

  • Park Closed Due to Construction: May 2020
  • Anticipated Completion: January 2021

Carey Grove Park

  • Park Closed Due to Construction: May 2020
  • Anticipated Completion: December 2020

Meadowlark Park

  • Construction Begins: Winter/Spring 2021
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2021

West Park

  • Construction Begins: Fall 2020
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2021

Explore Upcoming Improvements

Park, Trail & Bridge Improvements + Closures

Projects listed below provide general information and will be updated as necessary. Please be advised that construction timelines and information are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Flowing Well Park Closed
  • Closed to the public to undergo planned improvements. Learn more.
Carey Grove Park Closed
  • Closed to the public to undergo planned improvements. Learn more.

Roundabout Projects

111th Street & Westfield Blvd. Roundabout 
  • Project Begins: July 2020 
  • Construction Anticipated: October 2020
  • Anticipated Completion: March 2021 
116th Street & College Avenue Roundabout 
  • Construction Begins: July 2020 
  • Anticipated Completion: October 2020 
  • Starting Monday, July 20, there will be no left turns allowed for westbound traffic on 116th Street. We encourage you to enter off Rangeline/Westfield Blvd.
111th Street & Central Park Entrance Roundabout + Central Park Entrance Modifications 
  • Temporary Connection Road + Project Begins July 2020 
  • Construction Begins: September 2020 
  • Anticipated Completion: November 2020

Bridge Work

  • The Hagan-Burke Trail will remain closed through winter due to the installation of the new bridge on Lowe’s Way.
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Bear Creek Park

Undeveloped parkland on Carmel's northwest side.

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Carey Grove Park

This 5-acre park neighborhood playground features a 1/2 basketball court and softball backstop.

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Central Dog Park

A park just for your four-legged friends!

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Central Park

161 acres of greenspace, soft-surface/paved trails and picnic areas.

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Cherry Tree Park

Featuring open greenspace making it the perfect spot to throw a frisbee or fly a kite.

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Flowing Well Park

Fill up on the best water in Carmel and take a stroll along the nature trails.

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Founders Park

Great for a walk, picnic, and a kids' play!

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Greyhound Trail

Get your hiking shoes ready for a scenic trail walk!

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Hagan-Burke Trail

Paved paths connect to other trails and nature.

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Hazel Landing Park

An 18-hole disc golf, fishing, trails, and greenspace offer fun for all!

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Lawrence W. Inlow Park

Time for a visit to the splash pad and a family picnic!

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Lenape Trace Park

Perfect for a picnic or stroll in the park.

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Meadowlark Park

Play a pick-up game of basketball or bring your fishing pole!

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Prairie Meadow Park

Enjoy the prairie grass along this quarter-mile trail stroll!

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River Heritage Park

A playground, shelter and sand volleyball are available in one spot!

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Vera Hinshaw Preserve

Vera J. Hinshaw Preserve

Nearly 10 acres of undeveloped natural area along the Monon Greenway.

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West Park

Ampitheater, 2+ miles of trails and more make this park a must visit!

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White River Greenway

Paved trails make this wooded nature walk a perfect outing!

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Shelter at Carmel Park surrounded by nature and greenspace. You can reserve park shelters online or at the Monon Community Center
Shelter Rentals

Our outdoor shelters are perfect for hosting your next family or private event!

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Photoshoot Application

Looking to take professional photos in our park system or within any of our facilities? 

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Carmel Trails & Bike Routes

Carmel is bike friendly, so it’s easy to make a day of exploring our city and parks!

With multiple trails to navigate, grab your bike and get moving to your next adventure!

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Parks + Sustainability

Fall in love with the parks

Our Top 5 Things to Look for at the Park this Season By: Brittany McAdams Fall is here! Our natural resources coordinator Brittany McAdams shares
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General Park Rules

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, please follow these rules and courtesies



  • Bag and dispose of pet waste
  • Place all litter in appropriate trash containers
  • Drive and park only on roadways and designated parking areas
  • Wildlife and vegetation should not be disturbed


  • Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, spray parks, water features or buildings
  • Adult supervision recommended for children in playgrounds and spray parks
  • Report inappropriate conduct to Carmel Police
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on trails or park grounds
  • Fires are permitted only in permanent park-provided grills
  • Swimming, wading and ice fishing are not permitted
  • Skateboards, bicycles, and rollerblades are not permitted in shelters, buildings or on playgrounds


  • Keep all pets leashed
  • Exercise pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Avoid playing loud music that disturbs others
  • Soliciting or use of parks for profit is prohibited without a permit
  • Help keep wildlife wild – Please do not feed waterfowl or wild animal
  • Fishing is permitted with fishing license (required for those 18 and over only). May keep 5 total 14″+ Largemouth Bass or 10 total Channel Catfish at any size. Click here for more information.

For the full list of park rules, please click here.

Report inappropriate conduct to Carmel Police: 317.571.2580
Report maintenance concerns to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation: 317.573.4044