Kids playing at West Park

West Park

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Park Closure Update

As part of our Reimagining Parks initiative, West Park will partially close for updates on August 24, 2020.
Improvements include a complete renovation of the splash pad and playground in the older section of the park. The existing restroom building and picnic shelter will receive improvements as well as a family restroom addition, and the existing parking lot will be expanded to accommodate visitors to the new facilities.
For the duration of construction (anticipated opening in 2021), the main entrance to West Park and the southern half of the trail system including the pond boardwalks will be closed to the public. The Jill Perelman Pavilion and the adjacent adventure playground in the woods will remain open and accessible. Due to the amount of work being completed, and in order to protect our park users, the access trails from Jill Perelman Pavilion, parking lot and adjacent playground into West Park are now closed. For safety reasons, please respect the “trail closed” signage from these paths to the southern trail segments so that we can continue to allow public access to the northern half of the park.

West Park

From the Beginning

Established in 2002, West Park is one of the largest parks in Carmel. The 120-acre park offers year-round fun.

Kids can come and play on the farm-inspired playground including swing sets, a giant spiderweb pyramid, a two-tier silo with slides and a tractor play set.

Enjoy the Park Year Round

During spring, summer and fall the prairie maze and pond boardwalks provide a beautiful walk through nature. Along your walk through the prairie maze you are likely to find grasshoppers, praying mantises, rabbits and many different plants in bloom. A walk over the pond gives you a good look at blue herons, ducks, frogs, fish and crawdads. There is always something to learn and see at West Park.

During the summer, children can enjoy playing in the water feature that is set to simulate rain and a runoff stream. There is a giant open turf area that is great for soccer games or flying a kite on a windy day.

During the snowy winter months kids can grab their sleds and slide down the two-story sledding hill. There is even a gradual walkway up the hill to make the trek to the top easier for both kids and parents.

Open all year round, you’ll find a 2-mile trail perfect for walking and jogging winding through the entire park. Even the dog will enjoy a walk here with so much to see and smell.

West Park is great for parties and events of all sizes. There is a large shelter equipped with 4 grills and plenty of seating, as well as three smaller shelters for smaller parties or just enjoy the shade.

No matter the time of year, West Park is the place to be with fun for everyone.

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Looking Forward

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.

We are currently in the planning stages for the improvements coming to West Park in fall 2021. The projected budget for this park’s upgrades is $4.6m. Upgrades are set to include:

– Playground
– Splash pad

Due to these major park improvements, portions of this park will be closed, and no shelter rentals will be available while under construction for the safety of visitors. Stay tuned for closure details.

Park Renderings

West Park Master Plan

Schematic Design Report Draft

Current Closures + Access Map

Elementary-Age Focus Group Meeting

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  • Splash Pad
  • Open Greenspace
  • Playground
  • Fishing
  • Native Prairies
  • 2+ miles of Soft Surface & Paved Trails
  • Amphitheater
  • Grills
  • Picnic Shelters (with electricity)
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Year-round Restrooms
  • Bike Rack

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General Park Rules

For 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 park for profit is prohibited without a permit
  • Help keep wildlife wild – Please do not feed water fowl 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.

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