Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Suspends Plans for East Side Dog Park

Carmel, Ind. (March 3, 2023)Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) will stop current planning efforts for a dog park on the east side of Carmel at River Road and Main Street on Carmel Clay School (CCS) property.

“We have informed Carmel Clay Schools about this decision and appreciate the opportunity for continued partnerships with CCS to collaborate for the benefit of the Carmel Clay community,” said Michael Klitzing, CCPR Director. 

CCPR presented a proposal and preliminary concept to the Carmel Clay School Board in January seeking consent to explore developing a dog park, community garden, and trails on school property located at the southwest corner of Main Street and River Road. Due to a significant portion of the CCS property being located within a floodway, infrastructure placement was very limited. Public input received by CCPR, as well as constituent feedback relayed by multiple City Councilors, identified some concerns regarding the proposed placement of a dog park close to River Road. Considering both site limitations and initial community input, CCPR has decided to consider additional locations for a future dog park. 

In 2023, CCPR is developing its Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan for 2024-2028. As part of the master planning process, CCPR will gather community input regarding park and recreation needs and preferences to guide future planning efforts. Stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback as part of the master plan process.

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