River Heritage Park Now Open

Reimagined Park Features Accessible Trails and Playground

Newly Reimagined River Heritage Park features a new spongy playground surface, accessible play equipment and sensory friendly play activities.

Carmel, Ind. (October 21, 2022) – River Heritage Park, located at 11813 River Road, is now open for the public to enjoy. The park received a major overhaul as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s (CCPR) Reimagining Parks initiative and the Clay Township Impact Program

In 2001, River Heritage Park’s accessible playground was dedicated as “Everybody’s Playground.” When the park was reimagined in 2022, the focus on inclusion remained a top priority. The park’s updates focus on accessible play and providing access to the community’s most significant natural resource: the White River.  

Explore Park Updates

Inclusive Playground Features

The park’s new playground has two main sections: the front pod, which is located at the entrance of the park, and the back trail, which winds through the wooded areas extending toward the White River.

Adaptive and inclusive swing that is wheelchair friendly with a large platform at River Heritage Park's newly reimagined playground.

Both sections include play features that are wheelchair accessible, including a swing and merry-go-round. Play experiences along the back trail provide options for parkgoers with varying levels of mobility and body strength, including zip lines, climbing structures, and more!





Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trail

A looping  nature trail invites parkgoers on an adventure through the forest and along the White River. The unique trail has a hard, rubberized surface and boardwalks that are wheelchair friendly.






White River Overlooks

Two new overlooks offer tranquil viewing of the White River. The structures are wheelchair friendly and feature foot railings for safety and unobstructed viewing.

“We’ve created a nature trail to our community’s most significant natural resource – the White River,” said Michael Klitzing CCPR Executive Director. “It’s very easy for people to use by intention. Whether you are walking, in a wheelchair, or pushing a stroller, it is a place all members of the public can go out and enjoy.”

Updates to River Heritage Park were made possible by the Clay Township Impact Program

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and dignitaries will be held at a later date. Information will be posted on CCPR’s social media channels (@CarmelClayParks).

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