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About West Park

Thank you for your interest and participation in the process to develop a new master plan for West Park. The current draft of the West Park Master Plan will be presented to the Park Board at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6 pm, which is open to the public. The meeting will be at the Monon Community Center, Multipurpose Room A, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel.

The purpose of the October presentation of the draft master plan is to formally present the plan recommendations to the Park Board and solicit their feedback. Following the meeting, we will post the master plan and a video of the presentation on YourWestPark.com, providing an opportunity for the public to provide additional input on the master plan. Based on feedback from the Park Board and public, any appropriate revisions will be made to the plan. Depending on the extent of revisions needed, it is anticipated that the Park Board will be in a position to adopt the new master plan at either their November or December meeting. Once the master plan is formally adopted, implementation of the plan will occur in phases based on available resources. We do anticipate having between $3 to $5 million available to begin the initial phase in either the second half of 2017 or early 2018, although the phasing sequence will not be determined until we have received input from the Park Board.

Thank you again for your attendance throughout our West Park Master Plan community input meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the Park Board meeting in October.

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.

What is the Parks and Recreation Master Plan?

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.