West Park, one of the largest parks in Carmel, is now partially open for the public to enjoy. The popular park received a complete transformation as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s (CCPR) Reimagining Parks initiative. Park updates were made possible by the Clay Township Impact Program.
Parkgoers can explore West Park’s new features, with exception of the splash pad, which operates seasonally. Portions of the park with freshly seeded prairie or turf are also cordoned off to protect these areas until they’re established.
“The design at West Park plays off imagination and incorporates features of the park completely different than anything I have seen,” said Kurtis Baumgartner, CCPR assistant director/COO. “The park’s design was inspired by the kids who attended our focus groups in 2019. We can’t wait for them to see how their ideas have come to life.”
West Park Playground
The whimsical new playground equipment takes play to new heights—literally. A towering clock structure and more await!
Visitors to the playground will also find separate playgrounds for young children and older children, swings, a merry-go-round, musical instruments and lots more.
West Park Splash Pad with Waterfalls
The new integrative splash pad incorporates elements from the park’s most beloved feature, Jill’s Hill. Splash through the “canyon,” waterfalls and more!
CCPR splash pads open daily Memorial Day through September 30.
Other Park Features
Visitors to West Park can expect to find these other improvements to the park:
- Trails: Explore the park enhancements on the new and improved trails! With updates to the shape of the parking lot and drive, the trail system will also be reworked. Look out for paved trails near 116th and the lagoon.
- Prairie Maze: The prairie maze, which has been part of the park since the very beginning, will be expanded.
- New and improved shelters and restrooms.
- Outdoor classroom.
West Park is located at 2700 W. 116th St in Carmel. The park is open from dawn to dusk. For families looking for more places to play, West Park is a short walk through the park’s nature trails to the Nature Adventure Playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion, which features a zipline!