2700 West 116th Street (116th and Towne Road)
Submitted by: joenne joenne
A former cornfield that has been transformed into a spectacular public park.
Once a 75-acre cornfield, this place has become a spectacular masterpiece of public space. The park includes a Native Indiana Prairie Maze (volunteer-built and -maintained), a one-of-a-kind silo play area, a stocked pond with a 910-foot boardwalk, an accessible playground, a wetlands habitat, interactive water features, a 25-foot sledding hill, the Heritage Arboretum, four shelters, two miles of trails, restrooms, electricity, 3,000 trees, and multi-use open space.
What Makes West Park a Great Place?
The park is linked to another park and athletic fields by a paved trail. It is also accessible by car.
It is such a cool space. The park is really one-of-a-kind. Typically there are more women and children during the week enjoying the water feature and playground. However, the weekends are filled with families enjoying the complete park.
There are benches all around the park, in both high-traffic areas and more secluded areas. Three small shelters are located away from the playground, and one shelter with restrooms near the playground and water feature. The parking lot is somewhat hidden by foliage and a large mound. The parks department has a full-time maintenance staff that is at the park daily.
The park is used by area schools for environmental projects, fishing, fitness, water play, picnicking, playground, cross country skiing and sledding. The park has activities for people one to 101 years old.
The park is a haven for company picnics, family reunions, mother groups and scout projects. Realtors in the area have included the park in their selling package. It has received several positive comments about the variety of activities and the use of the space.
- Carmel Clay Parks Department Awards - West Park received the Park Development award in January 2003
- Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation