Activities for Everyone

If you can sum up Carmel in one phrase, “quality of life” says it all. And nowhere is this more evident than in local parks. There are no less than 13 parks equipped to invite nearly every outdoor pursuit — including basketball, bicycling, picnicking, fishing, hiking and sledding. You can even stroll through butterfly gardens or splash through an interactive fountain feature known as a sprayground.

Outdoor enthusiasts come from miles to explore the Monon Greenway, a pathway that runs through the heart of Carmel. The trail is perfect for joggers and inline skaters, and the five-mile Greenway connects to the 10.5-mile Monon Trail.

The $55 million, 161-acre Central Park is currently under construction, and will feature a complete recreation/fitness facility, indoor and outdoor aquatic centers, a large lagoon surrounded by wetlands, and an urban-style skatepark when it’s completed in the spring of 2007. Pedestrian bridges will link the various sections and buildings.

Sports lovers can also join private clubs to concentrate on tennis and ice skating, and youths have an opportunity to pour their energies and passions into organized sports like soccer, softball, football and basketball — thanks to the Carmel Dads’ Club. The club began in 1959 when a group of fathers banded together to sponsor a youth sports program, and is a not-for-profit that boasts more than 5,500 memberships. Volunteers man the concession stands, coach the teams and keep score — and remain the backbone of this successful grassroots athletic group.


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