The Thomas Marcuccili Natural Park project in Carmel begins to take shape • Current Publications

By Sammy Bredar

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has begun a second round of collecting public comment on the future Thomas Marcuccili Nature Park. Feedback will inform CCPR’s master plan for the park.

The future park near 146th Street and River Road should have landscaping that enhances the natural aspects of the land.

“Due to site conditions, there is very little development that can be done on site,” said Jylian Riches, director of marketing and communications at CCPR. “Additionally, the site’s landscape and natural history are unique, both locally and in central Indiana. These factors, along with the general need/desire for green spaces in Carmel, led to the idea of ​​a natural park.

CCPR presented three initial themes for the park: Touchstone to Past Stories, Landscape Forward and Framework. The first round of public comment narrowed down the options.

“There was a strong preference for Option 1 – Touchstone to Past Stories and Option 2 – Landscape Forward (very little gap between Options 1 and 2) and there was a clear aversion to Option 3 – Framework,” Riches said. “The top three desired uses of the park were nature viewing and wildlife viewing, walking, and running/jogging.”

CCPR has collected community feedback through surveys and public meetings and continues to collect feedback.

“The online survey is currently available and will remain online until the first week of September,” Riches said. “Once this closes, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation and (planning company) MKSK will review feedback and further refine the park concept. This concept, along with all of the data gathered through the public consultation process, will be presented to the Carmel Clay Board of Parks and Recreation. Once approved, the master plan will be used to guide the development of the park. Once funding for the park has been secured and development advanced, there will be additional meetings for the community and focus groups to provide feedback on particular areas of the park, amenities, etc. It will probably take two to five years before the CCPR starts developing Thomas Marcuccili Natural Park.”

Riches said it will likely take two to five years before the CCPR begins to develop the nature park.

The online survey is available at

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