Carmel’s newest park now has a name.
The Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation board on Nov. 10 approved Bear Creek Park as the name of 27 acres of land on the southwest corner of 146th Street and Shelborne Road.
Bear Creek, a small tributary that flows into Little Eagle Creek near the western border of Carmel, has its headwaters on the east side of the park. CCPR plans to incorporate the creek into its development of the park, which isn’t expected to open to the public for two to five years.
CCPR’s park naming policy outlines criteria to consider, including significant natural features, local geographical information, significant historical events or to honor a deceased person. The Bear Creek name highlights the park’s natural features and ties in with nearby subdivisions The Preserve at Bear Creek and Bear Creek South.
Previously the land had been known as Northwest Park, but with other parks with a similar sounding name in Central Indiana CCPR officials wanted to select a different name.
The $2.13 million purchase of the land from sellers David and Beth Bidgood was contingent on an amenity in the park being named after “The Carter Family” in honor of Beth Bidgood’s family, who purchased the property many years ago. The name could be used on a pavilion, playground or other amenity, but it hasn’t been determined yet.
CCPR expects to spend at least $6.5 million to develop the park. The first step is to create a park master plan, a process that typically takes nine to 12 months.