Carmel was founded on May 6, 1834, by North Carolina Quakers—Asa Bales, Ambrose Osborne, and Simon Moon. It is believed that the town was planned as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Carmel, Indiana was later incorporated as a town in 1848.
On January 1, 2008, Carmel was incorporated as a city, and Andy Cook was sworn in as Mayor. Because of the growing size of the city, officials are planning a major revitalization of the city’s downtown. New additions to downtown Carmel are expected to include a new library and city hall.
The Union High Academy Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1995.
Grand Park – The Sports Campus at Carmel
Grand Park in Carmel, IN, is a youth and adult recreational sports village, sure to become a family sports destination like no other. Grand Park will host a wide range of athletic competitions, local, regional, and national sports tournaments, and community sporting events. This thoughtfully designed 360-acre sports campus will feature a full range of championship-level outdoor facilities for baseball, softball, and field sports including soccer, football, rugby, field hockey, and lacrosse. The campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, and 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, rugby, field hockey, and lacrosse. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor. An indoor sports facility will cater to a variety of sports including basketball and volleyball. In the future, the entire complex will be surrounded by dining, retail, and entertainment venues, all geared toward supporting and enhancing the family sports atmosphere and experience.