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Jack Beery: Building the Carmel Dads’ Club for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond For over sixty years, the Carmel Dads’ Club (“CDC”) has provided an opportunity for thousands of Carmel’s youth to enrich their lives through athletic participation. The CDC has become a model for many communities across the country to emulate. There is little doubt that some, if not much, of the success enjoyed by Carmel High School athletics can be directly attributed to the opportunities provided by the CDC to Carmel’s children at a young age. This month’s cover features CDC President Jack Beery who talks about the construction of CDC’s new fieldhouse and what that means for the future of CDC programs. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick



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Promote Safety AND Fun Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of CCPR

Attention, parents and kids: Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) is excited to roll out its Summer Camp Series for 2021! The Summer Camp Series offers something for every interest and ability, with 12 camp options for ages 5–12 years, ranging from arts to science to nature.


hile prioritizing the safety of its staff and campers, CCPR’s summer camp series has been approved by the Hamilton County Health Department and CCPR’s board of directors. Within the CCPR’s Summer Camp Series guide, available on its website at carmelclayparks. com, parents/guardians can review its safety policies and measures. Additionally, when registration opens on March 1, they can use that guide to enroll for the camps.

Prioritizing Safety for All I spoke with CCPR ESE/SCS director Jennifer Brown and CCPR board president Rich Taylor about their reopening plan and measures that they have taken to ensure a safe environment for campers and staff this summer. “Rewinding back to May of 2020, we knew that there was a demand within our community for our programs—which

are essential—and we knew that we had to figure out what we were going to do so that we could serve that demand,” Brown shared. “We immersed ourselves in learning what the best practices are, and the CDC’s website became one of my most visited pages.” Brown proudly shared that CCPR was one of the first organizations to roll out its camp programs last year as a result of the diligence and determination of the staff. She attributes the success of last year’s summer camps to the efforts of a unified staff and engaged parents. “We [the staff] have a lot of trust in one another, and we all have the same [goal], which is to make sure that our kids are safe and engaged,” Brown said. “We really educated parents on what to look for as far as signs or symptoms of COVID-19 were concerned and to keep their child home if there was any question that he/ she might be sick.”


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Taylor shared that CCPR engaged three medical professionals to assist with its 2021 reopening plan. “The Parks Department engaged an ER doctor, an infectious disease doctor and Dr. Tim Hannon, who is also a [Carmel] City Council member,” Taylor said. “Multiple people commented on how our [reopening] plan was one of the best they had seen. Everything from spreading the equipment along the walking track to moving fitness programs into the gymnasium so everybody can spread out—the CCPR staff deserves all the credit—they have come up with a great plan.”

Plug Back in and Have Fun This Summer—Safely It is important that our community’s kids continue to develop socially, emotionally and physically amid this pandemic. Brown shared what CCPR has planned to ensure the needs of our kids are met this summer.


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“I like to call what we have planned for 2021 ‘Summer Camp Series—Light’ because it is not quite to the level that we would offer during a typical summer but it is not quite the point that we were at last summer,” Brown said. “We’re somewhere in between. We’ve deliberate-

ly planned all of our field trips to be at outdoor venues or if it is something that’s indoors, we will be the only group within that venue.” Brown continued, “We really feel like we have mitigated as many risks as we can by setting things up this way. Of course, the water park trip is always a highlight of the campers’ week.” CCPR has three brand-new camps that it’s rolling out: Camp Wayback, En Route and STEAM Team. Camp Wayback will take your kids back in time. They will experience world history, stepping into a new and immersive time period each week, with diversions ranging from active to artistic. En Route will offer its campers a trip around the globe without passports. Each week they will visit a different country to learn about different cultures, celebrate traditions and let their imaginations go on a journey! For the future scientists, engineers, inventors, artists, etc.: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

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And be vocal in the moment to correct the situation.” Instructing kids to get off the ice and come over to the safety of the shore is key, but Randolph explained it is important to share with the kids why you instructed them to get off the ice. “Be part of the education process and tell them, ‘Hey, I’m not trying to be mean, but you can fall through that ice, and I’m telling you this so that you can be safe.”

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A Message About Staying Safe Around Retention Ponds Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of CFD and ZFD

I’ve recently seen and have heard of too many incidents where kids are scampering across iced-over retention ponds. Having knowledge of what can compromise the ice covering these ponds, I felt compelled to reach out to our communities’ fire departments—Carmel Fire Department (CFD) and Zionsville Fire Department (ZFD)—to hear what the safety experts have to say about water safety in the winter. And I asked the departments to share what to do if you or someone else falls through or drives into the ice on a retention pond.

Be a “Present” Adult in Your Neighborhood


FD’s public educator Vincent Randolph reminded us that winter water safety practices are just like summer water safety practices. “Be a very present parent,” Randolph emphasized. “Don’t assume that your children or the children in your neighborhood are going to do the right thing if left to their own devices. From an adult perspective, I urge adults to be vigilant, be visible and be vocal. There is so much concern about how I will be perceived if I

Retention ponds are NEVER safe for humans or pets to walk on. Randolph explained why. “We assume that the ice looks safe on the surface, but what’s going on underneath reminds me of a duck. A duck is calm on the surface but underneath those legs are paddling. The ice on the surface of a retention pond [looks solid], but beneath the surface, the water is circulating. There’s a lot going on underneath that can weaken the ice about 15%. There is no 100% safe ice, and we’ve got to always be on our guard around retention ponds.”

try to get children off the ice, and if I yell at them, how I will be perceived. Adulting isn’t easy, but we need to be active adults. It takes a village to save a child.” If you live near or on a retention pond, take a moment to look around the pond on a regular basis to see if there’s anyone out there doing something unsafe on the ice or who has fallen in and needs help. “I want to make sure that kids see me watching them [near or on the ice],” Randolph stated. “I want them to see me watching them because my visibility is going to send them a message that they are not doing something right or safe.


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What to Do If Someone Falls In or Drives Into a Frozen Retention Pond Both CFD and ZFD extensively train, annually, on ice and water rescues. And both departments directed that the first step is to call 911 should you or someone else fall through the ice—on foot or in a vehicle. “Whether it’s a pet or a person, do NOT go out onto the ice,” Randolph stressed. “Coming straight from the division chief of training and safety Aaron Gibbons and echoed by me, ‘Call 911.’ Encourage

the person in the water to stay as calm as possible and keep those legs moving.” CFD Public Information Officer Tim Griffin added, “If you see someone or a pet in need, don’t go out after them. If you have some sort of life preserver or flotation that they can grab hold of, then throw it out to them and call 911. Make sure you have the location so that we can get out there as soon as possible. If you haven’t heeded the warnings and you’re out on the ice and it starts to crack, you want to spread your weight out. Don’t

stand straight up—it puts all your weight directly at the breaking point. Spread your weight out and slowly try to move across the ice back to the shore.” The best way to avoid driving into a frozen retention pond, Griffin reminded us, is to be aware of the driving conditions and drive slowly, especially around bodies of water. “The first thing you want to do, if you’ve driven into a pond, is to get out of that car as soon as possible,” Griffin said. “Get unbuckled and get on top of the car or, if you’re close enough, get back onto the shore. Then, and only after you’ve gotten out of the car, call 911 if you’re able. It is a good idea to have a glass break [to break your window if it fails to open] and a seat belt cutter in the car. A lot of these come as dual purpose. Again, do not wait in your car for help to come—get out of your car and get on top of it until help arrives.” Be aware and stay safe out there this winter.

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Bill Benner

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One of Indiana’s most renowned contributors to Indianapolis sports journalism, Bill Benner, has been selected into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 2021 Hall of Fame Class. The USBWA, headquartered in Zionsville, Indiana, has selected Benner—a lifelong Hoosier and highly respected, awardwinning Indianapolis sports journalist, commentator and local sports expert— as one of five sports writers selected throughout the U.S. to be inducted this April. Included in this year’s HOF class are Benner’s fellow inductees Pat Forde, Dana O’Neil, Brian Morrison and Loren Tate.



he United States Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 and is recognized as one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. Since its inception, USBWA has served the interests of writers who follow college and high school basketball in the U.S. The USBWA’s postseason awards program honors national and district Players of the Year and Coaches of the Year, as well as the winners of the Most Courageous Award, the Katha Quinn Service award and inductees into the USBWA Hall of Fame. The organization’s executive director, presidents and nine district representatives throughout the U.S. are responsible for selecting the

Malcom Moran: USBWA executive director and Zionsville resident

USBWA HOF Class nominees. USBWA executive director and Zionsville resident Malcom Moran shared his thoughts on Benner’s selection and his contributions to sports journalism over the decades.

“If Bill [Benner] had continued as a columnist and did not have these other careers that he’s excelled in, he would be just as authentic [now] as he was then,” Moran stated. “There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that his handling of different platforms would be just as authentic, just as responsible, and he wouldn’t use it as an excuse to go off the deep end. The thing that gave [Bill] so much credibility is that when he was critical of someone or something, it was absolutely authentic. It wasn’t to irritate his audience or to draw attention to himself. It was because he had a remarkable institutional memory and it gave him a sense of conviction when he wrote. And I think that’s why it’s all the more reason to celebrate his work the way that the organization [USBWA] is.”

A LONG AND ILLUSTRIOUS JOURNALISM CAREER Benner’s career as an Indianapolis sports journalist and columnist spans several decades. Benner was a sportswriter and columnist for The Indianapolis Star from 1968–2001, then served as a sports columnist for The Indianapolis Business Journal from 2001–13. During his career with the newspaper, Benner covered high school sports, the Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Colts, three Olympics (Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta) and two Pan American Games (Indianapolis, Havana), Masters and U.S. Open golf, tennis and more than 20 NCAA Final Fours. He became a full-time sports columnist in 1990. Today, Benner continues to host the “Inside Indiana Sports” segment on the statewide “Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick” television show and is serving in his third term as a board member of Special Olympics Indiana, on which he also served as board chairman in 2009 and 2010. Benner also serves on the board of Finish Line Youth Foundation. When asked what Benner thinks about the evolution of journalism—specifically sports journalism—Benner replied, “I’m still a guy who likes to have a little ink on my fingers as I read the morning paper. In the good ol’ days, there was a true depth of coverage because media companies devoted people resources towards reporting and commenting on the news


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A younger Benner in the newsroom at the Indianapolis Star.

of the day, whether it be sports, features, music, the arts, you name it. Social media has dramatically changed what newspaper are. Let’s say, for instance, if the Pacers have a bad first quarter, the tendency is to say the team is doing this wrong or that wrong and to be critical in the moment rather than in the days of traditional print journalism to actually allow the game to end. The Pacers might end up playing very well and win.” Benner added, “The old days afforded time and perspective, whereas today—driven by social media—that is not a luxury. Is it better or worse? I will allow other people to say. It’s just dramatically different.”

A FEW SNIPPETS FROM BENNER’S MEMORY REEL Benner shared a few memories of his innumerable experiences that chronicle the evolution of Indianapolis—once a city that you flew over, it became the amateur sports mecca of the world. “One thing that I was very fortunate to cover, both in the ‘beat’ realm and then later as a columnist, was the evolution of Indianapolis as a sports capital,” Benner shared. “I covered the first Pacers game in Market Square Arena back in 1974 and saw the impact it had on downtown development. I witnessed the formation of the Indiana Sports Corporation as the umbrella organization that would attract sporting events and sports associations.” Benner considers himself fortunate to have witnessed and written about the arrival of the Colts organization, the construction and life of the Hoosier Dome, Bankers Life Fieldhouse—then Conseco Fieldhouse—the attraction of the Final Fours and of the NCAA itself. “I was fortunate to write all about that and to help chronicle Indianapolis’ unmatched, unparalleled success in the

realm of using sports to create an identity for itself,” Benner expressed. “It’s even more phenomenal if you take yourself back to the mid-1970s and recognize what Indianapolis was then and what it is today. And that’s notwithstanding the long-term impact and presence of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what it’s been.” Like any Hoosier who walked the earth in the era of Indiana University and Purdue University’s rivalry in the days of head coaches Bob Knight and Gene Keady, Benner remembers the intensity of those collegiate basketball tournaments and what it was like covering two of the greatest college basketball coaches in the history of collegiate sports. “I evolved to covering college basketball, including Final Fours, when Keady and Knight were in their heyday,” Benner said. “I felt compelled, especially as a columnist, to write my true feelings and observations. And [Knight] certainly had his controversial moments, and I didn’t shy away from weighing in on those moments. Because I was as concerned about the reputation of Indiana University as I was about the championships that were being won.” Benner continued, “With Bob Knight, everybody who covered him—and I mean everybody—eventually came to a crossroads, and you essentially had to choose [your path]. And when my crossroads arrived, I chose that I was going to stay true to what I thought was my role and responsibility as a journalist and as a sportswriter. That being said, I never doubted for a second that if I had to choose one coach to win one game, especially if the other team had more ‘talent,’ I would have chosen Bob Knight—he was a great, great basketball coach.”

ONWARD AND UPWARD With the upcoming March Madness ahead of us, we asked Benner if Indianapolis’ best sports days were behind us or if there are better days still to come. “I think as we reemerge from COVID-19, we’re also going to reemerge with a greater and true appreciation for seeing live sports and being part of that atmosphere,” Benner expressed. “I think we [all] miss being part of the collective moments. I miss going to games, and I truly do miss

the emotions of the crowds.” The days of being confined to one’s living room or “mancave,” watching sports on one’s big-screen TV are numbered, and soon, sports enthusiasts will join together, creating and witnessing the vibrant energy that modern-day downtown Indianapolis was designed to cultivate. “I don’t like sitting in front of my big screen [TV] watching sports all the time,” Benner admitted. “It’s just not the same. It cannot replicate what it’s like to be there. I’m very hopeful that [March Madness] will reignite our thirst and our passion for being there with thousands of others, feeling the ups and the downs. I think, in some cases, we began to take it for granted, and as we come out of this [pandemic], the perspective will have changed and for the better.”

BENNER’S CAREER AT A GLANCE • Served as senior associate commissioner for external affairs for the Horizon League (2010–13), director of communications for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (2005–10) and vice president of communications for Indiana Sports Corporation (2001–05). • Served as senior vice president for corporate, community and public relations for Pacers Sports & Entertainment and executive director of the Pacers Foundation. Benner also served as co-chair of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee media relations committee and currently serves as speakers bureau co-chair for the Indy Championships Committee. • Spent 10 years as an adjunct faculty member of the Butler University department of journalism, where Benner taught sports journalism. • Served as co-chair of the media relations and media operations committee for the 2012 Super Bowl and continued a history of involvement in major sporting events in Indianapolis, having also served on local organizing committees for multiple NCAA Men’s Final Fours, the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Fours, the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials and numerous Big Ten women’s and men’s basketball tournaments. Benner also served on the committee that produced a successful bid for the 2024 NBA All-Star.


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Growing the Carmel Dads’ Club Today, Tomorrow and Beyond Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick and submitted

The Carmel community exudes a tradition of excellence in many categories including youth sports, and many of the early chapters for the community’s exceptional youth athletes begin at the Carmel Dads’ Club (CDC). I spoke with CDC President Jack Beery about the club’s pivot around the pandemic and the brand-new fieldhouse that will soon house the club’s 12 sports programs and create an abundance of opportunities for our community.

A Brief History of CDC


ore than six decades ago, a small group of Carmel fathers conceived a youth sports program that provided early skill development for youth athletes. The first sport offered by the club was football. Today, CDC is a not-for-profit organization that offers 12 sports per year. CDC also provides special programs for emotionally and physically impaired children. And while skill development remains an important component for the club, it also provides an alternative for kids who may never start in high school

sports or go pro. CDC isn’t just coaching skills on the field or on the courts, they are coaching life skills that the kids will take with them throughout their lives.

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that its members could continue to play in the club’s programs throughout the pandemic. The safety of the players, coaches and volunteers has remained the club’s top priority. Beery shared that the club is preparing for the spring and fall outdoor sports to resume its historical participation levels. “The Carmel Dads’ Club took a position that whatever we needed to do to safely provide youth sports, we were going to do,” Beery emphasized. “We’ve been working along with Carmel Clay Schools and the Hamilton County Health Department, and we’ve put together a protocol plan


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that has been working very well. Our parents and kids have been doing a great job with [the plan]. So, we feel very good about those [protocols] going forward. We hope that people will continue to feel comfortable with the protocols that we’ve put in place for both our outdoor and indoor sports.”

CDC’s New Fieldhouse Is a Dream Come True CDC’s new fieldhouse is under construction, and the club anticipates its grand opening to be later this year, in

November. The cost of the project is approximately $11 million and is funded through the Clay Township Impact Program. The fieldhouse is located on the club’s property at Mark Badger Memorial Park. It will feature four basketball courts and a full-sized synthetic field lined for both football, soccer and lacrosse. There will be a track encircling the field, and the fieldhouse will also include three batting cages for baseball and softball. “When Carmel Dads’ Club was founded more than 60 years ago, it would have been impossible to predict the growth


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that would one day precipitate the construction of this new facility,” Beery stated. “However, seven or eight years ago, it became apparent that in order to take our programming to the next level, we needed to look for an indoor facility. Our groups that were having to travel outside of the community for additional training and development opportunities will be able to stay here in Carmel. This facility will make sure that we have the resources to provide additional programming that we can now look towards.” When asked what Beery is most excited about with regards to the new fieldhouse, he replied, “The most important thing for me is that this facility is going to be fantastic and will provide more opportunities to create memories for our kids and families.” Beery expressed his gratitude to the individuals who have made the construction of the facility a priority over the past years and to the Carmel community for its unwavering support of the club and its 4,000-plus volunteers that run the club, annually. “We [CDC] cannot thank the moms and dads enough and the people from the community who volunteer in this organization,” Beery said. “I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank the Clay Township Board for their support of this project. They have been a huge part of the vision of this project, and they understand the importance of a youth sports experience in Carmel kids’ lives.”


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Coming This Fall! The club is anticipating the completion of the fieldhouse around the first part of November. “We will have a grand opening, and we will invite the community to come out and tour the new building,” Beery shared. “We’re going to create some different sporting opportunities—some that might

be nontraditional sports. We will continue to work with Carmel Clay Schools, and our plan is to also work with the Carmel Clay Parks and their summer parks programs. We’re hoping the community will come in and utilize the track during set-aside hours. We’re very excited about this new chapter for the Carmel Dads’ Club and think [the fieldhouse] sets us up for the future and to


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continue to provide great experiences for our families and kids. This will be something that all of our membership over these past 61 years and the entire Carmel community can be very proud of.” For registration and other additional information on the Carmel Dads’ Club, visit the club’s website at carmeldadsclub.org.


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CARMEL GROWS D e s p i t e

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In spite of an ongoing pandemic, the City of Carmel and the community continues to thrive. Evidence of that are three impressive and exciting construction projects that have or will be breaking ground in 2021: Carmel Swim Academy, Carmel Clay Historical Society Museum and the expansion of the Carmel Police Department. We spoke with Mayor Brainard and the aforementioned organizations’ leadership on these projects and the positive impact each project will have on the Carmel community as a whole.


Plumb shared that a facility like the one that is about to commence construction this spring has been a dream of the CSC’s for a long time. “We’ve wanted to reach a greater population of our community and provide a greater service and save lives doing it,” Plumb expressed. “This has been a dream of ours for the past 15 years, and we’re finally able to bring it to a physical reality over the next year or so. For us, it’s about being able to reach more people—especially younger people in our community—and teach them to be water safe and how to love and enjoy the water. Swimming is a lifelong sport, but if you don’t know how to [swim] when you’re younger, it gets harder when you’re older.” Currently, CSC’s existing group swimming lesson programs are conducted at the PrimeLife Enrichment Center and Carmel High School. These programs will continue at this location throughout the construction process. “We’re going to be a community asset in the way that we will be able to be open mornings, afternoons and nights,” Plumb said. “Carmel Swim Academy will be in connection to Carmel Total Fitness, so it’s going to be conducive for people to have their child in a swim lesson and

THE CARMEL SWIM CLUB Builds Upon Its Foundation of Excellence

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Carmel Swim Club

In addition to celebrating the extraordinary dynasty of the Carmel High School girls’ swim team and its incredible 35th IHSAA Swimming and Diving Championship it clenched earlier this month, the Carmel Swim Club (CSC) has the impending groundbreaking of a new facility, the Carmel Swim Academy, to look forward to this coming April.


spoke with head coach/ CEO Chris Plumb and CSC Director of Business Development Maggie Mestrich about the new facility, how it will impact the club members and staff and what it will offer the community in the way of noncompetitive programs as a whole.


Mestrich shared that the club was established in 1973. Its mission, “teaching excellence through swimming, for life,” will be expanded upon with the completion of the new facility, located adjacent to the existing Carmel Total Fitness gym in Carmel.

CSC currently provides swim lessons to more than 3,000 children annually–– renting space across the city to accommodate the growing program. The Carmel Swim Academy is designed to provide a doorway to water safety that introduces whole families to lifelong self-improvement, wellness and success. Carmel Swim Academy will feature a 25-yard, six-lane training pool with zero-entry instructional space and a comfortable pool deck for dryland activities. Carmel Swim Academy will boast warm water and offer a mezzanine to optimize viewing of swim lessons, as well as family-friendly locker rooms.


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then go get a workout in right next door. It’s going to provide a lot of opportunities for aquatic awareness and aquatic fitness for the community of Carmel.”


The Carmel High School girls’ swim team is a nationally recognized team, not to slight the boys’ team, which is also recognized for its remarkable successes. So, while the Carmel Swim Academy is not being built for the sole purpose of supporting these outstanding teams, CSC is looking forward to the teams training and competing at the new facility in the near future. “I feel the streak of 35 years demonstrates what happens when young women get together and work together for a cause greater than themselves,” Plumb stated. “It demonstrates the power that young women have when they unite and do it athletically and consistently over time. We’re talking generations now of these young women—now we have daughters of women who were competing in the ’80s, and it just amazes me.” While the lessons of sportsmanship, teamwork, accountability, discipline and integrity are important to developing young swimmers, Plumb expressed that


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the support of the city and the entire community has been a key component to the Carmel High School swim teams’ success. Plumb continued, “We have a community that really gets behind our young athletes, and we need to continue to empower our young guys and girls. That support just speaks to the excellence of our community.” Mestrich added, “CSC works within the framework of 10 core values, and we’re really working hard to engage our youngest swimmers with those values. What does accountability mean? What does integrity mean? We have those broader conversations with our swimmers because we believe the sport of swimming is a wonderful vehicle for us to develop great young men and women. Consistency and results don’t happen without constant innovation and inspiration. In addition to Chris’ leadership, building this new facility is one more way to innovate and grow for the future.”


Carmel Swim Academy is actively fundraising to support capital costs for construction and initial operations. However, the pool will be fully self-sustaining through programming fees. “We are trying to raise $1.5 million to get this [project] done,” Mestrich shared. “So, we need some community support, and we have a very passionate community that is excited to see this project happening, but we need some help to get there. We’re looking to break ground in April, and while we’re somewhat subject to delays that can happen with construction, we should be open by early next year.” Key partners include GEA Architects, Summit Construction, The Veridus Group and BK Real Estate Ventures. A groundbreaking event, held at 820 East City Center Drive, is anticipated in April.

For more information on the Carmel Swim Academy or to donate, please visit carmelswimacademy.org. And be sure to follow Carmel Swim Academy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates!


Expands to Meet the Needs of a Growing Population Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of City of Carmel

Earlier this month, the Carmel City Council’s finance committee voted in favor of a $38 million lease bond to cover the cost of expanding the Carmel Police Department [CPD] headquarters. I spoke with Mayor Jim Brainard about some of the details of this expansion and how it will allow CPD to continue to serve the city at the highest level of service possible.



ccording to Brainard, the original CPD headquarters at Civic Square was planned in the late 1980s and lacks the necessary space and security that is needed today. Today, CPD is comprised of 128 officers and 26 civilian employees. The expansion will also house the city court upon its completion. The courts were moved to an offsite location after the pandemic hit the city. “It [CPD headquarters] was built for a city of 45,000 to 50,000, and we’re over 100,000,” Brainard stated. “There are two components to [this project]. First, it will [permanently] move the city court out of city hall. City Hall doesn’t have the security that we need today for a courtroom. With the [CPD] expansion, we can move the city court there, and we are building it to Superior Court standards so it can move up from being a city court at some point in the future. We’re building it with jury rooms and a sally port.”


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Brainard further explained that the sally port will allow police vans to drive into the lower level when bringing in a prisoner from the jail and into an elevator that only goes up to the courtroom. “A person, if they’re dangerous, can be in a holding cell until their appearance in court is needed,” Brainard said. “It will be a much more secure facility, and it will separate the public areas with the appropriate security from the court areas.” The other important component to the project is the additional training and workspaces that will be provided to CPD and its staff. Since 1996, CPD has maintained the honor of being an internationally accredited law enforcement agency and was the first in Hamilton County to be so. “We’re building additional ‘classrooms’ for the officers to train in. That’s an important part of the expansion as well,” Brainard stated. “The state has certain requirements for training in Carmel, and we’ve made the decision to quadruple that


[training] on an annual basis. The expansion will be large enough to handle our police force now and for all time. There will be additional space for investigations, property storage rooms, offices for administrative staff and a crime laboratory.”


The expansion of CPD boasts a classic Georgian Colonial architecture that will face South Rangeline Road. “It’s going to be an attractive building,” Brainard said. “We were able to acquire the old Huntington Bank building and lot, so we will be able to build the expansion, bringing the two buildings together almost seamlessly so it does not appear to be something that was just tacked on [to the existing structure]. It will enhance the streetscape along Rangeline and is going to be built with steel and masonry. So, if taken care of correctly, it should serve the community for generations to come.”


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CARMEL CLAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Plans New Museum and Expansion Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

The Carmel Clay Historical Society [CCHS] is in the midst of planning a $6.7 million expansion and new museum. I spoke with Dan McFeely, CCHS board president and a City of Carmel spokesperson, about the new forthcoming archives building and expansion details that have been in discussion for nearly a decade. The plan is coming to fruition with the highly anticipated groundbreaking this spring.


and things like that,” McFeely said. “That would become revenue that CCHS would need to help run the building. In terms of our educational programming, we’ve always been involved with education, and it runs the gamut of all age groups. But, specifically for our elementary grade school kids, when they study Indiana history, part of their curriculum is to pay a visit to the Monon Depot, and one of our volunteers walks them around downtown and talks with them about the history of the community.” McFeely further shared that CCHS has included in the plans a basement level that will serve as additional archive storage space as well as a place for possible future interactive exhibits for kids to learn and experiment. The upper floors will serve as archive storage space, meeting spaces and work areas for researchers to comb through the literal and figurative pages of our city’s history. As part of the expansion and new construction plan, the Monon Depot will continue to serve the Carmel community and will be a permanent exhibit on the history of the Monon and trains. McFeely added, “Anyone who’s a toy train enthusiast is going to love this. We’ve got all kinds of ideas in our minds, and we’re going to make it just one of many cool experiences for people.”


he historic Monon Depot—built in 1883 by the Monon Railroad—once served as a passenger station and freight depot. Today, it houses the Carmel Clay Historical Society (CCHS) and serves as a museum of local history. CCHS was formed in 1975 by a group of dedicated local residents who understood the importance of preserving the history of Carmel and Clay Township. CCHS’s mission is to encourage an appreciation for and understanding of the settlement, growth and development of the city of Carmel and Clay Township, bringing historical relevance, context and enrichment to the lives of its citizens and visitors. The CCHS fulfills its mission by providing educational services such as public programs, tours of the Monon Railroad Depot Museum, curriculum materials to schools on local and county history, maintaining archives and artifacts and many more services that will be expanded upon with the completion of the new building.


According to McFeely, CCHS has been looking at replacing the archive building for more than 10 years. The current archive building is the little house that is located right next to the Depot. “It’s not been in good shape,

and over the last couple of years, we’ve moved everything out into temporary storage,” McFeely shared. “With the expansion of the Monon Trail, we got our heads together and decided that the best thing to do would be build a museum with display areas for exhibits, spaces for our archives and spaces to accommodate small groups, including a rooftop garden.” In addition to those aforementioned amenities, McFeely added that CCHS is planning on having an area on the first floor where they can host events and major announcements, and a possible coffee shop and gift shop as well. Public restrooms will be available and an information booth—all easily accessible—for those passing through the city or for those stopping in off the Monon Trail. “We think the building will be three stories, and we are going to develop a rooftop garden that we can use for our events but also make available for community groups or that the public can rent out for private receptions


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Dan McFeely - Board President at Carmel Clay Historical Society the new building, and Mayor Jim Brainard has earmarked $2.4 million in bonds toward the construction of the expansion project. “I can’t say enough about Doug Callahan [Clay Township Trustee] and the Township who came through with that grant,” McFeely expressed. “The Township has been really wonderful with this first grant, and of course the mayor with his support. And hopefully, with the council’s support as well, we will get this thing built over the course of this year and completed by next year.” Going forward, CCHS will be speaking with existing donors and is developing fundraising opportunities to raise additional capital—not for the construction of the building but to establish an endowment for CCHS. “We’re putting together a special committee because there are going to be so many [fundraising] opportunities,” McFeely stated. “We would like to give people the opportunity to have a room or some other element of the building named after them. The key for CCHS is to create an endowment that will help us maintain and operate the building for the next 100 years.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Carmel Clay Historical Society and/or are interested in volunteering or donating to CCHS, please visit carmelclayhistory.org.

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