Northern Beach Collection

Today, Carmel is known as a bustling suburb of Indianapolis with a plethora of city parks and the substantial Monon Center, with its indoor and outdoor aquatics centers. But in the early- and mid-20th century, when Carmel was still a quiet town, there were no parks at all inside the city limits. In fact, the first city park wasn't created until 1979. Area residents didn't have to go far, however, to swim in an outdoor pool or find a spacious place to hang out with their friends. Northern Beach on East 116th Street offered a respite from town life since the 1920s. In those days, 116th Street east of Gray Road was gravel and only about 1.5 lanes wide. And despite its location outside the city limits and near the White River, Northern Beach was one of the most popular places for local kids to spend their summers.

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Northern Beach Collection