Cherry Tree Softball Complex
Cherry Tree Softball Complex is located behind Cherry Tree Elementary at 13989 Hazel Dell Parkway (just south of 146th Street). Parking is available north and south of the school in designated school parking lots. Entrance to the complex is on the east side of the complex closest to the south parking lot.
In 1990 the original Cherry Tree softball complex was completed following the opening of the Cherry Tree elementary school. This facility featured two fenced fields with enclosed dugouts, two non-fenced practice fields, and three smaller fields. The complex became the home of the IHSAA Class 4A Semi-State Softball tournament and hosted the IHSAA State Softball tournament finals. After 20 years of regular use by thousands of softball players of all ages, the facility was showing its age. In 2008, the Carmel Clay school board voted in favor of a $2.5 million renovation to Cherry Tree softball complex. In the summer of 2008, construction began as the entire complex was leveled to the dirt. In the fall of 2008, the fields were laid out and graded and outfield grass planted. Thanks to a warm Indian summer, by November the outfields were green with new grass. In the spring of 2009, the fields started to take shape as outfield fencing went up and construction was started on the dugouts and central complex. Construction continued throughout 2009 forcing the Lady Hounds to play a season at Wodock fields. Construction on the buildings, fields, and batting cages was largely completed by fall. In the spring of 2010, the final touches were added to the four fields. This renovation, while leaving the number of fields unchanged, dramatically improved the lighting, sound system, accessibility, safety, playability and viewer convenience. For the softball coaches, players, and families of Carmel High School, the newly renovated Cherry Tree Softball Complex is their long awaited home field advantage.
All four diamonds have skinned-infields and are irrigated for maintenance of lawn areas and to control dust levels. The varsity diamond is located in the most optimum position (south west to north east), and includes 500 permanent seats, adjacent to the main support building. The varsity and junior varsity fields are lighted with downcast sports lighting fixtures to minimize light spread to adjacent properties.
The support building includes two floors of 2,500 square feet each. The ground floor includes public restrooms, concessions, grounds maintenance space, and stair and elevator access to the second floor. The second floor includes player lockers in a dressing room which accommodates all three teams, a private restroom for the teams, an itinerant office for the softball coach, pressbox facilities for the varsity and junior varsity fields, and visual observation windows for the freshman and practice fields.
Please help us continue to be good neighbors to the surrounding residential developments by respecting the privacy of their homes and yards and parking only in Cherry Tree Elementary parking lots.