1966 - Development of Woodland Springs Addition by Ralph Wilfong of Greenfield beginning Carmel's population boom. (From Carmel Facts & Folklore)
Woodland Springs was the 1st residential community in Indiana to have buried utility lines.
Woodland Springs was annexed by the CIty of Carmel in 1965.
The original Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions was recorded on September 5, 1967 and rerecorded on October 24, 1968 in the office of the Recorder of Hamilton County, Indiana.
The annual assessment as of January 1, 1968 was in the amount of $75.00 per year.
Members of the First Board of Directors:
Milton J. Fineberg* 11 Shore Circle Charles F. Hathaway 35 Twin Shore Court Glenn D. Hester* Joseph Kanter Thomas L. Ringer 22 Lake Shore Court Ralph L. Wilfong*
*Milton J. Fineberg was a General Partner of Landmark Development Company *Glenn D Hester was a General Partner of Essex House, Inc *Ralph Wilfong was a General Partner of Keystone Square Company
The first homes built in Woodland Springs were on Lakeshore Drive, West and surrounding streets on the west side of Woodland Lake. Lot 1 is located at 11517 Lakeshore Drive, West and Lot 397 is located at 11606 Rolling Springs Drive. Construction began in 1967 and continued into the early 1980's. At some point in time, perhaps in the 1980's, the homes on Emily Way and several on Lakeshore Drive, East and Haverstick Road were annexed into Woodland Springs. They were not originally part of the Woodland Springs neighborhood.
The island and two building lots to the north along 116th Street were purchased by Woodland Springs, Inc from the development company after the neighborhood was established.
The "Big" and "Little" islands were originally true islands with a foot bridge connecting each island to common area land. In the 1980-1990's culverts were installed and soil was added to create a walking/drive path from the common areas to the island.
In the early 1990's the dam failed and for a season the lake went dry except for the stream flowing down from Keystone/Merchants Plaza area. The bridge on the small island was replaced with large culverts which remain there. Muskrats were thought to have been the culprits responsible for causing the dam on the south end of the lake to fail.
There was for a number of years there was a working fountain located by the stream that crosses under 116th Street and flows into Woodland Lake. The fountain still stands on the east side of the stream very near the Duke electric pole on East 116th Street.
Avriel Shull, a Carmel architect, designed the clubhouse and the Chinese Community Church (originally Woodland Springs Christian Church). She also designed several homes in the neighborhood, in particular 9 Shore Circle.
Original owners who still reside in Woodland Springs:
1. Jack Badger
2. Robert & Eileen Meiner's daughter, Peggy Meiner Roach, purchased her childhood home from her parents. Peggy is an "original child" owner!!!