Carpark Records was established by Todd Hyman in 1999 in New York City. In 2005, the label relocated to Washington, D.C.
Carpark has subsidiary labels. Acute Records, established in 2002, reissues obscure post-punk records under the guidance of Dan Selzer. Paw Tracks, established in 2003, releases music by Animal Collective and associated solo acts Avey Tare and Panda Bear Wax Nine is another partner label.