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We care about quality of life. We are innovators and forward thinkers. We include all in everything we do. We strive to make an impact in your life. We strategize and plan for the future.

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About Us

    About Us

    Nationally Recognized & Award-Winning Parks in Carmel, IN

    Founded in 1991, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) was established through an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Carmel and Clay Township in Indiana. The organization was created to serve the nature and fitness needs of the community. From the beginning, CCPR has aimed to create a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 acres of park land and numerous recreation facilities, providing more than 5,000 annual classes and programs for all ages. 

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is to strengthen our community and serve residents through the acquisition, development, and management of high-quality, innovative parks and facilities for recreation, preservation, and programming.

    Vision Statement

    We envision an accessible system of vibrant community parks, diverse recreational facilities, sustainable park resources and engaging programs that contribute to healthy individuals and families, an active and tightly-knit community, a thriving economy, and a high quality of life in the City of Carmel and Clay Township.

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    Together We Will

    We work together as one team to benefit the community. We inspire each other and display daily our core values - inclusion, impact, innovation and sustainability.

    Smiling Participant in our adaptive programs for all ages and interests

    Include All

    Smiling volunteers who are making an impact in nature and our parks. Our volunteer programs strive for community partnership and nature impact in Carmel and the surrounding areas

    Make an Impact

    Playground and slide at Westermeier Commons park in Carmel

    Be Innovative

    Boy playing a card game in Extended School Enrichment (ESE)

    Plan for the Future

    Carmel/Clay Board of Parks and Recreation

    Click here for park board information + minutes

    Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board Member
    Richard F. Taylor III
    Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board Member
    Jenn Kristunas
    Vice President
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    Lin Zheng
    Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board Members
    Linus Rude
    Jessica Beer
    Dr. Jessica Beer
    Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board Member
    James D. Garretson
    Mark Westermeier headshot
    Mark Westermeier
    Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board Member
    Joshua A. Kirsh
    Louise Jackson

    Senior Management Staff

    Michael Klitzing, CPRE
    Executive Director/CEO
    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRE
    Assistant Director/COO
    Eric Mehl, CPRP
    Recreation & Facilities Director
    Lindsay Labas, CPRP
    Brand Strategy & Communications Director
    Michael Allen, CPRP
    Parks & Natural Resources Director
    Jonathan Blake
    Jonathan Blake, AICP, CPRP, AFO
    Administration & Planning Director
    Jennifer Brown
    Extended School Enrichment/Summer Camp Series Director

    Glancing at the Past & Looking Forward to the Future


    Nationally Accredited Agency 2019-2024
    Nationally Accredited Agency
    2016 Excellence in Inclusion Award
    Excellence in Inclusion Award
    Barb King National Environmental Stewardship Award
    Barb King National Environmental Stewardship Award
    Nationally Accredited Agency 2014-2019
    Nationally Accredited Agency
    Gold Medal Winner 2014
    Gold Medal Winner
    Gold Medal 2020
    Gold Medal Winner