ESE students at recess

The Student Voice Matters

"Our staff truly want all children to be able to explore and be a kid, regardless of ability."

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Hank Levandowski in SilverSneakers class

Growing is Good for You

No matter your age or ability, you can always learn something new. Put your fears aside - let's grow!

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Volunteers from Gigi's Playhouse at Founders Park

Engaging with the Park System

Our volunteer community is growing - join us and make a difference!

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Keep the Conversation Going Share Your Story

Welcome to Park Conversations

Park Conversations is a  biannual magazine that spotlights the conversations happening throughout Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. We want our members, program participants, and park users to be seen and heard, and Park Conversations does just that.

The impact of parks and recreation can truly be transformative! Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is fortunate to offer something for everyone. We encourage you to explore the science of nature, engage in our adaptive programs, connect with others on the playground, or find a better you through fitness and wellness. 

Keep the conversation going!  Share your own story.


Michael at Inlow ParkIn this edition of Park Conversations, we’re sharing stories of growth. From a plant growing from seed to flower at the park, to a kiddo learning to swim, to a Monon Community Center member meeting a fitness goal – growth is happening all around us at Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. We encourage you to explore everything we have to offer. And at the end of the day, I hope these stories inspire you to grow.

– Michael Klitzing, Director for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Stories We’re Helping Tell

Hank and Laura Feature

Growing is Good for You

Take a chance on yourself and see what a difference change can make in your body, mind and spirit.

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Sean Robert riding FlowRider

Growing Up with a Love of Parks

Enjoying the career-advancement ride

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Forward Focus: Growing Parks Through Reimagination

The future looks bright for Carmel

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CCPR volunteer on invasive species removal day

Engaging with the Park System

Volunteering is a way to connect with nature and future generations

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ESE Students on playground after school

The Student Voice Matters

Empowering students to use their voice leads to happiness, fun and learning

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trees in the fall

A Walk with Nature

Monica Cannaley has participated in the On the Trail to Fitness program every week since 2014! Learn more about the program and what keeps her coming back for more.

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Jumanah smiling

A Journey to Transformation

Jumanah Alsaffar found all the tools she needed for her transformation at the Monon Community Center. Now, this real-life wonder woman is unstoppable.

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Jack and his wife on vacation

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

Jack Brummett traveled to see world wonders. His journey started at the Monon Community Center.

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Brittany at a Citezen Science Program

Diving into our Soil

Brittany McAdams, our natural resources coordinator, helps the community understand our history and our future through our soil.

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Kids on the playground at Lawrence W Inlow Park

Inlow Park: An Inclusive Community Adventure

Explorers of all abilities will find a unique, hands-on experience at the newly renovated Lawrence W. Inlow Park!

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Michael Sharkey acting on stage

BIG Dreams Become Reality

Michelle Yadon, our inclusion supervisor, has big dreams for our adaptive participants and programming.

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Park Conversations Always Growing

Fall 2019

Park Conversations graphic - A Journey to Transformation. Explore. Engage. Connect.

Spring 2019