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.
This year we saw our parks rediscovered. When there were few places to venture, people turned to our spaces. Park visitation was higher in Indiana than in our neighboring states, which I believe is a testament to the incredible opportunities available to Hoosiers — especially here in Carmel and Clay Township.
Thanks to our team’s out-of-the-box thinking, we continue to support our community. When the Monon Community Center’s doors closed, we took our fitness virtual. When programs canceled, we created educational videos. When playgrounds closed, we encouraged park users to explore parks in new ways.
In response to this year’s challenges, we continue to make the health, wellness and recreation resources available to our community a priority.
We hope you feel as supported as ever whether you’re joining us as part of your fitness journey, attending a recreation program, or out enjoying our parks. Within the pages of this edition, we share stories of nimble and creative thinking community members who push forward through these challenging times. We hope as you read these stories you find yourself inspired and hopeful.
Michael W. Klitzing, CPRE
Director of Parks and Recreation
Stories We’re Helping Tell
Flora + Fauna
Creating Balance: In our parks, our backyards and around the world. CCPR is making a difference and so can you.Read More
Movement for Every Body
Registered Dance/Movement Therapist teaches programming at the MCC. Get to know Breanna Davis!Read More
Reimagining Meadowlark Park
On April 1, Meadowlark Park will close as it undergoes construction as part of our Reimagining Parks initiative.Read More
Mud Pie Anyone?
Nature programs create lifelong naturalists promoting a love of the great outdoors.Read More
Virtual fitness classes keep MCC members connected and their fitness on track during COVID-related closure.Read More
Reimagining Carey Grove Park
Beloved Carey Grove Park undergoes renovations and enhancements ensuring memorable outdoor fun.Read More
Inclusion at Every Age
Adaptive programming creates a nurturing and safe environment for continuing skill development.Read More
Protecting Imperiled Pollinators
Native seed collection through Project Wingspan boosts the monarch and rusty patch bumblebee population.Read More
Growth through Community
The Monon Community Center offers amenities and a fitness community to call home.Read More
Teaching Takes a Global Path
Dena Osting has taught all around the globe, but her journey brought her back to where she started — making a difference in her hometown.Read More
Help our Native Habitats
Make a difference in your own backyard with tips from our Natural Resources team about eradicating invasive species!Read More
Reimagining Flowing Well Park
With a national park feel right here in Carmel, people are coming from far and wide to visit for the experience.Read More
The Path to Independence
Over the last decade, Michael + Jessica Sharkey have been on their own path to independence. Adaptive programming at the MCC has helped them along the way.Read More
Growing is Good for You
Take a chance on yourself and see what a difference change can make in your body, mind and spirit.Read More
Growing Up with a Love of Parks
Enjoying the career-advancement rideRead More
Forward Focus: Growing Parks Through Reimagination
The future looks bright for CarmelRead More
Engaging with the Park System
Volunteering is a way to connect with nature and future generationsRead More
The Student Voice Matters
Empowering students to use their voice leads to happiness, fun and learningRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime
Jack Brummett traveled to see world wonders. His journey started at the Monon Community Center.Read More
Diving into our Soil
Brittany McAdams, our natural resources coordinator, helps the community understand our history and our future through our soil.Read More
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!Read More
BIG Dreams Become Reality
Michelle Yadon, our inclusion supervisor, has big dreams for our adaptive participants and programming.Read More