The Path to Independence

"Michael has played a huge role in working with me on what type of programming is wanted and needed within the Carmel community."

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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.

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Help our Native Habitats

Make a difference in your own backyard with tips from our Natural Resources team about eradicating invasive species!

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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.

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Growth Through Community

The Monon Community Center offers amenities and a fitness community to call home.

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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.

 

Since its founding in 1991 Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has been committed to being a strong and supportive community partner. Over the last few months — like you and the world beyond — we have navigated unprecedented times and are learning and finding new ways to support our team and the public. What we do know is this: We are stronger now than ever before. Our team has seen everyone join together to practice patience, understanding and to share encouragement. This edition of Park Conversations is all about the value of community. It explores the many ways Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is here to support you. Each path to wellbeing is unique — whether that is building you up on your fitness journey, encouraging you to achieve your goals through recreation programming, or developing sustainable parks for future generations. We want you to know that now, more than ever, we are committed to you. We hope as you read these stories you find yourself inspired. 

– Michael Klitzing, Director for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Stories We’re Helping Tell

Growth through Community

The Monon Community Center offers amenities and a fitness community to call home.

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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.

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Help our Native Habitats

Make a difference in your own backyard with tips from our Natural Resources team about eradicating invasive species!

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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.

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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.

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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 Spring 2020 Cover

Spring 2020

Park Conversations Always Growing

Fall 2019

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

Spring 2019