Signage Funded by Rain on Main Program
Carmel, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2023) –– Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) has installed new educational signage in Prairie Meadow Park, 5282 Ivy Hill Dr. The signage offers an interactive park experience for guests to learn about watersheds, stormwater, and ecology.
Funding for the new Prairie Meadow Park signage was raised by the Rain on Main program, in partnership with Carmel Utilities, City of Carmel Storm Water Department, and Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Proceeds from the annual Rain on Main program are gifted to CCPR to purchase water education signage for Carmel Clay parks. This furthers Rain on Main’s mission to increase awareness of water quality and conservation in Carmel.
Rain on Main is a painted rain barrel art contest and auction. Local artists transform 65-gallon urn-style rain barrels into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The barrels are displayed in the Arts and Design District along Main Street and the public is invited to vote for their favorite in a People’s Choice contest on Facebook. In addition to the People’s Choice competition, there is a judged art competition component. The barrels are evaluated by a panel of experts for cash prizes. Rain on Main culminates with the end of the online auction and display of all the barrels at the Carmel Farmers Market the third Saturday of August.
“Interpretive signage is vital to park-goers’ education and appreciation of their surroundings,” says Michael Allen, Director of Parks and Natural Resources. “Thanks to the Rain on Main program, these new water education signs will increase awareness of the importance of protecting and conserving our natural water sources.”
Be sure to stop by Prairie Meadow Park to check out the new educational signage and learn more about Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s conservation efforts.