Carmel Parks & Recreation Honor Volunteers

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Carmel Parks & Recreation recently recognized its volunteers who served nearly 4,500 hours in 2012.

Last week was National Volunteer Appreciation Week. And that is exactly what Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation did - appreciated their volunteers! Last Thursday was the first annual Volunteer Appreciation Night, geared specifically for those individuals who gave more than 10 hours of their time to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. A few facts about the volunteer force:

  •     Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation had a total of 710 registered volunteers for 2012, who served a total of nearly 4,500 hours. The value of this in-kind donation is nearly $100,000.
  •     Half of the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation volunteer team is high school students!
  •     Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has designed a special program for volunteers with disabilities.
  •     Ben Hatfield earned his Presidential Service Award because of the number of hours he spent on his Eagle Scout Project (132 hours). He built and installed new benches and refurbished old benches at Flowing Well and Meadowlark.
  •     Northview Church earned their Presidential Service Award during their “Good Neighbor Weekend” at which they had approximately 150 volunteers who all turned out and served two hours each cleaning Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation trails and the Monon Greenway.

CCPR Volunteers serve:

o    At six elementary schools with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Extended School Enrichment, before and after school program
o    With Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Series
o    With Adaptive programs and events
o    At almost all of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation's community events
o    In the office helping with special projects
o    Cleaning parks & trails, mulching, pruning, etc
o    Completing Eagle Scout Projects
o    In The Waterpark for opening/closing prep and tear down
o    In KidZone (childcare)

For more information about volunteering for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, visit

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) serves the recreation, fitness, and nature needs of the community, manages and develops existing spaces and resources and creates a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 park acres and numerous recreation facilities, including the Monon Community Center. For more information, visit

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