Carmel recognized for top parks

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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Carmel earned more national recognition Tuesday. This time, for its parks.

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, CCPR, received a National Gold Medal Award for Excellence from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration along with the National Recreation and Park Association.

In a statement released by the city, Michael Klitzing, Chief Operating Officer of CCPR, called the gold medal “the benchmark by which all agencies wish to be measured — it is like winning the Super Bowl of the parks world.”

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation also received national accreditation from another parks organization.

Recognition by the National Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies is “the culmination of months of dedication by our staff to document our policies and procedures to meet the required stringent standards,” Klitzing said.

Fewer than 120 parks in the United States have received such accreditation. Carmel says only three of those parks are in Indiana.

The awards follow $72 million invested in CCPR facilities over the past ten years.

Klitzing said his department’s self-sufficiency has helped it expand services to the thousands of people who visit Carmel Clay parks every year.

CCPR will receive a banner to recognize its new achievements. The banner will be presented on Wednesday morning, October 22, at the Monon Community Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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