Carmel Parks Department Wins Award for New Playground in Central Park
On Wednesday, January 18, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) received an Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Exceptional Park Design Award at the IRPA Awards of Excellence Banquet in Indianapolis, Indiana. CCPR received this award for the department’s innovative design of Central Park’s West Commons playground, which opened to the public on October 12, 2016.
The IPRA Annual Awards of Excellence recognize agencies and individuals throughout Indiana that embody the vision, dedication and excellence needed in the field of parks and recreation. These awards highlight efforts that transcend everyday standards in order to make a difference and improve the quality of life in Indiana’s communities. IPRA award winners include park and recreation professionals, organizations, agencies and volunteers.
The playground at West Commons has a futuristic design and offers children more than 25,000 square feet of play space. The structure is nestled into the side of a hill and incorporates universal design principles to encourage inclusion. Children using wheelchairs have access to lower level amenities as well as upper-level features with the use of ramps. The playground also offers three cave-like areas to provide respite for children who need quieter spaces during play.
Adjacent to the playground, is a splash pad which is designed to match the nature that surrounds it. Spray features and geysers resemble cattails, flowers and animals. The splash pad is designed to provide relief from the heat and continues CCPR’s commitment to use environmentally friendly water management.
In addition to the play space in the park, West Commons also offers picnic shelters, restrooms, outdoor classroom space, open meadow, a lagoon and boardwalk.
About Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and
Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000. As an accredited agency, the department 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 and The Waterpark.
For more information, visit carmelclayparks.com.