Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) named Eric Mehl recreation and facilities director. Mehl has worked with CCPR for nine years and most recently served as the Monon Community Center (MCC) assistant director.
“Eric is a great fit for this leadership role,” said Michael Klitzing, director for CCPR. “He is so passionate about CCPR and that has driven him to accomplish so much already in his previous roles – we are all eager to see what great things he will do as recreation and facilities director.”
As recreation and facilities director, Mehl’s responsibilities include logistics and operations throughout the park system. He oversees all facilities including the Monon Community Center, The Waterpark, pavilions and shelters, and splash pads as well as membership and all of the department’s recreation programming and group fitness classes. Mehl said he looks forward to engaging CCPR teams to work together on department-wide projects like expanding nature programming and bettering member and guest experiences.
Mehl, a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), has extensive park and recreation leadership experience. In his previous roles Mehl launched the Sea Dragons swim team, contributed to bringing the FlowRider® to CCPR and building its programming, and had a key role in the design for the activity pool play structure currently in The Waterpark.
“I’m very excited about the opportunities I’ll have in this new role,” Mehl said. “I’m looking forward to making an impact not only in this organization, but also in the community through the projects we take on. We have a great team in place and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”
Mehl studied fine arts at The Ohio State University. He is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor trainer and water safety instructor trainer, as well as a National Recreation and Parks Association Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor.
Three other staff members were also promoted within the Recreation and Facilities Division this year. Matt Whirley, Certified Park and Recreation Professional, was promoted to recreation services manager – programming. Mike Normand, Certified Park and Recreation Professional, was promoted to recreation services manager – member services. Sean Robert was promoted to recreation services assistant manager – aquatics/operations.