On Nov. 9, 2021, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) closed on a land donation totaling approximately 63 acres from Falcon Nest II, LLC. The property, which is located in northeast Carmel near 146th Street and River Road, was donated in honor of Thomas Marcuccilli (pronounced Mark-ă-sell-ē), one of the original founders of STAR Financial Bank.
Thomas Marcuccilli was a native Hoosier who contributed greatly to the Indiana economy and is remembered for his patience, generosity and positive influence in the state. Nearly 80 years ago, along with his business partner, he established STAR Financial Bank and saw great success. The Indiana community bank has since grown to $2.7 billion in assets and provides banking, mortgage, investing and wealth management services to Hoosiers across the state.
While the planning and development of the new park will take time and concerted community efforts the name is already decided: Thomas Marcuccilli Nature Park. Its addition fulfills several goals and recommendations outlined in CCPR’s 2020-2024 Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which includes enhancing park and recreation opportunities within the community by expanding trails and environmental education near the White River.
CCPR’s first step in developing any parkland is creating a park master plan. This document outlines all future development of the park and typically takes between nine and 12 months to finalize. During this time, CCPR will host community meetings to identify public needs and discuss park concepts. Additional information about this process will be forthcoming.
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. In addition, CCPR has partnered with Carmel Clay Schools to establish Extended School Enrichment (ESE), a before and after-school care program for K-6 students located at all eleven Carmel elementary schools. The Summer Camp Series is a component of ESE that offers 12 different summer camps accommodating children ages 5-15. For more information, visit carmelclayparks.com.