Rotary Plaza fountain to be refurbished


The fountain in Carmel Rotary Plaza along the Monon Trail will soon be refurbished. (Photo by Ann Marie Shambaugh)

The Carmel Clay Board of Parks and Recreation met March 13 to discuss refurbishing a fountain, security cameras, a new website and more.

What happened: The board approved a plan to refurbish the Rotary Plaza fountain.

What it means: The fountain, just north of City Center Drive along the Monon Trail, is approximately 10 years old and was not operational last year. CCPR Chief Operating Officer Michael Klitzing said the Carmel Redevelopment Commission installed the current fountain, which is not commercial grade, to replace one donated by the Rotary Club many years ago.

“The fact that we got 10 years out of it with the type of use it has means the CRC got its money out of it,” he said. “It’s time for it to be replaced, and it can’t function without the refurbishment.”

What’s next: The project is expected to be complete by mid-May. The CCPR approval did not include a project cost.


What happened: The board approved $39,697 to purchase new security cameras for the Monon Community Center.

What it means: The center has been using temporary Wi-Fi-enabled cameras to monitor key locations, but they are not integrated into the larger network of cameras and provide low-quality video and limited recording options. The new cameras will solve those problems and tie into the center’s existing network.

What’s next: Presidio will provide and install the cameras. The camera replacement – which was part of the 2018 capital improvement plan – will be funded through COIT.


What happened: The board approved $40,600 for Willow Marketing Management to begin the process of designing a new website.

What it means: CCPR’s website was designed in 2009 and 2010 and is considered dated and difficult to navigate by many. The approved funds will allow Willow to review existing needs and develop concepts for the new site. Once a plan is developed, implementation of the new site could cost as much as $250,000.

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