MCC Director Kurtis Baumgartner Recognized for Dedication

Kurtis Baumgartner, Monon Community Center Director, recently earned the Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) accreditation granted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) National Certification Board. The CPRE program recognizes advanced skills and competencies related to the professional practice and delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Baumgartner is one of 205 individuals in the country, and one of only five in the state of Indiana, to hold this certification, another individual being Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) Chief Operating Officer Michael Klitzing.

“By earning this certification, Kurtis has proven his dedication to the profession as well as to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation,” said Klitzing. “We’re proud to have another CPRE on our team who is focused on the continued success of parks and recreation in our community.”

According to NRPA, the CPRE “establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals.” In order to earn the CPRE credential, individuals must meet specific requirements for education and experience, and successfully pass an exam covering a comprehensive set of topics including communication, finance, human resources and operations and planning.

Baumgartner has 15 years of experience in the parks and recreation field. He joined CCPR in 2010, moving into his current role in 2014. He is responsible for administration, programming and total operations of the Monon Community Center, a 146,000 square-foot community center and 10-acre outdoor aquatic center.

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