Meet Carrie Meyer, the newest addition to the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County Board of Directors. Carrie is the marketing and community relations director for Hendricks Regional Health—and boy does she love parks! In fact, her family’s move to Plainfield, IN, in 2018 was largely influenced by the accessibility to beautiful parks and trails in Hendricks County.

“I have a son [Grant] with special needs, and access to walking trails and the Carlucci Recreation Center is very important for his overall well-being, and that of our whole family,” said Carrie. “Grant loves to walk, and when the weather isn’t good, we are able to take him to the track at the Rec Center. He is a man on a mission to walk his 10 laps because the next thing on his schedule is snack time. I can totally relate!”

Parks and trails play a critical role in the overall well-being of the entire county. Carrie describes them as “the heart of our community.” She sees parks as a place not only of inspiration but a resource to help us stay centered and focus on our mental and physical health.

“Many different studies have shown us that spending time in parks actually reduces stress and improves our mental health and happiness,” shared Carried. “I am not even sure pizza can do that! That’s pretty powerful stuff.”

A strong advocate for the parks, Carrie encourages her neighbors in Hendricks County to get involved by both donating and enjoying all the parks have to offer. When asked what she enjoys most about supporting PFOHC, Carrie shared this sentiment: “Donating to PFOHC is like donating to the BFF of your favorite place – your local park or trail. PFOHC makes being outdoors in our community fun. We help create incredible experiences for everyone. Few organizations can impact every single person in our community. PFOHC can. That’s the best part of donating to PFOHC. We help make parks and trails even better, so you can enjoy them. Everybody needs and deserves a BFF and hype girl. For our parks and trails, PFOHC is exactly that.”

As an avid runner and newer cyclist, Carrie enjoys spending time on the Vandalia Trail, biking with her husband, Mike—but she has a soft spot for Hummel Park, where she took her kids, Grant, Avery and Lily, to play when they were younger. Recently, the Meyers added a Bernedoodle puppy, Archie, to their family and look forward to taking him on more outdoor adventures this spring and summer.

Carrie has a passion for adventure and health. Her family loves visiting zoos and traveling. This May, they are going to Disney for the first time, thanks to Hendricks Regional Health’s Making Wishes Come True associate appreciation initiative. She is very involved in community service and is currently on the 2023 Indianapolis Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Committee.

We are elated to have Carrie join the PFOHC Board of Directors. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for parks, trails and the Hendricks County community is sure to make a lasting impact.