CAPRA Accreditation

Road to the Top

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accredits park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice.

Parker Parks, Recreation and Open Space joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the CAPRA and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana and reaccreditation was awarded in 2023 at the NRPA Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.

The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years.

The Parker Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department is humbled and honored to have received this distinction which will ensure the Department is serving the citizens of Parker at the highest possible level.

Benefits to the Parker Community:

  • Assurance and validation of well-administered services in accord with approved professional practices
  • Potential for external financial support and savings to the public
  • External recognition of a quality governmental service
  • Holds an agency accountable to the public and ensures responsiveness to meet their needs
  • Improves customer and quality services

Want to learn more? Visit the National Recreation and Park Association website.