City of Tampa Parks & Rec Receives Reaccreditation and Awards
The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department received reaccreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies last week at the National Recreation and Park Association 2016 Best of the Best Ceremony. In 2011, the City of Tampa became the 100th agency to receive CAPRA accreditation from the commission.
The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department also received an award for the 2016 Excellence in Innovative Programming. The award highlighted two of NRPA’s three pillars of impacting communities, Tree-Mendous Tampa Free Tree Program (Conservation) and Tampa’s Stay & Play Program (Social Equity).
This past summer, over 21,000 teens visited our community centers and pools from 6pm-12pm to participate in various activities and leagues. Over the last three years the Tree-Mendous Tampa program has planted close to 3,000 trees, helping to renew the urban forest of Tampa and provided sustainability to the area.
“Our city takes great pride in our Parks & Rec programming and the services they offer,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Not only is the department world class but programs such as Stay & Play not only offer a safe haven from the streets and a sense of security for those working parents who know their kids are in good hands.
“The Tree-mendous Tampa program has transformed a once bland urban landscape to a lush and vibrant green canvass that’s revitalized our city.”
Parks & Recreation Director, Greg Bayor added, “We are very proud of the National Recreation and Parks Association recognizing Tampa’s outstanding Parks and Recreation Staff and their positive impact in our communities.”