Tampa Parks and Recreation Department Earns National Accreditation

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On November 2, 2011, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by becoming the 100th agency in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced today at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2011 Congress and Exposition.

National accreditation is an extensive multi-year process and requires significant commitment from department staff. National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 144 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 92 of the remaining standards.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for parks and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society and the Council for State Executive Directors.