MOORESVILLE, NC – The Town’s Parks & Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The announcement was made during the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.
As part of the accreditation process, the department had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
“This accreditation serves as our commitment to the citizens of Mooresville to provide quality programs and facilities,” said Parks & Recreation Director Pam Reidy. “The process and results will ensure a high level of accountability throughout the department, and facilitate effective delivery of parks and recreation services.”
The process for accreditation involved 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.
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