Press release from Parks and Recreation:
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department earns National Accreditation – again
On October 13, 2009 the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department achieved reaccreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is one of only eighty-eight park and recreation agencies in the country to currently hold national accreditation. This notable accomplishment was announced in Salt Lake City, UT at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2009 Congress and Exposition.
“We’re very proud to once again reach this distinguished level of achievement,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Al Moll. “All of our Parks’ employees should be commended for their dedication to not only maintaining this degree of excellence, but continuously striving to improve the park and recreation system. And, as always, we’re extremely grateful for the support of the Mayor and the Park Board. ”
The process of reaccreditation is extensive and took several months to accomplish. After completing the application process, the agency developed a detailed self-assessment report followed by a visit to Fort Wayne by a team of experienced park and recreation professionals. Finally, a review was conducted by CAPRA and reaccreditation was formally conferred by the Commission on October 13, 2009.
Every five years, an accredited agency must be thoroughly reviewed to ensure continued compliance with the accreditation standards that have been established by the Commission. These standards represent all areas of operation for parks and recreation departments. National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 102 of the remaining standards.
The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Managers Association, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society, and the Council of State Executive Directors.
For additional information on park and recreation agency accreditation, contact:
National Recreation and Park Association
James O’Connor, Accreditation Manager
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn VA 20148
Phone: (703) 858-2150