The city of Glendale’s Parks and Recreation Department has joined an elite group of parks and recreation agencies across the country by earning reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operations, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.
Accreditation provides numerous benefits to Glendale Parks and Recreation and demonstrates that the agency meets or exceeds national standards of best practice, including:
As part of the accreditation process, Glendale Parks and Recreation demonstrated compliance with 154 recognized standards and documented all policies and procedures.
The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained parks and recreation industry professionals that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s visitations were held virtually.
Once accredited, the department must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and will undergo the review process again in five years.
The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Leisure Sciences, the Armed Forces Recreation Network, and the Council of State Executive Directors.