Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department has been recognized as one of the elite recreation departments across the country.
The department earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore.
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for 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 that Wellington has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.
As part of the accreditation process, Wellington Parks & Recreation demonstrated compliance with 151 recognized standards and documented all policies and procedures. This process provides an opportunity for identifying efficiencies and areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments and a site visit, resulting 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.
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.
For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/capra.