On March 29, 2012, the City of Renton renewed its status as one of only two cities in the state of Washington to achieve national accreditation of its Community Services Department. This honor was conferred by the National Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and announced in Washington D.C. by the National Park and Recreation Association. There are only 99 Parks and Recreation agencies accredited in the United States.
“This recognition is for achieving the gold standard for quality parks and recreation,” said Mayor Denis Law. “This is a testament to the professionalism, innovation and creativity of all the employees within Community Services Department.”
National accreditation through CAPRA is an extensive multi-year process, which includes the completion of an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by a committee of experienced park and recreation professionals, and a final assessment completed by the agency and the commission. Accreditation requires agencies to respond to 144 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations, including financial management, planning, human resources, programs and services, facility and land management, public safety, risk management, and research and evaluation.
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.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.