The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations. Read an overview of the CAPRA Accreditation process.
2014 Standards Review - Public Comment Open
The CAPRA standards are evaluated and reviewed every five years to ensure their clarity, relevance, and consistency.The current standards are scheduled to be reviewed and updated this year. The CAPRA Commission values your input. We are currently soliciting public input through an online survey. Responses to the online survey are due by Friday, December 20, 2013. Prior to starting the survey, please take some time to read over the proposed 2014 CAPRA Standards, as well as a chart that outlines the differences between the 2009 and 2014 standards. We appreciate your review and input.
Memos, sent following the Commission's spring and fall meetings, are
distributed to all accredited agencies, applicants, and CAPRA visitors
On February 2, 2011 NRPA launched NRPA Connect, the largest online networking platform for parks and recreation in the U.S. Within NRPA Connect there is an open discussion group for Agency Accreditation. This group is open to anyone interested in accreditation, pursuing accreditation, and for those already accredited and we encourage you to join the group. Use the group as an accreditation tool to:
- Share accreditation documents (plan, policies, procedures, etc…)
- Request examples of plan, policies, procedures
- Share lessons learned from a CAPRA visits
- Network with other agencies going through the process
- Receive updates from the NRPA accreditation staff
Benefits of Accreditation
Find out the benefits of Agency Accreditation by watching the video below.
For direct assistance, please email CAPRA@nrpa.org or phone (703) 858-2195.