Fully Accredited

December 1, 2012, Department, by NRPA

CAPRA and COAPRT accreditation are some of the highest acheivements a parks and recreation agency or academic department can attain.Congratulations to the following agencies for achieving national accreditation in 2012:

CAPRA Initial Accreditations:

Town of Erie Parks and Recreation, Colorado
Visit Chair: Bob Hall
Visitors: Lisa Cherry and Dianne Marquez

Chicago Park District, Illinois
Visit Chair: Bert Neal
Visitors: Steve Waring and Michael Klitzing

Waukegan Park District, Illinois
Visit Chair: Cory Styron
Visitors: Sean Fletcher and Amber Thill

City of Clayton Parks and Recreation, Missouri
Visit Chair: Kim Elliott
Visitors: John Skeel and Sheron Wilson

Town of Kernersville Parks and Recreation, North Carolina
Visit Chair: Jim Grove
Visitors: Mary Ellen Baker and Shari Ferguson

City of Medford Parks and Recreation, Oregon
Visit Chair: Tad Nunez
Visitors: Melida McKee and Tim Barker

City of Frisco Parks and Recreation Department, Texas
Visit Chair: Bob Hall
Visitors: Marc Heirshberg and LuAnn Bryan

CAPRA Reaccreditations:

Broward County Parks and Recreation Division, Florida—15 Year
Visit Chair: Mary Henderson
Visitors: Bob Bierscheid and James Bell

City of Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Department, Florida—5 Year
Visit Chair: Bob Bierscheid
Visitors: Barbara Burkholder and Kathleen Frazier

City of Roswell Recreation and Parks, Georgia—10 Year
Visit Chair: Rod Tarullo
Visitors: Doug Cherry and Sheri Endsley

City of South Bend Parks and Recreation, Indiana—5 Year
Visit Chair: Kim Conrad
Visitors: Alicia Mentell and Chris Nunes

Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Recreation Division, Kentucky—5 Year
Visit Chair: Bob Bierscheid
Visitors: Mary Ellen Donner and Holli Browder

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, Kentucky—5 Year
Visit Chair: William Tschirhart
Visitors: Ron Lorenzo and James Worsley

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Maryland—10 Year
Visit Chair: Julie Parascondola
Visitors: Raiford Peacock and Dawn Grosdidier

City of Austin Parks and Recreation, Texas—5 Year
Visit Chair: Andre Pichly
Visitors: Jason Mangum and John Boggs

City of College Station Parks and Recreation, Texas—5 Year
Visit Chair: Seve Ghose
Visitors: Debbie Derums and Dean Bostrom

City of Renton Parks and Recreation Division, Washington—10 Year
Visit Chair: William Tschirhart
Visitors: Heidi Sims and Brenda Roosa

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. CAPRA accredits agencies that provide outstanding park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation services. If you would like to learn more about CAPRA, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.


Congratulations to the following colleges and universities for achieving COAPRT academic accreditation in 2012:  

Arkansas Tech University Recreation and Park Administration
Visit Chair: Michael Blazey
Second Visitor: Lowell Caneday

California State University Chico Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management
Visit Chair: Deb Jordan
Second Visitor: Patti Freeman

San Francisco State University Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, California
Visit Chair: Brian Hill
Second Visitor: Corey Johnson
Practitioner: Irby Brinson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Visit Chair: Edd Udd

University of Northern Iowa Division of Leisure Youth and Human Services
Visit Chair: Jean Keller

Central Michigan University Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration
Visit Chair: Maridith Janssen
Second Visitor: Susan Baptist

University of Missouri Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Visit Chair: Lowell Caneday

State University of New York at Brockport Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Visit Chair: Roger Coles
Second Visitor: Douglas Kennedy

Appalachian State University Recreation Management, North Carolina
Visit Chair: Maridith Janssen
Second Visitor: Julie Lammel

North Carolina State University Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Visit Chair: Stephen Anderson

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Recreation and Parks Management
Visit Chair: Marcia Carter
Second Visitor: Joseph Wilson
Practitioner: Valerie Beard

Bowling Green State University Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning, Ohio
Visit Chair: Edd Udd
Second Visitor: Mike Peterson

Kent State University Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management, Ohio
Visit Chair: Deb Jordan
Second Visitor: Brian Hill

Benedict College Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, South Carolina
Visit Chair: Jane Broida

Longwood University Therapeutic Recreation, Virginia
Visit Chair: Michael Blazey
Second Visitor: Ruthie Kucharewski

Western Washington University Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation
Visit Chair: Al Ellard

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the park, recreation, tourism, and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. If you would like to learn more about COAPRT, visit www.nrpa.org/COAPRT.