Frisco joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning 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 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
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. 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.
As part of the accreditation process, Frisco had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
Frisco is one of 155 accredited parks and recreation departments nationwide. Shannon Keleher, Frisco Parks and Recreation director said, “I am proud of the hard work our dedicated staff put in to achieve this goal. As a team, we take pride in the services we provide to the citizens of Frisco every day, and hope this recognition serves as a symbol to the community of our commitment to being the best that we can for them.”
The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results 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.
About Frisco Parks & Recreation
Frisco Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has been called the best place to raise a family and the best place to raise an athlete by national media. Frisco Parks & Recreation keeps pace with demand with a clear mission and vision, along with City and community support, to provide quality parks, recreation, and cultural opportunities to more than 165,000 people who make Frisco home. The department’s mission is to deliver exceptional experiences in culture, discovery, wellness and play to citizens and visitors alike, and to continually enhance the city’s livability and vibrancy. Visit FriscoFun.org for more information.
About The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.