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Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts Department achieves prestigious recognition

The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts Department recently achieved re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies [CAPRA] – making the department one of only 153 park and recreation agencies nationwide and only one of five in the state to be so accredited.

Chesterfield achieved its first accreditation in 2011.

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 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 140 standards.

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. Accreditation is valid for a period of five years.

“Going through the CAPRA reaccreditation process assures our residents and community that we, as their parks, recreation and arts department, are working at the highest and most efficient, professional manner. Being judged by our peers from across the country assures and validates our professionalism, accountability, financial practices and customer service. This review takes a very dedicated team and lots of cooperation from all the departments in the city,” Parks, Recreation & Arts Director Tom McCarthy said.

The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association [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 American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society and the Council of State Executive Directors.

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