Louisville Parks and Recreation has been reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). As part of the accreditation process, Louisville Parks and Recreation was required to demonstrate compliance with 154 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. This is the third time Louisville Parks and Recreation has received national accreditation since 2007 and the first time it has met or exceeded all 154 of the listed standards.
“I would like to congratulate the Parks and Recreation team on their re-accreditation and dedication to serving Louisville residents. Their work is deeply connected to our city’s core values: lifelong learning, health and compassion,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “And this recognition validates what our residents already know: Our Metro Parks and Recreation System is one of the true gems of this community.” CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for parks and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality in Related to operation, management and service to the community. This award mark indicates that an agency has met strict standards related to the management and administration of property, facilities, resources, programs, security and services.
“It is a great honor to receive recognition from peers and industry experts,” said Acting Park Director Margaret Brosko. “It requires hard work, diligence and maximum commitment from our entire team and reflects a belief that our mission – connecting people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community – is vital to Louisville and this city.” makes life a better place.”
The accreditation process includes a formal application, self-assessments and an on-site visit by a team of trained park professionals, leading to a written report and hearing with the commission that determines accreditation status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s visitations took place virtually. Once accredited, the agency must maintain the standards by submitting an annual report every five years, which is part of the overall review and accreditation process.
The commission consists of representatives from the 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 Country Manager.
For more information on CAPRA accreditation, go to www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.
About Louisville Parks and Recreation
Louisville Parks and Recreation, a state-approved parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres and operates recreation programs for residents of all ages and abilities. Since taking office in 2011, Mayor Greg Fischer has been committed to ensuring equity in parks and recreation areas, including launching the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, the ECHO (Louisville’s Engaging Children Outdoors) program and, most recently, becoming the third city in the state to initiate an equity review of all Metro-owned parks and facilities.
About the National Recreation and Park Association The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and advocating for the work of parks and recreation professionals and advocates – the catalysts for positive change in the service of equity, climate preparedness and public health and well-being. Visit www.nrpa.org for more information. For digital access to the NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, please visit www.parksandrecreation.org.