Hollywood Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Receives National Accreditation
On Friday, the City of Hollywood’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts became one of only ninety-three agencies in the country currently holding National Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced in Washington, DC at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2010 Legislative Forum.
The process for becoming nationally accredited is extensive and took several years to accomplish. After the initial application, Hollywood’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts completed a detailed self-assessment report followed by a visit to the City of Hollywood by a team of experienced park and recreation professionals. Finally, a review was conducted by CAPRA and accreditation was formally conferred by the Commission.
“This accreditation is a mark of excellence for the City of Hollywood,” says City Manager Cameron Benson. “It recognizes the commitment we’ve made to assuring quality park and recreation programs and facilities for our residents and visitors.”
National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet or exceed 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 102 of the remaining standards. This stringent accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the agency is meeting national standards of best practice.
“We are honored to be one of only 93 park districts out of over 3,000 total park districts to receive this recognition and I am proud to work with such an outstanding group of parks professionals” said Director Chuck Ellis, who accepted the National Accreditation Recognition Award for the City of Hollywood’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at the accreditation hearing before the Commission earlier this morning.
The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Managers Association, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society, and the Council of State Executive Directors.
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