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Miami-Dade Parks earns National Park and Recreation re-accreditation

Accredited since 1995, the Parks Department continues to be among 90 elite agencies to receive this prestigious award

MIAMI (September 21, 2015)

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has announced that the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) this year. This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Currently serving a residential population of nearly 2.4 million people, Miami-Dade Parks was the first and only municipal park system its size to be honored with the accreditation recognition it originally received from CAPRA in 1995.

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, Miami-Dade Parks 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.

“I applaud the Parks Department for achieving the re-accreditation from CAPRA. Recognition such as this is a testament to their great work in enhancing Miami-Dade County’s livability and visitor appeal,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“This distinction reflects Miami-Dade Parks’ long-time commitment to providing quality recreational opportunities that support better health and wellness for all. We are proud to once again receive this honor from the national and statewide leaders of the park and recreation industry,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.

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.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, 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.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.