CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Recreation Commission recently received re-accreditation from the National Recreation & Parks Association at an awards banquet in Atlanta, Georgia. The CRC is one of only 97 accredited Parks and Recreation Agencies in the United States.
Since 1989, the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA's) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) has recognized park and recreation departments in the U.S. for excellence in operations. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission first received accreditation in October of 2005. In November of 2011, CRC was re-accredited by the National Recreation & Parks Association. This re-accreditation is in effect for the next 5 years. There are currently only 97 accredited Parks and Recreation Agencies in the United States.
Accreditation is based on compliance with 144 standards, including 36 fundamental standards and at least 85 percent of 108 remaining standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, services, and safety. Valid for five years, accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts, regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.
CAPRA accreditation is a five-year cycle that includes three phases: development of the agency self-assessment report, the on-site visitation, and the Commission's review and decision. The on-site visitation follows the agency's development of its self-assessment report. If accreditation is granted by the Commission at its meeting following the on-site visit, the agency will develop a new self-assessment report and be revisited every five years. Within each of the four years between on-site visits, the agency submits an annual report that addresses its continued compliance with the accreditation standards.