Hollywood Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation For Another Five Years
HOLLYWOOD - The City of Hollywood’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts continues to be among an elite group of parks and recreation agencies across the country that have earned national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was recently awarded during the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 reaccreditation process, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heightens areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
The process for reaccreditation 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 reaccreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an Annual Report and is reviewed again in five years.
The City of Hollywood maintains approximately 785 acres of park and open space and the park system is comprised 62 parks and facilities including 46 playgrounds, 11 community centers, one tennis center, one community pool, three golf courses and six athletic facilities, including baseball, softball, football and soccer fields.
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 more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.