Louisville Parks and Recreation again earns national accreditation with perfect score

September 19, 2022

Louisville Parks and Recreation has again earned accreditation through 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 had to demonstrate compliance with 154 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. This is the third time since 2007 that Louisville Parks and Recreation has received national accreditation, and the first time it’s met or exceeded all 154 of the listed standards. 

“I’d like to congratulate the Parks and Recreation team on their re-accreditation and dedication to the residents of Louisville. Their work is deeply tied to our city’s core values of lifelong learning, health and compassion,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “And this recognition confirms what our residents already know: our Metro Parks and Recreation system is one of the true jewels of this community.” 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.

“Receiving recognition from your peers and industry experts is a great honor,” said Acting Parks Director Margaret Brosko. “It requires hard work, diligence and maximum effort from our entire team and is a reflection of the belief that our mission – connecting people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community –  is vital to Louisville and makes this city a better place to live.”

The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments and a site visit by a team of trained parks professionals that results in a written report and a hearing with the commission that determines accreditation status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's visitations were held virtually. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report that is part of the overall review and accreditation process every 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.

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About Louisville Parks and Recreation

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities. Since taking office in 2011, Mayor Greg Fischer has been committed to ensuring equity in parks and recreation, including the start of the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, the Louisville’s Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO) programming and most recently, becoming the third city in the country to launch 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 not-for-profit 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 championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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