Calvert County recently earned National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation.
Calvert County’s Department of Parks & Recreation recently received accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This prestigious accreditation is granted to first in class parks departments nationally.
“‘Achieving CAPRA accreditation is proof of Calvert County’s commitment to providing world-class parks, facilities, and programs to our residents,’ said Board of County Commissioners President Earl F. ‘Buddy’ Hance. ‘This serves as validation that our Department of Parks & Recreation uses best practices in all operations and holds it accountable to meet the public’s needs. Congratulations to Director Shannon Nazzal and the entire Parks & Recreation team, who worked hard for this outstanding achievement'” (Press Release).
CARPA is the only national accreditation for Parks Departments and is seen as a reliable measure of department quality and community value.
Calvert County started the accreditation process in 2018, and was required to show compliance with 154 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures.
“‘The rigorous, three-year process took a tremendous effort from all Parks & Recreation staff members and this distinction marks them as the high-performing team I know them to be,’ said Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. ‘It has strengthened our team, helped identify efficiencies, and heightened areas of accountability, which translates into higher quality service to our community. Residents can be confident that they are receiving the quality of services that they deserve'” (Press Release).