St. Mary’s Receives Recommendation for National Parks and Rec. Accreditation

St. Mary’s Department of Recreation and Parks receives recommendation for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association.

After three years of extensive planning and preparation, the St. Mary’s Department of Recreation and Parks has recently been recommended for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) is the only national body for park and recreation agencies. This accreditation is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. It serves as a foundation for a comprehensive management system of operational best practices. Achieving CAPRA accreditation is the best way to demonstrate that St.

According to the press release:

“This accreditation means the Recreation & Parks staff is committed to excellence and will continue to improve in all areas of facility and program management,” said Arthur Shepherd, Director of the Department of Recreation and Parks. “It further demonstrates that we meet national standards and best practices. We are delighted to be held to a high standard which ensures responsiveness in meeting the needs of the community.”

Upon accreditation approval, The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation & Parks will join just five other such agencies in Maryland and the 189 in the United States that are CAPRA accredited.

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