The City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department has been reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) for the third time, making it the only agency in Nevada to hold this prestigious designation and one of only 141 CAPRA accredited agencies in the United States. The announcement was made at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) annual conference held in St. Louis on Oct. 6, 2016.
“I have always believed that the City of Henderson is synonymous with parks and recreation,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “Reaccreditation is further affirmation of our commitment to improving the quality of life for all people in our community through parks and recreation programs and services.”
Through compliance with 37 fundamental and 114 non-fundamental standards of excellence, CAPRA accreditation assures policy makers, department staff, and the public that an accredited park and recreation agency has been independently evaluated against established benchmarks as delivering a high level of quality. The City of Henderson demonstrated 100 percent compliance with all 151 standards.
The process includes a preliminary application, self-assessment study and a rigorous onsite peer review performed by a CAPRA-approved visitation team. The three-member visitation team is tasked with validating the degree to which an agency meets each applicable standard and then prepares a report of its findings. The CAPRA commission then makes the decision whether or not to reaccredit.
“I was impressed with the team effort put forth by all City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department employees. Everyone we met was enthusiastic and adaptable,” said Kim Conrad, CAPRA visitation chair and director of the City of Grove City (Ohio) Parks and Recreation Department. “The reaccreditation process was well organized with plenty of evidence to meet every standard. I also appreciated the support that was clearly evident from all levels within the department, from other city departments, from city leadership, and from the public.”
City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department
First accredited: 2001
Reaccredited: 2006, 2011 & 2016