Davenport Recreation and Parks Development Continues to Press Forward
November 17, 2011 by Mark
Earlier this month the Davenport Recreation and Parks Department made local news by becoming one of 104 departments to be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). After the initial decision was made at this year’s National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) conference, the announcement was put out in record time.
Receiving this illustrious award is certainly no walk in the park. To apply for accreditation with the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies an association needs to start with a preliminary application followed by a formal application. There are applicable fees for both types of applications. After the agency has submitted its formal application, CAPRA then sends a team of evaluators over to perform a “peer review” of sorts. Assuming things have gone well at this stage, the commission will make a decision from there. If that sounds complicated, the standards that CAPRA holds associations to are also very stringent.
Due to the fact that the Recreation and Parks Department will have to renew its status every 5 years, most would think that this would be the time to take a break. Rather than taking it easy and enjoying its prestigious position, the department is instead more likely to be in need of brochure printers and other printing services as it pushes forward towards its Strategic Plan for 2020. If things keep going at this rate, the Davenport Recreation and Parks Department won’t have problems convincing the next team of CAPRA representatives that it has maintained its high standards.