The Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Board was notified on Sept.3, 2013 of its renewed status as a nationally accredited agency from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. CAPRA accreditation assures policy makers, department staff, the general public and tax payers that an accredited park and recreation agency has been independently evaluated against established benchmarks as delivering a high level of quality.
Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with the 144 standards for national accreditation. To achieve accreditation, an agency must comply with all 36 fundamental standards, and at least 85 percent of the remaining 108 standards. The three member CAPRA assigned visitation team concluded that “all 36 fundamental standards were met and all but two of the 108 additional standards were met, an outstanding level of achievement.”
“While this is a team project involving most if not all of our full time employees, our two leaders for the project were Scott Anderson, Superintendent of Park Operations and Donna Hicks, Administrative Services Coordinator. This is a difficult and long process and the work done to achieve this designation is outstanding,” explains Tom Lovell, Administrator for Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation .
CAPRA accreditation is on a five-year cycle that includes three phases: development of the agency self-assessment report, the on-site visitation, and the Commission’s review and decision. The on-site visitation follows the agency’s development of its self-assessment report. The Commission is comprised of representatives from the NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Managers Association, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society, and the Council of State Executive Directors. The LSPR Board first achieved accreditation in 2003 then reaccredited in 2008 and now in 2013.
The official announcement will be made at the 2013 National Recreation and Park Association Congress held in October in Houston, Texas.