LCPR is CAPRA-accredited
The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) sets standards for national accreditation to provide an authoritative assessment tool for park and recreation agencies. Through compliance with the standards of excellence, 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.
Lee County Parks & Recreation received CAPRA Accreditation in 2001. We were one of the first 35 agencies in the nation to achieve accreditation. Reaccreditation is every five years. In 2006, 2011 and 2016, LCPR underwent the rigorous reaccreditation process and met CAPRA standards each time. We hold ourselves to very high standards here at Parks & Recreation and we are very proud of our commitment of excellence to the residents of Lee County.
What's the accreditation process?
To achieve professional agency standards accreditation, an agency must fully assess their department’s policies, practices, procedures, programs, and facilities. LCPR assesses 144 internal standards. We complete a self-assessment which is submitted to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA then assigns an expert team of park and recreation professionals to visit and evaluate our Department on those 144 standards. The team provides an objective report of findings to the CAPRA board. The board reviews the Department's self-assessment and the expert team's report.
What does our accreditation mean to you?
The process required extensive staff involvement and self/services evaluation at all levels of LCPR public service. The accreditation process resulted in a living lifecycle of self-assessment of our facilities and services. Policies, procedures and techniques are constantly reviewed and best practices are adopted across the Department. The residents of Lee County are the ultimate benefactors of this commitment to excellence, demonstrated through our high-quality facilities, programs and services.
Where can I go for more information?
LCPR Accreditation Documents
2006 Self Assessment Workbook
2011 Self Assessment Workbook
2016 Self Assessment Workbook
CAPRA - 2014 Standards - 5th Edition