The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations. Read an overview of the CAPRA Accreditation process or discover the many benefits of CAPRA Accreditation.

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department became one of only 54 park systems in the country to receive national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The announcement was made October 12th, 2004 at the National Recreation and Parks Association’s national congress. Ten years later, The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department received their 10 year Accreditation at the Best of the Best Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina at the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) 2014 Congress and Exposition.  Currently there are 135 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States.

Fort Wayne is one of only 41 Agencies that have been accredited for 10 years or more.  Fort Wayne is also the largest organization in Indiana with Bloomington, South Bend & Carmel achieving this distinction as well.

National accreditation requires parks and recreation departments to engage in a self-assessment and peer review process. Agencies must respond to over 150 standards in 10 categories that represent elements of effective and efficient operations.

View the 2014 Fort Wayne Visitation Final Report by CAPRA

CAPRA implemented its original standards in 1989 as a blend for academic and practitioner benchmarking. These professional practices have helped raise the quality of parks and recreation departments nationwide. In 2014 the Fifth Edition was released.

Accredited agencies are located throughout the United States -- from Texas to Wisconsin, and from the state of Washington to Rhode Island. For more information, visit


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