The City of Wichita’s Park & Recreation department was recognized during today’s City Council meeting for receiving national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, or CAPRA. The accreditation is based on the department’s compliance with 151 national standards, meaning the department has met the required standards to provide ongoing quality programs, services and facilities to residents.
Wichita Park & Recreation is one of 150 accredited agencies out of 8,000 parks and recreation departments. The department was recognized late last year during the National Park and Recreation Conference in St. Louis. To achieve accreditation, department staffers thoroughly reviewed every aspect of ongoing operations for process of evaluation and improvement.
“Our staff put a great deal of work into this and the department has seen evidence that the assessment has positively affected operations,” said Troy Houtman, the Director of Wichita Park & Recreation. “We now have a better understanding of our organization, our needs and the needs of the citizens of Wichita.”
Wichita Park & Recreation manages 130 parks, eight recreation centers, nine swimming pools, 52 athletic fields, five golf courses, seven interactive fountains, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs and 2,407 acres of rights-of-way. For more information visit Wichita.gov, and on Facebook at City of Wichita Park & Recreation