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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: October 4, 2019

Plano Parks and Recreation marks 25 years of national accreditation


On Sept. 27, 2019, at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, Plano Parks and Recreation was officially reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with 151 rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, programs, resources, safety and services.  Plano Parks and Recreation was found to have met all 151.

Plano Parks and Recreation became a charter member of CAPRA in October 1994, being one of only eight agencies to be accredited that first year. The Department has since been reaccredited in 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019, and is one of only five recreation agencies nationwide that have maintained their accreditation status for 25 years.

CAPRA recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. To become reaccredited, the Department went through a year-long application process, followed by a three-day assessment by a CAPRA visitation team. The team reviewed and verified all documentation, observed operations, toured parks and facilities, and visited with staff and city administration. The CAPRA visitation team applauded the Department for its experienced and professional staff and their passion for what they do, as well as for the Department’s vision and transparency. CAPRA also commended the Department for its effective communication methods, both internally and with the public, as well as for its thought out policies and plans, such as the Parks Master Plan that was approved by the Plano City Council in 2018.

Plano’s parks and recreation system features include:

  • Five recreation centers
  • Nine pools
  • 85 park sites
  • 80 miles of paved walking and bike trails
  • Two nature preserves that total over 1,000 acres
  • World-class athletic facilities
  • Tree City USA recognition since 1989

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