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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation in the field of parks and recreation. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded the Department accreditation, after undergoing a rigorous accreditation process. “Achieving accreditation has been a priority for our department for three years,” said Willis Winters, Dallas Park and Recreation Department Director. “We are honored to earn this distinction and want to express our gratitude to the Park and Recreation Board for their continued support and encouragement and to our employees for their hard work in elevating us to the top tier of departments and agencies in the nation.” CAPRA only grants accreditation to a very select number of departments that have exhibited excellence in service and operations and adherence to national best practices as demonstrated by compliance with 151 standards of excellence. Accreditation signifies that the Department utilizes national best practices in all facets of the organization from recreation programs to park maintenance standards to business operations. The accreditation process often helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community. “In March CAPRA representatives came to Dallas to conduct site visits of our parks, facilities and recreation centers,” said Winters. “They were able to see firsthand how we successfully provide service to the citizens of Dallas, how we efficiently operate as a department, and how committed we are to exceeding the highest standards in park and recreation.” Less than 2 percent of agencies in the country have attained accreditation, including 10 departments in Texas. For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.