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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department seeks national accreditation

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Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department Seeks National Accreditation



Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the Department has been approved to seek national accreditation with the National Recreation and Parks Association’s (NRPA) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States by providing agencies with a management system of best practices. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. 


“Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department staff is excited to be in this position to take our park system to new heights. A special thanks to the Caddo Parish Administration and our Caddo Parish Commissioners for their confidence in our department and providing the resources needed to complete this daunting task,” said Patrick Wesley, Director-Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation.


Benefits of National Accreditation:

For Caddo Parish

  • Demonstrates that the agency meets national standards of best practice.
  • Recognizes the community as a great place to live.
  • Helps secure external financial support and reduce costs for the community. 
  • Holds an agency accountable to the public and ensures responsiveness to meet their needs.
  • Ensures that all staff are providing quality customer service.


For Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department

  • Provides positive public and political recognition.
  • Proves to decision makers, stakeholders and the public that the agency is operating with the best practices of the profession.
  • Increases credibility and can improve internal and external funding.
  • Improves overall operations and increases efficiency.
  • Enhances staff teamwork and pride by engaging all staff in the process.
  • Creates an environment for regular review of operations, policies and procedures, and promotes continual improvement.


For additional information on the CAPRA Accreditation Process, visit

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