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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Wheat Ridge Earns National Re-Accreditation!


Wheat Ridge continues its stay in the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. 

As part of the re-accreditation process, Wheat Ridge had to demonstrate compliance with 154 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.

“CAPRA re-accreditation demonstrates to our community that our organization and our staff provide the City of Wheat Ridge with the highest level of service. I'm so incredibly proud of the work that the Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation team put into this process, as well as the quality programs and services that they provide each and every day” said Parks and Recreation Director Karen O’Donnell. 

The process for re-accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. 

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit

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