Medford Parks and Recreation Receives National Accreditation
CAPRA Certification Culminates Lengthy Process
Nearly three years of preparation was rewarded October 16, 2012, when
the Medford Parks and Recreation Department gained national accreditation from the
Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
The City of Medford is only the second parks and recreation agency in Oregon and just the
125th in the country to earn the prestigious distinction.
CAPRA accreditation assures the general public, policy makers and taxpayers that MPRD
delivers a high level of quality and operates in accordance with industry standards of
“This is a tremendous achievement for the City of Medford and an outstanding
accomplishment for the department,” Parks and Recreation Director Brian Sjothun said.
“Our community will greatly benefit from this time-consuming, comprehensive accreditation
CAPRA certification is valid for five years. In order to apply or re-apply for accreditation,
agencies must complete a comprehensive self-assessment covering 144 topics that
demonstrates compliance with CAPRA standards, which is analyzed by a panel of academic
and industry experts.
The benefits of going through the CAPRA certification process are:
· Formalization of operational procedures.
· Creation or discovery of operational efficiencies.
· Sharpening of the department’s focus on how to address community needs.
· Augmentation of funding solicitation and justification.
For parks and recreation employees, the CAPRA preparation and accreditation improves
staff training and education processes, establishes clear expectations and increases
awareness of the divisional and overall efforts.
“Our staff has been magnificent throughout the certification process,” Sjothun said. “We’ve
also received tremendous support and buy-in from the Parks and Recreation Commission,
the City Council and the City Manager.”
Medford joins Hillsboro as Oregon’s CAPRA-certified parks and recreation agencies.
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