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National Accreditation

St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks Earns National Accreditation

A seal indicating CAPRA accreditation. Reads 'Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies - CAPRA Accredited'.

Mark of distinction recognizes commitment to highest level of service to the community

St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning 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 2022 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 accreditation process, St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks 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.

National Accreditation is a highlight for our department and recognizes the hard work and commitment of our staff. We look forward to the rigor of accreditation that insures accountability and high standards for our citizens and community.

Arthur Shepherd, Director

St. Mary's County Recreation & Parks
301-475-4200 ext. 1800
Director: Arthur Shepherd