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County earns national parks accreditation

Post Date:09/24/2018
SARASOTA COUNTY -  Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), joining only 22 other agencies in Florida to earn the same honor. 

CAPRA provides the only national accreditation of parks and recreation agencies. The accreditation serves as a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. CAPRA accreditation indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. 

"This is a significant accomplishment for Sarasota County, and the hard working employees who serve the community every day, " said Carolyn Brown, director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. "Meeting the full range of established CAPRA benchmarks demonstrates how we help make Sarasota County the premier place to live, work and play."

The first part of the accreditation process took almost a year to complete, involved multiple staff members and produced an in-depth self-assessment report. A three-day, on-site visit by a CAPRA visitation team took place in June, and they concluded that Sarasota County had met all of the standards of for accreditation.

The culmination of the accreditation process was a hearing by CAPRA officials, who made the decision to award accreditation to Sarasota County. 

Sarasota County has 55,000 acres of park land, including beaches, trails, natural areas, athletic facilities, recreation centers and water access parks. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.