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Denton Parks and Recreation Attains Prestigious National Accreditation

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DENTON, TX – October 12, 2023 – The City of Denton’s Parks and Recreation Department has been honored with national accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The announcement was made by City Manager Sara Hensley at the annual NRPA conference in Dallas, marking a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to providing top-tier park and recreation services.

The accreditation signifies the department’s adherence to the established standards of excellence in the operation, management, and service delivery to the Denton community. Gary Packan, the Parks and Recreation Director, expressed his appreciation for the team’s dedication and the community’s support in achieving this esteemed recognition.

The rigorous process to attain CAPRA accreditation encompasses a comprehensive review of 154 standards across ten core areas including planning, organization and administration, human resources, financial management, programs and services management, and others. The City of Denton’s Parks and Recreation Department underwent a meticulous application process, self-assessments, and a site evaluation to secure this accreditation.

City Manager Sara Hensley lauded the Parks and Recreation staff for their unwavering commitment to quality and excellence, highlighting that the accreditation underscores the city’s pledge to offer diverse and high-standard services to all residents. This achievement places the Parks and Recreation Department in the esteemed company of other nationally accredited city agencies, including the Denton Police Department, Denton Public Library, and the Denton Fire Department.

The CAPRA accreditation is a testament to the city’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of life for Denton residents through exceptional recreational services and facilities. The accolade also reiterates the city’s resolve to uphold operational excellence, ensuring that Denton’s parks and recreation services remain at the forefront of national standards. Residents can look forward to continued enhancements and innovations in the city’s parks and recreational offerings, bolstered by the national recognition.

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