The Lafayette Recreation Department is a CAPRA Certified Agency!

The Lafayette Recreation and Facilities Management, and Parks, Open Space, and Golf Departments join the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies and departments 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).

What is CAPRA Accreditation?CAPRA accreditation

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, Lafayette demonstrated compliance with 144 recognized standards and documented all policies and procedures.

Why is this beneficial for Lafayette parks and recreation users?

  • Shows our commitment to providing the highest level of ongoing service to the community
  • Assures continuous improvement for our patrons
  • Assures the community that the Lafayette Recreation Department has been independently evaluated against established benchmarks as delivering a high level of quality
  • Validates our dedication to quality

How many other agencies are accredited?

  • Only 1% of parks and recreation agencies across the nation are accredited
  • There are only 3 other agencies accredited in Colorado
  • There are only 118 agencies accredited in the country

We won the GOLD!Gold Medal Award

The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) awarded the City of Lafayette the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This award positions Lafayette as the best of the best nationwide for populations less than 30,000.

The annual Gold Medal Award program honors only five agencies in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, and professional development. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
Learn more about the award.