LOGAN – The Logan Parks and Recreation Department was recently recognized for quality service to the community.
After demonstrating 151 recognized standards, the city department earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Russ Akina, Director of Logan City Parks and Recreation, and a number of city employees were in Baltimore last week to receive the award.
“It’s a big deal for us as a department,” Akina said. “It serves as a standard for our department and all the folks that work in it that we’re trying to meet the standards at the national level even though we are here in Logan, Utah.”
According to a statement from the city, 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.
“It’s a big achievement for us,” Akina added. “It by no means says that we are perfect in what we do, but it means that we hold to not just the ordinances and policies that the city has or the state has, but also at a national level.”
According to Akina, Logan is the only parks and recreation department in the state that is CAPRA accredited.
Mayor Holly Daines congratulated the City’s Parks and Recreation Department on their accomplishment.
“This is a great achievement for staff that benefits the residents we serve,” she said.
The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation, the statement outlined. 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, the statement read.
This is the second time Akina and his department have received the CAPRA award. Renewal for accreditation takes place every five years.