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Town of Cary Earns National Reaccreditation in Parks and Recreation

Post Date:10/31/2013
Cary is one of only 119 agencies to be nationally accredited in the country

CARY, NC – The Town of Cary’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department renewed its status as the only agency in Wake County and only one of 119 agencies in the United States to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The process for accreditation involves self-assessments, a formal application, a site visit and a hearing with the commission. Cary met 100 percent of the 144 standards established by the CAPRA to evaluate agencies in such areas as Resource Management, Land Use Planning, Program and Services Management, Evaluation and Research; an agency must comply with at least 36 fundamental standards and 85 percent of the remaining 108 standards to be granted accreditation. Cary’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department first received the accreditation in 2003, earned reaccreditation in 2008, and must be revisited every five years to ensure compliance.

“I’m very proud and appreciative of our staff and volunteers who make this level of service and recognition possible,” said Town Manager Ben Shivar.

“Earning reaccreditation is a true testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality of parks, facilities and programs for the benefit of our community,” said Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Doug McRainey.   

The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Managers Association, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society, and the Council of State Executive Directors.

Within North Carolina, the Commission previously granted accreditation status to Mecklenburg County, the Town of Kernsersville, and the cities of Durham, Greensboro, Salisbury and Asheville.

The award was presented to Cary earlier this month in Houston, Texas at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition. 

In addition to its Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the Town of Cary’s Fire and Police Departments are also nationally accredited. Learn more about the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department at

Doug McRainey, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director, (919) 469-4066
Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4240
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908

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