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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Contact: 225-273-6439

BREC Receives Fifth National Accreditation

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) was honored last night for again earning re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was recognized at the “Best of the Best” Awards Ceremony held in Charlotte, North Carolina at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2014 Congress and Exposition. In February of 1994, BREC was one of the first four agencies in the country to receive national accreditation from CAPRA. Currently, there are approximately 10,000 park and recreation agencies in the country and BREC is one of only 135 of them to hold national accreditation.


The process of re-accreditation occurs every five years and is an extensive effort to show that the agency has adopted and implemented best practices in all phases of the organization. After completing the application process, the agency developed a detailed self-assessment report and then hosted a team of experienced park and recreation professionals who reviewed the materials, interviewed staff and community stakeholders and toured BREC facilities before making a recommendation for approval. CAPRA conducted a final review of the application, evidence of compliance and report from the visiting team before formally announcing the recognition at last night’s award ceremony.  


“This honor is the result of a lot of hard work by BREC staff to show that we are continually working with the community to create new and better facilities, improve our services and fulfill our mission to make East Baton Rouge Parish a healthier, more vibrant place to live,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “We are already looking at the requirements we’ll need to meet five years from now and will make sure we do what we need to show the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish that we are serious about taking this park system to the next level.”


Accreditation standards are established by the national Commission and represent all areas of operation for parks and recreation departments.  In 2014, national accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 144 standards representing elements of effective and efficient operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 92 of the remaining standards. BREC met all 144 standards.  


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.


For additional information on park and recreation agency accreditation, contact:

                                 National Recreation and Park Association

                                 James Garges, Accreditation Chair

                                 22377 Belmont Ridge Road

                                 Ashburn VA  20148

                                 Phone: (703) 858-2150


It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.


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