News Flash

Home spotlight - Parks and rec

Posted on: October 10, 2022

Parks & Recreation Receives Re-Accreditation

Community Spotlight Image - CAPRA

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced that the Erie Parks & Recreation Department has received re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the NRPA’s 2022 Best of the Best Ceremony on Wednesday, September 21. 

National accreditation through CAPRA is an extensive multi-year process, which includes the completion of an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by a committee of leaders in the park and recreation profession, and a final assessment completed by the agency and CAPRA. Accreditation is valid for a period of five years. 

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 154 rigorous standards related to all areas of our operations: Administration, Planning, Organization, Human Resources, Finance, Programming, Facility and Land Use Management, Risk Management, Public Safety, and Evaluation. As a Department, we successfully demonstrated compliance with 100% of the fundamental standards and 97% of the non-fundamental standards. 

There are over 10,000 agencies in the United States who are eligible to apply for CAPRA accreditation. As of now, there are only 199 agencies who are accredited, resulting in less than 2% of all agencies with accreditation. Only ten park and recreation agencies in the State of Colorado, including Erie, are accredited.  

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit

Community Benefit of CAPRA Accreditation 

The Erie Parks & Recreation Department strives to be the best and bring our best to the community each day. Accreditation enables us to take an in-depth look at the functional capabilities within our organization while solidifying our strengths, challenges, and, most importantly, the opportunities that exist to provide the services that support our community. Accreditation is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to the community while continuing to hold ourselves to a high standard and doing our part to make Erie, Colorado the best place.  

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home spotlight - Parks and rec

Town of Erie Sesquicentennial

Posted on: January 25, 2024

Tree Raffle

Posted on: January 25, 2024
Engraved bricks lining gravel portion of path at Erie Community Park.

Commemorative Brick Program

Posted on: December 20, 2023
Cover of winter spring 2024 program guide. Photo is of Barre fitness class participants.

Winter Program Guide Available

Posted on: December 1, 2023
Erie Community Party room setup for a birthday party with balloons and table decorations setout.

Book Your Birthday Party Online

Posted on: November 1, 2023
Community Spotlight Image - Singletrack Closure Protocol

Erie Singletrack Closure Protocols

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Community Spotlight Image - Parks and Recreation Projects

Parks & Recreation Projects

Posted on: May 2, 2022
Community Spotlight Image - Encroachment

Know Your Property Line

Posted on: May 12, 2022
Community Spotlight Image - EAB

Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on: May 2, 2022