The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has earned national accreditation for its innovative parks and recreation programs and strong management from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Accreditation was earned in 2004, 2009, and 2014. M-NCPPC is one of a select few accredited park and recreation agencies in the U.S.
Accreditation includes an application process, a detailed self-assessment report, and an agency visit by a team of experienced park and recreation professionals. Finally, a review is conducted by CAPRA before accreditation is granted.
To continue accreditation, an agency must be reviewed to ensure ongoing compliance with national standards. To earn accreditation, agencies must fully meet 36 fundamental standards and at least 102 of the remaining 155 standards.