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Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Earns National Accreditation - Department becomes one of only 155 accredited agencies nationwide

Release date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431

NOVI, Mich., October 7, 2016 –The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has announced that the City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has achieved accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. The accomplishment was awarded during the NRPA annual conference in St. Louis. Novi Parks joins one of four accredited agencies in Michigan and one of 155 nationwide.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s quality of operations, management and customer service. Achieving accreditation is a multi-year process which includes demonstrated compliance in the areas of planning; administration; human resources; financial management; facility and land use; public safety, risk management; and research and evaluation. Accreditation must be renewed every five years.

In February, three accreditation evaluators from across the country visited Novi and recommended the department for accreditation, achieving 146 out of 151 standards or 97 percent.

“It is a great accomplishment to achieve national accreditation and join the ranks of elite agencies. It demonstrates the commitment of staff to uphold the department values of excellence, environment, inclusion, innovation and integrity,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Muck. “With the breadth of requirements for accreditation, it was necessary to engage a number of City departments and their assistance was key to our successful attempt, as was the support of City leadership and City Council.”

The mission of the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is to provide exceptional park, recreational and cultural opportunities that are diverse and enhance lives. The department oversees a wide array of offerings for all ages, more than 1,200 acres of parkland, an older adult residential community, and an ice arena. The department serves more than 100,000 program users each year.

Novi Parks Representatives receiving award
(From left) Social Services Coordinator Sandy Fisher, Deputy Director Tracie Ringle, Recreation Supervisor Greg Morris, Director Jeff Muck and Recreation Supervisor Cristin Spiller.