Parks & Recreation



NRPA Gold Medal Finalist

We are proud to have been selected as a finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The final phase of judging will take place this summer and winners will be announced during the 2021 NRPA Conference, September 21-23 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff members, and elected officials. VBPR joins three other finalists in Class 1 (population 400,000+): Chicago Park District, Cleveland Metro Parks, and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Please enjoy the video we submitted with our finalist application.




CAPRA.png​​Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. CAPRA stands for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

But what does that actually mean? It means we're meeting, or exceeding, standards maintained by park and recreation leaders and strengthening the value of the programs, facilities, and experiences we provide to our community.

View the 2019 CAPRA Report


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