Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Achieves National Agency Re-Accreditation

Friday, October 17, 2014

​(Virginia Beach, VA) – For the fourth consecutive time, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has successfully met all the requirements for national agency re-accreditation from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The 2014 CAPRA program is comprised of 144 standards which are statements of desirable programs and practices proven to lead to effective, efficient, and professional parks and recreation facilities, programs and services. To be re-accredited by the Commission for another five years, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation was required to pass at least 128 of the 144 accreditation standards. The department successfully passed all 144 accreditation standards.

“We are very pleased to have once again maintained our CAPRA accreditation status,” said Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Director Michael J. Kalvort. “The CAPRA accreditation process requires all department staff to continually evaluate the facilities, programs, and services that our department provides to the residents of our great city. All of our department staff are absolutely committed to continually enhance department operations, and we are very pleased that the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies has once again confirmed that we are among the best parks and recreation agencies in the country.”

The CAPRA accreditation program requires re-accreditation every five years in order to maintain their national accreditation status. Initially accredited by CAPRA in 1999 and re-accredited in 2004 and 2009, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation was the first parks and recreation agency in Virginia and the 19th agency in the United States to achieve accreditation. Since the national agency accreditation program was established in 1994, only 119 parks and recreation agencies throughout the country have been successful in achieving and maintaining this prestigious national accreditation.

In serving the community, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation manages 275 City park sites, almost 7,500 acres of parks and natural areas, six community recreation centers (with a seventh one under construction), therapeutic programs, inclusion services, and provides landscape management and maintenance for municipal buildings, public schools, park facilities, and designated roadways. The department is committed to providing the citizens of Virginia Beach access and opportunities to pursue healthy lifestyles.

The National Parks and Recreation Association represents both the public and a network of service providers at the national, state, and local levels. NRPA advocates for the personal, social, economic and environmental benefits of parks, open space, natural resources, and community service programs. For more information about NRPA, please visit

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up our email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at