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.
National Gold Medal Winner for Excellence
Prince George’s County has the best parks and recreation agency in the country! M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County is the only six-time national Gold Medal winner for excellence in parks and recreation management in the nation. Eligible agencies must be Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accredited, meeting more than 160 standards.
In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation and its staff have won numerous other prestigious competitions.
Aquatics International Magazine’s Best Overall Commitment to Aquatics Award
Association of American Museums Award for College Park Aviation Museum publication
Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archaeology for the study, preservation and interpretation of historic resources
City Parks Alliance Frontline Park Award for Potomac River Waterfront Park
Hermes Gold Award for the Live more, play more integrated marketing campaign
Major League Baseball Play Healthy Award
MarCom Gold Award for the “Live more, play more” marketing and branding campaign
National Association of County Information Officers Excellent, Superior, Best of Category, Best in Class Awards for special projects, brochures, photography and audiovisual production
National Recreation and Park Association Excellence in Inclusion Award
National Recreation and Parks Association Excellence in Aquatics Awards
National Recreation and Parks Association Professional Award
Associated Builders and Contractors Merit Awards for Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards
Maryland Family Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, Best Museum for Families and Best Program for Pre-schoolers, College Park Aviation Museum
Maryland Preservation Award for Project Excellence for the restoration of Ridgeley Rosenwald School
Maryland Recycles Coalition Outstanding Government Leadership Award
Maryland State Arts Council Arts Program Award
Maryland State Department of Education Accreditation for Child Care Center Programs
Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee Green PLANT Award
Metropolitan Council of Governments Patrol Officer Awards
Washington Council of Governments Outstanding Efforts in Energy Resource Management Award
Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Reception Sites List, Newton White Mansion
Melwood Training Center Community Employer of the Year Award
Prince George’s County Beautification Committee Beautification Award
Prince George’s County Board of Education Mentor Program Award
Washingtonian Magazine Top 100 Sites for Weddings and Receptions (Newton White Mansion)