Metro Parks Tacoma has received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Park and Recreation Agencies.
Tacoma was one of 135 agencies nationwide to receive the rating Best of the Best.
“This honor highlights the commitment to excellence we’ve held all along,” said Tim Reid, president of the board of park commissioners. “It’s our citizen-driven approach that makes us the Best of the Best. CAPRA has just made it official.”
Metro Parks Tacoma applied for the accreditation in 2013. The processes included submitting more than 1,400 documents and an onsite visit and inspection. After the visit in June, the commission said Tacoma met 144 standards of best practices and achieved 100 percent compliance.
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“In receiving this distinguished recognition from national experts in our field, it validates how committed we are in being the very best at what we do,” said Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma.
An informal reception to celebrate the recognition will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 before the park board’s meeting. The reception will be open to the public.