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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 29, 2010

Parks & Community Services earns reaccreditation

Bellevue Parks & Community Services was reaccredited this week by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s quality of operation, management and service to the community.

"This reaccreditation is affirmation the City of Bellevue practices the highest professional standards," said Bellevue City Manager Steve Sarkozy. "The work we do is first and foremost to serve our citizens and we are proud to be recognized for excellence in providing the highest quality parks and natural areas, recreation programs and human services."

National accreditation is an extensive, multi-year process, which includes the completion of an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by experienced park and recreation professionals, and a final assessment by the agency and Commission. The reaccreditation announcement was made during the NRPA 2010 Congress & Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn. Bellevue has been CAPRA accredited since 2005, and is one of only 90 accredited parks agencies in the United States.  

"Bellevue Parks & Community Services has demonstrated its commitment to providing park and recreation programming at the highest standards, and contributing to the health and wellness of its community," said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. 

Bellevue Parks & Community Services is dedicated to providing a healthy community through an integrated system of exceptional parks, open spaces, recreation, cultural and human services. Bellevue is often called a "City in a Park" and its approximately 3,000-acre park system includes Bellevue Downtown Park, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Bellevue Botanical Garden and Mercer Slough Nature Park. The system's Lake to Lake Trail connects these and other spectacular parks, from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish.

For more information visit the NRPA website; or visit the Bellevue Parks & Community Services website.

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450 110th Ave NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Victoria Hollerbach
Phone: 425-452-6850
E-mail: vhollerbach@bellevuewa.gov

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