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First time this has happened in the County

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 29, 2022) – For the first time in its history, Gwinnett County has joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country. The County earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park Association.

“Earning this accreditation is a mark of distinction that reasserts our commitment to providing the highest quality services to our residents,” said Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “I’m proud of our dedicated Parks and Recreation staff, who work daily to provide fun, safe and healthy recreational opportunities to nearly a million residents.”

CAPRA measures an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. The accreditation indicates an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

“CAPRA accreditation signals to our residents and stakeholders that Gwinnett Parks and Recreation is among the best of the best in our field,” said Division Director Chris Minor. “We have the best staff using the best practices to provide superior services to our residents and visitors.”

As part of the accreditation process, Gwinnett Parks and Recreation demonstrated compliance with more than 150 recognized standards and documented all policies and procedures.

This certification was awarded during the 2022 National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference this month.

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit

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