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Canton Leisure Services strives to provide excellent programs, facilities
Canton Leisure Services received its first accreditation in
Nationwide, nearly 200 million people use local park and recreation services annually to enhance their physical and social well-being. They seek the highest quality recreation experiences. Agency self-assessment and peer review is an excellent process for evaluating the quality of the system, which delivers these services.
What does it mean to be an "Accredited Agency"?
Many professions have an accreditation process; including, but not limited to, hospitals, universities, fire and police departments, and some non-profit organizations. To achieve accreditation, an agency must fully assess their department's policies, practices, procedures, programs
Who Administers Accreditation?
The Accreditation Program for Park and Recreation Agencies is administered by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, an independent body which is sanctioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA).
What are the benefits of becoming an accredited agency?
During the process there was extensive staff involvement, and, as a result, the department became a more cohesive unit. In addition, policies and procedures were optimized in order for the department to incorporate "best practices" in the field of parks and recreation. Staff committed to achieving the best by meeting each of the standards presented in the manual. It is a
Benefits for the public:
- Assurance and validation of well-administered services in accord with approved professional practices.
Potentialfor external financial support and savings to the public.
- External recognition of
a qualitygovernmental service.
andagency accountable to the public and ensures responsiveness to meet their needs.
- Improves customer and quality services.
Benefits for the agency:
- Public and political recognition.
- Increased efficiency and evidence of accountability Answers the question, "How are we doing" through extensive self-evaluation.
- Identifies areas for improvement by comparing an agency against national standards of best practices.
- Enhances staff teamwork and pride by engaging all staff in the process.
- Creates an environment for regular reviews of operations, policies, and procedures and promotes continual improvement.
- Forces written documentation of policies and procedures.
As a Canton resident, what does accreditation mean to me?
Formal Accreditation Application & Self-Assessment
The agency undertakes a self-assessment study. This is the key
A peer review is performed by a Commission-approved visitation team to validate the degree to which the agency meets each applicable standard. To become accredited, agencies must demonstrate their ability to meet 138 standards (out of 156), 36 of which are designated as fundamental to quality operations and are required of all agencies. The team prepares a report, to which the agency may respond.
Based upon the total review process, the Commission, at either Congress or Midyear, (1) accredits, (2) accredits with conditions, (3) defers
For more information visit the National Recreation and Park Association website.
Gold Medal Award
In 2008, Canton Leisure Services was awarded the Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park Association in class III; communities with a population 75,001-150,000.
The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.
The Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes: five classes based upon population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems in
A panel of five parks and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.
Excellence in parks and recreation is visible in many Canton Leisure Services programs and services that have been recognized for their contributions to the Canton community.
Our department has received the following awards:
mParksAward: 'Innovative Programming Award' for Canton's Teen Leadership Xperience program
mParksAward: 'Marketing Award for Best Graphic Design' for the 2016 Canton Leisure Services Annual Report.
- Representative Kristy Pagan received the '
mParksState-Elected Official Award,' as a result of a nomination submitted by Canton Leisure Services.
Canton Township and Canton Leisure Services have been fortunate to receive several grants to develop programs, facilities
Land Water Conservation Fund: LWCF
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund: MNRTF
Michigan Arts Council: MAC
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)