Awards & Recognition

CAPRA acceptance

CAPRA Accredited!

The City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department earned its place among the nation’s top parks and recreation agencies in September 2022 with its accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  The department demonstrated 100% compliance with the 154 standards on which accreditation iCAPRA-2022-Badge-Webs based.

Why Accreditation?   

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.

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?  

Benefits for the public: 

  • Assurance and validation of well-administered services in accord with approved  professional practices
  • Potential for external financial support and savings to the public
  • External recognition of a quality governmental service
  • Holds an agency 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
  • Formal Accreditation Application & Self-Assessment  

The agency undertakes a self-assessment study. This is the key phase because it engages  the entire agency -- employees, volunteers, citizen boards and committees -- in assessing  the agency's effectiveness and efficiency. The agency has 24 months from the date of the preliminary application to submit their completed self-assessment workbook. National accreditation requires  park and recreation agencies to respond to 151 standards representing elements of effective and  efficient park and recreation operations.

Accreditation Process    

Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with the 154 standards for national accreditation.  To achieve accreditation, an agency must comply with all 37 Fundamental Standards and 103 of 114 Non-Fundamental Standards.  Upon reaccreditation,108 Non-Fundamental Standards need to be met.  

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Southeast Events and Festival Association Kaleidoscope Awards:

  • 2019 First Place for Best Event T-shirt: Clarksville Downtown Market
  • 2019 Second Place for Best Event Sponsor: Seasons Market sponsor of the Clarksville Downtown Market
  • 2018 Silver Award for Best Festival over $75,000 for Riverfest
  • 2018 Bronze Award for Best Photograph: Dining Downtown for the Farm to Table Dinner

Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Awards:

  • 2020 Best Renovated Facility with a Budget under $500k for our work with the Billy Dunlop Park Pavilion through TN Recreation and Parks Assn. 

PickTN Association of Farmers Markets Awards:

  • 2019 First Place for Best Market Brochure
  • 2019 Second Place for Best Market T-shirt
  • 2018 Third Place for Best Promotional Item

Green Certification:

  • 2020 Best Overall Small Green Certified Organization. 
  • 2020 Outstanding Efforts in Land Use with the Green Certification Program.
  • 2021 the Department received a status of “Platinum” from the Clarksville-Montgomery County (CMC) Green Certification Program for its efforts in creating a healthier, environmentally friendly workplace. The Department recieved Bronze status in 2016, and Gold in 2018.


  • 2020 Gold Star Status in the Safe Stars program. This program recognizes youth sports leagues in TN for providing the highest levels of safety for the participants.
  • National Recreation and Park Association Premier Member Organization
  • Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Member Organization
Green Certification Gold