Tennessee State Parks Receives National Accreditation

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tennessee State Parks has been named one of only two state park systems in the country to receive accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The announcement was made official at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference in Indianapolis this week.

“Achieving this independent accreditation means Tennessee State Parks meets national standards of best practice,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

“It also acknowledges that visitors can expect the best in terms of recreation, programming and amenities when they visit any one of our 56 state parks.”

CAPRA accreditation assures park visitors, policy makers, department staff and taxpayers that a parks system has the operational capacity to deliver high-quality programs, services and facilities. There are just over 160 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States. Only one other parks system in Tennessee has received accreditation – the City of Germantown in Shelby County.

“To receive this accreditation is truly an honor,” said Anne Marshall, senior advisor to Deputy Commissioner Hill. “It reflects the commitment and dedication of our parks’ staff and the benefits available to visitors. We hope this accomplishment will set the bar for other state parks systems and encourage them to seek accreditation as well.”

Scoring is based on the adoption of efficient and effective processes, such as having an environmental sustainability policy that includes protections for natural resources; soliciting employee and visitor feedback on park management plans; proper utilization of volunteers; and the availability of high-quality programming to all visitors, including historically underserved populations.

The accreditation process includes self-evaluation, a peer review and a site visit. The CAPRA standards were developed by a special committee initiated in 1989 by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association.


Cumberland Mountain State Park
Cumberland Mountain State Park

Trout Unlimited Gifts Record Donation To Support Aquarium’s Brook Trout Restoration Work

Tennessee Aquarium Welcomes 25-Millionth Guest, Reflects On Impact

Tennessee State Museum To Explore The Art And Story In Tennessee Quilts With New Exhibition


With its white-edged fins, ruby belly and golden speckles, the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout is one of the Southeast’s most strikingly beautiful game fish. However, the impact of deforestation ... (click for more)

On Saturday the Tennessee Aquarium celebrated the passage of a major milestone with the arrival of its 25-millionth guest since opening in 1992. Amanda, Michael, Michael, Jacob, and Taylor ... (click for more)

The Tennessee State Museum’s first new exhibition since its grand opening will be “Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts.” Slated to open Feb. 8, 2019, and run through May 27, ... (click for more)


Travel

Trout Unlimited Gifts Record Donation To Support Aquarium’s Brook Trout Restoration Work

With its white-edged fins, ruby belly and golden speckles, the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout is one of the Southeast’s most strikingly beautiful game fish. However, the impact of deforestation and competition with introduced species like the Rainbow and Brown Trout has reduced Southern Appalachia’s only native trout to just 15 percent of its historic range. Thanks to ongoing ... (click for more)

Tennessee Aquarium Welcomes 25-Millionth Guest, Reflects On Impact

On Saturday the Tennessee Aquarium celebrated the passage of a major milestone with the arrival of its 25-millionth guest since opening in 1992. Amanda, Michael, Michael, Jacob, and Taylor Roe from Bristol, came to Chattanooga to visit the Tennessee Aquarium for the very first time . Ms. Roe was surprised to learn she was the aquarium’s 25-millionth guest. “We wanted to come ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Officer Who Responded To Brainerd High School Melee: "It Was Mayhem"; Student Arrested With Gun On Friday

An officer who responded to a melee inside Brainerd High School late Wednesday morning said, "It was mayhem." And on Friday a Brainerd High student was arrested for bringing a gun to school. The incident happened after school dismissed, but it was on school grounds. The student had not been to school, but was arriving for an evening class. The school's SRO and assistant principal ... (click for more)

New Pro Soccer Team Is Interested In Building Training Facility At Camp Jordan Park

The Chattanooga Red Wolves professional soccer team may be coming to East Ridge. In Thursday night’s Agenda Session of the East Ridge City Council meeting, Red Wolves owner Bob Martino told the council that he wants to enter into a public/private partnership with the city to build a practice facility near the existing Weldon Osborne Stadium in Camp Jordan Park. The facility would ... (click for more)

Opinion

Tom Caldwell Was Always A Champion For Orange Grove

Tom Caldwell was a devoted husband, father of four children and 13 grandchildren, veteran of World War II, Harvard University law school graduate, church member and outstanding corporate, tax and estate planning attorney at three of Chattanooga's leading law firms. His family, personal, legal, military, religious and civic duties are too many to list. As a member of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All right, this one is on me. I knew what I wanted to suggest in this week’s Saturday Funnies and about mid-afternoon yesterday I crafted a story I think a lot of people will like. As soon as I was done, I put the story “in the can,” which is to say I saved it, and then caught up on my phone messages and chores. A couple of hours later I went to retrieve the story and – zip! nada! ... (click for more)