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Commitment to Community

After a yearlong approval process including onsite inspections and peer review, the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) has awarded national accreditation to the City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Department, making Carlsbad one of 136 agencies nationwide and only four in California to have earned accreditation. The process requires extensive training, detailed documentation of policies and procedures, and enhanced teamwork in the delivery of parks and recreation services. After accreditation the city must also submit annual updates to prove ongoing complicance with standards and reaccredit every five years. Parks & Recreation Department Director Chris Hazeltine said, “This recognition is not just about our department, it’s about the commitment of our city leaders, volunteers, and community members. We truly work as a team to ensure our community has access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment.”

With nearly 50 miles of trails, 27 parks, and community events and recreation programs for all ages, the Parks & Recreation Department works to provide community gathering places and other services that strengthen families and build a strong sense of community, health and fitness opportunities, and the preservation of open space. Upcoming projects for community improvement in the City of Carlsbad include a new outdoor amphitheater, a third city dog park, a multiuse arena field, a new community garden, and a new community center. To learn more visit