Editorial

Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism reached elite status this week with the announcement that it hard earned accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

CAPRA’s designation carries weight nationally among the thousands of parks and recreation departments, and recognizes outstanding financial care, planning and execution of plans by accredited agencies.

In short, Cullman’s recreation system is among the top 3 percent in the nation and the only department recognized by CAPRA in Alabama.

CAPRA recognition is not, however, just a source of great pride. The local recreation department is now positioned for more access to grants to push ahead construction and programs for the community. Accreditation at the national level is a green light of confidence for agencies that award grants.

For local residents, CAPRA’s thorough examination of the Cullman operation means that financial planning and responsibility are top-notch, backed by the fact that many programs have been established from re-envisioning parks to expanding programs wanted by the community.

The team at Cullman’s parks and recreation department, under the leadership of Nathan Anderson, have enjoyed tremendous support from Mayor Woody Jacobs and the Cullman City Council.

The program has long been strong and widely recognized, but commitments and vision have taken it to the top.

Expanding to promote the arts, a variety of health lifestyles and plenty of first-class facilities have been rewarding for local residents and a tremendous draw for visitors to the area.

We extend our congratulations to the staff at parks and recreation and the supportive city leaders who have valued the importance an an extensive and innovative recreation system.

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