Mission & Vision

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The Mission: To enhance the quality of life by providing safe and enjoyable experiences through people, programs, places, and partnerships.

To provide a comprehensive mix of high-quality parks and recreation programs, facilities, and services that contribute to a quality of life that is unparalleled in the region.

Ranks Among the Best of the Best in the Nation!

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation was reaccredited in the fall of 2020 by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Accreditation is valid for a period of five years. The self-assessment requires agencies to provide documented evidence for each of the 151 standards representing best practices of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. To earn national accreditation, agencies must fully meet all 37 fundamental standards and at least 85 percent of the remaining 114 non-fundamental standards. Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation met all fundamental standards and 100 percent of the remaining standards. Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation has been accredited through CAPRA since 2010.

CAPRA accreditation is a distinguished mark of excellence for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. The National Recreation and Park Association research team estimates that there are approximately 14,000 parks and recreation agencies nationwide, of which 1 percent, or 172, have earned national accreditation.