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Bloomington City Parks Receive National Accreditation

A recent accreditation to a city department from a national organization is bringing new resources to the community.

A recent accreditation to a city department from a national organization is bringing new resources to the community. About 100 agencies around the country have accredited parks and recreation agencies, said Mick Renneisen, Director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.

“It’s a stamp of approval, it’s something that says this agency, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, knows what they’re doing, and they do it well,” said Renneisen.

The department he oversees met all 36 required standards and recently received official notification of the accreditation. The department went through a stringent process and evaluation.

“It measures things along the lines of do you have risk management policies, personal policies,” he said. “It also measures a number of other things related to facility management and operations, and professionalism.”

The department sent out 3,000 interest surveys to Monroe County residents to help them determine areas that needed improvement.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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