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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. 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.

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