Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park sand Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This honor places the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department in the top 1% of parks and recreation agencies in the United States.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. 


Best of Haywood


The Waynesville Recreation Center was voted Best Fitness Center in Haywood County in 2020 and 2021.


Tree City

Waynesville has become a tree city by meeting four standards:

  1. Maintaining a tree board or department
  2. Having a community tree ordinance
  3. Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
  4. Celebrating Arbor Day



2018 Community Employer Award for the Western Region - Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department

NCARF is a professional organization dedicated to assisting its member organizations in the provision of services to individuals with disabilities.


Senior Friendly Certification at the Waynesville Recreation Center

In recognition of offering exceptional service to older adults and family caregivers and in meeting the certification requirements of a Senior-Friendly business by Western Carolina University School of Art and Design and Haywood Community Connections.


2018 Community Pride Award from the Haywood County Commission for a Clean County 

Presented to the Town of Waynesville for complete rebuilding of Chestnut Park and for the highly inventive addition of an "All-Abilities" playground at Recreation Park