Orange County Parks Commissioner Richard L. Rose was recognized by the federal government for his skills in delivering parks and recreational programs and services.

County Executive Edward A. Diana congratulated him on earning the Certified Park and Recreation Executive certification from the federal government, according to a county news release Wednesday.

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"Commissioner Rose is among the first ever to earn this new certification granted by the National Certification Board in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association," the release said.

"He does a fine job for the people of Orange County, managing over 3,300 acres of parkland visited by 800,000 people annually," Diana said in the release.

To earn the CPRE certification, individuals must hold a current Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification, meet specific requirements for education and experience and successfully pass an exam covering a comprehensive set of topics including communication, finance, human resources, operations and planning.

"Professional certification is important to stay current on trends and practices in the park and recreation field," Rose said. "I look forward to continuing to use these skills to continue to improve the park facilities of Orange County."

Rose has been Orange's parks commissioner since 2008.