An Introduction to Park Management, 3rd ed.

Click here to view a sample of the book
Dimensions:7 x 10
Format: This is the PRINT format of this title Paperback
Author(s): Samuel V. Lankford
Jill Lankford
Daniel A. Wheeler

Print web price:

List price: $89.00

Format(s) also available:



Call us for quantity discounts:
(800) 327-5557

Request Desk Copy

Email to a Friend



The third edition of An Introduction to Park Management is intended for park professionals who need a reference book and university students who may have an interest in becoming employed in the parks profession.

The book explores the responsibilities of staff and the problems and challenges associated with managing parks in the 21st century.

Particular attention is paid to the structure of park organizations, planning, decision making, and politics that ultimately influence the way parks are managed.

About the Author(s)

Samuel V. Lankford

Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration, Fresno State University.

Formerly he served as a professor and founding director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Hawaii and University of Northern Iowa.

He has a PhD with a focus in tourism planning and development and a master of urban and regional planning degree from the University of Oregon.

He holds a master of arts in recreation and park planning and a BA in geography from CSU-Chico.

He was a board member for World Leisure for six years, the president and treasurer for Hawaii and Recreation Association, and the Northern California Educator Representative for California Parks and Recreation Society.

He was recognized as a Senior Fellow for the American Leisure Academy.

Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, and Hawaii.

He has conducted planning, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.

He specializes in tourism and recreation development.

Jill Lankford

Jill K. Lankford has worked with communities in their park and recreation planning and design efforts with a particular focus on community character and development.

She has a BA and MA in landscape architecture and a masters of urban and regional planning (MURP) from the University of Oregon.

Jill has a BA in recreation administration from CSU Chico. She has held staff and leadership positions in parks and recreation.

She was the coordinator of the Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program at the University of Hawaii and the University of Northern Iowa, where she completed community development projects with students for community and regional agencies and organizations.

She has considerable experience in park and recreation master planning, open space planning, and trail planning.

Jill continues her work in Fresno, focusing on community park and recreation planning and water-wise design.

Presently, she is the coordinator of the Sustainable Park and Recreation Community Initiative (SPARCI) at Fresno State.

Daniel A. Wheeler

Daniel A. Wheeler holds a doctorate in leisure studies and services.

He has worked in the field in many positions, teaching swimming, canoeing, backpacking, and survival skills in activities courses and as camp director and river guide in Idaho and Utah, with excursions to Korea.

He has taught in theory and philosophy recreation courses and recreation marketing in several universities.

His main emphasis has been management of recreation delivery systems and the recreation experience.

Presently retired, he is beginning a recreation business on an island in the Pacific Northwest.


Related Products