An Introduction to Park Management, 4th Ed.
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The fourth edition of An Introduction to Park Management is intended for 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.
Part I provides an overview of parks and park management. Historical aspects of the development of parks are reviewed and detailed.
Part II specifically addresses the multitude of park administrative functions, such as organizational structures, park policies, laws and risk management, funding, personnel, and concludes with maintenance and safety concerns.
Part III provides information on resource planning and management of the resources through citizen involvement, planning, facilities, and environmental management issues.
Part IV is an overview of visitor use issues and protection of parks. Topics include visitor conflicts, vandalism, law enforcement, fire management, interpretation, and visitor management services.
Finally, Part V provides a broad overview and examples of sustainable practices in park management, including tools such as ROS, LAC, and VERP and possible solutions to the numerous challenges that park managers must address.
It is our belief that sustainable management practices and planning practices designed with environmental management and visitor management are the keys to successful park operations.
Similar to the 3rd edition, the 4th edition utilizes where applicable the practical and sage advice of Grant W. Sharpe, Charles H. Odegaard, and Wenonah Finch Sharpe in the earlier editions of this book.
We have retained the essence of the material, and the broad topics that those authors provided as a framework for park management.
Readers will note that some references are older. We retained references that have historical significance and have been overlooked in the current literature, which are included at the end of each chapter under “General References.”
Some of these ideas are currently accepted as common knowledge; however, we all can benefit from understanding the origin of ideas that have influenced park management.
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Part I: Introduction
1 An Overview of Park Management
Part II: Management of Parks
2 Organizational Structure
3 Park Management Policies
4 Recreation Law and Risk Management
5 Funding and Budgetary Issues
6 Personnel Management
7 Maintenance and Safety
Part III: Resource Planning and Management
8 Citizen Participation and Involvement
9 Planning, Acquisition, and Development of Parks
10 Park Facilities
11 Environmental Management Issues
Part IV: Visitor Use Issues and Protection of Parks
12 User Conflict Management
14 Law Enforcement
15 Fire Management
17 Visitor Services
Part V: Sustainable Practices for Parks