Community Parks and Recreation

Community Parks and Recreation - Print

An Introduction

Christopher R. Edginton
Samuel V. Lankford
Rodney B. Dieser
Christopher L. Kowalski
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Over the past 150 years, communities have focused their attention on enhancing quality of life, health and wellness, and the greening of their environments through the provision of park and recreation services and amenities.

The greening and beautification of communities as well as tying recreation services to clean economic development provide a direct connection between the work public park and recreation departments and community development.

This text asks students to consider important questions, such as:

  • What are the most important elements of a livable community?
  • In what type of community they would like to live?
  • How important are building social connections amongst family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others?
  • How are such relationships developed and sustained?
  • What types of organizations are more likely to create such opportunities for building ones social capital?
  • What agencies in the community are concerned with addressing environmental degradation and on the flipside enhancing community beautification and greening?

All of these questions point toward the importance of public parks and recreation and its community development efforts.

Community Parks & Recreation: An Introduction is organized into three major parts.

Part I focuses on the History and Philosophical Foundations of Public Parks and Recreation. The major intent of this section is to provide an underpinning to assist the student in understanding the major dimensions of public parks and recreation and its impact socially, culturally, environmentally and economically.

Part II of the book focuses on Managerial and Administrative Aspects of Park and Recreation Systems. This section of the book provides practical strategies for administrative activities, planning, marketing, budgeting, engaging the public and land acquisition.

Part III of the book is focused on The Public Sector Service Provision in Parks and Recreation. This section of the book focuses on program and service delivery including chapters dealing with programming for community recreation, youth programming, programming for adults and seniors, programming special events and community-based therapeutic recreation.

The authors of this text all share a deep interest in community, parks, and/or recreation services.

At various times in their careers, they have have served as playground leaders, recreation specialists, youth leaders, community therapeutic recreation specialists, recreation center directors, recreation supervisors and/or directors of parks and recreation.

The authors hold a strong commitment to community parks and recreation that is clearly reflected in this new text.