"Recreation & Sport Planning & Design"

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"RECREATION & SPORT PLANNING & DESIGN"

A review of a chapter 7: Coastal Recreation Planning and Design.

Jim Daly South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport

Reviewed by Antony Butcher

Land's Edge Coastal Interpretation

Gerringong, NSW.

This is the second edition of this title by Jim DaIy. The chapter under review is a new chapter, focusing on the coast. This "provides guidelines to assist planners, government policy makers and developers to meet the increasing demand for recreation facilities and services and at the same time preserve the coastal environment."

For anyone interested in this environment as a study area for students, field trips, Outdoor Education camp destination, or simply for personal interest as one of the majority of Australians who live along our 30,170km of coastline, this chapter might be of some interest. It covers thoroughly all aspects of coastal planning with regard to recreation. It includes topics on Economic Impact of Coastal Recreation, Aims of Coastal Recreation Planning, Coastal Recreation Objectives and Principles, Planning Process for Coastal Recreation, Integrated Planning, Siting and Design Guidelines for Built Facilities plus Planning and Design Guidelines for Specific Coastal Recreation Facilities and finally Coastal Activities: Recreation and Sport.

A strong point of the chapter is that, "an underlying theme that recreation can be a good environmental citizen by using planning practises that emphases cooperation and not confrontation." This theme is reiterated throughout the chapter and most of the recommendations suggest, "wherever possible, natural features and coastal scenery should be retained within the recreation zone".

A second area of note is that the chapter provides several examples of management practices that have been successful elsewhere. A Canadian example suggests, "Canadians have found that in the past, the development of government-formulated recreational zone management plans have met with little success because these plans were not community driven."

However, the chapter makes little or no mention of education programs that could assist the planners and government policy makers with their objectives. …

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