Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Double Jeopardy or Another Unique Opportunity?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Double Jeopardy or Another Unique Opportunity?

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The advent of the Los Angeles riots has increased the ambiguity surrounding fee-based park and recreation services. Many park and recreation managers are just arriving at a perception of their values/position with the marriage of leisure and business. Many have recently begun to integrate the idea of an entrepreneurialship-business approach or profit motive on the standards of professional practice of parks and recreation. Ironically, just as managers have begun to combine business practices into their mode of operation, the pendulum is venturing to swing toward social, humanistic and altruistic concerns. While interest is a contributing factor, demands for services resulting from current social conditions plaguing our cities (homelessness, child-care, drug abuse and at-risks youth) are paramount causes. The magnitude of such demands is enough to wonder what's going on-double jeopardy or another unique opportunity?

As a profession, are we being forced to social reform, the nature of our history? Should we be proactive and accept the reality that current social conditions are pleading our attention? Should we wait for the federal government to once again intervene; or has the government already failed us? Should we become the catalyst in empowering people to address their own personal issues? As Thomas Jefferson stated, "If things need to be changed, we need to change them."

After all, the Berlin wall came down as a result of the people mobilizing themselves. Certainly, we can generate programs to positively affect children and address youth issues (child-care, drug prevention, gangs, suicide). Additionally, we can concurrently act as catalysts in related social problems concerning the family, racism, homelessness and other issues.

The current and seemingly endless series of budget revisions, cutbacks, and other difficulties represent but a reflection of the national climate. …

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