Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

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Legal Foundations for
Public Recreational Service

RECREATION is part of life. As Schultz has stated: "Life is dependent upon some factors so obvious that they are not seen at all by most of us. We cannot live without food, air, and reasonably pure water, and we cannot have a full and healthy life without recreation."0001 All people everywhere engage in recreational activities -- though these activities may be vastly different as to nature, quantity, setting, and outcomes. So vital are the implications and results of recreational experience for all people that governmental attention to it is inevitable. Such attention commences with control of antisocial forms of leisure activity and extends to measures which are designed to avail all of the people the benefits of wholesome, developmental recreational experience, serving the purposes of the individual and the state.

A sovereign government, dedicated to the general welfare, cannot be oblivious of the implications of recreational experience, nor can it remain content with a negativistic position wherein it acts only when people choose to use their leisure in ways which disturb the peace, degrade the people, and interfere with peaceful pursuits of worthy recreational

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William F. Schultz Jr., Conservation Law and Administration. ( New York The Ronald Press Company, 1953), p. 3.

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