Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

By George Hjelte; Jay S. Shivers | Go to book overview

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Coordinating Local Agencies For Recreational Service

N ECESSITY for coordination of the work of park and recreational agencies arises out of the increasing complexity of community organization and the variety of municipal school and private services. The work of public recreational service agencies impinges upon that of community supported private agencies. Often the line of demarcation between the functions and prerogatives of each group is not clear. It is important to define the different areas of service and to integrate the activities of both groups of agencies.

Sometimes several departments and agencies contribute to the attainment of a common objective -- for example, crime prevention, public health, public housing, and public safety. A school department organizes and supervises extracurricular activities; at the same time a municipal recreational service department conducts a parallel program in the neighborhoods. Community, but not tax supported, agencies conduct programs of recreational activities for public participation which utilize the parks and other public facilities while the public agency operating the facilities conducts a somewhat similar program.

A more or less standard pattern of organization in the coordination of social planning is the Council of Social Welfare Agencies, (sometimes

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