Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

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

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Program Planning And Administration

THE PROBLEM of providing recreational experience to satisfy felt needs is one of greatest significance to the recreationist. As he gains comprehension of the problems of human behavior and human motivation, he must attempt to find activities which will provide satisfaction and stimulation to participants. The basic activities which the recreationist considers are those which have generally been found to produce positive benefits. After comparing recreational experiences, the professional includes within his own program those that appear to have worthwhile outcomes.

The experiences which take place at public recreational facilities of various kinds are known as the public recreational program. What responsibility is accepted by public recreational service agencies in relation to this program? Is their responsibility limited to the provision of facilities and to the exercise of essential control, to the protection of public property, and to the regulation of the patrons' behavior? Or is it their responsibility to assume full control of the recreational program and to permit on the public recreational facilities only activities which they have organized and promoted in accordance with certain preconceived objectives? These are two extreme viewpoints and many adherents to them can

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