Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

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

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Administrative Procedures to Achieve Managerial Policies

T HE SUPERINTENDENT of a public recreational service department is vitally concerned with carrying out the objectives for which the agency was created. The principal objective is the provision of recreational services, presumably through the planned program of activities and the full public utilization of the physical resources which constitute the public recreational system. Once this objective is defined the administrator must recognize all the administrative instruments which can be utilized to attain it. Their selection is left to the discretion and ethics of the individual administrator. Some methods are severe but achieve results swiftly. Other techniques, while time-consuming and even tedious, may produce lasting effects with a smaller amount of friction. So many variables are interposed between conformance and non- conformance with administrative policy that only the highly skilled executive will have the sensitivity to discriminate as to which methods may be most efficacious.

The adept administrator may select one procedure or another to elicit positive results from an individual or group, depending upon his own knowledge, the skill of his associates, the necessity for compliance, and the result desired. Once the superintendent recognizes the basic objec-

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