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Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration was founded in 1980 to advance knowledge and encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators alike.

The Academy launched the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA) in 1983 to further its goal of enhancing the practice of park administration by producing scholarly papers and conducting research. The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration has long provided a forum for management and organizational analysis of the delivery of park, recreation, and leisure services. Since its inception, JPRA has been committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. It is central to building the field’s body of knowledge and enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of park and recreation administrators.

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Call for Papers: Management Development Case Studies

The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration seeks manuscripts for the new Management Development Case Studies section.  
Posted: 2014-02-12 More...

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Human Resource Management in Parks and Recreation

Arguably the most critical asset for park and recreation agencies, human resources are the cornerstone of a competitive advantage for these agencies. Generally representing more than 60% of park and recreation agencies’ yearly operating budget, human resources put the material resources (i.e., !nancial and physical) to use and convert them into recreation programs and services. Employees guide and shape their agencies and communities in many ways, including the creation and implementation of new ideas and strategies; innovative programs, parks, and facilities; internal and external relations; decision making and problem solving; and overall leadership. Simply put, human resources are the primary drivers of the successes and, at times, challenges for park and recreation agencies.  
Posted: 2013-11-12 More...
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Vol 32, No 1 (2014): Special Issue on Leisure and Transitions over the Lifespan

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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Special Issue PDF
Laura Payne, Ramon Zabriskie
International Student Adjustment to College: Social Networks, Acculturation, and Leisure PDF
Edwin Gómez, Alfredo Urzúa, Chris R. Glass
The Impact of Camp Employment on the Workforce Development of Emerging Adults PDF
Mat D. Duerden, Peter Witt, Barry Garst, Deb Bialeshcki, Tori Schwarzlose, Kara Norton
Impact of Major Life Events on Former Athletes’ Adult Participation in Running PDF
Wing Ka Tsang, Mark E. Havitz
Articulating Meanings of Positive Adjustment to Aging through Physical Activity Participation among Older Adults PDF
Katharine Kelley, Sarah Little, Jong Seon Lee, Birendra K. C., Karla Henderson
Older Adults’ Use of SOC Strategies for Leisure Participation Following an Acute Health Event: Implications for Recreation Service Delivery PDF
Susan L. Hutchinson, Grace Warner
Exercise Practice and Compliance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults PDF
Kenneth Mobily
The Case for Leisure Education in Preparation for the Retirement Transition PDF
Douglas Alfred Kleiber, Brittany Danielle Linde

Programs That Work

Caregiving as a Life Transition: Implications for Leisure Service Providers PDF
Leandra A. Bedini, Nancy J. Gladwell


Front Matter PDF
Back Matter PDF

ISSN: 0735-1968