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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 3 (2014)

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Table of Contents

Regular Papers

“I Didn’t Want to Look Stupid”: Exploring the Impact of an All-Women Leisure Education Class PDF
Denise M. Anderson, Brianna S. Clark, Kate E. Evans, Dorothy L. Schmalz
Visitor Services Staff Perceptions of Strategies to Encourage Diversity at Two Urban National Parks PDF
David C. Santucci, Myron F. Floyd, Jason N. Bocarro, Karla A. Henderson
Computer Simulation Modeling to Determine Trailhead Quotas for Overnight Wilderness Visitor Use PDF
Robert Van Kirk, Steven Martin, Kai Ross, Mark Douglas
Quantifying Accessibility of Nonmotorized Transportation Modes in Recreational Areas: Case Study of Mill Creek Canyon, Utah PDF
Ivana Tasic, Anusha Musunuru, Richard J. Porter

Programs That Work

Fun, Activities, and Social Context: Leveraging Key Elements of Recreation Programs to Foster Self-Regulation in Youth PDF
Cass Morgan, Jim Sibthorp, Mary Sara Wells
Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth at Summer Camp PDF
Ann Gillard, Erin E. Buzuvis, M. Deborah Bialeschki
Effects of the Get Youth Moving (GYM) Intervention on Health-Related Fitness and Behaviors PDF
Kristie Sanders, J.P. Barfield, Kathy Hodge, Isaiah Phillips, Alesondra Pino

ISSN: 0735-1968