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.|
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.|
Vol 31, No 4 (2013)
Table of Contents
|Economic Inequality, Poverty, and Park and Recreation Delivery|
|Neighborhood Income Matters: Disparities in Community Recreation Facilities, Amenities, and Programs|
|Thomas L. McKenzie, Jamie S. Moody, Jordan A. Carlson, Nanette V. Lopez, John P. Elder|
|Urban Nature Parks and Neighborhood Social Health in Portland, Oregon|
|Joshua W. R. Baur, Edwin Gómez, Joanne F. Tynon|
|Changes in Bridger Wilderness Visitors’ Experiences of Crowding and Attitudes toward Management from 1969 to 2010|
|Troy Hall, Andrea Davidson|
|Training to Teach Leave No Trace: Efficacy of Master Educator Courses|
|Maria Bromley, Jeff Marion, Troy Hall|
Programs That Work
|Dog Parks: Benefits, Conflicts, and Suggestions|
|Objective evaluation of recreational facilities: development and reliability of the Recreational Facility Audit Tool|
|Ka Yiu Lee, Duncan Macfarlane, Ester Cerin|