Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA) is the official publication of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The Academy is an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of park and recreation administration. The Journal was established by the Academy to bridge the gap between research and practice for administration, educators, consultants, and researchers.

One of the leading journals in the park and recreation industry, JPRA was launched in 1983 to encourage scholarly research and the advancement of knowledge for best management practices and delivery services. JPRA provides a forum for the analysis of management and organization of the delivery of park, recreation, and leisure services. JPRA will publish distinguished original manuscripts that will accomplish the following:

  • move theoretical management concepts forward in the field of park and recreation administration

  • provide clear implications of theory and research for problem solving and action in park and recreation organizations.

JPRA is published four times (online and print) a year by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and Sagamore-Venture Publishing.

  • JPRA is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
  • Citations from the ESCI are included in the citation counts - Journal Citation Reports.
  • JPRA is discoverable via Web of Science with an identical indexing process to any other indexed journal, with full citation counts, author information and other enrichment.
  • Articles in ESCI-indexed journals are included in an author’s h-index calculation, and in analysis conducted on Web of Science data or related products, such as InCites.
  • JPRA is indexed with EBSCOhost® under the following databases: Academic Search CompleteTM, Hospitality & Tourism IndexTM, and SPORTDiscus.

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JPRA Online First

Online first papers can be accessed through the Online First link found on this page.

These articles have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Each paper has a DOI number and publication year that can be used for citations.

The Online First version will be changed upon assignment to a specific issue.



Call for Papers: Innovative Methodologies in Park and Recreation Management


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Posted: 2019-05-15
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Vol 37, No 2 (2019)

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Table of Contents

Regular Papers

Lindsay B. Johnson, Michael S. Spanbauer, Patrick Button
William L. Rice, B. Derrick Taff, Peter Newman, Zachary D. Miller, Ashley L. D'Antonio, Jenna T. Baker, Christopher Monz, Jennifer N. Newton, Katherine Y. Zipp
Amelia B. Romo, B. Derrick Taff, Ben Lawhon, Deonne VanderWoude, Peter Newman, Alan Graefe, Forrest Schwartz
Ronald E. McCarville, David William Drewery
Brooke N. Burk, Amy DiRenzo, Rachelle H. Fuller
Chung-Shing Chan, Yumeng Liu, Ching Yeung Li

Programs That Work

Andrew Lacanienta, Mat D. Duerden

Research Notes

Jason A. Matney, William S. Slocumb, Jordan W. Smith, Peter Bonsall, Stacy K. Supak
William L. Rice, J. Tom Mueller, Alan R. Graefe, B. Derrick Taff

Lessons from the Legends

Daniel Dustin, Kelly Bricker, Keri Schwab, Matthew T.J. Brownlee
Keri Schwab, Daniel Dustin, Matthew T.J. Brownlee, Kelly Bricker