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



Call for Papers: Special Issue–Sustainability and Outdoor Recreation Management on Public Lands: New Directions



• July 10, 2020: Open call for papers

• October 1, 2020: Expression of interest–abstracts due

• October 30, 2020: Response about status of work

• February 15, 2021: Submission of full papers by author(s)

• December 15, 2021: Approximate publication of special issue

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Vol 38, No 2 (2020)

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Table of Contents

Regular Papers

John L. Crompton, Sarah Nicholls
Lori Andersen Spruance, J. Mitchell Vaterlaus, Amanda Haines, Joseph Walker
Eddie Hill, Edwin Gómez
Daniel G. Clark, Benjamin Ukert, Jason Urroz, Carolyn Ward, Michelle C. Kondo
Leslie Grill, Wayde C. Morse, John Schelhas, Becky Barlow, Miriam Wyman
Ramesh Paudyal, Taylor V. Stein, Marilyn E. Swisher
Nina Fader, Eric Legg, Allison Ross

Programs That Work

Kristina R. Anderson, Oghenekaro Omodior

Research Notes

Diane Kuehn, James Gibbs, Harrison Goldspiel, Brannon Barr, Alden Sampson, Marshall Moutenot, Joshua Badding, Lilly Stradtman
Anna B. Miller, Lee K. Cerveny, Monika M. Derrien, Steven Selin, Dale J. Blahna