Future Visions for Public Park and Recreation Agencies


  • Daniel D. McLean
  • Ruth V. Russell


Future visions, management ethics, values, decision making.


Park and recreation administrators face a future full of uncertainties. If the future is unknown, so are the opportunities for success and failure. The future may not be predictable, but an agency's preparation and response to the future can be enhanced if the agency is attuned to changing societal values and is willing to respond ethically to those value shifts. This paper identifies perceived shifting values in our culture and potential response approaches to those value shifts. An ethical-decision-making model is proposed and discussed, having been addressed with recreation and park practitioners. The article suggests that park and recreation agencies can respond to changing values in society and provide ethical responses consistent with those values.





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