Recreational Use Immunity Protection for Public Entities

Authors

  • Donn L. Black
  • Patricia Farrell
  • Donald A. McIsaac

Keywords:

Liability, immunity, hazardous recreational activity, public entity, negligence, reasonable responsibility.

Abstract

Recent efforts by California park and recreation professionals have resulted in a unique recreational use immunity bill. It was enacted in 1983 by the California legislature and took effect as of January 1, 1984. Recreational immunity use is granted to public entities, but with some important limitations. The focus of the bill is on "hazardous recreational activities". The bill, known as AB 555, adds a section to California Tort Claims Act which governs public entity immunity and liability. A sound, reasonable balance appears to have been struck between personal responsibility in recreational pursuits and reasonable protection for the park user.?

Published

1984-04-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers