The Dynamics of Change in Outdoor Recreation Environments- Some Equity Issues


  • Richard Schreyer
  • Richard C. Knopf


change, succession, displacement, satisfaction, recreation behavior.


Changes in patterns of participation in outdoor recreation environments may have significant impact on visitor satisfaction and may affect the kinds of recreation opportunities available. The dynamics of change, however, are among the least understood phenomena in park and recreation planning and administration. Principles of recreation behavior are used to characterize two of the most important change processes: displacement and social succession. Five types of persons are identified who are likely to be systematically discriminated against in situations of uncontrolled change. An important implication is the need for park and recreation administrators and planners to be more aware of the consequences of change, and how their actions may abet or hinder such processes.





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