Strategic Recreation Management is a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the fundamental principles, managerial techniques and practices in the public administration of recreational services. It covers every key facet of public management as it concerns recreational service, including organizational, operational, planning, developmental, and managerial procedures, as well as examining all the contextual factors that influence the delivery of recreation, such as political pressures, economics, social considerations, physical resources, and citizens' perception of the field and its performance.

Each chapter offers illustrative case studies from the real world of recreation management, with chapters sequenced to represent the typical day-to-day challenges and issues in recreation service. Authors Jay Shivers and Joseph Halper have many years' experience of working in the recreational sector, as educators and practitioners, and the result is a textbook that provides the perfect foundation for any degree-level course in recreation management, as well as being an indispensible reference for all professionals working in recreation service.

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PART I Planning, strategy, and policy

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PART II Establishing recreational service

chapter 6|11 pages

Development of recreational service

chapter 7|7 pages

Organizing recreational services

chapter 8|9 pages

The manager and the commission

chapter 9|10 pages

Recreational service department structure

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Part III: Management functions and responsibilities

chapter 12|15 pages

Budget management

chapter 13|8 pages

Budget types and formats

chapter 15|14 pages

Public relations and management impacts

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PART IV Primary influences on management practices

chapter 16|11 pages

Program practices

chapter 17|10 pages

Resources for a recreational service system

chapter 19|10 pages

Infrastructure and management

chapter 20|12 pages

Office and records management

chapter 21|9 pages

Evaluation of recreational service