Defining leisure, play, and recreation provides us as leisure professionals with a strong foundation for the programs, services, and facilities that we provide. While we might disagree on the standard definition of leisure, play, or recreation, we are all concerned with providing an experience for participants.
Recreation programmers must be ready to include people of all abilities
Programmers need to be aware that some of their program participants may have disabilities that affect the delivery of programs. Inclusion services enable any participant to enjoy a program while experiencing the fewest restrictions possible.
Professional development encompasses numerous facilitated learning opportunities, from college degree programs to formal course work to conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice
The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook offers a thorough grounding in all areas of programming, leadership, operations, administration, and professionalism. It integrates foundational concepts, the latest research, and real-world examples to present readers with a complete picture of all of the skills needed for success in the field.
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Continuing education and development are of the utmost importance if you want to advance in the field. Whether you’re a graduating student or a new professional preparing for certification or a veteran practitioner looking to update your knowledge of current best practices, The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook is the one resource you will need.
The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook offers the following features:
A thorough grounding in all areas of programming, leadership, operations management, administration, and professionalism that will serve as the foundation for success in the profession
Real-world examples from a variety of commercial, nonprofit, and public-sector agencies that will help students better understand the concepts and provide professionals with fresh ideas that they can use in their own agencies
Recent research integrated into each chapter, which ensures that readers have the latest information available on each topic
An online resource with sample documents from real-world agencies, learning activities, and research assignments that assist readers in applying the information to the profession
An overview of the history and theoretical background of the profession and a discussion of ethics and professional conduct
This comprehensive resource addresses all of the essential topics that professionals must know, including program planning and evaluation, decision making, facility management, human resources, marketing, budgeting and financial planning, and policy making. Each chapter seamlessly blends foundational concepts, the latest research, and real-world examples to offer complete and current coverage of the topics in an easy-to-read format. The book presents readers with a complete picture of all of the skills needed for success in the field, making it a perfect resource for new and future professionals.
Prepare for your future in the field with The Park and Recreation Professional’s Handbook. Its straightforward explanations of key topics make it a resource that you’ll keep in your library long after you’ve earned your certification.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
History of the Field
Definitions of Leisure, Play, and Recreation
Chapter 2: Program Planning
Program Planning Process
Coordination With Other Agencies
Programming for People With Disabilities
Chapter 3: Motor Development in Recreation
Physical Activity Throughout Life
Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Recreation
Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Real World Settings
Chapter 4: Evaluation and Assessment
Models of Evaluation
Types of Data
Developing Programs From Assessment
Chapter 5: Planning
Chapter 6: Maintenance
Types of Maintenance
Maintaining Recreational Spaces
Chapter 7: Facility Management
Opening and Closing Procedures
Scheduling and Coordination
Safety and Security
Chapter 8: Budgets and Finance
Capital Project Funding
Revenues and Expenditures
Tools for Financial Management
Other Fiscal Activities
Chapter 9: Human Resources: The Hiring Process
Recruiting Potential Staff Members
Chapter 11: Marketing
Definition of Marketing
Executive Summary and Introduction
Marketing Goals and Strategies
Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Chapter 12: Policies and Decision Making
Policies, Standards, Procedures, and Rules
Policy Development Process
Chapter 13: Professional Development
Professional Development Process
Training and Development
Ethics and Morals
Code of Ethics
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
References and Resources
About the Authors
A textbook for undergraduate capstone courses in recreation; a resource for students or professionals preparing for professional certification. Also a professional reference for those working in public park and recreation agencies.
Amy R. Hurd, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University in Normal, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in recreation management, leadership, and marketing. Hurd received her PhD in leisure behavior from Indiana University in 2001. Her research interests focus on management in parks and recreation with specific regard to management competencies.
Hurd has worked in public-sector parks and recreation as a marketing director for the Champaign Park District in Champaign, Illinois. She has also served on the National Recreation and Park Association's American Park and Recreation Society board. She has coauthored Kraus’ Recreation and Lesiure in Modern Society, the Official Study Guide for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional Examination, and Leisure Services Management.
In her free time, Hurd enjoys biking, kayaking, and hiking. She lives in Normal, Illinois.
Denise M. Anderson, PhD, recevied her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Anderson is currently an associate professor in the department of parks, recreation, and tourism management at Clemson University in South Carolina, where she teaches courses in community recreation and youth development. She also serves as curriculum coordinator for community recreation, sport, and camp management and as chair of the graduate student committee. In 2008 she was named Clemson’s Outstanding Woman Faculty Member.
Anderson worked for four years at the Champaign Park District in Champaign, Illinois. She has also served on the board of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Society of Park and Recreation Educators.
Anderson lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with her husband, Dan, and her son, Hayden. She enjoys baking, hiking, and boating with her family.
Brent A. Beggs, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the recreation and park administration program at Illinois State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in facility design, management of sport and recreation agencies, research methods, and trends. Beggs earned his BS and MS in recreation from Southern Illinois University and completed his PhD in leisure behavior at Indiana University.
Before teaching at Illinois State, Beggs served as a lecturer and internship coordinator for the department of recreation, park, and tourism studies at Indiana University and worked for public recreation agencies in the states of Illinois and Missouri. He serves on multiple editorial boards and coauthored Recreation Facility Management and Mastering the JobSearch Process in Recreation and Leisure Services.
Beggs resides in Bloomington, Illinois, with his wife, Jeri, and children Brendan and Sydney. He enjoys coaching youth sports and playing golf in his free time.
Deborah A. Garrahy, PhD, has been teaching since 1986. Her professional background includes teaching elementary and adapted physical education in the public schools of Ohio and serving as a faculty member in physical education teacher education at Indiana University. Garrahy is an associate professor in the school of kinesiology and recreation at Illinois State University in Normal, specializing in physical education teacher education. She teaches courses in motor development, adapted physical education, and elementary physical education methods.
Garrahy earned her BS degree from Queens College of the City University of New York (physical education, 1985) and both her MS (adapted physical education, 1986) and PhD (curriculum and instruction, 1998) from Indiana University. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and biking.