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Planning for Recreation and Parks Facilities: Predesign Process, Principles, and Strategies

Trying to define and explain planning is not an easy task. It requires accurate information, objectivity, critical thinking, and sound judgment. The purpose of this book is to provide recreation students and practitioners with a practical guide to predesign area and facility planning. It will assist in developing an appreciation for the complexities involved in planning, the relationship of planning to the overall recreation management process, and the steps needed to plan effectively.

The book is divided into six sections that systematically progress through the planning process from basic principles to goal setting, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting. Section I deals primarily with an introduction to planning principles and process that is necessary to establish a framework for planning. Sections II and III outline internal organization and external community factors and conditions that have an impact on recreation and park planning decisions. Section IV presents models and strategies to analyze and interpret multiple data sets and illustrates how this analysis assists in decision making and priority setting. Section V describes various types of recreation plans and illustrates how information and critical thinking are used to solve problems and identify the preferred course of action in a planning context. Specifically, this section introduces creative approaches to parks and recreation master plans, facility feasibility studies, open space planning, and business and strategic planning. Section VI introduces how facilities are managed and operated once they have been developed.

The book concludes by describing various planning models and the implications for facility management and operation.

Table of Contents

List of Tables; List of Figures; Preface

Section I: Planning Principles and Process
Planning Process

Section II: Internal Organizational Planning Factors
Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Policies
Supply Analysis

Section III: External Planning Factors and Conditions
Future Trends and Forecasting
Demographics and Community Profiles
Demand Analysis And Public Consultation

Section IV: Synthesis, Analysis, and Reporting Data Analysis and Interpretation

Section V: Types of Plans and Reports
Parks and Recreation Master Planning
Facility Feasibility and Development
Strategic Planning for Organizational Development
Business Planning
Open Space Planning—A Systems Approach

Section VI: Facility Operation and Maintenance
Maintenance Management Systems

About the Author; Resources and References; Appendices


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