Financing and Acquiring Park and Recreation Resources

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Today's park and recreation agencies provide many more services, maintain substantially larger acreages of land, and experience more vandalism and crime problems than ever before. The declining availability of tax-supported revenue sources and escalating costs place park and recreation managers under intense pressure to obtain the financial resources necessary to sustain the level of service expected by clientele groups, a diverse and demanding public, and elected officials. Therefore, managers of park and recreation facilities, like their counterparts in business, must design and implement strategies to do more with less. One way to confront their fiscal challenges in the current economic climate is to take a proactive, entrepreneurial stance--transforming problems into opportunities. Crompton, an authority on the subject for over thirty years, describes in a clear, accessible manner, how today's park managers can apply both traditional and innovative methods of securing funds--highlighting the benefits and pitfalls of each. Written for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals currently in the field, the text is broad in scope yet targets practical details. It covers everything from multiple budgeting techniques to communicating the benefits of park and recreation services and positioning them effectively to secure financing. Readers will learn how to identify alternate sources of money to acquire "three factors of production": property; labor; and physical materials, facilities, and equipment, as well as skills to forge partnerships with other organizations that are well positioned to invest in park and recreation facilities and services.

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Title of related interest also from Waveland Press: Dahl-Molnar, Anatomy of a Park: The Essentials of Recreation Area Planning and Design, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577662808).

About the Author:

John L. Crompton, PhD, is a professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University and a former president of both the Academy of Park and Recreation Administration and the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE).

Considered the leading authority in his field, Professor Crompton has authored more than 300 publications. He also has traveled extensively, keynoting the Annual National Park and Recreation Conferences in Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. He's a recipient of the Outstanding Literary Award and the Outstanding Research Award from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and he received the Distinguished Colleague Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the SPRE.

In 1979, Crompton and Dennis Howard co-authored Financing, Managing and Marketing Recreation and Park Resources, which became the definitive text used in the curricula of more than 100 colleges. Since its publication, Professor Crompton has continued his research, conducting workshops around the world and gathering practical information from across North America for this book.

Professor Crompton earned his doctorate in Recreation Resources Development at Texas A&M University in 1977. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of NRPA.

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