By Will LaPage
This e-book proposes solutions to the query of why parks are failing their mandate to be preserved undiminished for destiny generations. these solutions are deeply embedded in a single be aware: trust. The booklet offers a pragmatic advisor for getting ready park managers for a brand new period the place the ideals that created parks are matched by way of the ideals that steward them - an period the place offers made to unborn generations are concerns of honor, to not be brushed off by means of the bounds of technological know-how, the truth of budgets, or the inconvenience of revising administration versions. The publication bargains a brand new approach to view parks, as crucial public prone and as social resources instead of traditional assets. The publication has 19 chapters and an issue index. on hand In Print
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Most public parks are overused. Parks are an indicator of the health of communities and states. Partnerships and volunteers are a solid indicator of park health. A park without friends cannot survive. Good park use, and good park users, drive out the bad. Administrator’s purpose is to improve the quality of public use. The ultimate in park protection is an appreciative public. America needs a park ethic—and an outdoor ethic. Parks strengthen the democracy. Park stewardship is inadequate to assure park experiences.
That such thinking may be a hangover seems indisputable, particularly when we fail to ﬁnd reference to beliefs in ﬁelds of applied science such as heritage appreciation—belief being the primary justiﬁcation for the activity. The existence of a schism between science and belief is probably inevitable—science being the search for answers, and belief maintaining it has them. But, it is also regreĴable in that the two represent the intellectual and the emotional sides of our thinking— precisely the connection that interpretation tries to make between the objects being interpreted and the subjects of the interpretation.
Good park use, and good park users, drive out the bad. Administrator’s purpose is to improve the quality of public use. The ultimate in park protection is an appreciative public. America needs a park ethic—and an outdoor ethic. Parks strengthen the democracy. Park stewardship is inadequate to assure park experiences. Conﬂicts among users of parklands are increasing. Historic sites are essential components of a complete public park system. Park historic sites receive the least adequate funding of all parks.