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Excerpt — Park and Recreation Professional's Handbook With Online Resource

Definitions of leisure, play, and recreation

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.

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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.

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Rec agencies should match evaluation method to problem being studied

There are a number of evaluation models that an agency may use. The purpose of the evaluation should be of utmost consideration when choosing how to conduct an evaluation.

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Customer analysis an important part of marketing recreation services

The customer analysis part of the marketing plan is all about market research and gathering data that provide insight into who the customer is, how to segment the market, and how the customer behaves.

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Professional development in parks and recreation

Professional development encompasses numerous facilitated learning opportunities, from college degree programs to formal course work to conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice

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