Up-to-date, evidence-based approach to planning community leisure and recreation programs, facilities and services is the focus of a new book by Ken Marriott, John Tower and Katie McDonald. The book, 'Community Leisure and Recreation Planning' introduces readers to key theory and best practice tools in the planning of effective leisure and recreation projects. It was a three-year project in the making, but it draws on the authors' decades of work in leisure and recreation planning, teaching and research.

The book defines planning, leisure, recreation and other key concepts and explains why a thorough planning process is essential to achieving effective outcomes. John Tower said, "Our book presents a four-phase planning model based on i) pre-planning, ii) planning research, iii) preparing a plan, and iv) implementing, monitoring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of a plan in a comprehensive and integrative approach that covers all aspects of a planning project. It provides a conceptual rationale for each component of the planning process, a detailed explanation of the tools and techniques that can be used, and extensive examples and international case study materials to demonstrate their use. The principles and techniques explained in the book are applicable at a range of community levels from small individual programs and sites to regions, states and even countries."

This is a useful text for leisure and recreation professionals involved in the design and delivery of programs, facilities and services. It is also essential for leisure and academics and students working in leisure and recreation planning, management, events, culture and sport.

Community Leisure and Recreation Planning can be ordered via Routledge

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