ERIC Number: ED322137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Pricing Public Parks and Recreation Services as a Percent of Per Capita Income: The Creation of a National Pricing Model.
Kelsey, Craig W.; Smith, S. Harold
This study of public parks and recreation agencies throughout the United States was undertaken to develop a mathematical pricing formula sensitive to local spending abilities in order to determine if a per capita pricing structure would be possible. Four hundred and seventy public parks and recreation agencies responded to a survey of fees and charges, pricing structures, resident versus nonresident pricing differences, program options and charges, employment demands, usage figures, and population and budget sizes. The data gathered make it possible to establish national, regional, and local per capita income levels; develop national average pricing structures for parks and recreation agencies; and determine a mathematical model of pricing. A per capita pricing worksheet is presented with a formula that can be applied on a national or regional basis, or be used for state comparisons. A specific zoning approach may be used to reflect the differences of income for a poverty versus an affluent area within the same community, each requiring different pricing strategies. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, VA. American Association for Leisure and Recreation.