RECR 4180 Planning and Design of Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services

Planning and Design of Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services

University of North Texas

Recreation 4180, Spring Semester 1998

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Room 218 - PEB

Instructor: John R. Collins, jr.


Office Hours: 210-Q PEB
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
or by Appointment: 565-3422


Americans with Disabilities Compliance

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. The designated liaison of the Department is Dr. Chwee Lye Chng, Physical Education building, Room 209, 565-2651. Copies of the Department of KHPR ADA Compliance Document are available in the Chair’s Office, Physical Education Building, Room 209. Copies of the College of Education ADA Compliance Document are available in the Dean’s Office, Matthews Hall, Room 214. The student has the responsibility of informing the course instructor of any disabling conditions that will require modifications and avoid discrimination.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Students have the right to expect their grades will be kept confidential. During this class it may be necessary for you to pass your assignments forward to the instructor or it may be necessary for the instructor to call your name and then return graded material to you by passing it across the room. The instructor, under the reasonable assumption guidelines, assumes students are collecting only their own materials. Every attempt will be made to keep your information confidential. Your signature indicates that you understand and agree to pass materials to and from the instructor via other students. Should you choose not to sign, you will have to personally meet with the instructor to submit and receive assigned material. Neither your course grades nor grades for any assignment will be posted in a way that could result in your being identified by other students or faculty members.

E-mail Accounts

Each student needs to obtain an E-mail account by going to the Computing Center in the Information Science Building (ISB), Room 119, between 7 am to 7 pm, Monday-Friday. Apply for free access and in about three days your account information will be available with a Student ID. Information on computer lab sites and operating hours is also available at this office. You can purchase software to access your E-mail for $2.00/disk on the bottom floor of the UNT Bookstore. I will expect a E-mail message from you by Wednesday, January 28, 1998. Utilize this form of communication to correspond with me regarding course material or any other pertinent matter.


The purpose of this course is to equip the students with the basic knowledge and abilities necessary to plan, develop, and maintain a variety of park and recreation areas and facilities. Students will be introduced to the principles and practices related to the planning, design, management, and evaluation of various recreation areas and facilities with respect to design and fiscal development, feasibility analysis, contracts and bids, liability, hazards, risks, and safety.

Required Readings

(1) Flynn, R.B. 1993. Facility Planning for Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics. Reston, VA: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

(2) Molnar, D.J. and Rutledge, A.J. 1992. Anatomy of a Park. 2nd. edition, Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.

Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the students will be able to:

1. Become familiar with the process of master planning.

2. understand the use of various resources in the planning and design of areas and facilities to facilitate the leisure experience;

3. understand the procedures for planning leisure areas and facilities in relation to program and participant needs;

4. understand the planning and design criteria for areas and facilities in relation to program, participant, and operations requirements;

5. examine the role of public relations related to marketing and developing design plans;

Course Evaluation (percent)

30% Examination I

30% Quizzes I and II (15 % each)

25% Assignment 1 - Group Project (20%) and Presentation (5%)

15% Participation (contribution, attitude, preparedness)

Grading Assignments

A = 100-90 Excellent - Indicates exceptional achievement. Discussed relationships thoroughly, relates evidence supporting or refuting viewpoints of text.

B = 89-80 Good - Indicates extensive achievement. Discussed relationships and viewpoints requested. Use of course material is obvious.

C = 79-70 Satisfactory - Indicates acceptable achievement. Answered all questions, etc. Use of course material is apparent.

D = 69-60 Fair - Indicates minimal achievement. Responded inconsistently. Use of course material not obvious.

F = 59-00 Unsatisfactory - Indicates inadequate achievement. Did not, in general, meet the assignment criteria or did not complete the assignment.

NOTE: The grading scale represents a preliminary cutoff between grades, with the final determination dependent upon the overall class performance.

Class Policies

The course will be governed by all policies described in the Faculty Handbook, the Student Guidebook, and the Undergraduate Catalog of the University of North Texas.

Make-up exams will not be given. Students with scheduling difficulties must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the exam. Valid proof of any accepted absence must be provided within 7 days after returning to class to be credited accordingly. Assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval will be subjected to a full grade reduction for each 24 hours beyond the due date. Assignments must be typed and follow a consistent style (a word processor software program is recommended). Professional "quality" for each of the assignments is the standard. A deduction in grading will occur for sloppiness, grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors. All examinations are to be returned to the instructor before leaving the classroom.

Course Calendar

The assigned readings will prepare you for the material to be presented in the lectures. It is expected that you will have Read This Material Before Coming To Class. Please bring the syllabus to class each session to record any changes in topic or assignment.

Tues, 1-20  Overview, Requirements, Structure, Policies, and Assignments  
Thur, 1-22 Trends in Facility Design (1)  Chapter 9
Tues, 1-27 Facility Planning Process (1) Chapter 1
Thur, 1-29  Facility Planning Process (continued)  
Tues, 2-3 Indoor Facilities (1) Chapter 2
Thur, 2-5 Indoor Facilities (continued)  
Tues, 2-10 Large Indoor Sports and Recreation Facilities (1) Chapter 5
Thur, 2-12  Large Indoor Sports and Recreation Facilities (continued)  
Tues, 2-17  Swimming Pools and Natatoria (1) Chapter 4
Thur, 2-19 Swimming Pools and Natatoria (continued)  
Tues, 2-24  PEB Pool Tour Lecture  
Thur, 2-26 Aquatic Parks Lecture  
Tues, 3-3 Ancillary Areas (1) Chapter 6
Thur, 3-5 Ancillary Areas (continued)  
Tues, 3-10 Examination I Review  
Thur, 3-12  EXAMINATION I  
Tues, 3-17 SPRING BREAK  
Thur, 3-19 SPRING BREAK  

Tues, 3-24 Examination I Results - Outdoor Facilities and Areas Lecture

Thur, 3-26 Current Outdoor Recreation User Trends Lecture

Tues, 3-31 Past and Present (2) Chapter 1

Thur, 4-2 Past and Present (continued)

Tues, 4-7 Umbrella Considerations (2) Chapters 2

Thur, 4-9 Review Quiz I and Aesthetic Considerations (2) Chapters 3

Tues, 4-14 QUIZ I and Aesthetic Considerations (continued)

Thur, 4-16 Functional Considerations (2) Chapter 4

Tues, 4-21 Plan Interpretation (2) Chapter 5

Thur, 4-23 Site Design (2) Chapter 6

Tues, 4-28 Plan Evaluation (2) Chapter 7

Thur, 4-30 Site Visit - Eureka Playground Lecture

Tues, 5-5 Group Presentations

Thur, 5-7 Quiz II Review and wrap-up presentations

Tues, 5-12 QUIZ II 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NOTE: The schedule on this page is tentative and could be subject to change.









Planning and Design of Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services
Recreation 4180, Spring Semester 1998
Group Project and Presentation


As a group, you are to select a specific feature that is being considered as part of a new recreation facility (instructor approval is required before the topic is assured) and consider yourselves the sub-committee that will investigate this feature in-depth.

Your group in-depth investigation must include:

  • all options/choices related to the topic
  • all prices associated with each option
  • prices must include installation and yearly maintenance costs
  • features related to each option
  • pro’s and con’s for each option
  • a fact sheet summarizing the different costs
  • a fact sheet summarizing the pro’s and con’s for all options
  • tables and figures are highly expected
  • scanned pictures of the various options are a MUST
  • in other words, your investigation should provide us the planning committee with an informative education regarding this feature, and provide us with adequate information to make a sound judgement about which option to select
  • this investigation will culminate with a research report that will not be more than 15 pages in length, excluding title page and references
  • you must keep a tract of all the sources you use to collect this information and provide it as a reference list at the end of the report
  • a minimum of eight (8) sources is expected
  • the report is to be double spaced with one inch margins all around, and 12 point font, all in APA style format
  • the reports will be collected: Thursday, April 30, 1998 at the beginning of class (11:00 a.m.)
  • all group presentations will be conducted on Tuesday, May 5, 1998