Recreation as Social and Economic Force
Incressing Opportunity and Need for Recreation
Emergence of recreation as a major element in the national life is one of the striking developments of the 20th century. With more leisure, higher wages, and greater mobility, Americans have devoted a greatly increased share of their time and money to relaxation and diversion. Parallel with this change has come the recognition of recreation as a social service and the assumption by government of a share of responsibility for making recreational facilities available.
Community recreation has followed a course somewhat similar to that of public education, developing from small programs for children of the poor to large programs for people of all social, economic, and age groups. Opportunities for recreation are now being provided ...