The provision and administration of parks and recreational facilities at the local government level was investigated. The status of parks and recreational facilities in overseas countries is described and compared with the situation in South Africa. After defining the concepts of play, recreation and leisure it is suggested that recreation is a basic human need throughout the life cycle. As such, the provision of parks and recreation facilities by local authorities is more than just a service. Since it concerns the basic social welfare of the community, it is also a moral obligation. The types of parks and recreation facilities currently extant were reviewed and a new type of park, the people’s park, that has made its appearance in South Africa, was identified. It is concluded that there should be maximum delegation of powers from central to local government to ensure dynamic, smooth, effective and efficient administration.
|Subject 2||Public administration|
|Degree Type||Doctoral degree|