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Chapter 2, Section 9:
Parks and recreation professionals create and maintain those special outdoor public places where we gather with family and friends to enjoy natural settings. We improve these places with basic conveniences and protect them from commercial development so that they can receive visitors hospitably. Park managers are expected to preserve the beauty and balance in their preserves, yet make them conveniently accessible to all citizens. Parks and recreation is a rapidly growing field that goes far beyond the most visible jobs to embrace dozens of different activities. These fall into five broad categories: administration, explanation and interpretation of natural and cultural sites, natural resource management, research, and operations and maintenance. There are federal, tribal, state, county, city and town park systems all over the country; some are huge, others are not.
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