Impact of the Computer and Internet on Parks and Recreation Management

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Impact of the Computer and Internet on Parks and Recreation Management The invention of the computer and the Internet system has greatly advanced and/or changed many of the careers through out the world. Parks and Recreation Management is one of these occupations that have been able to thrive with the Internet and personal computers available today. Recreation today is becoming more and more popular due to an overall decrease in working hours. These shorten working hours leave more free time and have recently made the recreation occupation more popular. With the many national, state, and private parks in the United States, it is essential for the park systems to figure out a way to become organized and more nation-wide known due to the competition. The Internet and use of the computer became the answer to these problems. The State and National Parks System developed a database computer system that makes registration easier and faster than in the past. Instead of filling out multiple registration slips one at a time, an employee is able to type the register’s information in, and in seconds their registration slips come out neatly and accurately by computer. There is a company that takes calls for the government parks system to make reservations but recently with the discovery of the Internet, campers now are able to reserve a camping site from their own homes. This [1]park database is automatically revised every time the company, the campers, or the park rangers themselves make a reservation from the park. This keeps the state and national park system organized and more easily accessible to make reservations. With this improvement in speed and accuracy with reservations, park rangers have more time to enforce laws and regulations then being consumed with unnecessary problems in the office. Because of the increase of the populations in the state and national parks, park rangers have their hands full and cannot always be available to make reservations at the park office. This gives more face-to-face communication between park ranger and customer. Similar with other careers, the Internet has become a very useful source in Parks and Recreation Management. With their own website, the [2]national and [3]state park systems are more able to inform people about upcoming rules and regulations and new developments in different parks.

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