READ ABOUT THE PARKMAN by Francine Klagsbrun


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Whether ordinarily ""we speak of all these people as parkmen"" or not, the approach is productive -- of an understanding of park services and management and an appreciation of all who contribute thereto. Though brief remarks on the history and range of state and national parks conclude, the close-to-home focus is on city parks and those Who Plan Fun and Recreation (with examples of activities and advice to get a list); those Who Take Care of Trees and Other Plants (extended to the botanical garden's herbarium aide); those Who Look After Animals, and how; those Who Keep the Grounds Clean with mechanical equipment as well as a stabbing stick; and Many Other Parkmen from monument restorer to skate guard. Intrinsically, this is awareness training, to which the discussion of the organization and responsibilities of a city park department contributes. The 'friendly helper' syndrome is largely avoided though such constructs as ""big floppy-eared elephants"" aren't. Aside from the wisdom of this kind of cajolery, the only questionable aspect is the absence of photos, the 70-page presence of moss green drawings. They are, however, kinetic, expressive, remarkably varied. It's a dualpurpose introduction (indexed) with a larger perspective -- as per the observation that ""It took hundreds of years before all the people, and not just rulers, were permitted to enjoy a nation's parklands.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1971
Publisher: Watts