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- Over-Policing of ParksI have written before about the tendency of parks agency to go crazy on police coverage. For some reason, it has become common for parks to either a) make all park staff law enforcement officers or b) create vast law enforcement infrastructures as separate departments in parks. In many locations, this is entirely unnecessary. Worse, […] […]
- How Are Public Parks Like Universities?Glenn Reynolds is writing about colleges, but he could just as easily be writing about public parks: Full-time administrators now outnumber full-time faculty. And when times get tough, schools have a disturbing tendency to shrink faculty numbers while keeping administrators on the payroll. Teaching gets done by low-paid, nontenured adjuncts, but nobody ever […]
- PERC on Private Operation of Public ParksMy article on private operation of public parks has been published by PERC and is now up at their web site. It’s called “A Tale of Two Parks” and compares the costs of private and public operation, among a number of other issues. […]
- Government Shutdown and Privately Operated Federal ParksThe government shutdown in October was an interesting chapter in the business of private operation of public parks. For years I have said that one of the advantages of private operation of public parks is that these parks are sheltered from budget shenanigans. If the park is operating with no public money, they can’t be […] […]
- Rethinking California ParksThe Little Hoover Commission, a sort of internal consulting arm attached to the California legislature, has released a report called “Beyond Crisis: Recapturing Excellence in California’s State Park System“. I am still skimming the report. Certainly private partnerships play a role in the recommendations, but they appear to be the more tepid “private partne […]
- Using Private Operators To Short-Circuit the SequesterDerrick Crandall has an article recently on ways the NPS can survive the sequester. Here is a key bit: Second, there are roles and functions that could and should be reviewed and could be transferable to private sector operations. For example, NPS directly operates most of its campgrounds while a sister federal agency, the Forest […] […]