RPM: Community Recreation Management

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Welcome to Community Recreation Management. Electives in this area of the Recreation and Park Management Concentration focus on the skills needed for working with public recreation and park agencies at the city, county, regional and state levels (e.g., city or county Department of Parks and Recreation), special districts (e.g., East Bay Regional Park District) and/or non-profit agencies (e.g., after-school programs, programs for seniors, summer camps, etc.). Students may take coursework in Funding Leisure Organizations, Campus Recreation, Grant-writing for Leisure Organizations, and Non-profit Leadership.

In addition to the RPM core courses (see the university catalog), courses for students interested in Community Recreation Management may include:

  • RPTA   33 - Race, Class, Gender and Leisure (GE Area D2)
  • RPTA 107 - Grant Writing for Leisure Organizations
  • RPTA 128 – Recreation Services for Diverse, Underserved and Underrepresented Populations
  • RPTA 132 - Campus Recreation
  • RPTA 137 - Community Organization
  • RPTA 154 - Recreation Facility Management
  • RPTA 164 – Leadership and Fundraising for Non-profit Organizations
  • RPTA 165 - Volunteer Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • RPTA 196A - MWR: Military Recreation
  • RPTA 196B Youth Development in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Please note that these electives are typically offered only once a year in either the spring or fall semester. Supportive courses (electives) can be freely exchanged between electives in Community Recreation Management; Park and Recreation Resource Management; and Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

RPTA 100 and RPTA 122 cannot count towards the major.


Recreation and Park Management requires 600 hours of pre-internship and a 400 hour internship. Students in Community Recreation Management often focus on non-profit opportunities. The Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation has numerous opportunities, ranging from programming to facility management. Other non-profit agencies such as the YMCA make excellent internship choices.


For more information on Community Recreation Management, please contact Dr. Dana Kivel or Dr. Beth Erickson.

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Military Recreation Course

Students in the Military Recreation course take a well-deserved break by playing paint ball. The course uses on-site field trips to military bases such as Fallon Naval Air Station, to teach students how to run recreation and tourism services for the US military and their families.