PARKING TURNOUTS AND REST AREAS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF STATE PARKS

BECAUSE ONLY IN RECENT YEARS HAVE MOST STATES BEGUN TO PROVIDE TURNOUTS AND REST AREAS, FULL CONSIDERATION DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO ADEQUATE CLASSIFICATION OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE DESIGN OF SUCH AREAS. NOR HAS MAINTENANCE AFTER CONSTRUCTION BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED IN SOME CASES. THE PUBLIC HAS COME TO EXPECT PROVISION FOR COMFORT, REST, AND PASSIVE RECREATION IN ITS REST AREAS. ONLY ESSENTIAL SERVICES SUCH AS TOILETS, TABLES, BENCHES, AND FIREPLACES, AND WATER SUPPLY SHOULD BE INCLUDED. ALL FACILITIES MUST BE DESIGNED FOR EASY, LOW-COST MAINTENANCE, BECAUSE MAINTENANCE BEGINS WHEN AREAS ARE OPENED TO PUBLIC USE AND NEVER ENDS. MAINTENANCE MUST BE CONSIDERED IN SELECTION AND ACQUISITION OF REST AREA SITES, IN DESIGN OF THE AREA, AND OF EACH OF ITS FACILITIES AND STRUCTURES. STATE PARKS AND ROADSIDES REST AREAS TEND TO COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER AS CLOSELY RELATED PUBLIC SERVICES. IF EITHER THE STATE PARK DIVISION OR THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT HAS THE TRAINED PERSONNEL REQUIRED FOR GOOD REST AREA DESIGN, EITHER AGENCY MAY EQUALLY WELL SELECT, DESIGN, AND OPERATE ROADSIDE REST AREAS AND FACILITIES ALONG A STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM. AS A RULE IN PAST YEARS, STATE-PARK DEPARTMENTS HAVE HAD MORE WELLTRAINED LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS THAN HAVE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 222, pp 5
  • Authors:
    • Tobey, R B
  • Publication Date: 1952

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  • Accession Number: 00205043
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 15 1971 12:00AM