Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The purpose of this study was to survey the use of selected public secondary schools by the recreation commissions in rural Manitoba, to determine the amount of, or lack of, cooperative practices between the school district and the recreation commission in these communities, in regard to the commission's use of the school for community recreation.

A single group non-probability sample of all school superintendents from the rural communities in southern Manitoba, that had a recreation commission and a population of between 800 and 4000 people was employed in this study. The questionnaire method was used with a questionnaire constructed by the writer and validated in a pilot study. The scale of measurement was considered to be nominal, with the type of statistics being descriptive and non-parametric. The Chi Square Test was employed to test the significant difference between the observed and the expected responses. The level of confidence selected to test was the .05 level.

The data showed significantly that the majority of the school^ were being used to a limited extent for community recreation but a lack of established practices and policies in such areas as: contract}: forms for school usage, liabilities of the user and administrative planning seemed to be limiting the recreation commissions' use of the school. The study hypothesis was therefore accepted; the more cooperative practices between the school district and the recreation commission involving the commission's usage of the school for community recreation, the more available the school would be for recreation.

The writer recommended that these communities should require that a school official be on the recreation commission and that the school board and the recreation commission should meet periodically to plan and promote the recreational use of the school.