Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. David Lemberg

Second Advisor

Dr. C. Scott Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. James Lewis


Rec. planning, park management, Portage Michigan, park amenities, visitor response

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


For years, Ramona Park has been a summer destination spot for residents of the City of Portage. With beach access as well as picnic areas and playground structures, Ramona Park has offered visitors a place to beat the summer heat. This thesis looks at what priorities visitors have for potential future developments in the park. Park visitors were surveyed during the summer months of May, June, July, and August of 2014 to see what should be included in future developments of the park, and the potential impacts of those improvements on future park usage. Initial findings indicated that visitors are likely to increase spending on parking permits if new amenities are added.