Feature Article - June 2007
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2007 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

General Survey Results


On average, facilities are planning to spend nearly $3.8 million on new facilities, additions and renovations over the next several years. That number skews much higher for some categories, with colleges and universities planning the greatest expenditures on new facilities, additions and renovations. The smallest expenditures will be made by campgrounds, private camps, youth camps and RV parks, which are planning to spend $988,523 on average. (See Figure 23.)


Interestingly, public organizations are planning to spend 125.9 percent more on their new facilities, additions and renovations than private, for-profit organizations. Public organizations are planning to spend $4,226,246 on average, while private, for-profit organizations are planning to spend $1,870,808. Falling in between the two were private nonprofit organizations, which are planning to spend $3,572,835 on average. (See Figure 24.)


Across the board, the most common amenity included in facilities of all kinds were outdoor sport courts for such sports as tennis and basketball, locker rooms, bleachers and seating, natural turf sports fields for sports like baseball, football and soccer, and concession areas. More than 60 percent of respondents said their facility included an outdoor sports court. This is impressive, given the wide range of facility types represented. More than half of respondents said their facilities included park structures (50.3 percent), indoor sports courts and gymnasiums, including racquetball courts (52.2 percent), playgrounds (54.8 percent), concession areas (55.4 percent), natural turf fields (56.5 percent), aquatic facilities (58.5 percent), bleachers and seating (59 percent) and locker rooms (59.7 percent).