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

General Survey Results


More than two-thirds of the respondents (67.1 percent) work for public organizations. This includes parks and recreation departments, as well as other government entities like forest preserves, city government, public works and more, in addition to schools and school districts, military installations and public universities. The next largest group of respondents work for private nonprofit organizations. These include such facilities as YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs, Boys & Girls Clubs and many more. Another 13.5 percent of respondents work for private for-profit organizations like health clubs and corporate recreation centers. (See Figure 3.)


Many types of facilities were represented by survey respondents.

The largest number (41.2 percent) of survey respondents represent parks and recreation departments and local publicly-owned community recreation or sports centers. Colleges and universities represent nearly 17 percent of the respondents, while schools and school districts made up a little more than 11 percent. YMCAs and health clubs made up nearly 9 percent of the respondents. More specific information on each of these four constituencies can be found in special sections on the pages that follow. (See Parks & Recreation Departments, Colleges and Universities, Schools and School Districts and YMCAs and Health Clubs.) Because well over half of the facilities included aquatic options-from indoor swimming pools to outdoor splash play areas, pools and waterparks, we report on aquatic trends throuought the issue.

The next largest group of survey respondents (6.7 percent) work for camps and camping facilities, including campgrounds, private camps, youth camps and RV parks. Resorts and resort hotels, as well as private and corporate recreation and sports centers, each make up 2.8 percent of survey respondents. The remainder of respondents work for military installations (2.6 percent), golf clubs or country clubs (2 percent), waterparks, theme parks and amusement parks (1.1 percent), ice rinks (0.7 percent), racquet or tennis clubs (0.5 percent), and stadiums, arenas and tracks (0.4 percent). (See Figure 4.) Another 2.5 percent of respondents work for facilities that are not so easily classified, including several ski areas, senior centers, churches, environmental learning centers, adventure and challenge course facilities and one yacht club.


In the managed recreation, sports and fitness market, partnerships often form across organizational boundaries-whether it's to increase funding potential or to improve programming options. Most of the survey respondents (85.8 percent) have found one way or another to partner with other organizations to accomplish their missions. Only 14.2 percent of respondents do not partner at all.