Feature Article - June 2007
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COMMUNITY TRENDS

Urban Centers, Suburban Growth and Rural Recreation


Increases in the numbers of people using recreation facilities are expected in all community types over the next several years. Suburban communities also were most likely to report increases in the numbers of people using their facilities. From 2005 to 2006, 68 percent of respondents in these communities saw increases in usage. By 2007 to 2008, nearly three-quarters are expecting increases in usage. Rural facilities are the least likely to expect increases in the number of people visiting their facilities. Less than 60 percent said there was an increase from 2005 to 2006. By 2007 to 2008, just under two-thirds are expecting increases. Respondents from urban facilities were more likely to report a decrease in usage for 2005 to 2006, with more than 7 percent saying they saw decreases for this year. This number falls sharply by 2007 to 2008, when more than 70 percent of urban respondents anticipate increases in the number of people using their facilities. (See Figure 33.)