Feature Article - June 2008
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2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities


With the preponderance of parks and recreation organizations represented in this year's survey, it should come as no surprise that the majority (61.6 percent) of respondents represent public organizations. In addition to park districts, this group includes such entities as public schools and public school districts, universities, military installations, forest preserves, county and state departments, city government organizations other than parks departments, like public works and others, and so on.

The next largest group of respondents (17.7 percent) work for private nonprofit organizations. This includes such facilities as YMCAs, YWCAs, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Boys & Girls Clubs and others.

Finally, private, for-profit entities, including health clubs, corporate recreation centers, private recreation and sports centers, resorts and resort hotels, waterparks and amusement parks, and so forth, were represented by 12 percent of the respondents. (See Figure 3.)