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


While many respondents manage just a single facility, many others find themselves at the helm of multiple facilities. On average, respondents manage 4.2 facilities, with more than 36 percent overall managing a single facility. More than a third (34.5 percent) manage between two and five facilities, and nearly a fifth (19.9 percent) actually manage 10 or more different facilities. (See Figure 5.) Those who find themselves managing the largest number of facilities were most highly concentrated in parks and recreation departments, where 36 percent said they managed 10 or more facilities. Respondents working for YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs, as well as colleges and universities and health and fitness clubs were far more likely to manage just a single facility. Nearly 60 percent of respondents from YMCAs manage just one facility, and less than 8 percent said they manage four or more. More than 70 percent of college and university respondents said they manage between one and three facilities, and over three-quarters (76 percent) of health and fitness club respondents said they manage between one and three facilities. This compares with just over a third (34.6 percent) of parks and recreation respondents who manage three facilities or fewer. (See Figure 6.)

Partnerships are commonly formed across organizational boundaries in the recreation, fitness and sports industry. Many organizations partner to extend their reach into the community, or to build their funding potential, programming possibilities or to find creative new ways to meet the expanding needs of their user base. For example, a suburban park district lacking aquatic facilities may partner with a neighboring town's park district to offer its residents the possibility of accessing aquatic programming, or a health club might partner with a local medical center to offer an outlet for patients rehabilitating from surgery to get ability-appropriate exercise. A majority (84.6 percent) of respondents to this year's survey said their organizations had formed at least one partnership with an external organization.


Figure 6: Number of Facilities Operated/Managed, by Facility Type
OPERATES
1 FACILITY
OPERATES
2-3 FACILITIES
OPERATES
4-5 FACILITIES
OPERATES
6-9 FACILITIES
OPERATES
10 OR MORE
Parks & Recreation12.6%22.0%15.5%13.9%36.0%
College/University40.3%30.6%15.7%6.7%6.7%
Health/Fitness/Sports Clubs & Private Rec/Sports Centers55.1%20.9%7.7%3.9%12.4%
School/School District17.9%18.5%20.8%18.5%24.3%
Campground/RV Park/Youth/Private Camp73.2%11.8%2.4%1.6%11.0%
YMCA/YWCA/JCC58.8%33.3%3.5%1.8%2.6%