Feature Article - June 2010
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What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

As expected, given the general breakdown of Recreation Management's audience, the greatest number of respondents were from parks and recreation departments and similar organizations, like park districts. Nearly two-fifths (39.5 percent) of respondents indicated they worked for park agencies, a slight drop from last year's 40.3 percent. (See Figure 4.)

Most other numbers also remained virtually unchanged from last year, with slightly more of the response in 2010 coming from colleges and universities (15.3 percent in 2010 vs. 13.2 percent in 2009); schools and school districts (10.6 percent vs. 7.2 percent); and community recreation and sports centers (8.1 percent vs. 7.5 percent).

In addition to park agencies, some other areas also saw a slight decrease in representation. YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys and Girls Clubs (referred to throughout the report as "YMCAs" made up 4.1 percent of this year's responses, compared with 5.1 percent last year. Likewise, there were slightly fewer responses from campgrounds, RV parks, youth camps and private camps (6.1 percent vs. 7.1 percent); and waterparks, amusement parks and theme parks (1.5 percent vs. 2.2 percent).

For more detailed information on specific facility types, you can turn to the sections throughout this report. For parks and recreation, click here; for colleges and universities, click here; for schools and school districts, click here; for sports, health and fitness clubs (referred to throughout the report as "health clubs"), click here; for YMCAs, click here; and for community or private recreation and sports centers, click here.