Feature Article - June 2010
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RECREATION/SPORTS CENTERS

A Look at Trends in Community Recreation & Sports Centers


Facility Plans

More than half (57.6 percent) of community center respondents said they had plans for construction in the next three years. This construction is dominated by plans for renovations. Some 37.3 percent of community center respondents said they had plans to renovate existing facilities. More than one-quarter (26 percent) were planning additions, and 17.5 percent were planning to build new facilities. (See Figure 60.) On average, they are planning to spend $2,815,000 on these plans—36.9 percent less than the average for all facility types.

The most common features currently included in community center respondents' facilities were:

  1. Classrooms and meeting rooms (included by 66.7 percent)
  2. Fitness centers (63.1 percent)
  3. Bleachers and seating (61.9 percent)
  4. Locker rooms (61.3 percent)
  5. Exercise studio rooms (60.7 percent)
  6. Concession areas (58.9 percent)
  7. Playgrounds (58.3 percent)
  8. Indoor sports courts (56.5 percent)
  9. Outdoor sports courts (45.8 percent)
  10. Open spaces, including gardens and natural areas (44.6 percent)

More than four in 10 (40.3 percent) community center respondents said they had plans to add more features to their facilities over the next three years. The most popular additions for these respondents were:

  1. Splash play areas (planned by 26 percent of those who will add more features)
  2. Synthetic turf sports fields (23.3 percent)
  3. Park structures, such as shelters and restroom buildings (21.9 percent)
  4. Fitness centers (20.5 percent)
  5. Locker rooms (20.5 percent)
  6. Concession areas (19.2 percent)
  7. Playgrounds (17.8 percent)
  8. Exercise studio rooms (16.4 percent)
  9. Bleachers and seating (15.1 percent)
  10. Trails (13.7 percent)