Feature Article - June 2011
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State of the Industry 2011

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

By Emily Tipping


From fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2012, the largest increases in operating budgets are expected among community centers, where respondents are expecting a 12.4 percent increase to operating expenditures, and among camps at 11 percent. The lowest increases are found among health clubs, where respondents projected a 0.4 percent increase to operating budgets, and colleges, at 3.1 percent.

Overall, YMCAs reported the highest operating expenditures for fiscal 2010 at $2,008,000, 40.7 percent more than the across-the-board average. They were followed by parks at $1,614,000, 13.1 percent more. The lowest operating expenditures in 2010 were found among community centers at $923,000 and camps, at $991,000. (See Figure 12.)