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Feature Article - June 2017

State of the INDUSTRY

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

By Emily Tipping


As was the case in 2016, respondents from Ys, parks and schools were the most likely to report that they had partnered with outside organizations, while those from health clubs were the least likely to form partnerships. Some 99.2 percent of Y respondents, 94.7 percent of park respondents and 88.8 percent of school respondents said they had formed partnerships, compared with 71.6 percent of health clubs. (See Figure 9.)


Respondents from Ys were the most likely to partner with many of the potential partners explored in the survey. They were the most likely to partner with local schools (87.6 percent of Y respondents had partnered with local schools), nonprofit organizations (75.2 percent), corporate and local businesses (63.6 percent), health care and medical facilities (63.6 percent), other Ys (55.4 percent), and the military (35.5 percent).

Respondents from parks were the most likely to report that they had partnered with local government, with 69.6 percent of park respondents reporting they had formed such partnerships. Colleges and universities were the most likely to report that they had partnered with other colleges and universities (57.8 percent). Respondents from schools were the most likely to report that they had partnered with state government (49.4 percent) or the federal government (32.9 percent). Finally, respondents from health clubs were the most likely to report that they had partnered with other health clubs (6.8 percent).

When it comes to the age groups primarily served by their facilities, most respondents report that they reach all ages. (See Figure 10.) Some 40.1 percent of respondents said their facilities are meant for an all-ages audience. Nearly one-fifth (19.1 percent) said that they primarily reach children between the ages of 4 and 12. Some 17.2 percent said adults from 19 to 64 years old are their main audience. Smaller numbers named college students (10.9 percent), teens between 13 and 18 (9.4 percent), seniors 65 and older (2.8 percent) or infants and toddlers (0.5 percent) as the primary audience they served.


Looking at the primary audience served by specific facility types, it is unsurprising that certain types of facilities are more likely to serve specific audiences than others. Ys were the most likely to report that they serve an all-ages audience. Some 58.2 percent of Y respondents said this was their primary audience. They were followed by park respondents (53 percent) and community centers (50.4 percent). Respondents from colleges were the least likely to serve all ages, with just 6 percent indicating that this was their primary audience.

Children ages 4 to 12 were most likely to be the primary audience for camp respondents, 37.7 percent of whom said they primarily reach children. They were followed by parks (26.8 percent) and Ys (20.5 percent). Unsurprisingly, no health club respondents said they primarily reached an audience between 4 and 12 years old.

Adults between 19 and 64 years old were most likely to be the primary audience for health club respondents, with 57.9 percent of these respondents indicating they primarily reach adults. They were followed, though not closely, by community centers (22 percent) and Ys (18 percent). Schools, obviously, were the least likely to serve adults as their primary audience.

College students were most likely to be the primary audience for colleges and universities, 83.8 percent of whom said this was their main audience. School respondents were the most likely to say that teens were their primary audience, with 52.9 percent indicating they mainly reach teens. Finally, seniors were more likely to be the primary audience for health clubs than for other facility types, with 9.2 percent of health club respondents indicating they mainly reach seniors. Infants and toddlers were unlikely to be the main audience for any facility type, though a handful of respondents, including some from Ys, parks, community centers and schools said that they mainly served infants and toddlers.

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