Feature Article - June 2017
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Programming

Looking at the specific types of programming offered according to region, the West and Northeast were the most likely to provide most of the different program options covered by the study.

Respondents from the West were more likely than those in other regions to offer: youth sports teams, mind-body balance programs like yoga and tai chi, sports tournaments and races, swimming programs, adult sports teams, programs for active older adults, aquatic exercise programs, performing arts, festivals and concerts, daycare and preschool, special needs, environmental education, nutrition and diet counseling, camping, therapeutic programs and climbing programs.

Respondents in the Northeast were more likely than those in other regions to offer: holidays and other special events, day camps and summer camps, arts and crafts, sport training, teen programs, individual sports activities like running clubs or swim clubs, trips, and water sports like canoeing and kayaking.

Respondents in the South Central region were the most likely to provide personal training, while those in the Midwest were the most likely to offer fitness programs.

Northeastern respondents were more likely than other regions to report that they had plans to add programs at their facilities over the next few years. Some 35.2 percent of respondents in the Northeast will be adding programs. They were more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: fitness programs, mind-body balance programs, environmental education, day camps and summer camps, nutrition and diet counseling, personal training, swimming programs, and therapeutic recreation programs.

Respondents in the West were second most likely to be planning to add programs, with one-third (33.3 percent) indicating they had such plans. However, there was no specific program type that was more commonly planned by Western respondents than by those in other regions.

Some 33 percent of South Atlantic respondents are planning to add programs at their facilities. They were more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: educational programs, teen programs, programs for active older adults, holidays and special events, individual sports activities, sports tournaments and races, arts and crafts, sport training, performing arts, youth sports teams, trips and special needs programs.

In the South Central region, 31.8 percent of respondents have plans to add programs, and they are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: festivals and concerts, water sports, aquatic exercise programs, daycare and preschool, and climbing programs.

Respondents in the Midwest were the least likely to be planning to add more programs at their facilities, with 29.9 percent indicating they would do so in the next few years. They were more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add camping programs at their facilities.