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Feature Article - June 2018

Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Respondents in the Northeast are more likely than those in other regions to feature: outdoor sport courts (63.5 percent include them); natural turf sports fields (57 percent); open spaces such as gardens and natural areas (54.2 percent); community gardens (24.9 percent); synthetic turf sports fields (23.8 percent); climbing walls (22 percent); childcare facilities (18.4 percent); challenge courses and ropes courses (14.1 percent); and skiing and winter recreation areas (7.6 percent).

Respondents in the Midwest are more likely than those from other regions to feature: locker rooms (64.5 percent include them); concessions (61.7 percent); indoor tracks (26.8 percent); outdoor tracks (25.6 percent); ice rinks (17.4 percent); and waterparks (14.1 percent).

Respondents from the South Atlantic region are more likely than those in other regions to include: playgrounds (63.9 percent); classrooms and meeting rooms (63.1 percent); Wi-Fi services (61.1 percent); park shelters (58 percent); park restroom structures (55.3 percent); walking and hiking trails (52.9 percent); exercise studios (51.4 percent); waterfronts and marinas (24.7 percent); golf courses (17.6 percent); nature centers (12.9 percent); and amusements (3.9 percent).

Respondents in the South Central region are more likely than other regions to include: bleachers and seating (62 percent); indoor sport courts (58.8 percent); fitness centers (58.3 percent); outdoor aquatic facilities (45.5 percent); indoor aquatic facilities (33.7 percent); disc golf courses (27.3 percent); and splash play areas (25.1 percent).

Respondents in the West are more likely than those from other regions to include: community or multipurpose centers (41.6 percent); bike trails (32 percent); skateparks (29.3 percent); dog parks (26 percent); fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment (23.7 percent); campgrounds (16.2 percent); and bike or BMX parks (11.1 percent).

Respondents from the South Central region were the most likely to report that they have plans to add more features to their facilities over the next three years. Some 51.6 percent of South Central respondents said they have such plans, up significantly from 40.4 percent in 2017. They are more likely than other regions to be planning to add: synthetic turf sports fields, fitness centers, playgrounds, dog parks, exercise studios, bike trails, Wi-Fi services, concessions, outdoor sport courts, challenge and ropes courses, waterparks, outdoor aquatic facilities, campgrounds, waterfronts and marinas, and amusements.

Nearly half (47.1 percent) of South Atlantic respondents said they have plans to add features, up from 44.8 percent in 2017. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: splash play areas, fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment, bleachers and seating, classrooms and meeting rooms, open spaces like natural areas, natural turf sports fields, indoor aquatic facilities, skateparks, community gardens, nature centers, and golf courses.

Some 44 percent of respondents in the West said they plan to add features at their facilities over the next three years, up from 42.7 percent in 2017. They are more likely than those in other regions to be adding walking and hiking trails, park shelters, park restroom structures, bike and BMX parks, childcare centers, and ice rinks.

In the Northeast, 42.8 percent of respondents plan to add features at their facilities over the next three years, up from 39.9 percent in 2017. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add disc golf courses, climbing walls, locker rooms, outdoor tracks, and skiing and winter recreation areas.

The percentage of Midwestern respondents with plans to add features at their facilities fell from 39.6 percent in 2017 to 38.1 percent in 2018. They are more likely than respondents in other regions to be planning to add indoor sport courts, community or multipurpose centers, and indoor tracks.

Programming

Looking at specific types of programming offered according to region, the Northeast and Midwest are the most likely to provide programming to visitors or members of their facilities.

Respondents in the Northeast are more likely than those in other regions to provide: day camps and summer camps; swimming programs; arts and crafts; teen programming; trips; and climbing programs.

Respondents in the Midwest are more likely than those in other regions to provide: youth sports teams; educational programs; and daycare and preschool programs.

South Atlantic respondents are more likely than those in other regions to provide: fitness programs; mind-body/balance programs like yoga and tai chi; sports tournaments and races; active older adult programming; sport-specific training like golf or tennis lessons; environmental education programs; nutrition and diet counseling; water sports such as canoeing or kayaking; and therapeutic programs.

Respondents in the South Central region are more likely than those in other regions to offer personal training.

Finally, respondents in the West are more likely than those in other regions to provide: holiday events and other special events; adult sports teams; aquatic exercise programs; individual sports activities such as running clubs; festivals and concerts; performing arts programs; special needs programming; and camping.

Respondents in the South Central region are the most likely to be planning to add programming at their facilities over the next few years, with 35.3 percent indicating they have such plans. They are more likely than respondents in other regions to add: educational programs; mind/body balance programs; teen programming; environmental education; individual sports activities; nutrition and diet counseling; arts and crafts; camping; and therapeutic programs.

Some 34.2 percent of respondents in the West are planning to add programs at their facilities. They are more likely than those in other regions to add: fitness programs; festivals and concerts; water sports like kayaking and canoeing; and climbing programs.

Just over a third (33.6 percent) of South Atlantic respondents said they have plans to add programs. They are more likely than those from other regions to add: special needs programs; adult sports teams; holiday events and other special events; youth sports teams; and personal training.

Some 29.7 percent of Northeastern respondents said they plan to add programs at their facilities. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning the addition of sports tournaments and races, aquatic exercise programs, and performing arts programs.

Respondents in the Midwest are the least likely to be planning to add programs, though nearly three in 10 (29.3 percent) said they do have such plans. They are more likely than those in other regions to add: day camps and summer camps; active older adult programs; daycare and preschool programs; swimming programs; and trips.

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