Splash Play, Dog Parks Among Top Plans for Parks

In 2022, splash play was the most commonly planned addition for parks and recreation respondents to the Industry Reportgraph survey. Some 31.6% of park respondents who were planning to add features at their facilities were planning to add splash play areas. This is up from 24.9% in 2021, and more in line with 2020’s numbers (taken prior to the pandemic), when 32.1% had such plans.

Synthetic turf was the next most commonly planned addition in 2022, with 24.2% of park respondents with plans to add features indicating they would add synthetic turf sports fields. This is up from 13% in 2021 and 13.9% in 2022.

Other commonly planned additions in 2022 include dog parks (22.1%, up from 20.6% in 2021); playgrounds (20%, virtually no change from 19.9%); outdoor fitness (16.8%, down from 26%); and bike trails (16.8%, down from 18.4%).

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