Feature Article - June 2007
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Urban Centers, Suburban Growth and Rural Recreation

When it comes to what's included in their facilities, respondents in urban areas were most likely to provide indoor amenities like locker rooms, indoor sports courts, fitness centers, climbing walls and running tracks. Respondents from urban communities were also the most likely to include indoor aquatic facilities. For outdoor activities, urban respondents were more likely than those in suburban and rural communities to include skateparks and synthetic turf sports fields. Urban areas placed far less emphasis on outdoor amenities like waterfronts and marinas, trails and open spaces, park structures, playgrounds and concession areas.

On the other hand, respondents from urban communities were most likely to be planning to add amenities like waterparks and splash play areas, as well as playgrounds.

Urban facilities' top 10 planned amenities for the next three years include:

  • Waterpark or splash play areas
  • Trails and open spaces
  • Park structures
  • Bleachers and seating
  • Playgrounds
  • Synthetic turf sports fields
  • Climbing walls
  • Concession areas
  • Fitness centers
  • Indoor sports courts