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

Respondents from suburban facilities tended to report having more amenities of all kinds-indoor and outdoor than others. These facilities seem to represent a middle ground between the kinds of offerings provided in urban communities and those offered in rural facilities. In other words, suburban communities seem to contain a little bit of everything. The amenities were either more typically included in suburban and urban areas or in suburban and rural areas.

That said, respondents in suburban communities were more likely to report including things like outdoor sport courts, park structures, outdoor and indoor aquatic facilities, waterparks and splash play areas, golf courses and ice rinks than respondents from other kinds of communities.

Park spaces seemed to be among the top planned facilities for suburban communities (as well as rural communities), with park structures, and trails and open spaces being the top two amenities these respondents were planning to add over the next several years. They also were more likely than other types of communities to be planning to add skateparks.

The top 10 amenities suburban facilities are planning to add over the next few years include:

  • Park structures
  • Trails and open spaces
  • Bleachers and seating
  • Playgrounds
  • Natural turf sports fields
  • Waterpark and splash play areas
  • Synthetic turf sports fields
  • Outdoor sport courts
  • Concession areas
  • Skateparks