Feature Article - June 2008
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A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

Colleges and universities, as well as schools and school districts, are planning the highest spending on new and renovated facilities, at just under $7.3 million and $6.9 million, respectively. Organizations of all types are planning to spend more than last year's respondents, except for campgrounds, private camps and RV parks. In that category, last year's respondents reported spending plans of $988,523, 21.7 percent more than this year's projection of $812,000. (See Figure 15.)

In addition to the need to maintain equipment and facilities, respondents are surely using their new construction and planned renovations to address other top concerns, including safety and risk management issues, accessibility and availability issues, legislative issues and environmental conservation issues.

Across the board, the amenities most commonly included in facilities of all types were classrooms and meeting rooms, a change from last year, when outdoor sport courts were the most common amenity to be found in respondents' facilities. More than 60 percent of this year's respondents said their facilities included classrooms and meeting rooms, while just under 50 percent said they included outdoor sport courts. More than 50 percent also said their facilities featured locker rooms (56.5 percent), bleachers and seating (55.8 percent), playgrounds (53.8 percent) and park structures (50.2 percent). Besides outdoor sports courts, other features found in the top 10 most commonly included amenities were: fitness centers (49 percent), indoor sports courts and gymnasiums (46.7 percent) and community centers or multipurpose centers (44 percent).