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

Parks and recreation departments, along with publicly owned community recreation and sports centers, made up the largest percentage of respondents, at 41 percent. Colleges and universities made up another 13.5 percent of respondents, and schools and school districts were represented by 8.7 percent.

A combined category that includes health, fitness and sports clubs, racquet and tennis clubs, and privately owned and corporate-owned recreation and sports centers is represented by 13.2 percent of respondents. This new category represents a departure from last year's report's approach, which combined YMCAs and health clubs. Because of the different structures and more widely varying trends among these types of organizations, this year's survey has broken these categories into separate groups. YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs made up 5.8 percent of this year's respondents.

More specific information on these five categories can be found in special sections that follow. See Parks and Community Recreation Centers, Colleges and Universities, Schools and School Districts, Health Clubs, and YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs.

Other facility types represented in the survey are not covered in more detail, but are worth mentioning here. Camps and camping facilities, including campgrounds, private camps, youth camps and RV parks, were represented by 6.4 percent of respondents. Smaller numbers came from other types of operations, including military installations (2.9 percent), golf and country clubs (2.8 percent), resorts and resort hotels (1.9 percent), waterparks, theme parks and amusement parks (1.5 percent), ice rinks (1 percent), and stadiums, arenas and tracks (0.6 percent). (See Figure 4.)

More than half (51.6 percent) of respondents from all of these categories reported that their facilities included an aquatics component. We take a closer look at the trends affecting these facilities, and the recreational aquatics industry in general, in Aquatic Facilities.