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

In a similar vein, more respondents in last year's survey predicted revenue increases than actually saw such increases from 2006 to 2007. Last year, 60.6 percent of respondents projected that revenue would increase between 2006 and 2007. In fact, this year, just 38.7 percent said they saw higher revenues in 2007 than in 2006. Another 55.6 percent said their revenues had remained the same.

From 2007 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2009, just over 42 percent are projecting increases in revenues, while around 55 percent expect revenues to remain the same for these years. (See Figure 10.)

The greatest revenue increases from 2006 to 2007 were seen among respondents from YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs. More than 55 percent of these respondents said they had seen an increase in revenues in that time period, although another 14.9 percent reported their revenues had actually decreased from 2006 to 2007. Respondents in this category were also expecting increases in coming years, with more than two-thirds (67.1 percent) projecting increasing revenues from 2007 to 2008, and nearly three-quarters (72.7 percent) projecting an increase from 2008 to 2009.

Respondents from colleges and universities, and from schools and school districts were the least likely to report revenue increases. From 2006 to 2007, just 21.7 percent of college and university respondents, and just 19.8 percent of school and school district respondents said they had seen a rise in revenue. More than three-quarters in both categories said their revenues had remained even. Respondents in these categories also were not likely to be expecting increasing revenues in the coming years, with just 27.4 percent of university respondents and 17.6 percent of school respondents projecting an increase from 2007 to 2008, and just under 30 percent of university respondents and 17.8 percent of school respondents expecting increases from 2008 to 2009.