Feature Article - June 2008
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2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities


These mostly flat revenue numbers come at a time when operating expenditures are on the rise. Some groups of respondents are projecting their operating expenditures to increase by more than 15 percent between 2007 and 2009.

Overall, a 12.1 percent rise in operating expenditures is expected between 2007 and 2009, from $1,386,800 in 2007 to $1,554,700 in 2009. (See Figure 11.)

Operating expenditures reported in this year's survey are higher than reported last year. Last year's respondents projected operating costs would be $1,218,063 for fiscal 2007, but the respondents this year reported that their operating expenditures were actually 13.9 percent higher at $1,386,800 for fiscal 2007.

The highest operating costs are seen among respondents from YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs, though the greatest increases over the next years are expected among camping-related facilities and colleges and universities. YMCAs reported operating costs of $2,114,800 in fiscal 2007, 54.5 percent greater than the average for all respondents.

The greatest increases in operating expenditures were expected among campgrounds, RV parks, youth and private camps, and among colleges and universities. Respondents in these categories were projecting a 15.4 percent and 15.3 percent increase, respectively, in operating costs.

The smallest increases were projected among parks and recreation respondents. In this category, a 9.9 percent increase, from $1,668,800 in fiscal 2007 to $1,833,400 in fiscal 2009, was projected. (See Figure 12.)


Figure 12: Yearly Operating Expenditures, Fiscal 2007 to 2009, by Facility Type
FISCAL 2007FISCAL 2008FISCAL 2009PERCENT CHANGE
2007 TO 2009
Parks & Recreation$1,668,800$1,743,900$1,833,400+9.9%
College/University$1,232,100$1,357,900$1,421,000+15.3%
Health/Fitness/Sports Clubs & Private Rec/Sports Centers$983,600$1,051,300$1,107,700+12.6%
School/School District$1,018,700$1,044,900$1,161,200+14%
Campground/RV Park/Youth/Private Camp$835,000$887,750$963,300+15.4%
YMCA/YWCA/JCC$2,114,800$2,182,100$2,357,800+11.5%

In some categories, operating expenditures were actually lower than expected in fiscal 2007, including among health and fitness clubs (20.9 percent lower than last year's projected operating expenditures for fiscal 2007, $1,189,352), and schools and school districts (4.1 percent lower than last year's projected operating expenditures for fiscal 2007, $1,060,090).