Feature Article - June 2008
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REGIONAL TRENDS

Here, There and Everywhere


Blueprints for Growth

When it comes to building new facilities, or adding to or renovating existing facilities, respondents from the South Atlantic region were the most likely to have plans of all kinds. Just 22.6 percent of respondents in this region said they had no plans to build or renovate currently.

Respondents in the South Central region were the second most likely to have plans for new facilities, with 41 percent of respondents in this region reporting that they had plans to build something new. Respondents in the Northeast were the least likely to be planning new facilities, though more than a quarter (27.1 percent) indicated that they do have plans in place.

Respondents in the Northeast were the second most likely to be planning renovations to their existing facilities, with more than half (52.9 percent) reporting that they had renovation plans. Respondents in the South Central region were least likely to be planning renovations.

The West was the least likely to be reporting construction and renovation plans of any kind, though nearly 70 percent in this region do plan to add new facilities, add to their existing facilities or renovate. (See Figure 28.)


Figure 28: Facility Plans, by Region
BUILD NEWRENOVATE EXISTINGADD TO EXISTINGNO PLANS
Northeast27.1%52.9%29.8%27.7%
Midwest28.8%48.6%31.9%29.1%
South Atlantic42.7%54.9%36.1%22.6%
South Central41.0%38.9%32.3%27.5%
West32.7%45.8%30.4%31.2%

The highest spending on facilities is expected in the South Central states, where respondents projected an average $5,464,600 being spent on new facilities and additions and renovations over the next few years. This could reflect the higher concentration of respondents from colleges and universities in this region, as colleges and universities are planning to spend more on facilities than other types of organizations. (See Figure 15 in 2008 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry.) Respondents in the Northeast were planning the smallest amount for new and renovated facilities, at just $3,589,300 on average. (See Figure 29.)

Compared to respondents from the South Central region last year, respondents this year were planning to spend 41.3 percent more on their new and renovated facilities. More modest increases were seen among respondents from the West, whose planned spending on new facilities and renovation grew by 7.8 percent, and those in the South Atlantic region, whose planned spending grew by just 5.2 percent.

Many of the amenities found in facilities vary based on the region in which the facility is located. For example, respondents from the Northeast and Midwest, were far more likely to offer amenities for winter recreation, such as ski trails, than respondents in the South Central region, where just 0.4 percent of respondents offered such an amenity.