Feature Article - June 2009
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2009 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

General Survey Results


This year saw a jump in the number of facilities that include some sort of aquatic element, whether a full-blown waterpark, an indoor aquatic center, an outdoor pool, a splash play area or a whirlpool. In the 2008 report, 51.6 percent of respondents indicated that their facilities included aquatic elements. This year that number jumped by just over 3 percent to 54.9 percent of respondents. These were dominated by outdoor pools, included in nearly two-thirds of this group's facilities, and indoor pools, included in nearly half. More specific information on trends in aquatic facilities can be found in Trends in Aquatic Facilities.

While the greatest percentage of respondents (36.8 percent) indicated that they manage just a single facility, it comes as no surprise, with the preponderance of parks and recreation respondents, that so many manage more than one facility. On average, respondents manage 7.5 facilities, and the majority (80 percent) indicated that they manage nine or fewer, while 19.1 percent indicated that they manage 10 or more facilities. (See Figure 5.)