Feature Article - June 2010
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A Look at Regional Trends

When it comes to facility representation by region, all regions were dominated by parks and recreation organizations, but the proportion of all facility types differed according to the region they were in.

Respondents from the Northeast were less likely than those in other regions to be from park agencies, with just over a third (34.7 percent) working for those types of organizations. (See Figure 30.) On the other hand, they had a higher concentration than other regions of YMCAs (6.4 percent of Northeast respondents), camp facilities (7.2 percent) and health clubs (5 percent). Ice rinks and racquet/tennis clubs were also more prevalent among respondents from the Northeast.

The Midwest featured the highest concentration of schools and school districts, with 16.5 percent of respondents in this region reporting they worked for these types of facilities. This region featured the lowest concentration of golf or country clubs, as well as military installations.

In the South Atlantic, respondents were more likely than those in other regions to represent parks and recreation agencies. Nearly half (47.8 percent) of respondents in this region were from park agencies. This region also featured a higher percentage of golf and country clubs, resorts and resort hotels, and waterparks, theme parks and amusement parks. On the other hand, it had the lowest percentage of school/school district respondents (3.7 percent of South Atlantic respondents) and health clubs (2.2 percent).

The South Central region saw the highest concentration of colleges and universities, with 19.9 percent of respondents in this region representing such facilities. They had the smallest percentage of community recreation and sports centers. Just 6.4 percent of respondents in this region were from such facilities. They also were less likely than others to represent resorts.

On the other hand, the West had a large percentage of respondents from community sports and recreation centers, with 10.4 percent of those in this region working for such organizations. They also were more likely than those in other regions to represent military installations. Respondents in the West were the least likely to be from colleges and universities (11.8 percent of respondents in the West), as well as YMCAs (1.6 percent).