Feature Article - June 2010
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REGIONAL INFORMATION

A Look at Regional Trends


This year saw a drop in the amount most respondents were planning to spend on construction in the next three years. Regionally, only respondents in the Midwest said they were planning to spend more. In fact, Midwestern respondents this year said they planned to spend $4,528,000—an increase of 22.3 percent. (See Figure 34.) Their spending plans were exceeded by those in the West, who were planning to spend $5,104,000 on construction, a decrease of 15.9 percent from 2009 figures for this region, and those in the South Atlantic states, who were planning $5,200,000 on construction, a decrease of 12.4 percent. The largest percentage drop in construction budgets was seen in the Northeast, where a 33.1 percent drop was recorded.

Some types of features were more commonly planned in some areas than in others. Splash play areas, for example, are in the works by a higher percentage of respondents in the South Central and Western regions. Playgrounds are most commonly planned by those in the South Atlantic states.

The top five planned features in the Northeast include: park structures, such as shelters and restrooms; bleachers and seating; synthetic turf sports fields; playgrounds; and trails.

In the Midwest, the top five features respondents are planning to add include: park structures; trails; disc golf courses; synthetic turf sports fields; and splash play areas.

In the South Atlantic states, the top five planned features include: trails; playgrounds; park structures; open spaces like gardens and natural areas; and splash play areas.

The top five planned features for the South Central states include: splash play areas; park structures; playgrounds; bleachers and seating; and fitness centers.

In the West, respondents' top five planned features include: splash play areas; fitness centers; park structures; playgrounds; and exercise studio rooms.