Feature Article - June 2010
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REGIONAL INFORMATION

A Look at Regional Trends


Programming

Just as some features and facilities are more common in some regions, certain types of programming are more popular in one region than another.

The biggest differences are found in holidays and other special events. While 66.7 percent of respondents in the South Atlantic states said their facilities play host to such programs, only 50.4 percent of those in the South Central states said they include these programs, a difference of 16.3 percentage points. Sport training, such as golf instruction and tennis lessons was most prevalent in the Northeast, where 52.6 percent of respondents cited it as one of their options, while only 37.2 percent of those in the South Central region included this program. Aquatic exercise also showed regional differentiation, with 42.5 percent of Western respondents making it a relatively common program there, compared with 27.4 percent of respondents in the Northeast. And, while 62.3 percent of respondents in the Northeast host day camps and summer camps, only 47.6 percent of those in the West do. Finally, teen programming, more popular in the Northeast with 41.8 percent of respondents including such programs, was less popular in the South Central states, where 27.7 percent included this program.

When it comes to future plans for additional programs, there were also some differences. While fitness programs were the top choice for respondents in the Northeast, South Atlantic, South Central and Western states, in the Midwest, which is the most likely to currently offer fitness programs, the top planned program was educational programs.

In the Northeast, the most commonly selected programs for addition include: fitness programs, teen programs, active older adult programs, mind-body/balance programs, and sports tournaments and races.

In the Midwest, the most common programs respondents are planning to add include: educational programs, environmental education, teen programming, fitness programming, mind-body/balance programs, and active older adult programs.

The most commonly planned programs in the South Atlantic states include: fitness programs, mind-body/balance, educational programs, teen programs, and day camps or summer camps.

In the South Central states, the programs most commonly planned include: fitness programs, teen programs, day camps and summer camps, special needs programs, and individual sports activities like running clubs or swim clubs.

The most commonly planned program additions in the West include: fitness programs, teen programs, mind-body/balance programs, educational programs, and nutrition/diet counseling.