Feature Article - June 2010
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

Construction and Features

Respondents from YMCAs were among those who are most likely to be planning construction over the next three years, with a focus on renovation. Nearly three-quarters (72.8 percent) said they had construction plans in place. (See Figure 57.) They were much less likely than last year's respondents to be planning new construction. Last year, nearly a quarter (23.3 percent) of YMCA respondents were planning to build new. This year, 15.2 percent were planning new construction. More than twice as many (37 percent) were planning additions, and 44.6 percent were planning renovations.

While in past surveys, YMCAs typically plan to spend more than average on their construction plans, this year, they planned $4,051,000, 22.7 percent than last year's YMCA respondents, and 9.2 percent less than the average amount planned by the general survey population.

The top features included in YMCAs highlight the community-center-meets-fitness-club nature of these facilities:

  1. Fitness center (included by 92.2 percent of these respondents)
  2. Exercise studios (91.1 percent)
  3. Locker rooms (90 percent)
  4. Indoor sports courts (84.4 percent)
  5. Indoor aquatic facilities (78.9 percent)
  6. Classrooms and meeting rooms (77.8 percent)
  7. Playgrounds (66.7 percent)
  8. Bleachers and seating (51.1 percent)
  9. Community center or multipurpose center (45.6 percent)
  10. Indoor running track (44.4 percent)

Nearly half (44.6 percent) of YMCA respondents reported that they had plans to add more features to their facilities in the next three years. Among the most commonly planned additions were: splash play areas, playgrounds, exercise studio rooms, bleachers and seating, fitness centers, classrooms and meeting rooms, concession areas, open spaces like gardens and natural areas, indoor sports courts, challenge courses, indoor aquatic facilities and park structures like shelters and restroom buildings.