Feature Article - June 2011
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

By Emily Tipping

Construction & Facilities

YMCA respondents were among the most likely to report that they had plans for construction of some kind over the next three next years. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) said they are planning construction. Most commonly, they are planning to renovate their existing structures, with 45 percent indicating they were planning renovations over the next three years, an increase from 44.6 percent last year. While fewer YMCA respondents this year were planning to add to their existing facilities or build new, there were still 30 percent with plans for additions, as well as 14.2 percent who were planning to build new facilities. (See Figure 56.)

The top features currently included in YMCA respondents' facilities include: fitness centers, locker rooms, exercise studios, indoor sports courts (i.e., volleyball courts, basketball courts, etc.), classrooms and meetings rooms, indoor aquatic facilities, playgrounds, bleachers and seating, indoor running tracks, and community or multipurpose centers.

Some 37.4 percent of YMCA respondents also said that they have plans to add features to their facilities over the next three years. The top planned amenities for these respondents include:

  1. Fitness center (26.1 percent of YMCA respondents with plans to add features)
  2. Exercise studios (23.9 percent)
  3. Playgrounds (23.9 percent)
  4. Climbing walls (23.9 percent)
  5. Indoor aquatic facilities (21.7 percent)
  6. Splash play areas (21.7 percent)
  7. Locker rooms (21.7 percent)
  8. Classrooms and meeting rooms (17.4 percent)
  9. Indoor sports courts (17.4 percent)
  10. Outdoor aquatic facilities (17.4 percent)