Feature Article - June 2012
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2012 State of the Managed Recreation Industry

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports and Fitness Facilities

By Emily Tipping


With the exception of camps, all facility types reported that their yearly operating expenditures increased from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011. Camps saw a drop of 7.6 percent in this time. The largest increase was reported by respondents from community recreation and sports centers, who saw a 37.2 percent increase in their operating expenditures in this time period. More modest decreases were reported by YMCAs (16 percent), colleges and universities (14 percent), health clubs (7.5 percent) and parks (5.3 percent). Schools saw virtually no change to their operating expenditures from fiscal 2010 to 2011, reporting a very slight, 0.5 percent increase from $1,296,000 to $1,303,000. (See Figure 12.)


Likewise, most facility types are expecting to see their operating expenditures increase from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013, with only schools and school districts projecting a decrease in this time frame. While respondents from schools projected a drop of 5.1 percent in operating expenditures from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013, respondents from all other facility types expect increases. The most dramatic increases—of more than 10 percent—are expected by respondents from health clubs (12.7 percent) and YMCAs (10.1 percent). They are followed by respondents from colleges and universities, who project a 9.3 percent increase in operating budgets from 2011 to 2013, as well as respondents from camps (projecting a 7.5 percent increase), and community recreation centers and parks respondents, which both project an increase of 3.6 percent.