Feature Article - June 2015
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2015 State of the Industry

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

By Emily Tipping

Challenges & Issues of Concern

Budgets and the economy tend to always be the top primary concern for readers, but there are other issues that crop up and create challenges in the operation and management of recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Once again holding the top spot on that list in 2015 is equipment and facility maintenance-no surprise, given the average age of most respondents' facilities. Some 56.3 percent of respondents said this is a top concern for them right now. (See Figure 28.)

Replacing staffing issues in the No. 2 spot on the list this year is marketing and increasing participation, which 43.9 percent of respondents said was their top concern.

Staffing issues fell to the No. 3 spot on the list, with 42.9 percent naming this as a current issue of concern. It was followed by creating new and innovative programming (34.6 percent), which replaced safety and risk management in the No. 4 spot. Safety and risk management fell to No. 5, with more than a third (33.4 percent) naming this as a top current concern.