Feature Article - June 2015
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs

YMCA Facilities

There was a decrease in the number of YMCA respondents who saw more people using their facilities year-over-year. While 61.3 percent said usage of their facilities had increased from 2012 to 2013, just 50.4 percent said usage had increased from 2013 to 2014. Another 38.5 percent said there had been no change, and 11.1 percent reported a decrease. (See Figure 56.). Looking forward, more than six in 10 expect to see an increase in the number of people using their facilities from 2014 to 2015 (64.6 percent) and from 2015 to 2016 (68.9 percent).

Respondents from YMCAs were among the most likely to report that they had plans for construction over the next three years. While 65.5 percent of non-YMCA respondents said they had plans for new facilities, additions or renovations, some 70.6 percent of YMCA respondents said they had construction plans. This number has been increasing in recent years, from just 63.4 percent in 2012. YMCA respondents were most likely to be planning renovations at their existing facilities, with 49.3 percent indicating that renovations would be made within the next three years. Another 31.6 percent said they would be making additions, and 19.9 percent said they would be building new facilities. (See Figure 57.)

YMCA respondents said they would be spending 4.9 percent more on their construction than the average for all respondents. While the average for all respondents is $4,024,000, YMCA respondents said they would be spending $4,221,000 on average for their construction. In addition, while there was a decrease in construction budgets for the general survey population, YMCA respondents reported a 9.9 percent increase from the average of $3,840,000 in 2014.

There was once again very little change to the features most commonly found among YMCA respondents' facilities. The 10 most common features include: locker rooms, fitness centers, exercise studio rooms, Wi-Fi services, classrooms and meeting rooms; indoor aquatic facilities, indoor sports courts such as basketball and racquetball courts, playgrounds, childcare centers, and bleachers and seating.