Feature Article - June 2017
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State of the INDUSTRY

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

By Emily Tipping

Challenges & Issues of Concern

While concerns about budgets generally are the top concern for most respondents, there are other issues that arise and create challenges for facility managers. Equipment and facility maintenance has been the top concern for several years, and continues to hold that place in 2017. Some 55.1 percent of respondents said this is a top concern for them now. (See Figure 30.)

Staffing was the second most common concern, with 48.3 percent reporting this was their top concern. It was followed by marketing and increasing participation (40.6 percent); creating new and innovative programming (34.2 percent); and safety and risk management (32.5 percent).

There was an increase of at least 1.5 percentage points from 2015 to 2016 in the number of respondents who listed the following as top concerns: staffing (up 3.1 points from 45.2 percent); and older adult fitness and wellness (up 2.5 points from 14.6 percent).

For the most part, the top current concerns drop off over the next three years, with fewer participants naming them as their top issue. Exceptions to this rule in 2017 include: creating new and innovative programming, which increases from 34.2 percent to 36.4 percent; older adult fitness and wellness (from 17.1 percent to 18 percent); legislative issues (from 13.9 percent to 15.6 percent); and social equity and access (from 8.7 percent to 9.5 percent).