Feature Article - June 2020
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2020 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry

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

By Emily Tipping


The average amount respondents were planning to spend on their construction plans was up 10.8% in 2020, after an 18.4% increase in 2019. On average, respondents to the 2020 survey were planning to spend $5,630,000 on their construction. (See Figure 27.)

From 2019 to 2020, the greatest increase to average construction budgets was reported by respondents from Ys and camps. Y respondents in 2020 were planning to spend $7,780,000, up 49.3% from 2019, and camps were planning to spend $2,170,000, up 40.9%. More modest increases were reported by schools (up 21.8% to $6,990,000), colleges (up 19.3% to $9,030,000), rec centers (up 14.6% to $5,560,000) and parks (up 8.6% to $5,570,000). Only health clubs reported that they'd be spending less on construction, with a decrease of 68% from the average in 2019, to $1,110,000.

Respondents in the West and South Central regions reported the greatest overall increase from 2019 to 2020 to their average budgets for the construction they were planning. In the West, respondents' planned construction budgets grew 29.8%, to an average of $8,620,000, while in the South Central region, respondents' construction budgets increased by 24.9%, to an average of $5,870,000.

More modest increases were reported by respondents in the South Atlantic and Northeast. In the South Atlantic, respondents reported an 8.2% increase to construction budgets, to an average of $5,540,000, while Northeastern respondents saw a 3.2% increase to an average of $3,570,000.

Only Midwestern respondents reported a decrease to their average construction budget. Their planned construction spending fell 15.4%, to an average of $4,300,000. (See Figure 28.)