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 top amenities included in respondents' facilities in 2020 include: playgrounds (61.5% of respondents include them in their facilities); classrooms and meeting rooms (60.6%); bleachers and seating (59.9%); outdoor sports courts for sports like basketball or tennis (59.7%); Wi-Fi (57.7%); open spaces such as natural areas and gardens (56.6%); locker rooms (55.6%); park shelters like gazebos (54.9%); concessions (54.4%); and walking and hiking trails (52.9%). (See Figure 29.)

As is generally the case, there was not a great deal of change in the percentage of respondents whose facilities include various sorts of amenities from 2019 to 2020. However, the following types of amenities saw an increase of two or more percentage points in the past year: open spaces (up 2.5); Wi-Fi services (up 2.4); walking and hiking trails (up 2.4); and outdoor sports courts (up 2.2).

Over the past five years, the following types of amenities have seen an increase of at least three percentage points: park restroom structures (up 8.4); dog parks (up 4.7); community centers (up 4); splash play areas (up 3.4); outdoor fitness areas (up 3.2); and indoor sports courts (up 3).

Respondents from parks were more likely than other respondents to include: park shelters (83.3% of park respondents had shelters); playgrounds (82.7%); park restroom structures (79%); open spaces (73.9%); outdoor sports courts (71.9%); bike trails (48.3%); outdoor aquatic facilities (42.1%); dog parks (40.4%); skateparks (39.9%); fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment (34.5%); disc golf courses (33.7%); splash play areas (33.3%); community gardens (32.3%); golf courses (29.2%); bike and BMX parks (14.2%); and ice rinks (13.9%).

College respondents were more likely than others to include: indoor running/walking tracks (56.2%); and synthetic turf sports fields (42.1%).

Respondents from schools were more likely than others to include: locker rooms (88.8%); indoor sports courts (86.6%); bleachers and seating (85.8%); natural turf sports fields (80.6%); concessions (78.4%); and outdoor tracks (70.1%).

Respondents from health clubs were more likely than others to have fitness centers (89.2%).

Y respondents were more likely than others to include: Wi-Fi (84.9%); exercise studios (83.7%); classrooms and meeting rooms (81.4%); childcare areas (73.3%); indoor aquatic facilities (70.9%); and waterparks (17.4%).

Camp respondents were more likely than others to include: walking and hiking trails (78.4%); campgrounds (64.9%); waterfronts and marinas (51.4%); climbing walls (44.6%); challenge courses (40.5%); nature centers (27%); skiing and winter recreation areas (13.5%); and amusements (6.8%).