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 number of respondents who said they had plans to add features at their facilities over the next several years has remained virtually unchanged for the past three years. In 2020, 43.3% of respondents said they had such plans, compared with 43% in 2019 and 43.1% in 2018. (See Figure 30.)

Respondents from camps and parks were again the most likely to report that they had plans to add features at their facilities. Nearly six in 10 (58.7%) camp respondents and 53.7% of park respondents said they were planning to add features at their facilities. They were followed by those from rec centers (38.8%), Ys (38.4%) and colleges (32.3%). Respondents from health clubs were the least likely to be planning to add features at their facilities, with 13.5% of these respondents indicating they had such plans.

The top 10 planned features for all facility types include:

  1. Splash play areas (25.4% of those with plans to add features were planning to add splash play)
  2. Playgrounds (20.3%)
  3. Park shelters (17.3%)
  4. Dog parks (17.1%)
  5. Park restrooms (16.1%)
  6. Synthetic turf sports fields (14.8%)
  7. Walking and hiking trails (14.8%)
  8. Fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment (14.8%)
  9. Disc golf courses (12.9%)
  10. Outdoor sports courts (11.3%)