Supplement Feature - January 2022
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Calmer Waters

The 2022 Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping

Respondents also indicated the type of community they're located in. The largest group, at 44%, represented suburban communities. Smaller numbers of respondents were from rural (29.3%) and urban (26.7%) areas. (See Figure 2.)

When it comes to the types of organizations respondents represent, the largest number (43.3%) work for parks and recreation departments and districts. They were followed by: colleges and universities (13.1%); YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs (12.4%); campgrounds, RV parks and private or youth camps (7.7%); sports, health and fitness clubs, and medical fitness facilities (4.8%); community or private recreation and sports centers (4.4%); schools and school districts (4.3%); resorts and resort hotels (3.1%); golf or country clubs (2.7%); homeowners' associations (1.2%); and waterparks (0.8%). Another 2.2% were from other types of organizations, including churches, military installations and racquet clubs, among others. (See Figure 3.)

(Where we consider data in terms of the type of organization in the following pages, we'll be looking at parks, colleges, schools, Ys, camps and community centers.)

The survey covers a broad range of aquatic facility types, from simple, zero-depth splash play through neighborhood or hotel swimming pools to large waterparks and aquatic parks with multiple pools and other aquatic features. Most common were outdoor swimming pools. Some 58.8% of respondents said they had at least one outdoor pool, up from 57.9% in 2020. More than half (54.9%) had at least one indoor pool, virtually unchanged from 2020 (54.8%). Splash play areas were found among 38.6% of respondents' facilities, up from 35.4%. And 28.4% of respondents said they had at least one hot tub, spa or whirlpool, representing no change from 2020. (See Figure 4.)