From the Editor's Desk

Moving Through Uncertainty

If you've been with us as a subscriber for a while, you know that every June we bring you this special issue, our State of the Industry Report. Based on an in-depth survey of well over a thousand professionals from parks, recreation, sports and fitness facilities, and now in its 14th year, this report broadly tracks industry trends—everything from budgets and revenues to construction plans, programming trends, staffing information and so much more.

Digital Edition

June 2020


2020 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry

More than 1,300 professionals responded to our call for information about their facilities, budgets, construction plans, operations, programming, staffing and more. Plus, hundreds of readers responded to our COVID-19 Update Survey in early May to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their facilities. Here, we summarize the responses.


Trends in Aquatic Facilities

From indoor and outdoor pools to splash play areas, waterparks and beyond, aquatic facilities feature unique challenges and solutions. Here is an overview of trends in aquatic facilities.


Trends in Parks & Recreation

Parks and recreation departments and districts are a cornerstone of the industry. Here we take a look at trends in parks and recreation organizations and facilities.


Trends in Colleges & Universities

From the campus recreation center to the athletics department, there's a wide range of offerings in their realm of recreation, sports and fitness on college and university campuses. Here is an overview of trends in college and university recreation.


Trends in Schools & School Districts

The recreation, sports and fitness programming and services offered by schools and school districts are wide-ranging, with some schools providing the only outlet for such activities in their communities. Here is an overview of trends in schools and school districts.


Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

From neighborhood fitness clubs to medical fitness facilities, there's a lot of ways for people to focus on their wellness. Here is an overview of the trends in health, fitness and sports clubs.


Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

These nonprofit facilities tend to provide a huge range of programs for people of all ages, from innovative aquatics and team sports to fitness, childcare and more. Here is an overview of trends in Ys and similar facilities.

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Trends in Camp Facilities

From campgrounds and RV parks to summer sleepaway camps and more, these facilities provide some respite from the go-go world. Here is an overview of the latest trends in camp facilities.


Trends in Rec Centers

Whether publicly or privately owned, community sports and recreation centers are an outlet for a wide variety of activities, from team sports to fitness and beyond. Here is an overview of the latest rec center trends.