--- "I have done a lot of feasibility studies on that stuff," Beckner
"I would say that by the mid-1980s we pretty much had quit calling them standards," said Bill Beckner, research manager for the NRPA.
But the old standard also allowed public school gyms to at least partially be counted, if a city's parks and recreation department has access to facilities, Beckner
Lawrence's Parks and Recreation program does use public school gyms.
That creates a lot of gray area about how large the deficit would be using the old standard.
That's one reason the NRPA
quit using the standards, Beckner
"They got to be a point of contention rather than something that was helpful," Beckner
--- National averages
Today, there are no set standards on the number of gyms or recreation centers a community should have, Beckner
But the association does have a national database that shows the average size and number of facilities for communities Lawrence's size.
That database shows that even with its current number of gyms, Lawrence already has more gyms per capita than comparable cities.
At the request of the Journal-World, Beckner
ran a report showing averages for cities ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 people.