[Tagging] gym as an amenity value

Erik Johansson erjohan at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 10:08:37 GMT 2012

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 11:04, Erik Johansson <erjohan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 18:16, Craig Wallace <craigw84 at fastmail.fm> wrote:
>> On 08/03/2012 16:54, Clifford Snow wrote:
>>> I do not see gym listed as a value for the tag amenity.  I would like to
>>> see it as a recognized key value for amenity.  Taginfo,
>>> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/amenity
>>> shows 644 gym, 8 Gym and some forms of health_club.
>>> Gym is defined as "A membership organization that provides a range of
>>> facilities designed to improve and maintain physical fitness and
>>> health."  In my town of Seattle, neighborhoods have numerous gyms that
>>> fit the definition.
>>> What is the correct process to get gym approved.  I'd also like to see
>>> it added to potlatch2.  I have found a public domain icon that could be
>>> used.
>>> Any suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated.
>> The term "gym" is ambiguous, as it can also mean gymnasium. ie a place at a
>> school for sports, or a place for doing gymnastics etc.
>> I think its best to avoid the term for tagging.
>> I would suggest a tag of something like "fitness_centre" or "fitness_club",
>> which are clearer what they mean. Also, it should probably be under the key
>> for leisure, not amenity.
>> So a tag of leisure=fitness_centre or leisure=fitness_club
> You mean: leisure=sport_centre
> Serisouly if you want to map gyms please try to make the documentation
> better, it's currently a mess. I've undeleted amentiy=gym, so this FAQ
> doesn't come up again.

I added a picture to the wikipage to show the problem:


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