[Tagging] gym as an amenity value
John F. Eldredge
john at jfeldredge.com
Sat Mar 10 14:55:37 GMT 2012
Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
> I understand the issue with the tag value of "gym". I talked to the
> of a gym I use. He said that they typically use gym in conversation
> others in the business. Fitness club/center is also used. He
> differentiated gym/fitness center with health clubs in the range of
> services offered. A health club will offer services such as massage,
> tanning, juice bars, etc while a gym has fewer services. (Health
> can charge more.)
> I would be happy with the tag "Fitness Center" instead. However, I'm
> concerned that there are hundreds of "gym" values for the amenity tag.
> quick search showed that some of the gyms are actually school
> Wikipedia has gymnasium as a disambiguation reference. Perhaps school
> gyms should be encouraged to use the full name to avoid confusion.
> Use of the tag "leisure" instead of "amenity" to me is not accurate.
> Leisure activities are golf, softball, tennis, etc. Fitness isn't a
> leisure activity. A lot of us go to a gym so we can be better at our
> leisure activities. To me fitness centers are more related to health
> leisure. I'd prefer to use the tag "amenity" instead.
The problem with using the spelled-out term "gymnasium" is that several countries, such as Germany, use "gymnasium" to mean "high school" (the entire school, not just the sports building).
John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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