You’ll be paying more to play
The city will raise fees at several parks and recreation facilities this summer in a move that officials say will bring rates more in line with those of other communities.
The increases will impact patrons at city golf courses and playing fields — as well as anyone who rents picnic shelters at city parks or spends a night at its popular campground — and will go into effect July 1.
“Staff carefully reviewed the fees and charges of our facilities. We made our recommendations to stay competitive with what other departments are doing in the area,” said city Parks & Recreation Director Allen Oliver.
The fee hikes are projected to bring in about $117,000 in additional revenue. Officials will determine how to use the funds as the city’s 2013-14 budget is fashioned this spring.
The biggest increases will be implemented at the baseball, soccer and track facilities at the High Point Athletic Complex.
The costs to rent the Ed Price baseball stadium and Correll/Morris soccer stadium will go from $75 to $100 and from $100 to $125, depending on whether the facilities are being used during the day or night.
Rental for the Aderholdt football/soccer field will go from $60 to $250 per game day. The fee to use the other soccer fields at the complex will remain $60.
The city will also require a $150 refundable maintenance deposit for events that last fewer than four hours and a $25 per hour non-refundable maintenance fee for any event more than four hours at the complex.
The city has completed several improvements to the complex and the increases in game fees will take into account the cost to prepare the fields for athletic events and the clean-up costs for larger events at the site, officials said.
“With the track facility, we went up a lot there, but we’re providing permanent bleachers, a (public address) system, scoreboard and new lights that we didn’t have,” Oliver said. “Nobody has a facility quite like that track facility out there.”
The facility recently has been used for high school track meets, which is what officials intended the upgrades to better accommodate, Oliver said.
Groups that want to use the track facility for non-athletic events like concerts will be charged a rental rate of $1,000 for nonprofit groups and $1,500 for for-profit events.
Greens fees at the Oak Hollow and Blair Park golf courses will go up $1, primarily for those who golf on weekends and holidays, although weekday fees at Oak Hollow will go up in most categories.
Golf cart rental rates at both courses will increase $1 to cover the city’s cost increase in its golf cart rental contract. Picnic shelter rental rates will go up $5 at Washington Terrace Park, City Lake Park and Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake.
Campsite fees at the Oak Hollow Family Campground will increase $5 to $30 and $35, depending on the site and the amenities offered. These include cable TV and WiFi access.
Fees will not increase at any of the five city recreation centers, the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center or for other general parks and recreation uses, such as boating and fishing and swimming pools.
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