Nunes said the increases are needed to ensure consistency in pricing across the board at the township’s recreation facilities and to address increased usage.
“Our nonresident fees were all over the place,” Nunes said.
According to township information, facility and field rentals brought in $526,704 in fees in 2018, the most recent year available. In contrast, pool passes and rentals generated $1.2 million in fees that year.
If the changes are approved, several facility usage fees for nonresidents will be doubled at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, and The Recreation Center at Bear Branch, located at 5310 Research Forest Drive. The proposed fees also include a fee for a new full-court covered basketball court at Bear Branch.
A public hearing on the fee changes will be held Feb. 20.
“The biggest impact is going to be on your recreation center fees, changing the senior designation to 65,” board Vice Chair Bruce Rieser said, referring to a proposal to change the starting age for senior fitness room memberships from 55 to 65.
“You’re going to drop ... people in that senior category back into the normal recreation fee, and yet we’re proposing a ... pretty hefty increase on the six-month passes. I think it’s a little too aggressive, frankly,” Rieser said.
Recommended new fees at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park include the following:
Indoor full facility: $200
Brady Hall: $75
Hickory room: $30
Cypress room: $30
Indoor full facility: $400
Brady Hall: $150
Hickory room: $60
Cypress room: $60
Recommended new fees at The Recreation Center at Bear Branch include:
Gymnasium (when facility is open): $50
Live Oak activity room: $30
Magnolia activity room: $20
Full-court covered basketball: $35
Gymnasium (when facility is open): $100
Live Oak activity room: $60
Magnolia activity room: $40
Full-court covered basketball: $70