Recreation fee changes in The Woodlands to get February hearing

The Woodlands Township board of directors considered recreation facility fee changes at its Jan. 22 meeting. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands Township board of directors considered recreation facility fee changes at its Jan. 22 meeting. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Woodlands Township board of directors considered recreation facility fee changes at its Jan. 22 meeting. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

The cost for both residents and nonresidents to rent certain recreation facilities in The Woodlands Township could increase under a series of fee changes proposed by Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Nunes at the Jan. 22 board of directors meeting.

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:

Residents:

Indoor full facility: $200

Brady Hall: $75

Hickory room: $30

Cypress room: $30

Nonresidents:

Indoor full facility: $400

Brady Hall: $150

Hickory room: $60

Cypress room: $60

Recommended new fees at The Recreation Center at Bear Branch include:

Residents:

Gymnasium (when facility is open): $50

Live Oak activity room: $30

Magnolia activity room: $20

Full-court covered basketball: $35

Nonresidents:

Gymnasium (when facility is open): $100

Live Oak activity room: $60

Magnolia activity room: $40

Full-court covered basketball: $70
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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