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Fort Worth proposes to raise parks, community center fees

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By Scott Nishimura snishimura@bizpress.net

Fort Worth is proposing to raise a range of parks and community service fees next year.

The fee increases, for athletic league and summer day camp registration, community center room rentals, parks and athletic field reservations, and community center identification cards, are estimated to raise another $654,305 in revenue, the city staff estimated in a report today to City Council members.

The fee increases also include higher admission prices for the city’s swimming poools, which the City Council approved April 15.

With the increases, which the council would vote on later this summer as part of the citywide budget, total parks and community center fee and registration revenue for the next budget year, which begins Oct. 1, would be $2.1 million, the staff estimated.

“The purpose of these fees is to recoup a portion of the cost associated with a particular activity, provide for exclusive use opportunities (on an intermittent basis) for citizen customers who wish to reserve a city-owned facility and provide for an additional layer of safety for patrons, staff and security for facilities,” City Manager David Cooke said in the report.

Examples of the proposed fee increases for frequently used services:

  • Community center, small meeting room, $35 per hour, from the current $25.
  • Large meeting room, $75 per hour, from $60.Bradley Center, $90 for first three hours, from $70.
  • Park stie reservation, $50 for first three hours, from $35.
  • Baseball/softball field rental, with lights, $30 per hour, from $15.
  • Tournament fee/grass, without lights, new fee, $35 per hour.
  • Tournament fee/grass, with lights, new fee, $60.
  • Summer day camp, $270 per registration, from $225.
  • Adult basketball, flag football, softball activity fee, $395 per team, from $350.
  • ID card, 17 years old and younger, $20 annually, from $10.
  • ID card, adult, $30 annually, from $20.
  • ID card, 60 years and older, $15 annually, from $10.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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