by HOLLY SCHOENSTEIN | REPORTER
Tallmadge — Starting Jan. 1, some users of the Tallmadge Recreation Center and Maca Aquatic Center will pay more to use the facilities and participate in programming.
The increases are projected to bring in an estimated $30,000 of additional revenue for 2013, according to city officials.
“We typically monitor our programs and when necessary increase fees to help cover any additional costs that we may incur in providing that program or service,” said David Cooper, manager of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
City Council approved raising the annual and monthly membership rates for nonresidents — those who don’t live or work in the city — for the Rec Center by $1 to $2 per month, depending on the age of the member and type of membership. The new fees range from $23 to $53 per month.
Residents who are annual or monthly members at the Rec Center won’t see a price increase next year.
Other increases include the rental rates for the North Avenue Soccer Field, from $60 to $75 per field/per game, and the cost to participate in some city leagues, such as an extra $35 for each team to play indoor flag football and $50 per team for basketball.
Fees for softball leagues decreased $75 to $260 per team for the fall and $95 to $305 per team for the spring/summer. Cooper said the umpires associations for all area softball leagues decided to have referees collect their fees from the teams on the field instead of having the Rec Center compensate them.
Prices will increase for children’s camps during holiday and summer breaks and for other programs for children and adults, such as ballet and Mom & Me classes.
Nonresidents who want to buy preseason or regular season passes for Maca Aquatic Center will pay $5 more. The new prices range from $80 to $285.
Residents who buy swim passes won’t be subject to the revised prices.
The city last raised membership rates for the Rec Center in 2009, and swim passes for Maca were increased for the 2012 season, Cooper said.
“Our hope would be to hold the line on pricing for 2014, but of course in most cases our ability to control costs in delivering services is out of our hands,” Cooper said. “We want to keep our prices as low as possible for those who live or work in Tallmadge so that we continue to offer the most affordable health, fitness, wellness and recreation activities possible.”
The Rec Center also is offering 15 new youth and adult programs, activities and special events for next year.
Cooper said at this time there are no plans to eliminate any of the programming at the Rec Center.
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Watch for the Rec Center’s new winter brochure in the Tallmadge Express’s Dec. 9 edition.