Residents eager to jump in the community pool as summer approaches will be paying extra as prices change for some city recreational services.
Daily resident pool admissions at Walker Pool, 450 W. Walker St, will increase from $1.50 for ages 9 and under to $2, and from $2 for ages 10 and older to $3, city officials said.
While fees at Walker Pool have not increased in more than five years, chemical and staff costs have. The price increase will help offset some of those costs but keep the pool affordable, city officials said.
Following a 2016 study, a small number of fee prices were deemed too high, resulting in low turnout, city officials said.
Decreasing certain fees might increase community participation, city officials said.
For example, Heritage Park, 1220 Coryell St, will lower prices for residents from $50 to $25. This will be consistent with other pavilion and picnic area rentals, city officials said.
“The system is reflective of costs,” Mayor Pat Hallisey said. “Unfortunately, we live in a time where the tax dollars can only go so far. As costs go up every year, so do the fees.”
Recreation Superintendent Kenny Walsh was unavailable for comment on fee changes.
The city also is looking to add several youth programming classes, such as a cooking class. The fee would be $25 for residents participating in any youth programming classes that meet weekly, city officials said.
City recreation services are a good value for residents, Hallisey said.
“We deal with the mental health of the community and a lot of people don’t have the big bucks to go to a professional skate camp,” he said. “It’s still pretty low-cost recreation.”
Youth programming, like Middleman Skateboards Skate Camp, will be an ongoing focus for the city, Hallisey said.
“If they’re at a skate camp, they’re doing good, productive things and they are not quite as likely to get in trouble,” he said. “We have to create opportunities for young people so they’re not sitting in front of a TV all day.”