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$1.7 M proposed for parks, rec budget

A $1,716,925 budget is proposed for the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

But much of that money will come from the fees paid by people who play recreation sports, tee off at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course or swim at the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center. The budget proposal envisions $1,148,275 in revenue.

The budget is for the fiscal year that begins July 1. State law requires cities to have their budgets done by mid-March, so the City Council reviewed the parks, recreation and forestry spending blueprint on Monday.

The proposal includes one new entry-level position as a result of the promotion of Ryan Maehl, the former assistant director of parks, recreation and forestry, to assistant to the city manager.

Lori Branderhorst, the department director, said the new employee will have the title of recreation technician. She said the individual will be in charge of concessions, marketing and special events.

The budget also includes money to switch to a liquid chlorine system to disinfect water at the aquatic center. For decades, chlorine gas was used to disinfect the water. Branderhorst said liquid chlorine is safer.

”It’s going to be safer for the community,” she said.

She said people using the aquatic center won’t notice anything different because of the new chlorine system.

The parks, recreation and forestry budget is divided into these categories:

• Lakeside Municipal Golf Course: $471,500

• Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex: $370,350

• Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center: $336,700

• Parks maintenance: $221,700

• Recreation general (sports leagues): $141,450

• Trails maintenance: $125,500

• Citizens Central: $106,250

• Oakland Cemetery: $40,500

• Memorial Park Cemetery: $32,000

• Oleson Park Splashpad: $15,675