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Golf, swimming fees raised 2 percent

November 15, 2012
Messenger News


Playing at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course or cooling off at the aquatic center will cost 2 percent more next year under a fee schedule approved Wednesday.

Shooting hoops or participating in any of the city's general recreation programs won't cost any more, however.

The new fees were OK'd by the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission and are effective immediately.

The commission increased the fees at the golf course and the aquatic center by 2 percent.

Fact Box

New FD recreation fees

Lakeside Municipal Golf Course

Family pass - $835

Individual pass - $585

Individual senior pass - $555

Couples pass - $780

Couples senior pass - $735

College student pass (ages 19-24) - $200

Youth pass (ages 18 and younger) - $150

Aquatic center

Family all-access pass (city residents) - $275

Family all-access pass (non-residents) - $329

Individual all-access pass (city residents) - $150

Individual all-access pass (non-residents) - $195

Daily admission - $6

Daily pass allowing user to go in and out - $9

Daily admission after 5:30 p.m. - $4

Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex

Field rental - $65

It also instituted a new $12 annual fee for anyone who uses fitness equipment at Citizens Central, 617 Central Ave. Lori Branderhorst, the director of parks, recreation and forestry, said revenue from that fee will help pay for eventually replacing the treadmills and other devices.

At the aquatic center, a new morning fitness all-access pass costing $100 will be available. Holders of that pass will be able to swim laps, take aquacise classes or walk in the channel called the lazy river.

The commission did not increase any fees for its sports programs. The price that city residents will pay for youth tennis lessons will drop from $32 to $25 because the classes won't meet as often, Branderhorst said.

Commission Chairman Steve Daniel described the increases as a ''cost of living raise more than anything else.''

''We have the challenge of making sure we have affordable fees,'' Branderhorst said. ''I think it's reasonable that we ask people to keep up with the cost of living.''

In other business Wednesday, the commission directed Branderhorst to work with City Attorney Mark Crimmins to write a measure for City Council action that would reduce the panel from nine members to seven.

''Nine people up here, I think, is clumsy,'' Daniel said. ''With seven people, you can still get a pretty good cross-section.''

Commission member Dennis Pilcher proposed that the reduced panel consist of five city residents and two people who live outside the city limits.



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