Glenwood Springs Community Center fees to increase January 1 |

Glenwood Springs Community Center fees to increase January 1

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Many people resolve to work out more at the beginning of a new year, but come January visitors to the Glenwood Springs Community Center will have to find the resolve to dig deeper into their wallets for membership fees.

“It’s a nominal increase,” Parks and Recreation Director Tom Barnes said in an interview. “For a resident family that doesn’t get the corporate discount, you’re looking at a $25 increase for the first time in five years.”

The Glenwood Springs City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to approve rate increases for nearly every type of Community Center membership. The change was based on a study by GreenPlay, plus a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Commission and previous City Council input. GreenPlay is a consulting group for parks and recreation, open space and other areas.

“You don’t have to worry about us operating at a surplus. You are subsidizing the Community Center. If you wanted nothing to change, nothing would change,” Barnes told the City Council. “But we’re making you aware and giving recommendations.”

A month pass for a single adult Glenwood resident will go from $50 to $65, and a month pass for a Glenwood family will go from $100 to $115.

A six-month pass for an adult Glenwood resident will go from $280 to $300. The six-month Glenwood family rate will go from $425 to $475.

Year-long membership fees will go from $380 to $420 for single adult Glenwood residents and from $625 to $650 for Glenwood families. The higher fees will go into effect Jan. 1.

Senior citizens will be eligible for senior discounts at age 65 instead of age 60, but anyone already visiting the Community Center will be “grandfathered in,” Barnes said.

Nonresidents will continue to be charged slightly higher fees. Barnes said the rate structures emphasize the six and 12-month memberships, and corporate rates will still be a good deal leading to “a tremendous benefit for recruitment and retention of employees.”

City manager Jeff Hecksel said the increases are consistent with a City Council goal for the Community Center to achieve 65 percent cost recovery. Barnes said the Community Center currently recovers about 60 percent of its costs.

Some city councilors questioned why single Community Center visitors seem to be paying more than those with families.

“We have a lot of people in Glenwood Springs who don’t have children,” said Mayor Bruce Christensen.

He said he’s heard people talk about how co-workers could get themselves and three or four children into the Community Center for a not-much-higher cost to someone paying a single person’s rate.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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