Glenwood recreation center fees to increase 2% |

Glenwood recreation center fees to increase 2%

Member passes for the Glenwood Springs Community Center will go up 2 percent in 2015, resulting in an increase of about $1 per month under a new rate schedule approved by City Council last week.

“This increase is consistent with our cost recovery efforts,” said Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Director Tom Barnes.

“The increase will partially offset increases in utility expenses associated with the addition of the ice rink support facility,” Barnes indicated in a memo to council members, referring to the recently completed $1.1 million addition to the ice rink complex, including changing rooms, showers, new restrooms and a larger lobby.

The Community Center rate increase will mean an annual membership for Glenwood Springs residents will go from $390 to $398 for adults ages 18-64, and from $270 to $276 for youth and seniors.

Six-month passes will increase from $250 to $255 for adults, and from $230 to $235 for youth and seniors. Non-resident annual memberships will increase from $468 to $478 for adults and from $324 to $331 for youth and seniors.

The new rates will take effect Jan. 1 or upon a pass holder’s membership renewal date next year.

The increase is expected to generate about $22,000 in additional revenue for the Community Center, for which the city has a cost recovery goal of 65 percent. Currently, fees cover about 62 percent of the facility’s operation and maintenance costs, Barnes said.

Barnes also said the Community Center has seen an increase in memberships since the city revamped its family membership definition earlier this year to prevent smaller families and childless couples or empty nesters from having to subsidize larger families under the former rate structure.

A new “family” definition of two adults and two children ages 4-17 that was implemented in April included an extra fee for each additional child and any other adults who wanted to be included on the same pass.

A new couples category was also created.

The rate increase that will take effect in January comes on top of a 3 percent across-the-board increase that was implemented last April.

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