Marysville News

Pool admissions, parks fees may increase

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Marysville City Council will hear the second reading April 11 of an amended city ordinance that would change fee structures "in order to recoup the costs of the programs/services and/or to provide a better experience for the residents of the city."

That means if council approves the amendment, it will cost a little more to use the city pool and parks facilities, with some exceptions.

Public Information Officer Anna Krutowskis said recovering such costs "allows us to maintain and improve our city parks and the municipal pool such as repainting the pool facility entrance and restrooms, the installation of the new sand volleyball courts at Eljer Park, resurfacing Lewis Park and Aldersgate Park basketball courts and resurfacing the Jim Simmons Trail."

Under the proposal, the cost of single seasonal pool passes for residents stays the same. A pass for a family of two residents would increase from $112.50 to $113 and a pass for three or more residents would also go up by 50 cents from $172.50 to $173.

A pass for Marysville residents age 60 or older would go from $67.50 to $68.

A pass for a non-resident family of two would increase from $168.75 to $169 and a non-resident family of three or more would pay $259 for a pass instead of the current fee of $258.75.

Weekly passes would see similar increases under the proposed amendment and daily admission for children ages 5 to 18 would be $5 for both residents and nonresidents, up from $4.50. The same price would apply to senior citizens, regardless of whether they are Marysville residents.

Daily admission for ages 19-59 would decrease from $7.50 to $7 for both residents and nonresidents.

Pool rentals from 8 to 10 p.m. for up to 50 people would drop from $202.50 to $200 for residents. For each additional 50 people, the price would go up from $52.50 to $55.

The amendment also includes a discount on fees for active military members and their immediate family, Krutowskis said.

Park shelter rentals for nonresidents would increase from $40 to $50 for up to four hours. More than four hours in the shelter would increase the price from $55 to $75.

Krutowskis said city fees are reviewed every two or three years to evaluate the cost of services provided versus revenue. The last time adjustments were made was in the spring of 2010.

Krutowskis said Public Service Director John Mitchell and Finance Director Jenny Chavarria think the changes should have minimal to no effect on revenue for the city.

"The fees were rounded up or down to the nearest dollar to simplify cash transactions," she said.

The city sold 285 season passes to the pool last year and 325 in 2011 and averages about $41,000 annually in day passes.

Several improvements are planned this year, Krutowskis said.

"Our plan is to purchase and install an ADA lift, which will assist pool patrons who are in need of assistance entering and/or exiting the pool," she said. "We will also be painting the pool front office area and restrooms."

Improvements at city parks include resurfacing the basketball court at Aldersgate Park, paving the north parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts at Lewis Park and making asphalt repairs and resealing the tennis courts at Lewis Park.

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