Fees may be increasing for some park and recreation activities in the city of Jasper over the next couple of years.
Earlier this week, the Jasper Park Board recommended to the Jasper city council fee changes for activities such as golf and pool. Under the proposal green fees and cart rental fees would increase by 1 dollar and the cost of a season pass would go up by 25 dollars. Currently, the cheapest green fee is $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents (those at Ruxer Golf Course for 9 holes). The highest current fees are found at Municipal Golf Course, where green fees are $14 for residents and $18 for nonresidents for 18 holes. Both courses rent carts for $12 per 18 holes at the present time.
As for season passes, they currently range from $355 for individual residents to $685 for nonresident families. Those passes for just the municipal course go from $275 for individual residents to $495 for nonresident families.
City golf director Steve Milligan suggested these increases. He says they will help to keep up with costs of maintenence for the courses. Meanwhile, parks director Ken Buck says increasing costs for the maintenence of greens among other needs mean that the golf courses currently don’t break even for the year.
Additionally, coupon books for the swimming pool would increase to $50 (which would be up 10 dollars from their current mark). Recreation director Dave Lesko says in spite of the increase, the average cost per ticket in the book would still be $2.50, still less than the general admission charge of $4 to get into the pool.
Renting at the Arnold F. Habig Community Center would also become more expensive under the proposed increases. The cost for renting the banquet room would increase to $150, $25 above the current rate. Lesko also asked for the rental deposit be increased by $75 up to $150. The deposit is returned to renters once facility staff determines that heavy cleanup in the room is not needed. Lesko stated that there have been problems recently with those renting the room not taking care of it.
Among other requested changes are a $10 increase in the season fee for teams to enroll in women’s volleyball fall and winter leagues as well as for the summer coed league. Kamp 4 Kids fees would also go up by $5 under the proposed changes and the rental fee for those groups who use the Jasper Youth Sports Complex would increase by $5 to $20 per game in 2015, a change Lesko says would not apply to Jasper sports leagues that use the complex.
An ordinance for the proposed changes could be brought up at the next Jasper city council meeting. That meeting is set for next Wednesday (November 20th) at 7 pm in Jasper City Hall.