New fees will accompany the use and reservation of facilities, playfields and shelters at Othello parks. The fees were discussed at a Jan. 14 council meeting and some people were unhappy with the stated prices. The Parks and Recreation Committee met with the community groups most affected and set new prices. The fees were passed during the Jan. 28 council meeting. From now on, shelters and facilities at the park will be rented out in half-day chunks (from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 11 p.m.). At Kiwanis Park, reserving a large picnic shelter will cost $55 for half a day, a tennis court shelter will be $30, the playground shelter will be $15, the basketball court shelter will be $15 and the shelter close to Seventh Avenue will be $25. A Lions Park, the south picnic shelter is $25, the central and northern ones are $15 each and the largest shelter is $50. In Pioneer Park, it will be $15 to reserve the gazebo for half a day. These are reservation fees, ensuring the group can have the shelter they want for the time they want. When not reserved, a group may stop by and use the shelter without a fee. Also included was the Lions Park softball complex. For field rental, the weekend tournaments are $75 a day per field, league play is $30 a day per field and practice rates are $20 a hour per day. There is also a $150 application fee for tournaments and league use, with $50 refundable. Lights are $100 per key, with $90 refundable. Movable mounds are $100 each and movable fencing is $75 per field. The Barracuda Swim Team will pay $3,000, which will cover a season of pool use for their practices and meets.
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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As a resident of Othello all i hear about these days are the rising prices of our local park use. I go to get a haircut, go eat dinner, go to a family get together and what topic arises, rising park fees. Question, do we not already pay taxes for the parks, pool, etc??? With rising rates for park use, i see rising rates for our youth to participate in sports. Not all families could afford more then what they already pay, which i feel will lead to more kids on the streets, more vandalism, more graffiti. If that's what the city wants, then continue to raise the rates. Very unfortunate the route we are heading.