Park users will soon have to start paying to use city facilities during off hours.
Starting Sept. 1 organizations who want to use the Department of Parks and Recreation’s facilities such as meeting rooms, gyms and swimming pools during non-operational hours will have to pay $15 an hour for an attendant or custodian.
“If it’s a non-profit group they may have to get that from members but depending on the size of the group that shouldn’t be a big bite,” park user Joe Kim said.
Most parks facilities are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Park users who already have permits for dates after Sept. 1 will not be charged the fee.
ROH Sec. 10-2.7 Fees for attendant/custodian services.
Organizations using city recreational facilities outside of the facility’s posted operational hours shall pay attendant/custodian service fees to the city of $15.00 per hour for a custodian or an attendant. For the purposes of this section, “posted operational hours” means the hours a recreational facility is open for use by the public as posted on a sign or other notice conspicuously posted at the facility or on a city website. Fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into a special fund, established by the mayor and approved by the council, or into a special account of the general fund for the use of the department of parks and recreation for expenses relating to park services. No fees shall be collected unless a special account or special fund is established