TALLMADGE – It will cost more to have fun.
Some fees for the Recreation Center, 46 N. Munroe Road, will see increases Jan. 1, 2020 and other changes may or may not affect everyone.
Council is expected to vote on the ordinance Nov. 14.
"We look at the grid [of fees] every year and evaluate it," said Mayor David Kline. "The governing board for the recreation center makes recommendations to Council."
The fees help to cover the operating costs of the center, Kline said.
"The recreation center is not a huge moneymaker but it provides a lot of nice services to Tallmadge residents and surrounding communities," he said. "We try to operate as close to the black as possible."
Programs that are not attended or tie up the facility were eliminated so other programs could benefit everyone, Kline said.
"I think it's a great place for increasing your physical and mental health," Kline said. "People talk to one another and make friends."
The first change scheduled beginning in 2020 is college membership which will be paid monthly instead of over spring and summer breaks. A College Blue membership is $22/monthly for a resident and $32/monthly for non-resident. The College Gold membership is $28/monthly for a resident and $38/monthly for a non-resident.
The Limbercise membership for 60+ will be eliminated.
The rates for the basketball courts/per hour will increase June 1, 2020 from $45 to $50 during the off-season June 1 to Sept. 30 and from $55 to $60 for in-season from Oct. 1 through May 31.
Raquetball open play and Wallyball open play court rental will be eliminated.
All-day ballfield rentals will be eliminated.
All MACA members will receive two complimentary one-day guest passes (max of 6 per family) with the purchase of a membership.
Also the daily admission refund will be complimentary one-day passes issued in lieu of cash refunds when situations arise per the current refund policy.
Those using Ritchie Hall will pay more for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday rentals from noon to 11 p.m. The rate will be raised from $125 to $150.
The First Congregational Church will no longer have Chapel Weddings but traditional weddings will continue to be offered.
Pavilion rentals at Lions Park Norris/Maca Aquatic Center Park will be raised from $50 to $70 and all other pavilion rentals will be raised from $40 to $60.
The refund policies state: "If a program is canceled by the Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department, all participants will receive a full refund."
The Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department has a limited refund policy for all membership programs, leagues and facilities. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Parks and Recreation superintendent and must include the reason for the request. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and fees may be assessed. Fees may be waived in the case of extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation superintendent.
For all membership and program refund requests, fees will be waived if the request is made due to: medical reason with proper documentation from a physician or the individual has moved more than 30 miles away with documentation of new address.
Request for TRC or MACA membership refunds other than medical or distance will be granted on a case-by-case basis and will be assessed a fee.
Requests for cancelation for activities and programs made more than one week in advance won't be assessed a fee.
Leagues must find a replacement team and refund requests will be assessed a fee.
Facility rentals will be assessed cancelation fees per the terms of the rental agreement. For rentals without a signed agreement, cancelation must be more than one week and will be granted on a case-by-case basis. If a rental cannot be rescheduled, a cancelation fee will be assessed.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org