SEMINOLE — The cost to take recreation classes could drop under a proposal designed to encourage more people to get involved and make it easier for families to afford programs.
A separate proposal would make it more convenient for people who want to hold events at shelters in Seminole City and Blossom Lake parks by establishing a reservation system. Currently, the park operates on a first-come, first-served system.
The City Council must approve the changes before they take effect.
Under the current system, folks who want to take classes have to buy a recreation card for $120, then pay the fee for the class. Under the proposal, a rec card will no longer be required, but a $2.50 administrative fee would be added to the class fee. The new fees would apply only to classes, such as art and dance. Those who want to use the open gym, participate in sporting events, or use the fitness center would still have to buy a rec card.
"That will allow someone to come in who maybe wants to take one class but doesn't want to buy a rec card to take that class," said Harry Kyne, Seminole's director of administration.
Once there, that person might find other classes to take or might even decide to buy a rec card to participate fully in all that's offered, he said.
The new fee schedule would benefit families with four or more members, making it easier for entire families to join.
Kyne said the new reservation system at parks came about as an accommodation because some people got to the parks when they opened at 7 a.m. and "just kind of sat in the pavilion for hours waiting for the rest of the family to come" because of the first-come, first-served system. The old system also meant that few weddings were held in parks or in the band shell because brides wouldn't want to take the chance that someone else would be occupying it when it was time for the ceremony.
With the reservation system will come charges. Rec card holders will pay $20 a day without power and $25 a day with power to rent a pavilion. Those without cards will pay $40 a day without electricity and $45 with electricity.
Rec card holders will be charged $50 a day without power and $75 per day with electricity to rent the band shell. Those without a rec card will pay $100 per day without electricity and $125 per day with electricity.
Those who don't want to pay can still use the first-come, first-served system for pavilions and the band shell if they have not been reserved.
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