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FEE INCREASES FOR CITY PARKS PASS FIRST HURDLE
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FEE INCREASES FOR CITY PARKS PASS FIRST HURDLE

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The park and programcommittee votes to endorse the proposed increases. The High Point Parks and Recreation Commission is still reviewing a plan to increase fees at some area parks and recreation centers.

The park and program committee met Tuesday to discuss the proposed fee changes for places such as Oak Hollow Golf Course and the recreation centers.``It will be spring before we go to council with a proposal,' said Garry Burnett, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The committee voted to endorse the rate changes with the purpose of changing them when the full commission meets.

Some of the proposed changes include a $10 fee for weekday nine-hole green fees at Oak Hollow Golf Course, $25 for boat storage at Oak Hollow Lake and a $5-to-$40 increase for gym and activity rooms at the recreation centers. Current fees for the recreation centers range from $40 to $150 for the gym and $200 to $375 for the activity room.

Fee increases are also proposed for shelters and paddle boats at City Lake Park.

Under the proposed rate increases, three-seat boats would rent for $5 per half-hour and other paddle boats would cost $4 per half-hour.

These changes have not been adopted by the commission.

Burnett said a committee on facilities still is working with the proposal.

``We can't adopt these fees before the other committee has had a chance to look at it,' he said.

Once the fees are adopted, a recommendation will be forwarded to the High Point City Council.

The changes would go into effect in March for all new rentals of park and recreation facilities.

The full commission will meet again Jan. 8.\ \ Contact Cheris Hodges at 883-4422, Ext. 240, or chodges@news-record.com

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