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File #: 2019-7326   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Recreation and Park Commission
On agenda: 10/8/2019
Title: Review and Recommend Adoption of 2020 Recreation and Park User Fee Schedule.
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - 2020 Recreation and Parks User Fee Schedule, 2. Exhibit 2 - 2019-2020 Comparison Study, 3. Presentation
Title

Review and Recommend Adoption of 2020 Recreation and Park User Fee Schedule.

Body

To: Honorable Chair and Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission

From: Amy Wooldridge, Recreation and Parks Director

Re: Review and Recommend Adoption of 2020 Recreation and Park User Fee Schedule

BACKGROUND

On January 22, 1992, the City Council adopted Resolution Number 12191, codifying all fees for services into a City-wide fee schedule (Schedule). This Schedule is updated each year, via resolution, to reflect changes in the cost of providing services as well as in the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Recreation and Park User Fees (Exhibit 1) are reviewed annually by the Recreation and Park Commission with a recommendation brought forward to the City Council. The Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) reviewed its current fees and made adjustments based on its budget in combination with cost comparisons with other local jurisdictions including San Leandro, Emeryville, Piedmont, Fremont, Union City, and San Ramon in addition to local comparisons for gym rentals and large rental venues. (Exhibit 2).
The City's Schedule is updated annually as part of the City budget process, which has a start date of July 1st. Due to the timing of summer recreation programs, the Recreation and Park User Fee Schedule (Exhibit 1) is adopted earlier, with the implementation date of January 1, 2020. However, the school-year fees are noted separately with a start date of August 2020 to coincide with the start of the school year.

DISCUSSION

Fees represent direct costs for program staff time, facility maintenance and utilities, plus indirect costs for administrative staff time and supplies. Fees are intended to recover costs as a whole system while balancing the benefits for the community and individuals. For example, programs that are available to a broad section of the community as well as at-risk populations, such as the free Parks and Play...

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