Board adjusts therec fee schedule
MANCHESTER — The Select Board made a few adjustments to the Manchester Parks and Rec Fee Schedule at a recent meeting.
The fees that cover the swimming pool, field rentals, and other recreational activities in town haven't been updated in a while and Town Manager John O'Keefe told the board a few adjustments were overdue.
"We are one or two years late on increasing fees," O'Keefe told the board.
Changes were made to the rental rates for three fields as well as an adjustment that will benefit nonresident senior swimmers.
The fees for Eckhardt Field, McClellan Field and Knapp Field were adjusted.
Knapp Field, which is being rebuilt right now as part of the installation of a running track in collaboration with Burr and Burton Academy, will have its fee increased to match that of Eckhardt and McClellan fields because of its improvements.
Pool prices will remain the same unless you're a senior who does not live in Manchester.
Day passes will remain $6 for resident adults and $4 for resident youth, while nonresident adults will continue to pay $10 and nonresident youth $7.
Likewise, season passes will remain the same for residents at $60 for adults and $40 for youth and seniors.
Residents will still be able buy a family pass for $200. There is no family pass offered for nonresidents.
Nonresidents youth and adult passes remain unchanged at $100 for adults and $70 for youth.
Nonresident seniors, however, will get a break, as the annual pass is reduced from $100 to $70 for those 65 and older, and day passes will be reduced from $10 per day to $7.
In the past, there was not a nonresident senior fee and they paid the adult rate.
The board chose to
Select Board member Janet Nolan supported providing a senior discount.
"I'm in favor of the senior discount," Nolan said. "It's just that little bit of encouragement for them to get outside. I think it's fair. Seniors have earned that."
Nolan got the backing of the Manchester Parks and Rec director of programming Jacquelyn Lewicki.
Resident Sylvia Jolivette spoke out about keeping the pool affordable and said she didn't want to see the fees increased at the pool. The board clarified that the cost to operate the pool was about $100,000 per year and only took in about $50,000 in revenue but considered operating the pool as a service to taxpayers.
The new rates go into effect on July 1.
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