Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

New municipal pool, recreation center fee schedules approved

February 15, 2007

Eudora could become a healthier place with the opening of the new pool and the community center in anticipation of the facilities opening this year.

The Eudora City Council approved fee schedules Monday for the Eudora Community and Aquatic Center. Eudora Parks and Recreation Department director Tammy Hodges recommended the fees after reviewing those in De Soto, Baldwin and Clearwater. The council approved the schedule of fees for residents but asked Hodges to review non-resident pass fees.

"A lot of places go $30 to $40 for non-residents," Hodges said Wednesday. "I'll just have to review the catalogs."

Hodges also revealed a number of exercise opportunities that will become available to the community with the opening of the new facilities.

A family season pass -- good for admittance of four family members residing together -- to the aquatic center, projected to open July 1, will be $150, a season pass for a child 13 and younger will be $100, and an adult pass $125.

Single-day admittance was set at $2 for children 13 and younger and $3 for adults. Those 55 to 69 years of age will be charged $1.50 to enter the pool for a single day and those 70 or older will be admitted free.

Weekday morning and evening hours at the pool will be set aside for a variety of adult activities with adult lap times available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a $1 fee. Adult exercise classes will be scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $20, and adult water aerobics will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The council also agreed to pool party rental rates of $100 an hour for residents. The pool will be available for parties from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

In addition, Hodges said she was planning special events like Hawaiian night at the pool for Friday evenings to build attendance.

A host of new activities will be available at the Eudora Recreation Center when it opens in late September.

Hodges said the wellness center will be equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, weight machines, free weights and benches.

Daily passes costing the same as those at the pool will be available as well as monthly and six-month memberships.

The community center will also allow her department to offer many varied classes and activities, Hodges said.

"That community room will be hopping," she said. "I've had a lot of instructors who want to jump in there and offer classes.

"There's going to be a lot going on."

Among the programs being considered in the community room and gym are jazzercise, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, cheerleading and gymnastics. Hodges also plans to offer family, junior high and high school fun nights.

Senior programming will include cards, trips, bingo, soup of the day and greet and meet.

Adult classes in such things as digital cameras and landscaping and gardening will also be offered.

The community room can be rented for $25 an hour or $125 a day with an extra $10 charge added to the hourly rate and $25 on the daily rate with use of the kitchen. The rental rate for the gym is $25 per hour, $150 a day for a non-profit event and $350 a day for an event charging admission. Security rates of $25 an hour or $100 a day will be required.

The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department will operate concessions for any event at the gym.

The recent spate of bad weather won't affect the pool's planned July 1 opening, Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. The council's decision last year to push back the opening to one month into the summer swim season will give the contractor cushion to finish, she said.

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