Charles Clayton – Fraser rec center too expensive
March 12, 2010
To the Editor:
My wife and I were recently in Fraser, where we decided to take my 2-year-old daughter swimming at the new recreation center. Due to the fact that we were from out of town, my wife and I paid $10 each to use the pool.
My mother, a full-time Fraser resident, came with us in hopes of watching her granddaughter splash around in the pool. Despite the fact that she would not be entering the pool, nor even changing into a swimsuit, she was told that she would have to pay the full $7 entrance fee to sit pool-side.
All told, our 45 minute family outing cost us $27. Should we visit this summer, after my daughter turns 3, a similar trip to the pool will cost us $34. At that price, I doubt we will be returning to the recreation center.
I live in Taos, N.M., and we also have a community center. Our aquatic center is substantially larger than the one at “Grand Park” and has all the same amenities (slide, kiddie pool, hot tub and the like), but is much less expensive: $2 for a child, and $3 per adult, regardless of whether they live in Taos. And if Grandma wants to sit and watch the kids swim, well, that’s free.
Perhaps the Recreation District could re-examine the fees it charges and come up with something more sensible, like a “pool only” rate. If nothing else, they should reconsider charging an elderly local resident (who, incidentally, just saw a big jump in her property taxes) to watch her granddaughter swim.
El Prado, N.M.