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District officials set fee schedule for Fraser Valley Rec Center

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

With a tentative December opening set, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District has settled on a fee structure for its new recreation center.

Like recreation centers in Gypsum, Avon and Breckenridge, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District has set fees based on whether residents live in the district or out of it.

The Fraser Valley center will also consider whether users are in-county residents or out-of-county residents.

For example, a $420 adult in-district annual pass jumps to $600 for annual passes for visitors from outside the county.

Residents of the district, which spans the southeastern part of Grand County from the top of Berthoud Pass to the top of Red Dirt Hill, are poised to pay the lowest fees.

The District plans to have passes on sale as early as this fall.

“In addition to our own analysis, fee assessments were done by an outside firm and we feel these rates are competitive when compared to other similarly sized public recreation centers in the mountain regions of Colorado,” said Scott Ledin, director of parks recreation and district administration.

Ledin said that although the district’s board of directors approved the new fees, “feedback is always welcome,” he said, and changing them is not out of the question, according to district statements.

Recreation center fees fall under daily rates, 20-visit punch cards, six-month memberships, annual memberships and monthly auto-pay rates. Youth rates and senior (60 years-plus) rates are discounted, and family memberships include two adults plus all dependent children under 18 years of age living in the household. The rate structure also notes that one adult membership may be transferred to a dependent’s guardian, such as a baby-sitter or grandparent.

A monthly auto-pay option allows the annual pass rate but requires a one-year commitment.

Entrance fees and memberships allow recreation users to have access to all the center’s amenities, such as the aquatics area featuring a 20-foot loop slide, spray and play area, lazy river, zero-depth entry pool and four-lane 25-yard lap pool, as well as a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. The center’s other features include a climbing wall, gymnastics center, running-walking track, weights area, dance-aerobic studio, a pool party room and multi-purpose room.

In the district’s operating cost analysis from July, found on the district’s Web site, http://www.fraservalleyrec.org, the 49,667 square-foot center might most compare to the 3-year-old recreation center in Gypsum, at 57,000 square feet.

The Gypsum center, which does not have tiered residency pricing, lists adult annual membership fees at $450, senior annual membership at $350 and a family membership at $750 plus an administrative fee.

In 2010, the Fraser Valley Center is projected to gain an annual operational revenue of around $886,400 with membership passes, punch cards, program fees, facility rentals, vending and chidcare among income, according to the district’s comparative operating cost analysis. The center stands to have an operational shortfall of $32,561 at an operational recovery rate of 96.46 percent. Comparatively, Gypsum’s operational recovery rate is 100.55 percent and Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Durango centers fall in the 70th percentile.

That shortfall could be covered by reserves, “but it’s hard to say,” said District Office Manager Susan Cahill, “because there are so many scenarios that could happen.” An operation and maintenance fund in the budget that includes a mill levy dedicated to funding operations could cover that loss – if there is one, she said.

Job shuffling and openings

To accommodate the added work load that comes with a new recreation center, the district board approved leaving top management positions in place while adding and shuffling jobs in other areas.

Scott Ledin will continue his role as director of parks, recreation and district administration, which will now include the new center.

Larry Burks will continue his role as director of golf and will work with Ledin on district administration-related items.

Susan Cahill, current office manager, will become assistant director of recreation and district administration, including the new recreation center.

Michelle Seville-Lawrence will supervise programming, marketing and the rec center child-watch facility.

Byran Kettlewell, who has served for three years as seasonal summer day camp coordinator, has been hired as a full-time recreation coordinator overseeing all licensed teen programs.

The district has already advertised for a full-time business manager who will support the entire district, including the golf course, as a finance and human resource professional.

And, the district is looking to hire other full-time and part-time roles, which should be advertised soon, according to district officials.

Those interested in working at the district should watch the Sky-Hi Daily News job postings as well as the fraservalleyrec.org Web site. An employment application is online and resumes are accepted anytime. Applications or resumes may be sent to susan@fraservalleyrec.org.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.