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In the coming months, Three Rivers will determine some of the new rates for lessons, McDowell said, and will be studying whether to increase fees for some of its larger buildings, which are rented for weddings, banquets and other special events.
McDowell said the higher fees are not intended as significant revenue boosts. Rates for lessons traditionally have been set to recover about 75 percent of the costs of instruction, he said, but park commissioners want them to pay closer to 100 percent of the costs.
Golf and downhill-ski lessons have been required to achieve that 100-percent payoff goal for many years, he said, and sometimes have made money for the district.
Although the prices for various activities will increase, McDowell said the park system will continue its scholarship programs and will consider more family and group discounts to be sure that higher rates don’t shut out some people who want to enjoy what the parks have to offer.
The 25-percent increase in snow tubing, for instance, will be accompanied by a 2-for-1 discount on certain weeknights, McDowell said.
“We want to make sure we’re maintaining easy access for all facets of our constituency,” he said.
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