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A proposal to charge for commercial use of Stillwater city parks is being considered by the City Council, whose members had conflicting opinions about the idea. Increasing use of parks for fitness boot camps, tennis lessons and other commercial ventures has sometimes restricted public use and filled parking lots, officials say.
After the parks and rec commission worked on the issue, city staff recommended a $30 fee for each commercial use, in addition to any regular park rental fees, limited to $1,000 a year.
Some council members, however, said they wanted to know how the city would distinguish between businesses and nonprofits, how much park repair and maintenance cost, and how much activity results from such events. The proposal was tabled.