Fees to use the city's recreation centers will increase dramatically on September 1, thanks to a bill passed last night by Denver's city council. Instead of paying a flat fee to use all 27 rec centers, users will now buy a pass for one of three tiers: neighborhood (small centers), local (medium-sized) and regional (fully loaded). The bigger the rec center, the higher the cost. In some cases, much higher.
Adults ages 25 to 64 will pay $190 per year for neighborhood center. Adults who want to use local centers will have to pay $249, and the cost to use the regional centers will be $369 per year.
In most cases, that's much more than what users pay now. Currently, adult rec center memberships are sold in three-month ($52), six-month ($100) and annual ($190) increments, and all members can use all centers.
The new tiered structure includes a new category of users: young adults, ages 18 to 24. Memberships are less expensive for them, and even cheaper for youth and seniors.
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The city's Parks and Recreation Department has also standardized facility rental costs. For example, it will now cost $108 per hour to rent a regulation-size gymnasium and $165 per hour to rent a pool with a kiddie play area.
At that price, Chuck E. Cheese might be a better bet for your kid's next birthday.
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