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City Recreation Programs Must Earn More

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Las Vegas CBS KXNT – Swimming, soccer, day camp — they’re part of a long list of activities that will soon cost you more in city-owned facilities.

The city’s park and recreation department is underperforming by national standards, recovering only 28 percent of the money spent, compared to an average of 50 percent for similar municipal programs.

The Las Vegas City Council authorized Park and Recreation staff on Wednesday to develop a new fee schedule, with the goal of closing the performance gap.

Some city council members sounded squeamish about raising fees on recreational activities. But City Manager Betsy Fretwell told them it’s overdue, and it’s merited, because Las Vegas has award-winning facilities and programs.

Fee increases were under discussion in 2009, Fretwell said, but the city tabled them when the economic downturn was at its worst.

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