Oak Park pool discounts might evaporate

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The Park District of Oak Park is considering dumping its multi-tiered pool pass pricing, opting instead to charge the same price for each person.

That proposal would wipe out current rates, which gives discounts to kids 1-5, seniors, families and the disabled.

Instead, each person would simply buy an individual pool pass.

The only two groups who would pay less under the proposal would be people who currently just buy a single individual pass, and households of two.

The proposal won't make a big difference to the park district's bottom line, said Superintendent of Business Operations Karin Schindel, but it'll streamline their operations.

"It's going to create more equity in the pass types," Schindel said. "This is pretty much revenue-neutral for the district, but it'll create more maintenance efficiencies."

Schindel estimated the bottom line will be an extra $22,000 for the park district's coffers: roughly $310,000 in revenue with the new model, up from about $288,000 under the old model.

The proposal is one of the park district's proposals in its 2011 budget. The district held its first budget hearing on Sept. 30. The next budget meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Hedges Administration Center, 218 Madison St.

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Not much of a fan of the pools anymore  

Posted: October 11th, 2010 4:37 PM

It started by stagering the opening of the two pools and now a change in pricing. What a shame, to outprice a family for a lousy $22,000 extra in the budget. The two pools and rink bleed money, I don't think an extra $22,000 is going to help much. How about relieving some staff of their duties instead.

M. O'Mara from Oak Park  

Posted: October 11th, 2010 11:53 AM

One of the last things we are still happy about in our village is the reasonably priced daily activity of taking our 5 children to the pools. How will this ala carte pricing affect a family of our size..my guess is that this will mean an exponential increase in cost. One thing everyone in Oak Park should know is that it is cheaper to join Riverside Country Club and utilize their pool! We have avoided this because of our commitment to the village, but this may very well be final straw!

R Murtha  

Posted: October 8th, 2010 4:35 PM

They "estimate the bottom line will be an extra $22,000 for the park district's coffers". Do they factor in that there may be fewer families who can afford the new pass pricing? Curious, as Elizabeth mentioned, what does streamlining mean? Do? Provide?

Elizabeth Rees from Oak Park   

Posted: October 7th, 2010 4:45 PM

I think this will make pool memberships very difficult for many families to afford. Just one more way that ordinary mid-level income families are being squeezed out of the traditions of Oak Park. By 'streamlining' does that simply mean that the park district employees will have less work to do? Won't they still have to create individual passes for each family member, just as they do now?

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