City Council Approves Park Fee Hike


By Rochelle Dean


Tuesday night was the final reading of and vote for the proposed measure to raise the amount of money to use some of Columbia's most popular parks for outdoor events.

Everything from camping, swimming to golf will be impacted by what city officials are calling "modest increases" for profit and non profit organizations wanting to rent the space.

Senior Assistant City Manager, Smith Allison Baker tells ABC Columbia News the idea of the hike was suggested by the master planning group as they lay out their five year plan. Baker says the hope is the slight jump in rental fees would help the City generate more revenue.

Still the amount of money to host events will still cost Columbia more than they'll recoup in fees according to Baker.

Groups that want to rent the space for profit, will now have to dish out a thousand dollars for 6 hours of use, as opposed to the 9 hundred dollars they were paying before.

Organizations using locations for non profit events won't have to pay as much. Baker says they'll be responsible for paying 75 dollars an hour.
Both, would be required to pay a deposit and support fee to take care of staff and event clean up for an additional 350 dollars.

With various outdoor events already planned for many of Columbia's parks, it remains to be seen if any of these higher fees will be passed on to you by the vendors.

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