Seniors, The Poor and Bronx Residents Hit The Hardest
In yet another Bloomberg park revenue deal that has cost the taxpayers money the city lost $ 200, 000 last year - and more than 50, 000 memberships after the city imposed dramatic fee increases for recreation centers.
As predicted the large fee inceases initiated last year by the Mayor for Parks Department recreation services has resulted in a dramatic decrease in public usage and revenue.
Recreation centers serve the poor, middle and working class in the city for the most part.
Senior-citizen membership dropped by more than half as seniors saw their recreation center membership fees rise by 150% - from $10 to $25. Adults saw their fees increased by 100%, from $50 to $100 for centers without an indoor pool, and from $75 to $150 for centers having an indoor pool.
NYC already ranks dead last in the provision of recreation centers for a high density city
In 2011 the Bloomberg administration quietly pushed through massive recreation fee increases for Parks Department recreation facilities as well as tennis and ballfield permits.
For the second time since 2003, Mayor Bloomberg doubled the cost for a seven-month tennis permit in city parks. In February 2011 tennis fees were quietly raised to $200 from
$ 100. In 2003 the price was $ 50. Single-play more than doubled from $7 to $15.
- Geoffrey Croft
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