Saanich set to raise recreation rates

The rates for using various Saanich recreation facilities could go up in 2018.

Council Monday sent a report recommending higher general admission rates at all four Saanich recreation centres to future 2018 budget discussions.

Suzanne Samborski, Saanich’s director for parks and recreation, said in a report to council that the proposed rate hike reflects the results of an annual review that includes an external market assessment. “As part of this process, a review of the regional market is conducted and participation statistics are reviewed,” he said. “In comparison to other Greater Victoria departments, Saanich recreation drop-in admission feers are currently among the highest in the region, while participation levels have remained relatively static over the last four years.”

The cost of a single drop-in admission at the four recreation centres would rise from $6.50 to $6.75 inclusive taxes. A one-year-pass would rise from $454.25 to $476.25 inclusive taxes.

The proposed increase would also impact student, youth and family rates. The rates for children (aged five to 12) to use the facilities and access childminding services would not change.

The report also recommends raising the rates for pool rentals and lessons at Gordon Head Community Recreation Centre, and Saanich Commonwealth Pool. Room rental rates across all four recreation centres, plus ice time rentals at Pearkes Recreation Centre would also go up by two per cent.

Staff largely recommends holding the line on field rental, picnic and event permit costs, with adjustments to longer term permits.

Golfers could also have to dig a little bit deeper into their pockets, as staff recommends raising green fees at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. A weekday green fee would rise from $44 to $45 dollars, a weekend green fee from $49 to $50. An annual weekday pass would cost $1,530 — up from $1,499 — while a full, year-round pass would cost $2,040 – up from $1,999.

“It is estimated that the proposed recommendation will generate approximately $31,250 in additional recreation membership revenue, but drop-in admissions and pass prices will be only slightly higher,” said Samborski.

Samborski said in her report that the recommendations would allow parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities to “remain competitive in an ever expanding and changing market” while “continuing to be financially responsible and being strategic with respect to the financial sustainability of the Cedar Hill Golf Course.”

Just Posted

Artists craft Souper Bowls in Cedar Hill studio

Souper Bowls of Hope supports urban youth

Six stories a non-starter at Sidney’s Cedarwood Inn site

Site redevelopment plans go back to the drawing board

Mount Douglas Mathletes enjoying success by the numbers

Saanich Grade 9s walk away with top five spots in Island math competition

Songhees Wellness Centre event immersed in Indigenous cuisine and culture

Camosun and Songhees cook together for reconciliation while fundraising for student scholarship fund at March 23 event

Victoria Women’s Expo showcases the latest trends

Over 100 vendors feature lots of beauty, health, food, jewelry products and more

Celebrating our transit drivers on their day

March 18 is International Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

World Cups soccer festival coming to Lochside Park

Victoria’s long running youth soccer festival, the Peninsula Co-op World Cups Soccer… Continue reading

LETTER: Lowered voting age would engage youth in political process

Saanich high school student supports giving a vote to 16-year-olds

Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at 63

Ottawa-born comedian had performed on David Letterman

B.C. VIEWS: Speculation tax, cabin tax or asset tax?

Targeting empty homes seems confused and ineffective

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

Most Read