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Posted on Fri. Nov. 16, 2012 - 12:16 am EDT

Golf, dog, day camp fees rising at city parks

FORT WAYNE — Parks board members approved raising several fees Thursday in an effort to keep up with rising costs.

Golf rates for the weekday special – 18 holes and a cart – will go from $18 to $20 at Shoaff and McMillen parks and from $20 to $22 at Foster Park, while twilight fees will go up $1.

Fees for Franke Park Day Camp will go up $1 a week, for some age groups, while some ages at Salomon Farm Camp will pay $2 more a week.

Board members also approved a new fee for the Pawster Dog Park, allowing the sale of a half-year permit.

Annual permits are $40, and officials said many would-be customers complained at having to pay full price even late in the year.

Now, they can buy a half-year permit for $20 that’s good from July 1 to Dec. 31. The park typically sells about 300 passes a year.

Headwater pact OK’d

In other business, board members approved a three-year extension to the agreement with the Headwaters Park Alliance to operate Headwaters Park. The nonprofit alliance maintains, manages and makes certain improvements to the downtown park. The board also approved a 5 percent fee increase for pavilion rentals.

The board also heard from union members Thursday upset that the parks department plans to close the Lawton Park storeroom, a central equipment depot.

Dozens of union members packed the meeting room and filled the hallway to support keeping the storeroom open.

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