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July 3, 2014

PCRC to raise daily use fee 67 percent

Pryor Times — With 60 new memberships in June, Pryor Creek Recreational Center is now raising daily use fees.

New director Laura Holloway was present at the Pryor City Council meeting, Tuesday, to pitch the idea of raising the daily use fee from $3 to $5.

This fee is the amount non-members pay to use the center's weight room.

Council member Drew Stott started discussion off by asking why such a large jump was necessary, preferring to increase by only a dollar at a time at most.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel speculated that the fee has not been increased since the facility opened, but other council members reminded him when the doors opened the daily use fee was $1.

Holloway informed the board that most recreation centers have a daily use fee of $5 and that PCRC is cheaper in every area. Claremore Recreation Center, Holloway said, charges $1 to walk on the track while that service remains free at PCRC.

“We don't want to run anyone off,” said Holloway, adding that she cannot imagine the increase creating a problem. “If you come in and spend a hour, I guarantee you'll get $5 worth.”

Swimming will remain at $3 for a day pass and the basketball court will still cost $1.

Holloway said the center has been averaging 40 to 60 new memberships every month, with a large percentage of those using the weight room facility. Increased traffic means increased usage of the equipment.

“This would likely increase membership,” said council member Greg Rosamond, to which Holloway said that was the goal.

Stott still contended that a gradual increase would be better in his opinion and that increasing it a little at a time will still get people coming through the door to try it out.

With Stott being the only vote against it, the increase passed. The new daily use fee of $5 will be effective Aug. 1.

With no disucssion the board approved increasing the childcare fee from $1 per hour to $2 per hour for members and from $2 per hour to $3 per hour for non-members.

Holloway had several facility patrons present to provide a department update to the council.

With overwhelming positivity they told the council that PCRC is an asset to the community, and thanked them for providing it. One member, an 18-year old Pryor High School graduate, said the facility has changed his life while another member touted the “exceptional equipment and remarkable staff.”

One couple with a long-term membership said PCRC is more than a gym, it's a gem.

 

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