Report: Rec Center Fee Bump Cost City Thousands
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The city's decision to raise fees at neighborhood recreation centers has reportedly backfired.
The New York Post reports the Parks Department lost about $200,000 last year after doubling fees at 32 city rec centers.
Some 50,000 people dropped their memberships after the annual fee jumped from $50 to $100, and from $75 to $150 at facilities with pools.
Parks Department revenue dropped from $4.5 million in 2011 to $4.3 million in the 2012 fiscal year.
Parks officials tell the Post attendance at rec centers remains stable due to an increase in visits from non-members.