Alpharetta approves higher parks fees

Affects tennis, equestrian programs



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Fees are going up for certain Alpharetta Recreations and Parks activities. Tennis usage and rental of the equestrian center will be affected. The new fees will raise about $80,000 a year.

Recreation and Parks Director Mike Perry told the City Council at the May 5 council meeting that it has been several years since the city has looked at how its fees stack up against those of surrounding cities.

“Periodically, we go about evaluating what other municipalities are charging for the programs we offer,” Perry said. “With the economic downturn, we have shied away from increasing fees on our residents.

“It’s not all about money, but anything we can do to help recover costs is a prudent thing to do,” Perry said.

Councilmember Jim Gilvin agreed, saying, “It’s about time to evaluate these fees.”

The new fees will take effect next year.

In other business at the meeting, the council unanimously approved applying for a grant to help pay for bulletproof vests for public safety officers.

The grant, worth $26,100, will cover half of the cost of 33 vests and two SWAT vests. The grant allows funding for vests that would be placed on a five-year rotation schedule.

“It’s nice to have a grant that covers half the cost, since these were items we would purchase anyway,” said Amanda Day, grants administrator.

Vests are guaranteed for five years from the date of manufacture. The bending from normal wear can weaken the Kevlar layers. Environmental factors such as humidity and temperature can also affect the viability of the vests.

Alpharetta City Council May 5, 2014

Confirmation of change order to Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart and Associates for $7,000.

UNANIMOUS (Cross absent)

Confirmation of change order to Cardno ATC for $42,000.

UNANIMOUS (Cross absent)

Approval of a grant for 2014 bulletproof vest partnership program.

UNANIMOUS (Cross absent)

Approval of new Recreation and Parks fees and charges.

UNANIMOUS (Cross absent)


Tennis courts

Increase “open” tennis team fee from $150 per season to $250 per season.

Increase “55 and up” tennis team fee from $100 per season to $150 per season.

Charge practice court fee of $100 for seven weeks of tennis team practice.

Increase court rental fee from $3.75 per hour to $4 per hour for residents.

Increase court rental fee from $5 per hour to $6 per hour for non-residents.

Equestrian Center

Covered area: increase from $450 to $600 (horse show) or $750 (dog show) per day.

Outdoor area: increase from $200 to $350 per day.

Additional drag: $36 (no change)

Shavings: increase from $6 to $7 per bale.

Grounds fee: increase from $10 to $19 per day.

RV hookup: increase from $20 to $25 per day.

Stalls: increase from $17 plus $10 additional day to $19 plus $10 additional day.

Vendors: $25 (no change)

RN 05-08-14

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