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Lodi Recreation Commission to discuss park use permits

By Wes Bowers, Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Aug. 15--The Lodi Recreation Commission will discuss whether to approve park use permits at a special meeting to be held Monday.

Whether or not to require park use permits has been discussed at commission meetings since November 2013.

Department staff has said in the past that the consideration stems from groups as large as 30 people using tennis courts at city parks for activities other than tennis. Permits may also apply to those who play soccer at parks without soccer fields.

A local soccer league plays Sunday games at Peterson Park, and the city of Lodi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services has received several complaints about noise from neighbors, staff said.

In addition, the parks department needs to perform maintenance on many grassy areas at parks, and excessive use of the fields can wear them down, staff said.

The recreation commission's direction has been to:

--Require a permit for any commercial activity in a park or any event in a park advertised to the public.

--Require a permit for groups of more than 25 people.

--Allow the parks department to reduce or waive fees for nonprofit activities that have a community benefit.

--Not allow a park use permit for commercial activities on weekends.

--Charge a permit fee for commercial use based on a tiered schedule, depending on the number of participants and park location.

--Require commercial users to have insurance protecting the city in an amount to be determined later.

The commission will also consider a resident's request to establish a senior discount for the Lodi Lake Park annual vehicle entry pass at the Monday night meeting.

These items were to be discussed at an Aug. 5 meeting that was canceled to due a lack of quorum.

Monday's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at wesb@lodinews.com.

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