|By Wes Bowers, Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Whether or not to require park use permits has been discussed at commission meetings since
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
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
These items were to be discussed at an
Monday's meeting will begin at
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