Sep. 1—The San Dimas Recreation Center could see some changes in the next few years as the city weighs the future of the 40-year-old facility.
The building, located at
Upgrades to flooring, as well as pool and playground improvements, are among the needed repairs, according to a city staff report. The building houses two public swimming pools, racquetball courts, a weight and aerobics room, as well as a teen activity room and staff offices.
Director of Parks and Recreation
"Let's go out and talk to some local gyms and fitness facilities and see if there is some potential for a different model to make these services available to
Councilmember John Ebiner expressed reluctance in giving up the facility to a non-city entity. He asked for more information on the demographics of those actively using the building to better make a decision on its future.
Any changes to the recreation center should focus on the aquatic center, making pools accessible for competitions, said Councilmember Eric Weber. The site's competition pool is regulation size for CIF swimming and water polo competitions, but is not Olympic-size for either sport.
"If we're going to make an investment into the facility, we should at least explore the idea of expanding the competition side of the facility," Weber said.
Meanwhile, operation costs are steep for the city at an estimated
"This translates to a cost recovery rate of 36%, which is low by industry standards. To achieve a cost recovery rate of 72%, the City would need to increase program fees associated with the facility by 100%," a city staff report read.
Revenue for the recreation center comes mostly from memberships, swimming lessons and the
To better position itself for fiscal sustainability, the city is studying fees and whether they cover program costs and facility maintenance. City staff anticipates recommending fee increases to recover a greater portion of program costs and decrease the subsidy from the General Fund.
Additionally, a market study will be completed to provide cost recovery rates for comparable facilities and programs in surrounding cities such as
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