Archive for Friday, November 30, 2007

Recreation centers to trim back hours

November 30, 2007


City cutting rec center hours

The city's Parks and Recreation Department announced today it is cutting the hours of operation at the Community Building, the East Lawrence Recreation Center, and the Holcom Park Recreation Center from December 2 to January 5. Enlarge video

You'll have a little less time next month to work off the holiday turkey and yams at the three city-operated recreation centers.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday that it is cutting the hours of operation at recreation centers from Sunday to Jan. 5.

The new hours for that time period: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The change in hours will affect the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.; the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.; and the Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.

Ernie Shaw, acting director of the parks and recreation department, said the reduction in hours mainly was the result of the department's basketball league wrapping up for the year. Usually, there are games running until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. at the centers. But as the season comes to a close, games are ending at 8 p.m.

But Shaw said the move was budget-related as well.

"That wasn't the main reason, but it helps a little bit," Shaw said. "But we have the money to operate."

The holiday hours will result in about nine fewer hours per week that the centers are open. Generally, the centers are open until at least 9 p.m. on weekdays, until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The centers also open at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Shaw said that new basketball leagues begin in early January and that all the recreation centers would return to normal operating hours Jan. 6.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Hey, b3, maybe if you got a little exercise you wouldn't be such an unpleasant sort.

George_Braziller 9 years ago

I looked back at a bunch of b3's other postings and it appears that b3 hates everything and everyone. I didn't see a single post that wasn't nasty or negative.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years ago

kinda like bozo? Not trying to start anything bozo but you do tend to be negative there is some one else worse but I can,t remember who right now. my brain just gone these days.

gbaker 9 years ago

If you have no money then you can't pay staff. Simple bad managment.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"Not trying to start anything bozo but you do tend to be negative"

I'm negative when negative is appropriate, which, unfortunately, is too often the case. If you ever disagree with my "negativity," feel free to express your sunshiny positivity.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

The rec centers directly compete with private business for customers. They are unfair, taxpayer-subsidized competition with the open marketplace. I have zero investment in any health clubs, but the question remains, why is it necessary for the government to compete with private business?

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