City doubles field fees for adult recreational sports leagues

City doubles field fees for adult recreational sports leagues


MAY 1ST THROUGH 7TH AT THE SONIC LOCATION ON UNION ROAD IN CHEEKTOWAGA. ORGANIZERS OF ADULT RECREATION LEAGUES SAY THEY’RE LOSING PLAYERS BECAUSE THE CITY HAS DOUBLED FIELD FEES. BUT CITY OFFICIALS TELL US THIS IS A MINOR INCREASE… WHICH WILL HELP PAY FOR OTHER PARK ACTIVITIES. NEWS 4’S JENN SCHANZ HAS THE STORY ((“MY TEAMEMBERS, THEY’RE WONDERING AS TO WHY AND WHAT THE CITY IN RETURN IS GIVING US.”)) KEN COSBY PLAYS KICKBALL AT DELAWARE PARK IN THE SPRING. HE’S NOT HAPPY WITH THE CITY’S DECISION TO RAISE LEAGUE FEES FROM $100 TO $200 TO USE THE A TOUGH CALL, IT’S A TOUGH THING… WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE REASON IS.”)) ACCORDING TO THE CITY’S DEPUTY PARKS COMMISSIONER ANDREW RABB, THE INCREASE WILL HELP FUND OTHER PARKS ACTIVITIES, AND MAKE SURE YOUTH SPORTS CAN REMAIN FREE. ((“THIS FEE INCREASE WILL AVERAGE OUT TO BE ABOUT $10 PER PLAYER FOR THE SEASON. THE CITY’S PARKS COMMISSIONER TELLS ME THIS IS THE FIRST TIEM THEY’VE RAISED THESE FEES IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES.”)) MIKE DAMICO, A LEAGUE ORGANIZER WITH MILESPORTS, SAYS OF THE 96 SOFTBALL TEAMS THAT REGISTERED LAST YEAR, SO FAR JUST 70 HAVE. OF THE 36 KICKBALL TEAMS THAT REGISTERED, SO FAR THERE’S JUST 18. BECAUSE OF THE FEE INCREASE, HE’S HAVING TO CHARGE PLAYERS MORE. ((“A LOT OF TEAMS NOW HAVE DROPPED BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO PAY THE ADDITIONAL MONEY. IT’S A LITTLE HIGH FOR SOME OF THESE TEAMS, ESPECIALLY THE INDEPENDENT TEAMS.”)) DAMICO WORRIES PLAYERS WILL OPT TO PLAY IN THE SUBURBS TO AVOID THE FEE HIKE. RABB SAYS THE CITY HAS PUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE PARKS, AND IT WAS TIME TO ADJUST THE FEES SO THAT THE CITY CAN CONTINUE TO DO SO. HE ALSO NOTED THE PARKS ARE MORE USED NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. ((“THE PARKS ARE MORE USED MORE IS CAUSE WE’RE FILLING THEM. IT’S NOT THAT THEY’RE FILLING THEM. IT’S OUR ADULT REC LEAGUES THAT ARE FILLING THE PARKS. WITHOUT US THERE WOULDN’T BE ANYBODY HERE.”)) RABB TOLD US YOUTH SOCCER IS A BIG PARK-FILLER, AND THE CITY DOESN’T CHARGE FOR ITS FIELD USE. DAMICO HAS MET WITH COUNCILMEMBER RICHARD FONTANA, WHO CHAIRS THE CITY’S FINANCE COMMITTEE. HE WAS INVITED TO SPEAK BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN MAY TO FURTHER DISCUSS HIS

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