The Washington Park Board Wednesday night approved fees for the use of the city fields for two sports associations. That recommendation will now go to city council for approval.
The fees are for American Legion Post 218 and the Washington Youth Sports Association. Both organizations use the fields for baseball and the sports association also uses the fields for softball games.
If approved by the council, there will be a $20 reservation fee per day for games, $20 reservation fee per day for practices on Ronsick Field and $30 per game for field lights.
The recommendation includes a $40 charge if an association is to only have one night game. The lights would still cost $30, but there would only be a $10 reservation fee.
The board also is recommending a prep fee per day.
“We’ll drag lines and set out the bases for a $50 fee,” said Parks Director Wayne Dunker.
The max fee per day and field would be no more than $100.
“For years, the Washington Youth Sports Association have been prepping their own fields,” said City Administrator Darren Lamb. “The individual who was doing the service for them indicted he could no longer provide that.”
Both sports organization went out to bid and the city of Washington went out to bid to provide that service.
The Washington Youth Sports Association received some bids back, but the city did not.
“We will look internally to prepare the fields,” Lamb said.
Upon further review of what other cities are charging to prep fields, Lamb said they’ve come up with a reasonable prep fee.
“I will tell you $50 for a prep fee does not pay for what we have to do,” he said. “We are still subsidizing that quite a bit.”
The prep fee will include Ronsick Field, which is more difficult due to needing a bit more maintenance.