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Menlo Park council shares views on nonresident recreational fee surcharge

Original post made on May 17, 2014

Should nonresidents pay 35 percent more, and wait a week longer to register, for the city of Menlo Park's recreation classes? As a prelude to the Parks and Recreation Commission's consideration of the issue later this year, council members set aside some time on May 6 to provide their perspectives, as did several community members.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:36 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 17, 2014 at 12:11 am

We should not be wasting valuable staff time for meetings to hear concerns and complaints from non-residents. The North Fair Oaks Community Council exists for this purpose: Web Link

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Posted by Unincorporated MP
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 17, 2014 at 6:31 am

Menlo Park sends us a catalog for all of their programs, yet seems determined to keep us out of their offerings.

We live in unincorporated Menlo Park, yet receive all of their mailings because we're a "Menlo Park Resident" living in the 94025 zip code. Perhaps the city wouldn't need to charge their exorbitant fees if they saved postage by only mailing the families they want to use their programs.

By the way, it would only seem right for Atherton, Palo Alto, and Redwood City to charge a premium to Menlo Park residents as well.

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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

How about making sure that all programs, including aquatics, contribute more from each non-resident, too. They benefit from the pool facilities that we taxpayers fund whether we use them or not. The recreational facilities are primarily for the residents of the city of menlo park. Others who use them should help us pay for them

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Posted by Do your research
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on May 18, 2014 at 6:23 pm


Look at the neighboring Cities. Menlo Park charges 35% and other neighboring cities are anywhere from 10-20% as well as many have a cap of $20 once the fee reaches $100. Also, did you see that they charge nonresident fees on classes that they take registration for OUTSIDE of Menlo Park? For instance, they charge a 35% upcharge to nonresidents who want to take a class at the Redwood City Ice Oasis. Newsflash, go sign up there. It will be far cheaper than through MP Recreation.

I don't think that nonresidents should get a free ride, but 35% is enough to keep us out. I am okay waiting a week or so to register, But, it is a bummer for kids who go to school in the district that do not get to participate in programs with their peers. At the end of the day, this is about Community building, it's not meant to operate completely like a business. Lowering fees would increase enrollment and this increase revenue. You have already stated in the article that the classes aren't full. I think it's rotten that they put the nonresident fee on the Kuk Sool instructor to absorb. Sheesh. A membership? Really? Why is this so complicated?

We will continue to patronize Palo Alto and Redwood City.

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