City of El Paso reconsidering controversial fees for Eastside Sports Complex

    City of El Paso reconsidering controversial fees for Eastside Sports Complex (Source: KFOX14) <p>{/p}

    A new proposal to mitigate an entrance fee at the newly opened Eastside Sports Complex is in the works.

    This comes after parents raised concerns that the prices were too high.

    The city’s parks and recreation department hosted a community meeting on the fees, Thursday.

    People said they want the city to make some changes, while the city said a fee is needed to pay for operation and maintenance costs for the complex.

    Phase one of the complex opened up in July.

    The $10 million project was funded through the 2012 Quality of Life bond.

    Last month, KFOX14 reported that parents were upset about the fees associated with the complex.

    The city originally told KFOX14 the entrance fee would be $5 per adult and $2 per child.

    Now, it said there was miscommunication.

    “It is $5 if it’s a tournament, regardless if it’s primarily adults,” said Andrea Schiechl, recreation programs manager for the city of El Paso. “And, it’s $2 if it’s league play, per person entering the facility.”

    Thursday, the city proposed a change in the fee.

    “Being able to incorporate the fee of an additional $25 per player to be able to cover the costs and only affect those players using that facility,” said Schiechl.

    Currently, the city charges a $10 player fee.

    It’s now proposing to charge $35 per player per season to remove the entrance fee for league play.

    The city said it would still charge a $5 per person entrance fee for tournaments.

    Parents told KFOX14 the fees are not affordable for every family.

    “As a taxpayer, we’re paying so much money to go onto the field where our kids are playing and I don’t think it’s fair that we have to pay extra to have to go in and watch our kids,” said soccer parent Vanessa Duran.

    “I’m kind of upset, because I have three,” said soccer parent Jose Luis Villalobos. “So, I have to pay three times as much.”

    The city said it will take the feedback it received from community members and come up with additional options.

    Those will be presented to City Council on Tuesday.

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