OGDENSBURG - The city parks and recreation department will give children and their parents wallets a break this summer.
The department will offer savings on its summer programs, citing an increase in their popularity.
In order to keep increasing the number of youths participating in our summer sports program, we are looking at offering specials to help the wallets and purses of area families, Director Matthew J. Curatolo said Friday. Especially those with multiple children.
The sports camp that now costs $25 per child for one time will be offered with three camps for $60, a savings of $15, or $5 per camp.
They offer basketball, baseball, swimming, soccer and lacrosse at the citys schools.
Swimming at the Elsa A. Luksich Municipal Pool will be offered for $30, a $5 savings on $25 for lessons plus the $10 season pass.
The goal is to increase participation and help the families, Mr. Curatolo said.
The city will also look beyond summer to next winter at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center in giving users a break.
The $20 childrens public skating pass - good for 20 visits at a dollar each - will be cut to $15.
Adult passes will be reduced from $40 to $35. They pay $2 per visit.
Mr. Curatolo said the anticipated high attendance will offset the price reductions to keep revenues steady, if not higher.
Last year, we saw 627 youths from Ogdensburg and the surrounding area participate in the departments summer sports program, he said. That was a marked increase from 2010 when we had 464 children.
Also at the pool, the city will begin booking parties for Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will be $40-an-hour fee and includes the costs of lifeguards.
Mr. Curatolo said the summer specials will be evaluated in the fall to determine whether they will be repeated in 2013.