Orange Co. Could Be Cutting Some Parks and Rec. Programs

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

March 4, 2008

Wrestling, cheerleading and football! Could some of your Orange County Parks and Recreation activities be getting canceled?

The county says they don't plan on getting rid of any of the sports programs yet, just the programs that aren't pulling in a good amount of revenue.

“Obviously when there is a tight budget year like that any kind of discretionary programs or non-mandated programs are going to get a lot of close scrutiny,” said Bill Rolfe, Orange County Administrator.

These are programs like the Dix Memorial Pool, Child Garden Day Care and the open gym program.

“You got to kind of start saying, is it worth it? That's only where we're at right now the board has only started looking at these,” said Rolfe.

The county has recently asked for more information from parks and rec. about what kind of programs they're running, what’s the participation level and what does it cost to offer these programs?

Right now it costs over $120,000 to run the pool which only generates about $39,000 in revenue.

The Child Garden program only has 60 children enrolled and needs 90 to break even.

“I think we have some programs that the board wants to look at cost effectiveness. We do some open gyms we have to supply people for the schools and then we charge a couple of bucks for people to come in and shoot hoops Something like that doesn't appear that there's enough interest to generate to pay for somebody salaries that there 2-3 hours,” said Rolfe.

Right now the county is only looking at these 3 programs and says sports programs will continue as long as they're generating a good amount of revenue.

Any final decisions the county makes would not happen before July first.


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