Oakwood board discusses charging for sports teams' use of park

Oakwood board discusses charging for sports teams' use of park

OAKWOOD — Discussions became emotional when the village board discussed charging sports teams for use of public parks.

"We have to find places to cut expenses. We can also look for new revenues, but that is hard to find," said Bob Jennings, president of the village board.

Jennings said the teams could be charged a flat rate to help with maintenance expenses.

During baseball season, the Oakwood fields are used five days a week for about eight weeks serving 140 young people. The cost of electricity for the two months is $400 to $500.

Resident Kyle Vogel said sports teams generate commerce for gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants.

Oakwood Baseball League board member Amanda Wells questioned a maintenance fee, saying the toilets overflow and there is no door on the girls' bathroom. She also said parents have helped with tree trimming, mowing and roofing.

Oakwood could increase revenue by charging for the use of the pavilion and concession area. The pavilion is rented out about 35 times a year.

"Currently, we charge $15 for the day, and if they clean it up, we give the $15 back," said Jennings. Some suggested raising the rental fees to $50 to $100, with half of it given back if the facilities are left clean.

In the end, trustees went with Doit Robert's suggestion of, "Do nothing. Go as it is. Research the pavilion rental."

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