Hopkins Proposes New Athletic Field Fees
The city needs more money to maintain its parks.
Little League, rugby, youth soccer and other groups could have to start paying to use certain Hopkins athletic fields they now use for free because the city needs more money to maintain its parks.
The Park Board has signed off on proposed fees that range from $10 to $50 for a two-hour block at most athletic fields, and council members didn’t offer much objection at Tuesday’s work session.
Steve Stadler, Hopkins' public works director, said the city needs a new revenue stream to provide for park maintenance. The fees are a fair way to do that and other cities charge, he said.
Part of the challenge is that costs are increasing. Jason Gadd, Park Board member and city councilman elect, noted that the city budgeted $15,000 to repair a roof on a storage building. The cost actually came in at $22,000.
The fees are expected to generate about $6,734 for the city.
The hourly fees would be based on how many people in the group are Hopkins or Minnetonka residents and whether the group is closed or open. Buffer Park and Harley Hopkins Park would both have flat $5-per-day fees because the city does minimal maintenance there.
Little League is still expected to bear the biggest brunt of the increase because it would have to pay to use the practice fields, which would cost about $3,780 based on 2011 use.
The group told the Park Board that would equate to about $3 to $5 extra per player if it couldn’t find money from other sources.
Staff will request approval of the new fees at the Dec. 6 City Council meeting.
Estimated cost for current groups
|Hopkins Dynamo Soccer||$615|
|Hopkins Youth Football||$294|
|Hopkins Youth Rugby||$1,260|
|Hopkins Area Little League||$3,780|
|Hopkins-Minnetoka Babe Ruth||$0|
|Oakes Park Cricket Group||$500|
For a detailed listing of the fees, click on the PDF to the right of the article.