Delta residents will find that admissions to parks and recreation facilities will be equal to or better than the previous rates.
That’s according to the parks department as council recently approved a new fee structure.
Single admissions have represented the biggest sales volumes, followed by the one-month and the 10 and 25 punch pass options.
The updated bylaw reduces the number of options, but retains the most popular single admissions, a time-based 30-day monthly pass, an annual pass, as well as introduces a new flex pass, which provides 20 visits within one year to replace the punch pass.
Both the time-based and flex pass offer a further discount over single admissions.
The updated bylaw also sees no change to the Delta Families First Policy with preferred or free access to
The bylaw includes a premium for non-Delta residents and commercial businesses.
A staff report notes that most Delta residents (approximately 95 per cent) will see a benefit, however, a few (less than five per cent) who purchased three and six month passes previously, may experience a small increase in cost in choosing one of the alternatives.
The new bylaw also includes three types of fee categories: Child and Senior, Youth and Adult, as well as Super Seniors who get free admission.
Super Seniors were, for those previously age 85 and above, but it’s now age 75 and above.
The family category has been removed to reflect the value of the new single admission rates for one or two adults and their children, which is less expensive than the previous family rates.
Alternatively, the new flex pass is offered at a significantly lower price per visit for Delta residents, the report notes, pointing out that pass is also good for 20 visits.
A special fitness-only rate for the North Delta Recreation Centre has been added as a way to incentivize use of that facility.
Meanwhile, the proposed rental fees for facilities remain the same, but in some cases they are slightly lower in order to assist community groups to return to their activities.