After about 45 minutes of discussion, the Park Cities YMCA and the University Park City Council worked out an agreement to renew their contract to open the city’s parks to YMCA youth sports.
HPISD trustee John Bunten spoke on behalf of the Park Cities YMCA during last night’s council meeting, and I was surprised to find out from him that 94.7 percent of University Park’s youth participate in YMCA sports like baseball, football, and basketball. With hundreds of kids and several teams, they’re all going to need a place to play. HPISD opens their facilities to the teams, but that’s not enough for the 8,597 players, or 3,314 University Park kids ages 5 to 13, enrolled in several Y sports programs.
Increased use, as Parks director Gerry Bradley pointed out, means maintenance costs have climbed, too. The UP City Council had initially asked for $18,000 the first year of use and then a 10 percent increase in fees each year until 2015. The two parties, however, were able to work out a modified fee structure.