Although Kirkland adopted a new decree last week setting hourly rates for use of its arena, recreation centre and park chalets, town officials say the new guidelines won’t mean higher fees for local organizations.
The new rules establish a standard hourly tariff of $160 for the arena, $65 for its gymnasium and $50 each for renting the reception hall or a park chalet.
However, a 50-per-cent subsidy is available for community associations that primarily offer activities for minors, like hockey or ringette, and which meet the criteria of being a local group.
Local associations that primarily cater to adults could receive a 25-per-cent discount. As well, seniors’ groups could be offered use of a facility for free if approved by the town’s recreation department.
Associations requesting a subsidized rate must supply the town with documents, from proof of insurance, financial statements, a charter, a list of members and its executive committee.
The move was to formalize rules regarding use and rental costs of municipal facilities by local associations or Kirkland residents, said director general Joe Sanalitro, adding the town didn’t have such a document to rely on before.
“This document sets fair rates,” he said. “It’s to treat everyone equally.
“This is not about making money. It’s about making it fairer across the board.”
With a subsidy granted, Sanalitro points out local minor sports organizations will be charged $80 an hour for the arena and local adult associations $120/hour for ice time. Groups or individuals based outside of Kirkland or not catering to its residents are to pay the full standard tariffs set in the new bylaw.
Aside from arena or chalet use, the new rules set a $75 cleanup fee for any sleepovers or a party of a duration of two hours or more at any municipal facility being rented.
Anyone who rents the arena or gymnasium at the rec centre may also rent a reception hall at $150 per day, but that rate is reduced to $50/day for local associations or Kirkland residents.
Mayor John Meaney said the town had conducted a study of all its indoor facilities to determine the costs of operation, from heating to maintenance.
“So we broke that down to an hourly rate per area and then we set up criteria: if you are this type of association, you pay 50 per cent of the total costs. It gives the criteria of how we are going to charge for each facility.”
Meaney said the new tariff rules won’t affect local associations but may affect groups from outside Kirkland.
“This was done to define the real costs and also to charge outside people the real costs based on the fact we know what the costs are now,” he added.
In comparison, Beaconsfield charges its local minor sport associations $75 per hour, or 50 per cent of its prime ice rental rate of $150/hour for adults for its arena, said recreation director Michael Dooling. The Beaconsfield Oldtimers Hockey Association pays $120/hour for regular season ice time and a $75/hour tournament rate.
Beaconsfield’s gym rental rates include $20/hour for local minor sports associations, from basketball to fencing, and $40/hour for adult resident athletic use.
Meanwhile, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, the prime hourly rate for ice time is $175, which is the non-resident adult tariff that also applies to for-profit instruction programs. The prime ice, non-resident youth rate is $105/hour. The resident adult rate is set at $125/hour for ice time, the resident youth rate is $70/hour, while the rate for local youth associations is $55/hour. Seniors (60-plus) can rent ice time at $80/hour during the day (non-prime hours).
Dollard doesn’t rent out its park chalets for private functions but does offer reception rooms at the civic centre for rentals, said recreation division head Keith Mallette. The town doesn’t operate its own gyms but works out ententes with local school boards on behalf of community organizations.
In Pointe-Claire, ice-time rentals for local minor hockey or skating programs range from $55 per hour during non-prime times to $70/hour during prime periods. The top rate for ice rentals in the city is $205/hour for non-residential commercial leagues.
Pointe-Claire offers its various chalets/room rentals at different rates. For the Arthur-Seguin chalet, residents pay $170 for half-day use or $285 for the day. Non-residents are charged $220/half-day and $370/full day.
The city offers affiliated groups use of school board gymnasiums at $22/hour for local associations and $29/hour for non-resident associations.