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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fee changes proposed for Pinecrest Golf Course, other Fairfax County parks

The only ones on the Pinecrest Golf Course on a recent cold weekday afternoon were geese.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is proposing fee changes for some park facilities. Some fees will increase, while others will actually be reduced.

According to a report by the Park Authority, the changes are based on several trends: On the down side, use of the county’s golf courses has declined due to the sluggish economy and poor weather, and there’s been a drop-off in RECenter attendance. Positive trends include record growth in the number of households purchasing park services and growth in sales of RECenter passes.

Here’s how the proposed fees would affect residents of Annandale/Mason District:
  • In-season (mid-March through mid-December) weekend greens fees for the nine-hole Pinecrest Golf Course on Little River Turnpike would rise from $22 to $23. The in-season weekday fee at Pinecrest would not change from the current $18.
  • The off-season (mid-December through mid-March) weekend and weekday greens fees at Pinecrest would not change from the current rate of $18. Fees for renting accessible power carts at Pinecrest would increase from $8 to $10.
  • The Park Authority recommends reducing the fee for renting the Wakefield Skatepark in Annandale from $250 to $80. New fees are added renting part of the skatepark: $80 for the ramp section and $35 for the plaza section. This proposal is being made because the current rental rates are significantly higher than at other skateparks in the area, and the Wakefield facility has only been rented twice since 2011.
  • There would be a fee of  $8 for one hour of singles play at the tennis courts at Wakefield, and the separate fee structure for county residents and non-residents would be eliminated. The current rate is $7 for residents and $11 for non-residents. 
  • The rate for doubles and for tournaments and groups at the Wakefield tennis courts would be $10 for one and a-half hours. It’s now $9 for residents and $14 for non-residents.
  • The fees for groups renting all or parts of RECenter swimming pools would increase by 4.8 percent.
  • The fee for renting the new classroom at Green Spring Gardens would be $55 an hour plus a $50 security deposit. Renting the multipurpose room at Green Spring would remain $90 an hour but a new lower rate of $70 an hour would be in effect for non-prime hours (Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Park Authority Board will vote on the fee changes at its March 12 meeting. If approved, they will take effect April 1.

The public can submit feedback on the proposed changes at a meeting scheduled for Jan. 29, 7 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. To register to speak, contact Judy Pedersen, 703-324-8662. Comments can also be submitted via email  until Feb. 11.

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