Saturday, February 16, 2013

Parks Re-evaluating After Losing Memberships to Fee Increase

Parks Re-evaluating After Losing Memberships to Fee Increase - NYTimes.com

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Under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the city has made fighting obesity and improving public health one of its top priorities.
But pricing decisions by the parks department resulted in a 45 percent drop in paid memberships at its recreation centers, essentially city-run health clubs where New Yorkers who cannot afford memberships at expensive gyms, can work out. In an effort to raise revenue, the department doubled its annual fees a year and a half ago, to $150 for recreation centers with pools, and $100 for those without.