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Parks Department open house tonight

Share your thoughts about next year's proposed fees at city aquatic centers, the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex and the Franklin Park Sports Complex tonight.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open forum at 6 p.m. at the Woodland Center (3404 W. Woodland Boulevard, off the Sunset Highway) at the Finch Aboretum.
Here's a link to the proposed user fees. Tonight's comments will be provided to the Parks Board for review before the 2011 budget can be finalized.
"The six new aquatic centers and the Merkel Complex were constructed with funding from the 2007 Parks Improvement Bond. The bond funded construction but not maintenance and operation costs, so it's crucial that user fees or other funding cover maintenance and operation. Likewise, user fees must cover maintenance and operation at that facility," reads a press release from the parks department.

Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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