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Recreation Center
By Inge Kummant


September 08, 2009

Dear editor and SitNews readers,

As the bad weather approaches, it is necessary once again for our young people to find safe and interesting indoor activities.

Might it be possible to make the drop-in activities at the Rec Center free of charge for young people under 18? Those activities include basketball, ping pong, air hockey, the track, volleyball, and the tot gym.

For families and kids on a budget, the current $1.50 entrance fee may well be making the difference between going to the Rec Center once in a while and going on a regular basis. And we should remember that everyone who lives on the island is already making a contribution through their sales and property taxes (yes, renters do pay property tax).

We might try free drop-in activities for kids for a month, just to see how it goes, like the free month the bus offers. Who knows, we might find that with higher attendance and more spare pocket change the vending machine sales make up for the decrease in entrance fee revenue.

Could we give this a try?

Inge Kummant
Ketchikan, AK

Received September 06, 2009 - Published September 08, 2009



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