New Sports and Summer Day Program Fees Proposed for Orleans

ORLEANS –Sports and summer day programs in the Town of Orleans may not be free for much longer.

Recreation Director Alan Harrison has proposed a new sports fee schedule, which he says should be $30 for youth per sport, and start in September for soccer, field hockey, basketball and baseball.

He said that he has talked to parents and members of the community since his arrival last fall and they’re interested in paying a fee to expand services.

“The additional money that would be used would be for equipment, soccer balls, basketballs, repairs of soccer nets, replacement of soccer nets, various other expenses to improve our program,” said Harrison.

Harrison said that Orleans neighboring communities all charge about the same for similar programs and are able to offer their citizens more.

He has also proposed a summer day recreation program fee of $125 for six weeks, $75 for three weeks and $45 for one week or less.

The funds would be used to provide specialty instruction in yoga, tennis, field trips and fitness.

Harrison has discussed with selectmen the option of moving up his own hours from 30 to 35 and boosting the pay of the summer playground director.

“The idea of that is that we’re building new programs so in order to build new programs it may take some more hours and time and management and time for planning,” said Harrison.


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