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GARA will raise fees for most rec park rentals

Citing the need to increase salaries for staff members, the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors approved fee increases for most of its rentals, starting in 2023.

Executive Director Erin Peddigree said rental fees for the assembly room will increase from $50 to $60 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours and that using the kitchen would now be a flat fee of $100.

Fees for the meeting room in the Sterner Building will increase by $5 per hour, and there will also be increases for use of the baseball and softball fields.

Pavilion rental fees will not change.

The board said it was considering different options to bring salaries for current and incoming employees to meet current standards.

The board also approved a nondiscrimination policy which they had not had previously.

Peddigree said she expected monthly equipment expenses to decrease as a result of the recent purchase of new equipment.

GARA considered an informal proposal from the Adams County Farmers Market to jointly apply for grant funding to rebuild the park’s Youth Activity Building or potentially create a replacement structure.  If funds became available the building could be used by the farmers market as well as GARA, potentially as a senior center or for other uses.

Peddigree said plans were moving forward for the installation of a bicycle repair station in the rec park.

Peddigree said about 120 children were now playing football, and that Soccer Shots and Flag Football teams were also active.

The board said it was moving forward on fall activities including a potential Halloween “Trick or Treat Trail” and showing movies in the park.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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