Adams County

Board approves changes to park rental policy

Camping costs increase; fee waivers eliminated at fairgrounds

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Camping prices are increasing at the Adams County Regional Park, and there will be no more rental fee waivers for non-county events.

Adams County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that made several changes to the rental policy of the Regional Park Complex and picnic grounds during its March 10 regular meeting.

Camping rates will increase by $5 starting this year for its service sites. Campers wanting electrical and/or water services will be charged $20 per night, and those “dry” camping will be charged $15 per night.

Several of the policy changes deals with the Regional Park being used by county offices and departments. Rick Anderson, parks and community resources director, said one of the more significant changes includes eliminating the surcharge fee.

According to a staff report, the fee was developed in 2007 as a way to recoup costs associated with utilities as well as staff time to set up and tear down. The Regional Parks will lose approximately $10,000 in revenue by eliminating this charge.

Other changes include limiting county department and office events to Monday through Thursday with all events concluding by 10 p.m., Anderson said, “Any county department or office wanting to use the regional park on high demand days, those are Friday through Sunday, will be subject to the lowest nonprofit rate.”

These county government events will be scheduled in the Rendezvous Rooms, FRC Building and Parks Administration Building, when possible.

The policy changes include eliminating rental fee waivers, even for political events.

“Currently policy allows only the board of county commissioners to waive facility rental fees for non-county events,” Anderson said before the board vote. “Parks is recommending eliminating this option and not offering any fee waivers in the future. Current policy also allows each major registered political party two fee-waived events per year. Parks is proposing political parties be assessed the appropriated nonprofit rates and fees.”

The policy is also changing the flat rate fee it charges the Colorado State University Extension. “4H and CSU host roughly 600 events at the Regional Park annually,” he said. “Currently, CSU Extension is assessed a flat rate fee of $3,000 per year and we’d like to increase that to $5,000.According to the staff memo, the park will increase CSU Extension flat rate over a period of a few years. In 2015, CSU Extension’s flat rate fee will be $3,500; $4,000 in 2016, $4,500 in 2017 and $5,000 in 2018.

The Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, hosts more than 1,200 events annually — including the Adams County Fair.