Some city park activities will cost slightly more next year. I found out why.

Some park-related activities in Aberdeen are likely to cost a bit more next year.

The extra money will be used to help offset rising wage costs, Mark Hoven, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, told the Aberdeen Park and Recreation Board at Wednesday’s meeting. .

For example, he said, individual rides to Wylie Park will drop from $ 2.25 to $ 3, while the cost of a punch card for 10 rides will drop from $ 17.25 to $ 20. Admission to the aquatic center will also increase slightly, he said, but camping rates in city parks will remain the same.

All cost increases will take effect on January 1.

Increased use of the haunted forest

Gene Morsching, the Parks Department’s recreation superintendent, said haunted forest attendance was on the rise this year. Total attendance on Friday and Saturday was 4,816, up from 3,900 in 2019. The Haunted Forest was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Attendance at the Saturday afternoon matinee was around 1,200, which Morsching says is possibly the highest the event has ever seen. This Saturday evening, attendance was 1,990.

“I guess people were eager for the haunted forest to come back,” Morsching said.

Dakota Open down due to rain

Jon Murdy, chief golf pro at Lee Park, said the course has had a good golf season, but added that there was a big drop in the number of people at the Dakota Open golf tournament, which is typically a great event. This is because one day of the event had to be canceled due to rain. The number of participants has grown from 260 in 2019 to around 50 this year, he said.

Murdy said Lee Park has added GPS over the past year, which helps keep golf carts away from areas where they shouldn’t be.

Charles Kornmann, superintendent of golf, said holes 13 and 14 were fully opened about two weeks ago after being renovated to address drainage issues. This project cost approximately $ 270,000. Kornmann said there was talk of adding a T-shirt to them in the spring, although a deadline has not been set.

The next phase of renovation at Lee Park will likely begin next fall, Kornmann said, and will focus on moving water over certain areas of the course to eliminate rainy days.

This article originally appeared on Aberdeen News: park council haunted forest report

Sally J. Minick

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