Want to use a park for a birthday party or other gathering? Expect to pay a lot more this year.

   The Ripon Common Council approved a new fee schedule for park rentals that would have Ripon residents paying from 100- to 200-percent-plus more.

   Non-residents? They’ll pay much, much more than that.

   Reason for the increase, Ripon public works director Mike Ehrenberg explained, is to raise revenue for park maintenance and to offset the fact that the city hasn’t raised its rental rates in many years.

   “They hadn’t been raised for about 30 years,” Ehrenberg said to the Ripon Common Council Monday evening.

   During that time, it cost $15 to rent a park shelter on weekdays, and $25 on weekends.

  “The [Ripon’s Park & Recreation] committee looked at surrounding areas [for what they charge],” Ehrenberg said, noting that what they found helped create the new fee schedule.

Read the full story in the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.