Sticking it to the Kids

City Hall had no problem rolling out the red carpet for Olympic athletes, but when it comes to the kids.


City Hall had no problem rolling out the red carpet for Olympic athletes, but when it comes to the kids down the block, there’s suddenly no cash for sports and rec. Rating: NNNNN


rinks on thin ice

What it costs for a public skate at most indoor rinks: $2.50 per visit

What it cost before amalgamation: $0

Length of time most outdoor rinks currently stay open during the winter: 2 months

Length of time outdoor rinks stayed opened before amalgamation: 4 months

What it costs to rent the ice at most indoor arenas: $185.11 per hour

What it cost before amalgamation: half that much

What it costs for a nine-session instructional skating program at most indoor arenas: $25 for children, $43 for adults

What it cost before amalgamation: $0

Other rec services T.O. residents used to get free before amalgamation: drop-in centre programs, day camp for kids, adult fitness programs

POOLS IN THE DRINK

Total number of swimming pools operated in the city: 113

Number slated for closure in public schools next year: 85

Number of school pools the city funded up until last week: 47

Number of school pools city will provide funding for now: 22

Amount it’ll cost the city to operate all school pools for a year: $12 million

Amount the city saved this year from reductions in recreation programs and adjustments in user fees: $19 million

Number of people who’ll be left high and dry by pool closure: 1.2 million

Number of people whose swimming classes will be cut: about 62,000

THE CASH COW: USER FEES

Percentage of city revenues from user fees: 18

Percentage of $6.1-billion city budget spent on parks and rec: 3

DIMINISHING RETURNS

Amount of each residential tax bill that now goes to parks and rec: $115.86

Amount that went to parks and rec before amalgamation: $80

Number of hours of recreational services per 100,000 people last year: 1,000

Number of hours of recreational services per 100,000 people this year: 750

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW

ยท Proportionately more of T.O.’s revenue comes from user fees than any other municipality in the GTA.

Sources: City of Toronto office of economic development and tourism, parks and recreation department city auditor’s office budget advisory committee Toronto District School Board

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