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July 1, 2014

City council proposes new park fees

NEW CASTLE — Fees for use of New Castle parks are being adjusted.

City council has introduced an ordinance establishing a fee schedule for Cascade Park and Darlington Park that will run from 2014 through 2016.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said the key changes are fees for renting all of Cascade Park and new fees for Darlington Park in Mahoningtown.

The all-day rental fee for the upper level of Cascade Park — which includes the dance pavilion, carousel building and train station — will be $1,000.

The all-day fee for the lower level — which includes the grove, picnic shelters and community kitchen — will be $500.

To rent both the upper and lower levels all day, the fee will be $1,500.

All the fees will remain the same through 2016.

Rental of Darlington Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day will be $400. The hourly rate will be $75.

Those fees also will remain the same through 2016.

Mastrangelo said there will be “slight” increases in the daily fees for renting the dance pavilion, carousel building and train station.

The fee for the dance pavilion will go up from $650 this year to $675 in 2015 and 2016.

The fee for the carousel is $315 this year and will increase to $325 in 2015 and $350 in 2016.

The train station fee will increase from $140 this year to $150 in 2015 and 2016.

Council expects to adopt the ordinance at its July 24 meeting. The mayor said the ordinance, which he plans to sign the next day, will take effect Aug. 14.

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