City to review change to seniors’ program pricing
26 June 2019
Richmond City Council has asked for a review of pricing changes that would see residents age 55 to 64 years pay for program, pool and fitness passes and drop-in visits at the full adult rate.
The City had planned to change the age eligibility for some seniors program pricing from 55 to 64 years beginning July 1.
However, Richmond City Council voted Monday (June 24) to place the pricing change on hold in response to community concerns about the impact it could have on some residents aged 55-64.
Council has asked City staff to review the financial rationale for the change as well as how it might affect community associations and the City’s Recreation Fee Subsidy Program. The associations operate the programs and services at community facilities, while the fee subsidy program provides support to those facing financial hardship that limits or prevents participation in recreation and wellness initiatives such as registered and drop-in programs. It was expanded last year to make assistance available to all age groups, including seniors.
As a result of the review, the age pricing structure for programs and services will remain unchanged until further notice. City staff is expected to bring the findings of their review to Council in September.