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Contact Details between Park and School for Use of Facilities

July 31, 2014

news_logoThe reciprocal relationship between the Plymouth Park and Recreation Department and the Plymouth Schools continues to be valuable for both.
According to Park Board records, a multi-year contract allows the schools to use the park facilities for a number of activities for annually paid lease fees. The Park Department can, in turn, use school facilities and equipment at no charge.
Both the Park Department and the Schools agreed to provide a seven-day notice of potential conflicts in scheduling.
The current contract was negotiated in March 2012 to begin on July 1, 2012 and is in force until June 30. 2021. The Plymouth Schools agreed to pay $23,000 per year through June 30, 2015; increase to $24,000 per year from July 1 until June 30, 2018; and then add $1000 per year ($25,000) to the lease fees from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.
The schools have use of Young Amphitheater, tennis courts, Conservation Clubhouse and other spaces. The schools provide their tournament schedules for tennis, baseball and cross-country as they are established.
They also have use of Nixon Field and accepted the responsibility to maintain the infield brick dust playing surfaces for both the Plymouth High School and summer baseball seasons. The Park continues to mow the grassy areas. The Schools do have use of Nixon Field for fund-raising during the annual Blueberry Festival.
Any IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association) tourney facilities fees for use of Park property will be forwarded to the Park Department.
When the tennis courts are used for physical education classes by students from Lincoln Junior High School, they typically use only one-half of the area leaving open courts for the public to use.
The Park Department depends on the use of PHS in the event that a scheduled outdoor program is rained out and needs to be moved to an indoor facility or for any other unanticipated problems.
Both the Park Department and the Schools must provide an on-site manager when using each other‘s facilities.

2 Responses to “ Contact Details between Park and School for Use of Facilities ”

  1. Kathy Bottorff on August 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The contract between the park and school would actually be closer to $500 a week year round.

  2. sbmear on August 4, 2014 at 12:46 am

    HMMM? Wasn’t their a concert with Jake Owens canceled early last year because of inclement weather? Why wasn’t it held at the school then?
    So if I understand this right for $50 a week, the school actually has use of nixon field and tennis courts, cross country ,amphitheater, conservation clubhouse and “other spaces” Does that cover the cost of water and sewage during those baseball games? The school maintains the field, but the park waters and mows the grass…I’m guessing that comes out of the parks budget then? Who gets the courts ready for tennis meets? Is there no other place these tennis courts could be built? Honestly? Why not behind the high school, there is plenty of land there or behind Riverside? Even the east end of Lincoln Jr High field there is parking at all of these sites and it would take nothing away from the city park. If our park “leases its facilities to the school and uses the city park land to do it, who really ends up with the “say” in it…who makes repairs and improvements?