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Merced City Council considers raising recreation fees

Visiting Applegate Zoo, playing youth basketball and attending summer camp could soon take a bigger bite out of wallets. The City Council votes Monday night on whether to raise a variety of Parks and Community Services fees.

If approved, the increases would mean attending a city-run summer camp would go up to $50 a week from $30 a week, playing in a youth basketball league would increase to $60 per player from $50 per player and a child’s visit to Applegate Zoo would cost $1, up from 75 cents.

Renting city ball fields, pools and other facilities could get more expensive, too.

The city needs to hike the fees to cover the higher costs of providing services to residents, said Parks and Community Services Director Alexander Hall.