Town of Midland Rescinds Non-Resident User Fee for Arena, News (Midland Minor Hockey Association)

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May 28, 2024 | Kyle Aymer | 1121 views
Town of Midland Rescinds Non-Resident User Fee for Arena

In a recent update, the Town of Midland has decided not to implement the previously announced $200 non-resident user fee for families using the arena. This decision comes after extensive feedback from North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (NSSRC) user groups.

Initially, the Town of Midland, during its budget deliberations, had passed a $200 fee per family for non-residents to use the rink surfaces at the NSSRC. This decision, announced recently, had caused significant concern among the user groups, particularly among hockey families and other sports enthusiasts who rely on the arena for their activities.

The announcement of the fee was met with strong opposition from non-resident users, who expressed their frustration and concern over the financial burden this fee would impose. Many voiced their worries about the potential negative impact on children's participation in sports due to increased costs.

"We have always strived to keep our registration costs low to ensure that all children have the opportunity to play the sports they love," stated a representative from the user groups. "The proposed fee felt like a direct attack on hockey families and other sports families that use the arena."

After listening to the concerns and feedback from the community, the Town of Midland has reconsidered its position. The decision to rescind the non-resident fee reflects the town's commitment to supporting local sports and recreational activities for all families, regardless of their place of residence.

This decision will give relief and appreciation from the affected families, who can now continue to enjoy the arena without the added financial strain. The Town of Midland's responsiveness to community feedback highlights the importance of open dialogue and collaboration in municipal decision-making.

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