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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Parks to offer discounted sports field rentals to qualifying youth programs

The City Council is considering a plan to offer discounted sports field rentals to youth sports groups that allow all children to play regardless of skill level. The proposed 2022 Parks and Recreation Master Fee Schedule offers a 30 percent discount on field rentals to sports groups that offer so-called "no-cut" or "all-play" programs.

Youth programs with "All-Play" policies (all registered children are placed on a team and play in each game) and that meet other equity and inclusion guidelines may request a 30 percent discount. With the discount, fees for a full-sized field will increase by $1.40 per hour, from $21 to $22.40. Parks and Recreation has proposed field rental fee increases averaging about 26% across the park system. Learn more.

The Department expects that programs like YMCA and Micro-Strikers soccer, youth lacrosse, youth rugby and Jr. Playmakers youth sports will receive the All-Play Discount. Adult programs that meet the All-Play criteria and are specifically designed to include individuals who may not otherwise have access may also request a discount.

The City Council is currently accepting public comment on the proposed 2022 Parks Master Fee Schedule. The item is up for final consideration at the January 24 Council meeting. FAQ: 2022 Parks Master Fee Schedule 

To comment, you may e-mail all 12 City Council members at, or leave them a voicemail at 406-552-6012. You may also comment at the January 24 council meeting

If you have a question or comment for Parks and Recreation, please contact Recreation Superintendent Shirley Kinsey at or 552-6273. 

Sports organizations and other park users were notified of the proposed fee changes and invited to comment beginning in early December, including at public meetings of the City and County Park Boards, a City Council Parks and Conservation Committee meeting, and the January 10 City Council meeting. FAQ: 2022 Parks Master Fee Schedule 

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