Board Suggests Fees for Community Center Rentals

Upper Macungie Recreation Board comes up with a fee schedule for renting rooms at the new community center at Independent Park but township supervisors still have to vote on them.

Planning a wedding? Birthday Party? Corporate meeting?

Upper Macungie’s at Independent Park will be ready to host events soon and the township Recreation Board has recommended fees for renting it.

Meeting at the center for the first time Thursday, the Recreation Board voted to advise the township supervisors to implement these fees:

For the Community Room that holds 100 people:

-- Township residents would pay $250 for the first four hours and $50 for each additional hour with a security deposit of $200.

-- Corporations in the township would be charged $75 an hour for a minimum of six hours and $75 for each additional hour. They would pay a $250 security deposit.

For the Meeting Room that holds 40 people:

-- Residents would pay $40 per hour with a two-hour minimum and $40 each additional hour. They would pay a $100 security deposit.

-- Corporations would pay $50 an hour for a minimum of two hours and $50 per each additional hour. The security deposit would be $100.

Township supervisors are expected to discuss the fee structure at Thursday’s meeting.

Township Supervisor Kathy Rader who sits on the Recreation Board, favored allowing those renting the rooms to bring their own alcohol if they sign a liability waiver and get a rider on their homeowners insurance to cover any problems resulting from alcohol use that day. “That would take the township off the liability hook,” she said. 

She expects the township supervisors to discuss rules on alcohol use. Also still to be decided is what kind of discount to give nonprofits for room rentals.

The top floor of the newly-renovated building has a kitchen where people can refrigerate cold things and heat up food in crockpots. The Community Room which has a stone fireplace, windows on three sides and a deck. The center is surrounded by a 9-hold golf course on 25-acres. Residents can play on the course free of charge.

Rader said she’s already getting calls from neighbors who want to rent it.  The park is at 150 Independent Road in Breinigsville. Directions: From the township building, go west on Schantz Road and make a right on Route 863; the park is on the left.

Diana May 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
You might want to edit this article. CrAckpots should read crOckpots! :-)
Margie Peterson May 02, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Good catch, Diana. Thanks. It should be correct now.


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