Merriam approves room rental, child care rates for new community center

Room rental rates for the new Merriam Community Center will be slightly higher than those at the Irene B. French Community Center.

The Merriam city council on Monday evening approved rental and child care fees for the new Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street.

Below are the room rental fees — priced per hour — for three different types of users, including residents or business owners; non-residents; and commercial users, who are making money from the event hosted at the community center (for example, an event where attendees are required to purchase a ticket).

Residents and business owners:

  • $35 for the small banquet/meeting room
  • $60 for the medium banquet/meeting room
  • $95 for the large banquet/meeting room
  • $30 for the classroom
  • $25 for the conference room
  • $30 for the party room

Non-residents:

  • $45 for the small banquet/meeting room
  • $75 for the medium banquet/meeting room
  • $120 for the large banquet/meeting room
  • $35 for the classroom
  • $30 for the conference room
  • $35 for the party room

Commercial:

  • $55 for the small banquet/meeting room
  • $90 for the medium banquet/meeting room
  • $145 for the large banquet/meeting room
  • $45 for the classroom
  • $40 for the conference room
  • $45 for the party room

Parks and Rec Director Anna Slocum said the room rental rates increased slightly because the room sizes are larger than those at the Irene B. French Community Center. All three meeting/banquet rooms combined hold approximately 225 to 250 people, she said. The gymnasium at the new community center was not designed to be anything other than a gymnasium, and will not be available to rent.

Additionally, the city council approved rental discounts alongside the above fees. A renter will receive a 10% discount if they spend between $2,100 and $3,000 on rentals; a 20% discount if they spend between $3,001 and $5,000; and a discount maximum of $1,500 if they spend $5,001 or more.

The city council also approved child care fees: For a Merriam Community Center member, it is $3 an hour per child. For non-members, it is $4 an hour per child. There is also an option for members to purchase child care visits for a discount in bulk through a punch pass system. Each hour is equivalent to one punch and the pricing is as follows: $30 for 12 visits, $45 for 24 visits and $75 for 36 visits.

Slocum said there is a two-hour maximum per session for the child care services. If a parent utilizes the child care services for two hours for one child in the morning and comes back in the evening, it would be a separate session, she said. If the parent is using a punch pass and leaves their child with community center personnel for two hours, that would constitute two punches, she said. The community center can work with parents who need child care services for less than one hour, as well, she said.

Councilmember Scott Diebold asked if there had been any discussion about including child care services in member benefits. Slocum said it is on the department’s radar and is being discussed for a later time.

The city council approved both the room rental and child care fees unanimously.