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Charlottetown Councillor Melissa Hilton, chairwoman for parks and recreation
Charlottetown’s parks and recreation department is expected to meet with UPEI’s athletic director over dropping the fees for its indoor walking track.
Coun. Melissa Hilton, chairwoman of the parks and recreation committee, said the city was close to an agreement with Ron Annear, the former athletic director at the university. However, Annear has since been replaced by Bill Schurman.
“We were close to an agreement last year . . . and as we were getting ready to dot the I’s and cross the T’s there was a turnover with athletic directors,’’ Hilton said.
Schurman is willing to sit down and discuss the issue, Hilton said.
“He is open to ideas and is willing to sit down with us so, hopefully before too long, we’ll be able to see the walking track at the university open to all city residents.’’
Coun. Danny Redmond has been lobbying to have all fees be waived for the track.
“All citizens should be able to use that track,’’ Redmond said. “We’re part owner of that facility so the doors should be open.’’
Redmond says it doesn’t make sense to charge $10.50 per month ($5.25 for seniors) to use the indoor track at UPEI when people can simply go over to Stratford and use theirs for free.
Hilton pointed out that the UPEI Sports Centre is not a city-owned building. That same point was made last winter by Annear who noted that he might consider dropping the fee if council wanted to offer a subsidy.
“We’re looking at no charge but it’s not a city-owned building. It is a building owned by the university so we’ll have to wait to see what kind of an arrangement we can get settled with the university.’’
Hilton said they hoped to meet with Schurman by the end of the month.