By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
Palisades Recreation Center Director Erich Haas informed parents and staff last week that the 2020 spring youth sports season has been canceled. The Rec Center is closed until at least May 15 although Haas believes it most likely will not open until August or September.
“There has been no official announcement from management, but it looks like this will be the case,” Haas said. “That said, our spring youth sports season is now officially canceled. We tried holding out hope that we could get some semblance of a spring season going, but this is not the case now. I know we are all taking a hit due to this unprecedented situation and the Pali Rec Center is no exception.”
Haas went on to explain that the public facility on Alma Real Drive next to the library is a DCR (direct cost recovery) site. As such, all revenue from its programs pays staffing fees, equipment and supplies, uniform costs, repairs, officials, etc.
“We aren’t subsidized by the Department,” he added. “With all of the refunds going out, this will put our Center’s finances in the red by approximately $60,000 which could possibly have short-term negative effects on future park programming—including youth sports.”
Haas implored anyone wishing to donate their spring registration fees to help offset the impending deficit to email him at email@example.com stating their intention to donate their spring fees to the park.
Those who are unable to donate, or those who want to receive a full refund, should also email Haas requesting a return of their spring registration fees.
“I want to thank the numerous families who have donated their spring fees to the Center to help offset some of the negative financial impact this cancellation will have on our books,” Haas said. “It’s appreciated more than I can say. All such donations are tax deductible and you will receive documentation. Please respond with your choice before May 19.”
Haas, who has served as Director of the Palisades Recreation Center since the spring of 2008, encourages everyone to still abide by the “Safer at Home” directive, practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and hot water.
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