There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day at the pool or enjoying a round of golf, but, starting on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, those and some other activities at Guilford County parks will cost a little more.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is set to adopt a slate of fee increases for parks at the board’s Thursday, Dec. 5 meeting. The list of increases for parks’ services and other recreational activities is included on the commissioners’ “consent agenda” for the meeting – a list of items that generally gets unanimously approved with no discussion.

According to those changes, next year a full day of swimming for a child or a senior at one of the three pools at county parks will increase from $4 to $5. That means passes for kids and seniors will now cost the same as an all day adult swim pass.  

Also, while a season pass for swimming for a family of four will remain at $175, the cost of adding additional family members, after four, will increase from $35 to $43 on January 1.

Fees for playing golf at Bur-Mil will also increase slightly. Playing 18 holes on a weekday will go from $9.50 to $10, while hitting the links on a weekend will go from $10.50 to $11. It’s still a lot less expensive than playing at Greensboro’s Bryan Park Golf Course where the fees range from $48 during the week to $56 on weekends.

In another increase, hiring county security for an event at Bur-Mil Park will increase from $25 an hour to $40. Also, renting a podium with a microphone at Bur-Mil will cost $50 in 2020 compared with $25 currently.

In recent years, fees for county services across many departments have been increasing. Guilford County hasn’t had a property tax increase in seven years and county department heads argue that upping the user fees helps their departments cover increasing costs.