If you're the athletic type and have always wanted a membership at the BCF, you might want to stop by before rates increase on Feb. 1.

Darren Goldthorpe, the Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture at the Badlands Community Facility, explained that Council voted earlier this week to raise fees by two per cent.

"Included in that [increase] is all of our drop-in fees at the Aquaplex and BCF, as well as membership fees," said Goldthorpe. "It also includes facility rental at the BCF, as well as Aquaplex and the arena."

Batting cage rental fees and cemetery fees will also increase by two per cent starting Feb. 1. However, Goldthorpe pointed out that some rates remain unchanged.

"The Toonie program is still in place and we would like to actually promote and market that a little bit more so that people in our community can take advantage of those opportunities that come around on a weekly basis."

Additionally, people interested in the Recreation Fee Assistance Program, have nothing to worry about -- it's still around and the fee structure is staying the same.

"There has been no change to the Recreation Fee Assistance Program, and we do encourage people to make an application to it," said Goldthorpe. "Not everybody qualifies for it, but we certainly do our best to see how we can make it work and make it affordable for people to participate in recreation in our community."

Information about the Recreation Fee Assistance Program can be found here.

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