Senior dance group will continue to groove despite city rental rate increase

Teddy Sousares dancing at the Lamar Senior Activity Center. (KXAN Photo)
Teddy Sousares dancing at the Lamar Senior Activity Center. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — When the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) said they were going to raise rates at its event facilities in 2018, seniors with the dancing group “Let’s Dance” were worried they would have to pass down the cost to its members who just wanted to have a good time dancing and socializing on Friday nights.

However, the group was able to come to an agreement with PARD, which will now sponsor the group and its dances every Friday night.

For years, the group has rented a room with a floating wood dance floor at the Lamar Senior Activity Center. The group rents out the space for a couple of hours almost every Friday night and it would cost them around $70 a night. With the new fees, it would have cost the group $720 for a four-hour evening.

Now, with the city sponsoring them, the group won’t have to pay anything at all to use the senior center and they’re able to dance every Friday night.

Division manager of community recreation for Austin Parks and Recreation Department Lucas Massie says the higher fees are a result of the city mandating a higher living wage for employees.

“We’re looking to recover 100 percent of our costs, and as our costs go up, we have to increase our rates,” Massie said.

 

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