FEES & CHARGES
Waivers & Reductions
The Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation is authorized,
as provided in SMC 18.28.020, to waive or reduce entry or use fees from
those contained in an approved fee schedule in conjunction with the
promotion and marketing of Park and Recreation programs.
Examples of Fee Waivers & Reductions
Authorized activities include, but are not limited to, the following arrangements:
- Sponsored days: A sponsored day or activity for which a
sponsor pays the Department a fixed fee, a matching amount, or supplies
advertising, service, or other benefit. In exchange, the Department
provides free public entry use of the facility, or free or reduced
entry for a certain segment of the public (e.g., children under 12,
senior citizens, anyone donating clothing or food for a drive for
those in need); for a special group of the public (e.g., participants
in a community parade); or to the first entrants up to a specified
- Bonus and prizes: The Department may distribute to users
or entrants an item supplied by the sponsor (e.g., a button, a balloon,
literature, an item of apparel, or a donated prize for an achievement).
- Combination tickets: The Superintendent may issue a combination
ticket for use of multiple City facilities or participation in multiple
City events. A combination ticket may also take the form of a reciprocal
discount or credit. For example, presentation of a ticket stub or
coupon from an aquarium in another city may entitle the holder to
a credit on admission to the Seattle Aquarium when a receipt for paid
entry to Seattle's Aquarium entitles the holder to like privileges
in the facility of the other city. In those cases where a combination
ticket is authorized, combining multiple events and facilities:
- The combined ticket price may be less than the amount that
would be paid for each entry or event singly;
- The combined ticket shall expire within a time period after
the ticket's sale or first usage, with said period to be determined
by the Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation
or his or her designee; and
- The City and any other participant organizations shall apportion
the revenue from the combined sale by a ratio or formula.
- Discount Coupons: A coupon allowing two people to enter
for the price of one person, or the coupon holder to enter at a reduced
rate. Coupons may be offered through a sponsor who makes a payment
to the City or who provides special advertising in return. For example,
the coupon may accompany an advertisement in a widely distributed
publication for tourists, which contains similar coupons for other
attractions. The Department may also use coupons as a way of reaching
out to a group or segment of the citizenry, who would not attend or
use the facility at the established fee.
- Prepaid Passes: During special hours or otherwise, admission
may be sold to a tour company, the organizer of a convention, or an
association at an aggregate fee for all members and the participants
may be granted entry, either as a group or individually, at the hours
or on the days authorized by presenting a ticket or other indication
- Departmental Free or Half-Price Days: "Senior citizens'
days" may be offered during which time people over a minimum
age are admitted free; a free day may be provided for the public to
see and enjoy an exhibit financed through a bond issue or by a public
fund-raising drive; on a "Kids' Day" or "Neighborhood
Day," admission may be free for children and low income adults;
a free golf lesson day for kids may be provided; or free swimming
day at our pools may be provided.
- Promotional Purposes: The Department may offer extended evening
hours or special discounts during specific periods in the year to
encourage high attendance at our park facilities. Some examples include,
but are not limited to, the following:
- Extended Aquarium hours and special discounts during the summer.
- Extended special discount for swimming fees during the summer.
January 10, 2009