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Emporia Rec. hires at the age of 16.
All park rentals are done through the City of Emporia Parks Department. Call 620-341-4365 for more information.
Your Fitness Membership includes use of our Fitness Center, walking track, studio and aquatic fitness classes, lap swimming, boxing studio, shower facilities and open gymnasium time.
The Emporia Recreation Commission was formed by Emporia voters as a joint recreation commission in 1953 to provide local recreation programs for the youth of Emporia under the auspices of the Emporia School Board. The ERC is, however, a separate entity, although the Emporia Board of Education has authority over the ERC budget.
A five-member Commission, comprised of community members and elected officials are appointed by the Board of Education and the City Commission, sets policy for the ERC. One citizen is appointed from each governing body, and one is at-large. All members serve four year terms, without compensation.
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ERC is funded through a variety of sources which include
The FY 2011 / 2012 Budget identifies that 59% of the budget is derived from taxes and 41% from self-sustaining funds. In 2010, the USD 253 School Board approved ERC to increase it’s mill levy up to 4 additional mills to be used for:
The mill levy for the 2013 - 2014 budget was increased in anticipation of the recreation improvements approved in the Commission’s Recreation Facility Plan. Currently, ERC has levied only 2.5 additional mills out of the four to fund much needed infrastructure improvements to the Lee Beran Recreation Center and is in the process of studying improvements to various outdoor athletic fields.
Tax revenues pay for facility-related expenses. Adult recreation programs are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, while youth programs, are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, and in some instances are partially subsidized by tax revenues for our Financial Assistance Program.
Facility-related expenses include lease service, improvements, some administration, and a the maintenance on facilities. Facilities include the Lee Beran Recreation Center, various baseball and softball diamonds scattered around the community and the TRYSA Soccer Complex.
Approximately 4.8% of your property tax bill goes to the Emporia Recreation Commission.
The Emporia Recreation Commission is dedicated to creating a welcoming and safe environment where everyone can participate in a wide range of recreational opportunities regardless of age, ability, background and economic status. We know recreation is vital to the overall health, wellness and spirit of our community. That’s why we strive to connect people to each other and to their community in a positive way.
We are funded in part by the Emporia School District, with the invaluable assistance of our volunteers, community organizations and partners, the Emporia Recreation Commission has served one of the state’s most active communities for more than 58 years. We are proud to provide high quality programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all Emporia residents.
The ERC offers a wide variety of youth and adult programs; classes and activities include swimming, individual and team sports, wellness and fitness programs, after school programming and much, much more. Facilities for these activities include:
Programs that Emporia Rec. contracts an instructor are not included, such as TaeKwonDo, summer sports camps, Summer S'cape and private swim lessons.
Appropriate forms and payment are required to assure a spot in an activity for a child. You can come to the Main Office Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. or enroll online.
You may bring your loyalty card back within 2 weeks from signing up to receive your punch.
Print your online receipt and bring it to the Recreation Center's Main office within two weeks of paid date and we can stamp your loyalty card.
Emporia Rec. Center will update their hotline and Facebook page to show cancellations/rain-outs.
Hotline # (620) 340-6399
Children can participate in appropriate aqua classes as long as they can swim unsupported and follow all rules.
RecXtra is an after school day care program through our school district- USD253. It is available at all elementary schools in the district. The program is operated by Emporia Recreation Center for registration and staffing. All fees and policies are set by the school district.
Behavior Management/Termination Policy
If a staff member finds that a child is impacting the program in a negative way, the following disciplinary actions will occur:
1) Use of positive reinforcement and/or redirection to change behavior. Staff will provide guidance and encourage use of problem-solving techniques. Consequences for a second offense will be explained.
2) If behavior persists, consequences will occur (privileges taken away).
3) If the offense is repeated, the child will be escorted to the Head Leader and an incident report will be filled out and placed with the child’s records. The parent will be informed of the incident report and the parent will be asked to help produce methods of correcting behavior.
4) If a total of 3 write ups occur, then the child will be asked to leave the program. The number of suspended days and/or terminations will be determined at that time.
RecXtra staff reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate services immediately for the following:
Child’s inappropriate behavior at the program;
Chronic tardiness when picking up a child from the program;
As determined to be in the best interest of the program.
The coaches will draft teams the week of August 6th. Players will be contacted after the coaches draft. If you have not recieved a call from your coach by August 13th, please call the ERC Sports Office at 620-340-6300.
We will e-mail your tax receipt by January 31st. If you would like to have the tax receipt mailed to your physical address please contact the Main Office.
Football jerseys are designed to fit over shoulder pads, We recommend one size larger than your normal t-shirt size.