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Emporia Rec. hires at the age of 16.
We shut down rentals back in March due to COVID-19. Capacity limits are a crucial part of mitigation strategies here at the Emporia Recreation Center. Due to these limits, we will continue to limit rentals. You are currently able to rent the gymnasium after-hours only. This is the largest space available at the ERC and will allow people to spread out and social distance. Capacity limit is (20) people and is $25 per hour. You must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance and equipment is not provided. The gym may be unavailable for rent due to Emporia Recreation Center programs. Contact 620-340-6300 for reservations.
All park rentals are done through the City of Emporia Parks Department. Call 620-341-4365 for more information.
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 require the ERC to contract with an outside instructor are not included in the ERC Youth Fee Waiver Scholarship program. This is why we rely heavily on volunteer coaches and instructors to help execute our youth programs. If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the Youth Sports Experience, contact our office at 620-340-6300.
Payment is required in order to insure a spot for your child in any activity/program. You can enroll online, call 620-340-6300 to register over the phone or visit the office Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00pm.
Emporia Rec. Center will update their hotline and Facebook page to show cancellations/rain-outs.
Hotline # (620) 340-6399
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.
*We highly recommend you use a computer, tablet or laptop for sign-up.*
Click for a video on how to create a Sign-Up Genius Account
On the Aquatics Fitness web page, click the link next to the class you are interested in to go the the Sign-up Genius page with all the times and dates available for that class. This includes Lap Swim, Multi-purpose and Individual as well as Leisure Swim starting March 20, 2021. *Please note that only two weeks of dates/times are listed on Sign-up Genius.
Children can participate in appropriate aqua classes as long as they can swim unsupported and follow all rules. If sign-up is required for a class, children must be included in sign-up.
35 laps=1 mile. Down and back is 1 lap.
For each type of swim lesson we offer we like to break them down into age groups and if your kid excels or is struggling in a certain level than our swim lesson teachers can modify their lessons to the kids level of swimming.
Parent and Child Lessons: Ages 6 months-3 years old
Preschool Levels 1-3: Ages 4-5 years old
Levels 1 & 2/Private Lessons: Ages 5 & up
Swim lessons depending on the level are from 20-30 minutes in length for their lesson.
Please contact the Emporia Recreation Center at (620)-340-6300, check our website www.emporiarec.org or Facebook page.
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.
If you would like to receive a tax receipt, please contact the Main Office at (620) 340-6300 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first step is to notify Amanda Gutierrez, our Timing Equipment Manager, and find out if your date is available. She will give you more information on how to host a successful race event.
Click here to register for the Super Series. You may need to create an account at registration if you don’t already have one. This program requires no fee to sign up as the Super Series Program is funded by the Emporia Community Foundation. Individual race fees may be required so please check with each race organizer for individual registration requirements.
Football jerseys are designed to fit over shoulder pads, We recommend one size larger than your normal t-shirt size.
Please check your receipt or our website, www.emporiarec.org for information regarding when coaches meetings are held and when to expect a phone call. If you have not received a phone call, please contact the office at (620) 340-6300.
12 years old with an adult working out with the child.
14 years old without an adult.
Your Membership includes use of our Wellness Center, walking track, open gym, fitness studio along with access to aquatic and fitness classes.
Yes, a fitness room worker can help log in!