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The Emporia Recreation Commissions holds public board meetings the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30pm. Meetings are held at the Lee Beran Recreation Center at 313 W. 4th Ave. If you wish to address the board, you are asked to fill out a public comment card before the start of the meeting and give it to the Clerk of the Board to be included in the agenda.
Emporia Rec. hires at the age of 16.
Our online Rental Request form (see link below) must be filled out prior to reservation confirmation. $100.00 deposit required for reservation. Deposit will apply to final balance.
Full Facility Rental Request Form
Rental request forms must be completed and deposit received (4) weeks prior to rental date. ERC requires (10) days to confirm rental request. Signed contract and payment in full is due two weeks prior to rental date. All cancellations within two weeks of your rental date will result in loss of deposit. Rental is only available after-hours and will be based on facility and staff availability. ERC programs have first priority. All rental rules apply. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
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.
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.
Refund checks will be issued and mailed upon Board approval.
Exception for Youth Sports Only (excludes 3rd party camps/clinics/programs):
The Emporia Recreation Center reserves the right to combine activity sessions as needed. The ERC will contact you if an activity is combined. You must notify ERC staff or contact the ERC office to transfer activities or receive credit if you cannot participate in the combined activity session.
Credits cannot be transferred across accounts but can be used for any registrants under your account. Credits will automatically be applied to your next registration. ERC cannot hold credits.
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
*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.
Emporia Rec. Center will update the website with cancellations and time changes.
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.
One size larger than your normal t-shirt size.
Coaches will contact players after the coaches meeting.
Tax receipts can be printed from your CivicRec account. The link below will take you to our CivicRec catalog and Account log-in page. Once you are in your account you can access current and past year's tax receipts. https://secure.rec1.com/KS/emporia-ks/catalog
Emporia Recreation Center's Tax Id: 48-6084430
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.
We will update our rainout hotline (620) 412-2111 and website regarding swim lesson cancellations.
Please note that we still could hold swim lessons during rain.
Due to shortages with Water Safety Instructors, Emporia Recreation Commission has had to cancel some summer swim lessons.
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! There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost/misplaced scan cards.
Some of our equipment will have you plug your head set directly into the machine.
The ERC Wellness Center has recently updated the audio system to a new product, AudioFetch. AudioFetch streams real-time TV audio to iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, helping people hear exactly what they want wherever they are located in the Wellness Center.
Guests do need to provide their own wireless headphones or ear pieces along with their personal smartphone or tablet.