Nonresident Pricing Structures of Municipal Parks and Recreation Agencies


  • Craig W. Kelsey
  • Steve Rubio


Nomesidents, differential pricing theory, fees and charges.


Pricing models have been the subject of much thought in the public parks and recreation field with differential pricing theory used by many municipal agencies nationwide. The differential theory suggest that different prices are charged for services based on differences in patron status, time, location, and popularity of the event. This research examines the extent that public parks and recreation agencies charge people who are not residents of the agencies' service areas, additional fees for recreation center admission, lessons, leagues, and tournaments. The findings of this nationwide survey of 4 70 municipal agencies indicate that agencies do charge additional nonresident fees for selected services, but, depending on the service, both the fee and percent of agencies charging additional fees vary. Discussion as to possible explanations for these pricing differences and the relationship to differential pricing theory are suggested.





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