SLIDING SCALE FEE ASSISTANCE POLICY
Bartow Parks & Recreation Dept. (BPRD), parks and facilities are supported by the tax payers of Bartow. BPRD realizes that recreation dollars are discretionary & strives to keep fees affordable. The BPRD realizes that some people are unable to pay for leisure services which are needed for a balanced lifestyle. Depending on the level of need an individual may qualify for a 40%, 30%, or 20% reduction in the fee for designated programs. Fee assistance may be used for all ages, day camp, preschool, youth sports, classes and other specific activities where the total fee exceeds $30. Fee assistance is not available for groups, teams, adult leagues with sponsors, annual passes, special trips, tours and all rentals. Fee assistance is based on Poverty Income guidelines published in the Federal Register.
Financial Assistance Form
LATE REGISTRATION POLICY
Classes, activities, programs and other related services provided by the Bartow Parks & Recreation Department will have an early and late registration periods and fees.
On occasion, our staff may photograph participants in programs or special events. Please be aware that these photos are for our use only and may be used in future brochures, flyers or on our web page. By registering for any recreation program you agree to allow publication of any photos taken at any program, event, or facility.
The Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel, postpone or combine programs. If insufficient enrollment causes an activity to be cancelled, participants will receive a full refund. Refunds must be picked up during the calendar year of the program or activity. After the calendar year, the refund will be forfeited. If a participant drops out prior to the start of a program, a refund will be given. A refund may not be given after the start of the program. Refunds will not be given to team entrants who drop out of a program after the schedule is made and handed out. Original receipts are required for a refund.
All classes, activities, programs and other related services provided by the Bartow Parks & Recreation Department will have a non-resident fee that applies to all participants who don't reside within Bartow City limits. Proof of address is required and can include: Picture ID with local address, Current (within last month) water or utility bill, Voter registration card, Hunting/fishing license, or Current vehicle registration.
RETURNED CHECKS POLICY
When a check is returned for Not Sufficient Funds (NSF) Parks & Recreation will not accept checks for one calendar year. The customer has seven business days to pay the balance of the check and $20 NSF fee at City Hall. If the customer pays it within the seven business days we will be able to accept checks, but if they have another returned check within the year checks we will no longer accept checks for one calendar year. If the customer does not pay within seven days checks will not be accepted for one calendar year.
Volunteers are always needed at the Parks & Recreation Department to assist with programs, special events, and in parks. Our volunteer coaches help maintain quality youth programs. All youth coaches and officials are required to have a background check to help ensure the safest environment possible for our youth participants.