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Cunningham Pond passes go up in price for out of towners

  • The Monadnock Conservancy has been given another year to finish raising 1.5 million to purchase over 100 acres of land around Cunningham Pond in Peterborough. The Conservancy, which has raised about half the money so far, aims to protect and conserve the land after purchasing it. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:43AM

Costs for non-resident passes to Cunningham Pond will be going up this year.

This is the third year residents outside of Peterborough have been able to purchase stickers to allow them access to the Cunningham Pond recreation area. The past two years, there have been 100 stickers available, at a cost of $100 per sticker.

This year, that cost will be going up to $125, and there may be more non-resident passes available.

Recreation Director Jeff King said in an interview Tuesday there has been a great demand for the out-of-town stickers.

“Last year it was tremendously successful,” he said. “We sold all 100 stickers prior to June 31, and had $10,000 in extra revenue.”

King said despite the additional stickers given out, the pond had not been overloaded with visitors. 

“Even on some of the really hot days, we weren’t overwhelmed. The parking lot was never completely full, though there were days it was close,” King said.

During the Select Board’s meeting Tuesday, the board approved the proposal to increase the fees for the stickers, and also discussed with King raising the amount of stickers available. King suggested 125 be sold this year.

Part of the reason for the proposal, he said, was Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett had directed department heads to find a way to either cut or find revenue to reduce the department’s budget by 1 percent. For the Recreation Department, that would be about $5,000, King said.

Increasing the amount of stickers would increase revenue by about $3,100, reducing the amount of cuts he would have to make, King said.

The Select Board discussed other alternatives, including keeping the fee the same but allowing more passes, or looking for cuts instead of hiking prices for greater revenue, but ultimately decided the decision was the purview of the Recreation Committee.

As the committee had previously agreed to recommend the price increase, the board granted their blessing for the fee to be increased to $125. They did not offer objections to increasing the amount of stickers allowed to be sold, but asked King to discuss the matter with the Recreation Committee and come back to the board with their official recommendation.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.