2013 Budget Issue Paper
Parks and Recreation
DPR- 119 Improving the Sustainability of the Conservatory
Budget program(s) affected:
Natural Resources BCL
Estimated $ Expenditurechange:GF $Other $2013201420132014-$75,000-$50,000Estimated $ Revenuechange:GF $Other $2013201420132014$-$105,000Regular positions affected:No. of PositionsTotal FTE Change201320142013201411(1.00)(1.00)Other departments affected:
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(A) How does this action accomplish the Mayor's Race and Social Justice Initiative? How did youdetermine the reasoning for your response?
Admission fees are necessary to support Conservatory operations, which will continue to providehorticultural/environmental education opportunities for school children and adults alike. Fee structure includesreduced admission for college students and school groups as well as opportunities to visit for free.
(B) Please identify any unintended consequences from this proposal.
The fee limits access and may cause visitation to decline. Park users drop in and check out the collection inpassing. The fee may deter this use.
(1) Summary of BIP including service level impacts (100 words or less):
Replace the one-time funding ($209,000) from the Volunteer Park Conservatory Donation Account;eliminate the $50,000 budget for a consultant study which was funded by the Donation Account; andimplement approved recommendations from the consultant study for operational improvements that willreduce costs and improve long-term sustainability of the Conservatory.
(2) Detailed explanation:
The Volunteer Park Conservatory costs the Department approximately $420K annually in personnel,utilities and supplies to run an 8,300 sq ft facility with 6,800 sq ft of public display space. Visitation isestimated to be 85,000 individuals each year. Given that admission to the Conservatory is currently free,it costs the Parks Department approximately $4.95/visitor. The facility can currently accommodate smallspecial events of 12 people.In the 2012 budget, $50,000 was added to the Conservatory operating budget to fund a consultant studyfrom the Conservatory Donations Account of the Parks Fund. A portion of the General Fund funding($159,000) was also replaced with one-time allocation from the Conservatory Donations Reserve Account. This BIP eliminates the budget for the consultant study (which is now complete) and replacesthe $159,000 from the Conservatory Donations Account with General Fund.The consultant report recommends a combination of building earned and contributed income andreducing expense. Some of the strategies should increase revenue in 2013-14 and others will be long-term.Some of the low-cost, short-term changes that can be made are establishing an admission fee, makingsome minor improvements to the seasonal house to accommodate more special event rentals and
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