Jay Worley

At its most recent meeting, the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Advisory Board approved a policy regarding fees for vendors and independent instructors setting up at county parks.

Recreation Division Director Frankie Sanders explained that, if the policy were adopted, vendors and independent instructors, such as food trucks, clothing merchants and personal trainers, would have to obtain a park permit from the agency to be allowed to conduct their business, receiving a letter of usage, a contract and badge showing they hold the necessary permit. Instructors would then be able to partner with CRPA, which would handle facility booking, event advertising, registration and would serve as the main contact point for the event, and for their assistance, the agency would receive 30 percent of the event’s gross. At the same time, vendors could pay the agency based on the time they wanted to set up in a park, paying either for a single day or a monthly rate. The initial permit fee would be set at $20, with instructors paying $15 per day of usage of parks facilities. Vendor fees were proposed to be set at $25 when using parks between Monday and Thursday, $50 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or $400 for monthly use.

Should a contractor decide they want to take care of advertising, booking or registration, or not split any of their event revenue with CRPA, Sanders explained they could do so, yet would go through the agency’s front desk and would be handled as a rental.

CRPA Director Jay Worley said this policy would help protect vendors, as having the permit process in place would allow the agency to spread vendors out at a number of parks across the county, rather than having them oversaturate in one or two places during events.

A motion was then put forth to approve the policy, which passed in a unanimous vote of the board members.

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