Carroll’s Municipal Golf Course showed a profit of $12,477 during fiscal year 2011-12, according to a report at Monday’s city council meeting. The Carroll Recreation Center offers a series of clinics each summer to teach youths the game.
Carroll’s Municipal Golf Course showed a profit of $12,477 during fiscal year 2011-12, according to a report at Monday’s city council meeting. The Carroll Recreation Center offers a series of clinics each summer to teach youths the game.


Carroll’s outdoor parks and green spaces cost well over $400,000 annually to maintain and generate little offsetting revenue, according to a report reviewed by the city council Monday night.

In fiscal year 2010-2011 the city collected revenues of $14,821 from outdoor parks but posted expenses of $435,785, said Parks and Recreation director Jack Wardell.

Wardell presented information on the parks, municipal golf course, outdoor aquatic center, leisure services, parks and open spaces and cemetery as a lead-in to the council’s scheduled strategic-planning session beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sam & Louie’s restaurant. That meeting is open to the public.

Total golf course revenues in fiscal year 2011-2012 were $442,935 with expenses of $430,458, meaning the 18-hole facility showed an operating profit of $12,477, according to Wardell’s report.

Membership numbers at the golf course dropped dramatically over the past 15 years, from a 30-year high of 829 in 1997 to 436 in 2012, a 47 percent decrease.

“Golf kind of hit its peak and has dropped off since the late 1990s,” Wardell said.

The Carroll Family Aquatic Center pulled in revenues of $137,923 in fiscal year 2011-2012 and showed expenses of $119,151, for an operating profit of $18,772.

The number of family memberships at the aquatic center has remained steady over the past three years — 245 in 2010, 257 in 2011 and 226 in 2012.

The figures don’t include any debt payments associated with long-term capital improvements at the city facilities.