What is ERC’s relationship to the Emporia School District and the City of Emporia? 

The Emporia Recreation Commission was formed by Emporia voters as a joint recreation commission in 1953 to provide local recreation programs for the youth of Emporia under the auspices of the Emporia School Board. The ERC is, however, a separate entity, although the Emporia Board of Education has authority over the ERC budget.

A five-member Commission, comprised of community members and elected officials are  appointed by the Board of Education and the City Commission, sets policy for the ERC. One citizen is appointed from each governing body, and one is at-large. All members serve four year terms, without compensation.

USD #253 Appointments

  • 1 USD School Board Member (4 Year Term)
  • 1 USD Citizen Appointee (4 Year Term)

City of Emporia Appointments

  • 1 City Commission Member (4 Year Term)
  • 1 City Citizen Appointee (4 Year Term)

Emporia Recreation Commission Appointments

  • 1 At-Large Appointee (4 Year Term)

How is the Emporia Recreation Commission Funded?

ERC is funded through a variety of sources which include user fees, donations, sponsorships and property taxes.  The FY 2011/2012 Budget identifies that 59% of the budget is derived from taxes and 41% from self-sustaining funds.

In 2010, the USD #253 School Board approved ERC to increase it’s mill levy up to 4 additional mills to be used for:

  •  The care and upkeep of the Lee Beran Center and the various athletic facilities in town.
  • Maintain and improve programs.
  • Fund improvements for recreational facilities.

The mill levy for the 2013-14 budget was increased in anticipation of the recreation improvements approved in the Commission’s Recreation Facility Plan.   Currently, ERC has levied only 2.5 additional mills out of the four to fund much needed infrastructure improvements to the Lee Beran Recreation Center and is in the process of studying improvements to various outdoor athletic fields.

Tax revenues pay for facility-related expenses.  Adult recreation programs are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, while youth programs, are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, and in some instances are partially subsidized by tax revenues for our Financial Assistance Program.

Facility-related expenses include lease service, improvements, some administration, and a the maintenance on facilities. Facilities include the Lee Beran Recreation Center, various baseball and softball diamonds scattered around the community and the TRYSA Soccer Complex.

Of my total property tax bill, what portion goes to ERC? 

Approximately 4.8%

What Does Emporia Recreation Commission Provide?

The Emporia Recreation Commission is dedicated to creating a welcoming and safe environment where everyone can participate in a wide range of recreational opportunities regardless of age, ability, background and economic status. We know recreation is vital to the overall health, wellness and spirit of our community. That’s why we strive to connect people to each other and to their community in a positive way.  We are funded in part by the Emporia School District,  with the invaluable assistance of our volunteers, community organizations and partners, the Emporia Recreation Commission has served one of the state’s most active communities for more than 58 years. We are proud to provide high quality programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all Emporia residents.

The ERC offers a wide variety of youth and adult programs; classes and activities include swimming, individual and team sports, wellness and fitness programs, after school programming and much, much more. Facilities for these activities include:

  • The Lee Beran Recreation Center
  • TRYSA Soccer Complex
  • Trusler Sports Complex
  • Whittier Park Diamonds
  • Flint Hills Optimist Diamonds
  • Soden’s Grove Baseball Diamond
  • Santa Fe Park
  • Jones Aquatic Center
  • Granada Theatre
  • Emporia Arts Council
  • Wilson Park
  • Peter Pan Park
  • Jones Park
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Walnut Elementary
  • William Allen White Elementary
  • Timmerman Elementary
  • Logan Avenue Elementary
  • Lowther North Intermediate School
  • Lowther South Intermediate School
  • Emporia Middle School
  • Emporia High School
  • William L. White Auditorium