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The Emporia Recreation Commissions holds public board meetings the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30pm. Meetings are held at the Lee Beran Recreation Center at 313 W. 4th Ave. If you wish to address the board, you are asked to fill out a public comment card before the start of the meeting and give it to the Clerk of the Board to be included in the agenda.
Seasonal Lifeguards for the Jones Aquatic Center can be age 15 and up as long as they are certified.
The ERC Admin, Sports and Wellness hires ages 16 and up.
ERC Programs hires ages 18 and up only for our children's day camp programs.
Our online Rental Request form (see link below) must be filled out prior to reservation confirmation. $100.00 deposit required for reservation. Deposit will apply to final balance.
Full Facility Rental Request Form
Rental request forms must be completed and deposit received (4) weeks prior to rental date. ERC requires (10) days to confirm rental request. Signed contract and payment in full is due two weeks prior to rental date. All cancellations within two weeks of your rental date will result in loss of deposit. Rental is only available after-hours and will be based on facility and staff availability. ERC programs have first priority. All rental rules apply. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
All parks are owned by the City of Emporia and are administrated by the Parks Department. You can contact them by calling 620-341-4365.
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.
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ERC is funded through a variety of sources which include:
In 2010, the USD 253 School Board approved ERC to increase its mill levy up to 4 additional mills to be used for:
From 2012 thru 2015, the Emporia Recreation Commission levied only 2.5 additional mills out of the 4 mill increase. In 2016, the ERC levied the remaining 1.5 mills to continue maintaining and improving the city-owned ball fields and facilities managed and programmed by the Lee Beran Recreation Center.
The FY 2021 / 2022 Budget identifies that 62% of the budget is derived from taxes and 39% from self-sustaining funds. Tax revenues pay for facility-related expenses only while adult recreation programs are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, youth programs are supported by user fees and non-tax revenues, and in some instances are partially subsidized by tax revenues from our Youth Fee Scholarship Program.
Approximately 4.8% of your property tax bill goes to the Emporia Recreation Commission.
Programs that require the ERC to contract with an outside instructor are not included in the ERC Youth Fee Waiver Scholarship program. This is why we rely heavily on volunteer coaches and instructors to help execute our youth programs. If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the Youth Sports Experience, contact our office at 620-340-6300.
Refund checks will be issued and mailed upon Board approval.
Exception for Youth Sports Only (excludes 3rd party camps/clinics/programs):
The Emporia Recreation Center reserves the right to combine activity sessions as needed. The ERC will contact you if an activity is combined. You must notify ERC staff or contact the ERC office to transfer activities or receive credit if you cannot participate in the combined activity session.
Credits cannot be transferred across accounts but can be used for any registrants under your account. Credits will automatically be applied to your next registration. ERC cannot hold credits.
Payment is required in order to insure a spot for your child in any activity/program. You can enroll online, call 620-340-6300 to register over the phone or visit the office Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00pm.
Emporia Rec. Center will update their hotline and Facebook page to show cancellations/rain-outs.
Hotline # (620) 340-6399
If you have registered your child for any programs at the ERC, you have an account already set up in our system. Use the email that you provided at registration to begin logging into your account. Follow the video below, for step by step instructions.
How to get your tax receipts
*We highly recommend you use a computer, tablet or laptop for sign-up.*
Click for a video on how to create a Sign-Up Genius Account
Currently, lap swim is the only program requiring sign-up. Go to emporiarec.org and click the Indoor Pool page. Lap swim will have a link to Sign-Up Genius.
Children can participate in appropriate aqua classes as long as they can swim unsupported and follow all rules. If sign-up is required for a class, children must be included in sign-up.
35 laps=1 mile. Down and back is 1 lap.
For each type of swim lesson category, we break down into age groups. If your child excels or is struggling in a certain level, our swim lesson teachers can modify their lessons to match your child's level of swimming.
Parent and Child Lessons: Ages 6 months-3 years old
Preschool Levels 1-3: Ages 4-5 years old
Levels 1 & 2/Private Lessons: Ages 5 & up
Swim lessons depending on the level are from 20-30 minutes in length for their lesson.
Please contact the Emporia Recreation Center at (620)-340-6300, check our website www.emporiarec.org or Facebook page.
Emporia Rec. Center will update the website with cancellations and time changes.
One size larger than your normal t-shirt size.
Coaches will contact players after the coaches meeting.
Tax receipts can be printed from your CivicRec account. The link below will take you to our CivicRec catalog and Account log-in page. Once you are in your account you can access current and past year's tax receipts. https://secure.rec1.com/KS/emporia-ks/catalog
Emporia Recreation Center's Tax Id: 48-6084430
We will update our rainout hotline (620) 412-2111 and website regarding swim lesson cancellations.
Please note that we still could hold swim lessons during rain.
Football jerseys are designed to fit over shoulder pads, We recommend one size larger than your normal t-shirt size.
Please check your receipt or our website, www.emporiarec.org for information regarding when coaches meetings are held and when to expect a phone call. If you have not received a phone call, please contact the office at (620) 340-6300.
12 years old with an adult working out with the child.
14 years old without an adult.
Your Membership includes use of our Wellness Center, walking track, open gym, fitness studio along with access to aquatic and fitness classes.
Yes, a fitness room worker can help log in! There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost/misplaced scan cards.
Some of our equipment will have you plug your head set directly into the machine.
The ERC Wellness Center has recently updated the audio system to a new product, AudioFetch. AudioFetch streams real-time TV audio to iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, helping people hear exactly what they want wherever they are located in the Wellness Center.
Guests do need to provide their own wireless headphones or ear pieces along with their personal smartphone or tablet.