Recently passed amendments at the Jan. 21 city council meeting will bring a new after school program and summer pass to the Keller Pointe.Keller kids 15 and younger will have a new opportunity to buy a “virtual pass” to use the Pointe after school starting Feb. 1.Pointe manager Geri Marsh said the program is available for Keller residents only and will run through the end of school.The Youth After-school Program will give members their own online pass for $22, valid for 30 days after purchase which can be used Monday through Friday.Making the passes virtual is part of the Pointe’s financial sustainability plan and will make visiting the center easier, Marsh said.“We don’t want these kids to worry about losing their passes at school, so making them virtual will make it a lot easier,” Marsh said.Kids nine and younger must buy the pass with an adult. On every visit, workers at the Pointe will put in one “punch” on the member’s virtual card to keep track.Parks and Recreation Director Dona Roth Kinney presented the program at the council meeting as part of the facility’s financial plan. The Pointe will increase monthly and annual memberships by 3 percent and remove the annual sale, while creating a summer pass usable May 15 through Sept. 15.Council member Tom Cawthra said the program is a good addition to city activities.“It’s a great option for kids who may not be members to exercise as much or as little as the want and can,” he said. “This solves the issue of kids whose parents may not have considered a pass for them yet, but might now with the after school punch program.”The summer pass functions as a membership and will grant members unlimited access to the facility.Council member John Hoffmann said the increase, program and summer pass are good methods of keeping the Pointe a self-sustaining business.“This is one of the few recreation facilities in the nation that is self-sustaining,” he said. “The Pointe is doing a fantastic job on continuing to operate without taking funds from other activities and places.”Marsh said she and other Pointe officials are still working out details of the program and the summer pass and any questions may be directed to the Pointe for more information at 817-743-4386.
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