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Booking park use online proposed by Oakmont recreation board member

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Oakmont recreation board member Ryan Ehrlich talks with borough officials about shifting field and facility rentals to an online booking system.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Oakmont recreation board member Ryan Ehrlich talks with borough officials about shifting field and facility rentals to an online booking system.
Oakmont recreation board member Ryan Ehrlich talks with borough officials about shifting field and facility rentals to an online booking system.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Oakmont recreation board member Ryan Ehrlich talks with borough officials about shifting field and facility rentals to an online booking system.

Oakmont recreation board member Ryan Ehrlich is asking the borough to consider using an online company to streamline the way people book parks and other amenities for personal use.

Reserving a park pavilion now is done through the borough office, but there is not an organized system in place to rent other facilities, Ehrlich said.

“For all the other fields we have, the bocce courts, soccer fields and baseball fields, there's no real process to rent those out,” he said. “It's ad hoc. It usually ends up going partly through the rec board and partly through (the borough office), and we have to figure it out each time.”

He proposed using GymDandy, online service based in Wisconsin that would be free the first year and $600 annually after that. The website would allow residents to book facilities after seeing what was available on a given day. Policies, pricing and procedures will be determined prior to council approving the service, Ehrlich said at a recent council meeting.

“There's a lot of stuff that needs to be figured out,” Ehrlich said. “We wanted to come to council early on in the process and make sure you're all comfortable with the general approach we're taking.”

Ehrlich's presentation received support but no action by council.

“If it saves our administration time, and it's more organized, I think it's great,” Councilman Tim Favo said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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