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Published on March 02, 2024
Bloomington's Parks and Rec Offers Financial Aid for Local Residents to Join Community ActivitiesSource: Tyler Vigen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Strapped for cash but eager to join the community fun? Help's just around the corner! In a move that's a breath of fresh air for cash-strapped Bloomington residents, the local Parks and Recreation department is stepping up its game to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at staying active, regardless of their wallet's weight. Bloomington Parks and Recreation is offering a fee assistance program designed to benefit residents' physical, mental, and social health without breaking the bank.

The program is exclusive to Bloomington dwellers, who need to demonstrate the cash crunch they're in to qualify. Showing a financial need is all it takes to get a slice of this subsidy pie for eligible programs and services. According to the department's website, "The goal of fee assistance is to provide opportunities for all families to participate in our programs and services regardless of income status," said Jenna Smith, who was identified by a Bloomington press release as the Recreation Supervisor.

Those hoping to snag this financial lifeline can get the lowdown at blm.mn/fee-assist. But here's the kicker, you've got to get the thumbs up on your application before you can register for those yoga classes or pottery workshops. And don't forget, it's not a one-and-done deal—you need to reapply for the golden ticket every year.

Once the stamp of approval is given, each family member under one account gets their own credit—kids under 18 snag a cool $200, while adults are tossed a $35 credit. As for the timeline? These credits aren't there for keeps; they'll vanish when the ball drops on New Year's Eve. So, dive in and make a splash with those programs while you can!