Aliso Viejo recreation facilities see revenue increases –
By SHANE NEWELL / STAFF WRITER
Both of the city-owned recreation facilities posted sizable revenue gains over the fiscal year’s first two quarters, earning praise from members of the Aliso Viejo City Council.The mid-year budget reports were presented March 1 to the council. Representatives from Wedgewood and Premier Aquatic Services, which operate the city-owned Aliso Viejo Center and aquatics facility, gave updates to the council.Known for hosting weddings and banquets, the Aliso Viejo Center posted a revenue of more than $950,000 from July to December, more than doubling its revenue from the previous fiscal year, according to a staff report.The Aliso Viejo Center posted a net profit for the first half of almost $170,000. By contrast, the center posted almost $90,000 in losses during the same period last year.“I really want to compliment you and your way of communicating with customers,” Councilman Ross Chun said to Brea Gardner, general manager of Wedgewood.The council also praised the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center.Though it operated in the red for the first two quarters, the aquatics facility saw a revenue bump, too.The recreation facility posted nearly $250,000 in revenue from July to December, an increase of almost $70,000 from the previous year, according to a staff report.Despite an increase in revenue, aquatic center expenditures neared $300,000 from July to December.“I have every confidence in the world that we are going to land better than budget at the end of the year,” said Dan Berzansky, owner and president of Premier Aquatic Services.