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Should personal fitness instructors be taxed for holding classes in public parks?
Should parks charge personal trainers to use public spaces? In Santa Monica’s Palisade’s Park, several personal trainers hold classes all week long. Yoga classes and popular boot camp classes bring groups of people looking for an outdoor workout to the park, where there are sometimes 75 courses in one week.
Trainers in the city of Los Angeles are already charged $60 per hour to use the park as a personal training venue, but overcrowding in Santa Monica parks has prompted reevaluation of the process. The city of Santa Monica is considering a new report on personal training in public parks, and may charge trainers 15% of their revenue to continue to hold classes. Some critics argue that a tax on these fitness classes is an unfair deterrent to the groups of people exercising and to the trainers. Other park-goers think that charging trainers to hold their personal classes in a public space will cut down on over-crowding in the parks and will make them more enjoyable.
Should personal trainers be taxed for holding classes in public parks? If you use public parks, are you bothered by an overcrowding of group fitness? What is the best way to make the parks usable and fun for everyone?
Sonki Hong, founder and CEO of Sonki Fitness, has been training in Palisades Park for over ten years
Karen Ginsberg, Director of Community & Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica