Mandan News

Mandan parks getting new online payment, registration system

The Mandan Park District will revamp its online payment and registration software for park programs within the next five months.

The Mandan Park Board Monday awarded a point of sale software contract to Vermont Systems for $55,000.

The software will be installed by early January. After training staff, the system should be ready to go online by mid-March, said Cole Higlin, parks and recreation director.

Park Recreation Supervisor Kara Haff said the new system will allow park customers to register for multiple park programs in one location instead of driving to the golf course to pay fees, then to the administrative office to buy Raging Rivers passes and the ball fields for little league sign-up. Haff researched the recreation software for the park district.

“They have integrated gift cards. You’d be able to put $10 or $15 on your kids’ water park pass to use in the concession stand,” Haff said. “Individual and league registrations could be done online. League registrations are done on paper still. … We can do all our day care registrations and payments through this system.”

The new software also will keep records and financial data for staff, she said, and can put out 500 different reports. She said the system allows the park system to send out mass messages through social media as a marketing tool.

It will require picture identification of park program users.

The same software system is used by the Grand Forks and Williston park districts and by North Dakota State University.

Haff said it will help streamline many payment systems and data keeping for the park district.

By LeAnn Eckroth, Lee News