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Montgomery Park Rules and Regulations

Welcome to Montgomery’s park system, consisting of over 96 acres of protected green space.  Currently there are six parks, a nature preserve, and a pool.  Each park is filled with natural beauty and recreation activities for the entire family.  The following Rules and Regulations apply to the use of park facilities.  A violation of the Rules may result in a citation to court consistent with Montgomery Code of Ordinances Chapter 97.  As appropriate, the Rules may be modified to accommodate persons with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HOURS – Parks shall be open to the public from sunrise until 10:00 pm.  No person shall enter or remain within any park (excluding lodges) outside of those hours.

SHELTERS & FIRES – Shelters are available through reservations at City Hall beginning March 1st each year for residents and persons employed in the City of Montgomery.  A copy of the approved reservation form must be with the user during the time of the rental.  Picnic tables outside the shelters are available on a first come, first served basis.  Small cooking fires are permitted but must be confined to the grills provided, fireplaces, or privately-owned grills and must be completely extinguished before user leaves the area and no later than 9 pm.

CONDUCT – Persons in the parks must conduct themselves in such a way as to not disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.  No person shall play a radio or other sound amplification device so loud as to be an annoyance to other people in the park or to nearby residents.  See also Montgomery Code of Ordinances § 132.14, Noise. No person using the park shall use profane, obscene, threatening or indecent language or shall act in an obscene or indecent manner.

Persons using parks are expected to exercise reasonable care of the park property and to clean up the area before leaving and dispose of trash. No person shall deposit any garbage, ashes, sewage, refuse, earth or any other waste material other than in receptacles provided for such purposes.  No person shall damage, deface or contaminate any land, structure, or fixture of a city park; nor shall any animal, tree, flower, shrub, rock or other mineral be removed, injured or destroyed.

ALCOHOL & GLASS – Alcoholic beverages are only permitted in the park shelters and park lodges, including the patios or decks attached to the lodges when these facilities have been appropriately reserved by application filed with the City, and an alcohol permit has been approved by the Office of the City Manager.   No glass containers are permitted in the parks (excluding the lodges).

SMOKING & VAPING – Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping, is restricted to Park and Pool parking lots only.

MOTOR VEHICLES – Speed limits shall be 10 mph in parking lots and on roadways.  No motor vehicles or motor-assisted vehicles shall be operated within a park area not specifically designated or designed for vehicular use.  Driving across ball fields, courts or walking paths is prohibited.

No person shall park or store any motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or other vehicle within the park, except in paved areas designated for such purpose.

No person shall repair, wash, wax or do any type of work on a motor vehicle on park property, except for an unexpected, necessary repair.

Vehicular parking shall be prohibited during hours when the park is closed.  Vehicles parked in violation of this are subject to ticketing by the Montgomery Police Department.  (See the Montgomery Code of Ordinances, Section 76.04, Parking Prohibitions).

ANIMALS – Unless otherwise approved in advance by the City Manager, the parks are limited to household pets only, and such pets must  be properly leashed or restrained to remain in the handler’s control at all times and the owner assumes responsibility for picking up and disposing of the animal’s excrement.

SPORTS AREAS – All sport activity areas, when not otherwise reserved for scheduled league play, shall be used on a first come, first served basis.  The City reserves the right to close athletic fields when poor weather conditions warrant.  Tennis court usage shall be limited to one hour if people are waiting.  Skateboards, roller blades and bicycles are permitted on park paths so long they do not interfere with pedestrian traffic.  No person shall hit a golf ball on any park property.

FISHING – Where fishing is permitted, only two poles per person may be utilized and licensing must be in compliance with the State of Ohio laws. (persons under 16 years of age not required to have a license.

SWIMMING- No person shall swim, bathe, wade, skate on or enter into the park ponds.  No person shall place any boat, canoe, raft or other watercraft of any type (except for miniature toy watercraft) upon any pond, stream, fountain or other waters within the boundaries of the park without specific, written approval of the City Manager.

CAMPING & STRUCTURES– No person shall establish or maintain any camp or other temporary lodging place within the park.  No person shall erect tents, moonwalks, or other such structures or recreational equipment within the park.

HUNTING & FIREARMS – No hunting of any kind is allowed within the park.  Discharge of firearms, air rifles, or arrows is prohibited.

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT & FIREWORKS – No person shall operate any unmanned aircraft, engine powered model or toy airplane, drones in a park nor launch fire powered rockets or use fireworks.

SIGNS & SOLICITING -No person shall expose, distribute or place signs, advertisement, circular, notice or statement or display banner, emblem or design within the park. No person shall sell or offer for sale any article, privilege or service or do any soliciting, begging or peddling within the park.

The City is exempt from these park rules for City sponsored events and programs that are open to the public.

REV: 2019

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