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General Reservation & Rental Policies


Vernon Parks & Recreation Department
 
Rental Information & Conditions (General)
Contact:
Vernon Parks & Recreation Office     
(860) 870-3520
parksandrec@vernon-ct.gov
Monday- Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.am. – 1:00 p.m.
 
Limitations of Use
  • Residents receive first consideration for rentals
  • Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, no more than 6 months in advance
  • Persons using the Parks and Recreation Facilities must obey federal, state, and local laws, as well as regulations established by the Parks and Recreation Department
  • Responsible person booking the rental must be over the age of 21 years
 
Use of Facilities by Organizations
The Director of Parks & Recreation may allow organizations to use Park and Recreation Facilities.  Such use shall be subject to the following:
  1. The organization must provide a certificate of insurance naming the Town of Vernon as the insured
  2. The organization must agree to undertake additional duties with respect to the use of the facilities as the required by the Director of Parks & Recreation. This may include providing private police, medical or fire protection at the site, and set up/cleanup of the site
  • At the Director’s discretion, a bond may be required to assure compliance with the agreed upon duties
  1. The use of park facilities by any organization charging fees, accepting donations, or otherwise requesting or requiring payment must be approved by the Director of Parks & Recreation
 
General Policies for use of Parks & Recreation Property
  • Parks are open to the general public for use on a first come, first serve basis, UNLESS the area is reserved
  • Parks open at dawn, or when security gates are open
  • Parks close at dusk, except for the following:
    • When planned activities are scheduled
    • Lighted facilities, including
      • Tennis, Softball, Basketball- April 1st to November 30th
      • Ice Skating- weather permitting
    • Pets must be on a leash
      • No dogs in pools, lakes, or playgrounds
      • Owners are responsible for pets when they defecate
    • No alcoholic beverages permitted on any Town of Vernon property
    • No inflatables (Bounce Houses) permitted on Parks & Recreation property
    • The following activities are prohibited on Parks & Recreation Property
      • Parking or driving on the grass & overnight parking
      • Repairs of automobiles (changing oil, radiator fluid repairs, etc.)
      • Metal detectors
      • Flying of drones or model airplanes, unless special permission from the Director is given
      • Archery or dart practice
      • Golf playing or driving golf balls
      • Public dumping of off-site trash
      • Riding an unregistered motorized vehicle including mini-bikes, motorbikes, ATVs, and go-cart
      • Lighting of fireworks
 
General Policies for Renters
  • Full reservation fee is due at time of rental. Reservation is not confirmed until full payment is received
  • There is a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations made with 30 days or more notice will receive a refund minus the cancellation fee.  Cancellations made with 29 or fewer days notice will not receive a refund.
  • Rental time must include set-up and clean-up
  • Access to electricity, running water, and bathroom facilities must be requested at the time of rental
  • When a rental includes park bathroom use, the general public is also allowed to use the bathroom facilities when the park is open to the public
  • Renters are expected to leave their space clean after use, with trash placed in proper receptacles, grill fires completely extinguished, and any appliances turned off
Renters are responsible for any damage to property or equipment that occurs during the time of the reservation