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General Park Rules


  • Parks are open sunrise to sunset unless otherwise specified.
  • Park areas that are open to the public are available for use by members of the general public on a first come, first serve basis unless there is a permit issued for use of the area.  Permit holders have priority use and members of the general public are required to yield use of facilities to permit holders for the duration of their permitted time.
    • When a permit includes use of bathroom facilities, the general public is also allowed to access the bathrooms during the permitted time.
  • All federal, state, and local laws and ordinances apply.
  • Animals must be on a leash at all times and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them.  No animals are allowed in the pools, lakes, playing fields, or playgrounds.  No animals are allowed inside buildings.
  • All trash must be placed in appropriate receptacles.  No dumping of off-site trash.
  • The use of park facilities by any organization charging fees or requesting donations or payment must be approved by the Director of Parks & Recreation
  • No parking or driving on the grass or overnight parking
  • Grills may be used in the parks under the following conditions:
    • Propane and fires must be kept a minimum of 10 feet from any structure
    • All fires must be completely extinguished before leaving the grill unattended.  Any coals/ash must be properly cooled and disposed of.
  • Prohibited items and activities include, but are not limited to:
    • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages (as per Town Ordinance)
    • Smoking outside of parking lots
    • Metal detectors
    • Bounce houses, inflatables, pony rides, petting zoos, etc.
    • Fireworks
    • Flying of drones or model airplanes
    • Archery or dart practice
    • Driving golf balls or playing golf
    • Sale of food, beverages, or goods without prior approval from the Director of Vernon Parks & Recreation
    • Use of any motorized vehicles, including minibikes, motorcycles, go-carts, mopeds, etc. on any nature trail, public wooded area, or designated walk provided solely for the use of pedestrians or bicycles