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Park Rules & Regulations


  • Parks are open from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise specified.  School grounds are available for public use with an issued permit after school hours until sunset, unless there are scheduled school activities.
  • Areas of the parks that are open to the public are available for use by the members of the general public on a first come, first serve basis unless there is a permit issued for the area.  Permit holders are granted exclusive access to their permitted area for the designated time.
    • When a permit includes use of park bathroom facilities, members of the general public are also allowed access to the bathroom facilities during the reservation time.
  • All federal, state, and local laws apply
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them (Town of Vernon Ordinance #232, #233)
  • All trash must be placed in appropriate receptacles or removed from the park.  Littering is prohibited (Town of Vernon Ordinance # 309)
  • The use of park facilities by any organization charging fees or requesting donations or payment must be approved in advance by the Director of Vernon Parks & Recreation
  • Grills may be used in the park under the following conditions:
    • Propane and fires must be kept a minimum of 10 feet from any structure
    • Charcoal fires must be completely extinguished before leaving the grill unattended, and cooled coals/ash must be properly disposed of.
  • Prohibited items and/or activities include, but are not limited to:
    • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages (Town of Vernon Ordinance #295)
    • Smoking in areas other than parking lots
    • Use of metal detectors
    • Bounce houses, inflatables, petting zoos, pony rides, etc.
    • Fireworks or other explosives
    • Flying of drones or model airplanes (Town of Vernon Ordinance #45)
    • Overnight parking, or parking or driving on the grass (Town of Vernon Ordinance #45)
    • Food trucks or other vendors, or any sale of food, beverages, or goods withour prior approval from the Director of Vernon Parks & Recreation
    • Driving golf balls or playing golf (Town of Vernon Ordinance #45)
    • Operation of motorized mini bikes, motorbikes, go-carts, ATV's, etc. (Town of Vernon Ordinance #45)
THE POSSESSION OR CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS PROHIBITED IN PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS