Grand Rapids Park Rules

Park Hours: Sunrise to sunset unless otherwise posted or permit issued.

Permits Required: To reserve shelters, picnic areas, lodges, athletic fields, and for public gatherings.

Prohibited Activities:

  • Dogs not on leashes
  • Fighting or annoying others
  • Gambling
  • Golfing
  • Helium balloon releases
  • Hunting and trapping
  • Indecent exposure
  • Littering
  • Loud or boisterous conduct
  • Not removing pets fecal discharge
  • Unauthorized possession or discharge of dangerous weapons
  • Skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates, on unpaved surfaces, or where signs prohibit
  • Failure, neglect, or refusal to comply with rules or regulations or disobeying a park official
  • Open fire not in grills
  • Pollution of aquatic areas
  • Power boats or swimming in ponds and lagoons
  • Profane, obscene or injurious language
  • Public intoxication
  • Sale or consumption of illegal drugs
  • Skateboarding in downtown parks and plazas
  • Snowmobiling
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism or destruction of public property

Prohibited Activities Without a Permit:

  • Alcohol possession or consumption
  • Overnight park use or camping
  • Use of metal detector
  • Hot air balloon launching on unauthorized sites
  • Model boats, jet skis, wave runners, and similar personal watercraft
  • Sound amplification that disturbs the quiet enjoyment of the park by others
  • Ride animals or drive vehicles off designated roadways or in excess of 10 m.p.h.
  • Admission charge for profit making activity
  • Parking lot use other than parking cars
  • Raffles

View the full list of ordinances for parks and public spaces at the link below.

Parks and Public Grounds Ordinances(PDF, 376KB)