Policies, Rules & Rates : Access and Use of Greenbelt & Park Facilities

Access and Use of Greenbelt & Park Facilities

1. General: The District’s park and greenbelt facilities are generally open for use by all members of the public, whether or not they are residents of the District or members of the Community Center. Under no circumstances may persons access or enter restricted areas, including karst and cave preserves that are posted for no trespassing or fenced.

2. Park Hours: The Board of Directors of the District shall establish hours during which the District’s park and greenbelt facilities are open from time to time. No person is authorized to enter any park or greenbelt except during authorized hours. Any person without authorization who enters or remains in such areas except during authorized hours will be considered a trespasser, and may be subject to prosecution. Park hours are as follows:

    i.  Spring/Summer: 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
    ii. Fall/Winter: 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Upon request by the District’s security personnel, a person shall immediately vacate the District’s park property. Any person that refuses to leave the park premises upon request of the security personnel shall be considered a trespasser, and may be subject to prosecution.

3. Pavilion Reservations: The District’s Pavilions may be reserved in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

    i.    Any person who desires to reserve such facilities must complete a reservation application and pay all applicable fees, according to the number of hours that the pavilion is to be used. The number of hours rented includes time for set-up and clean-up.
    ii.   A pavilion may be reserved at least 48 hours in advance as well as up to 6 months in advance of proposed use. The Garden Pavilion may be reserved up to one year in advance if part of a room rental package.
    iii.  The Board of Directors of the District shall establish pavilion reservation fees from time to time by adoption of a rate order.
    iv.  Pavilions will be made available on a “first come, first served” basis.
    v.   Pavilions may be rented by residents of the District as well as non-residents. In order to receive the resident discount, renters are required to show proof of Brushy Creek residency at time of rental.
    vi.  Only persons that are 21 years of age or older may reserve a pavilion, and must be present at the pavilion during the period of use.
    vii.  Reservations require payment in full at the time of reservation request.
    viii. Petting zoos are prohibited.
    ix.   Cancellations received no later than 48 hours in advance of proposed use will be entitled to a 50% refund. Cancellations within 48 hours will not be entitled to a refund.
    x.    Reservations may be rescheduled not later than 48 hours prior to proposed use without penalty. Any change within 48 hours of proposed use shall result in the forfeiture of all fees previously paid. In such an event, new fees must be received in full to reserve the pavilion for the new date. If the Garden Pavilion is part of a room rental package, the payment, cancellation, and rescheduling policy is based on the Facility Rental Payment, Cancellation, and Reschedule schedule.
    xi.   Persons that reserve a pavilion are subject to the following rules, in addition to all other rules and policies applicable to the District’s parks: (i) no glass containers are permitted in pavilion areas; (ii) all trash, decorations and property must be removed by the end of the period of use; (iii) all balloons, streamers and similar decorations may be attached to the pavilion structures by tape only (tacks, nails, staples, etc. are prohibited); (iv) confetti (both plastic and paper), silly string, fireworks and tiki torches are prohibited; and (v) persons who reserve pavilions shall be responsible for all damage to the pavilion.
    xii.  Any non-compliance to the rental rules and park rules may result in forfeiture of all or a portion of the pavilion rental deposit.

4. Large Events: Events with 125 people or more may be subject to certain additional requirements in order to protect the District’s facilities, to allow for use by other users, and to minimize the impact on the use and enjoyment of property by persons living in proximity to the park facilities. Any person proposing such an event must call the District’s General Manager at 255-7871 for authorization. Privileges of use may be suspended in the event a person or group conducting such a large event fails to obtain prior authorization or fails to abide by the conditions of approval imposed by the District’s General Manager (or his designee).

5. Commercial Use Policy: Events where commercial activities will fall under the guidelines of the Commercial Use Policy.

6. Park Rules: All patrons of the District’s park facilities must abide by the following rules at all time:

    i.     No smoking is allowed within 15 feet of any playground areas.
    ii.    No littering is allowed. All trash must be removed from the parks or placed in proper receptacles.
    iii.   All pets must be leashed at all times. Pet owners must clean up after their pets.
    iv.   No illegal drugs, firearms, fireworks, tiki torches or glass containers are allowed within the parks.
    v.    No excessive consumption of alcohol is permitted.
    vi.   No destruction or defacing of property (including graffiti) is permitted.
    vii.  No abusive or foul language or conduct is permitted.
    viii. No skateboards or rollerblades or similar objects are permitted in posted areas where prohibited.
    ix.   Motorized vehicles are allowed in the park only for loading and unloading purposes as part of a rental. At all other times, no motorized vehicles are allowed in the park, trail or greenbelt areas. No ground fires are permitted.
    x.   No harassment of wildlife is permitted.
    xi.  Except as approved by written contract, no concerts, bands, or other events with amplified sound that may be heard by neighboring property owners are permitted.

7. Enforcement: The District’s staff is authorized to enforce all rules and policies regarding use of the District’s park and greenbelt areas, and to take such actions as are reasonably necessary to protect the District’s property and safety of individuals. Depending on the nature and severity of a violation, the consequences of violations of the District’s rules or directives may be reprimands, notification of parents, suspension of privileges, or criminal prosecution.