City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Park Policies

The City of Upper Arlington Parks & Forestry Division is proud to keep Upper Arlington parks beautiful, safe and fun destinations for patrons of all ages. Help them keep the parks in top shape by adhering to the following policies:

  1. Hours of operation: City parks are open to the public from 5 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Trash, debris, & litter: Most parks feature trash cans for park use. Household trash shall not be placed in park trash cans or dumpsters. Private yard waste shall not be dumped, raked, or blown into parks. Please make sure all litter and debris is deposited in cans. Cigarette butts are litter.
  3. Graffiti & vandalism: Graffiti and vandalism are of course, prohibited. Please report any instances to the city.
  4. Pets in parks: Major parks contain dog waste disposal baggies for your convenience, sponsored by Pet People. Please bring your own baggies in the event dispensers are empty. The law requires that all pet waste be picked up by pet owners. Please keep dogs off of athletic fields. Dogs may be off-leash after 8 PM and before 8 AM during Daylight Savings Time. During Eastern Standard Time, dogs may be off-leash before 8 AM and after 5 PM. Dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times. Violators are subject to citations and fines from the Police Division.
  5. Playgrounds: Playgrounds are designed and built for designated age groups. Parents or guardians should supervise children using the playground equipment. Please report any safety or maintenance issues to the city immediately.
  6. Alcohol: Alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited in parks and facilities at all times.
  7. Smoking: All park buildings and interior spaces are smoke-free by law. Extinguish all butts before depositing them in trash cans.
  8. Picnic areas & grills: Picnic tables & grills are available on a "first-come, first served" basis. Do not move tables off of concrete pads. Do not deposit hot coals in trash cans - leave in grills please.
  9. Pathways: Park pathways are designed for shared use, including walkers, runners, roller bladders, and cyclists. Please use common sense and courtesy. Pathways are not designed for high speed bicycle traffic. Slower pathway users should stay to the right, and those passing should sound an audible signal, or offer a verbal warning when preparing to pass.
  10. Shelters: Open air shelters at Burbank, Northwest, & Westover, and the gazebo at Miller Park are "first come - first served". Enclosed shelters at Fancyburg, Thompson, and Reed Rd. Parks can be reserved for a fee. All shelters should be left clean, with floors and table surfaces ready for the next visitor.
  11. Vending: Beverage vending machines are present in major parks. No sales of products or services are permitted in parks without the written permission of the Director of Parks & Recreation.
  12. Fires: No fires are permitted, except in designated fire places or grills. Do not deposit hot coals in trash cans.
  13. Sports: Organized sports (games or practices) must be confined to areas & facilities designated for such use. Bleachers are provided at most fields and diamonds for spectator use. All teams must clean up their own litter and debris. Golf is prohibited in city parks.
  14. Signs & Ribbons: No signs, including posters, yard signs or ribbons, may be placed on park property, except on designated bulletin boards. Per City  Ordinance 907.06: “No person shall attach any rope, wire, … or other contrivance to any tree or shrub… without authorization.” The Park & Forestry crew routinely removes such items during regular maintenance, trash removal, and mowing. See the code here.
  15. Vehicles: No vehicles are allowed in parks except in the marked spaces within paved parking lots without the written permission of the Director of Parks and Recreation. On-street parking is also available around most parks.