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LOVELAND PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

RULES AND REGULATIONS – PARKS, OPEN LANDS, NATURAL AREAS AND TRAILS

The following rules and regulations have been established by the City Parks and Recreation Department pursuant to Chapter 12.40 of the Loveland Municipal Code. City ordinance, Site Rules and Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations are in effect unless otherwise or additionally posted on site.

Park Rules and Regulations

  • Loveland's Parks and Recreation Trail are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Overnight parking or camping is prohibited.
  • Glass containers/ bottles are prohibited.
  • No open fires or flames except in provided grills.
    No gathering or cutting firewood.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except in designated areas.
  • Motorized vehicles (except authorized) are not allowed outside of established streets and parking areas.
  • Parking allowed in designated areas only.
    Parking cannot be blocked off.
  • Littering, graffiti or markings on parks or facilities is prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are only allowed by having an Alcohol Beverage Permit, allowed ONLY in conjunction with a shelter/pavilion or special event reservation.
    Alcohol permits expire at 10:00 p.m. on the day of the reservation. [Alcohol Permits are NOT given for July 4th Reservations at North Lake Park, Benson Sculpture Garden or Dwayne Webster Veteran's Park].
  • Noise Ordinance is strictly enforced.
  • Pet owners are required to pick-up and remove pet waste.
    Pets must be leashed and under human control at all times, except in designated Dog Park enclosures.
    Dogs at the Dog Park enclosure must remain under voice control. A leash is still required for arrival/departure at the dog park, or if there are control issues in the dog park areas.
  • Pets are NOT Allowed inside the Barnes Softball Complex at Fairgrounds Park or Centennial Park baseball complex, on inline hockey rinks, skate park areas, spray park areas, basketball and volleyball courts, the Championship Field at Loveland Sports Park, or within 100 feet of any other athletic courts or fields while practices or games are being played. [Trained companion dogs are allowed, but must be kept under direct supervision, and cleaned up after.]
  • Horses (except police) are not permitted on parks, recreational trails, or open lands.
  • Feeding, trapping, hunting, or disturbing wildlife is NOT permitted.
  • Discharge or use of firearms, projectiles, or fireworks is prohibited.
  • Bicycling permitted on designated trail only.
  • Swimming, wading, boating, ice fishing and bow fishing are NOT permitted.
    Float Tube Fishing permissible only at River's Edge Natural Area.
  • Fishing is regulated by Colorado State Regulations.
    All persons age 16 and older are required to have a Colorado Fishing License.
  • Collecting, removing, destroying, or defacing any natural or manmade object is NOT permitted
  • No Jump Castles, Dunk Tanks, Pony Rides, or other similar set-ups.
  • No silly string, paint or any other item which may contain dyes and permanently markup areas.
  • Only small pop-up tents are allowed, and must be weighted down. (10' x 10' max.)
  • No stakes are to be driven into the ground more than 6" for any reason (irrigation lines are present).
  • Vending is not allowed in City Parks, Open Land areas or trails without prior permission from the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Remote control (RC) boating questions are addressed by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Division through the office in Fort Collins. Please call (970) 472-4300 for information.
    In Loveland, battery powered RC boats have been approved for use on small City-owned bodies of water only; suggested sites would be the Foote Lagoon or North Lake Park - Duck Pond.
  • The City's public-use space is not intended for commercial/retail activities or for long-term or a series of consecutive uses.
  • Private landscaping or use of park lands, recreational trails (and easements on which they are located) or open lands, including extensions of back yard landscaping, trash or rubbish dumping, or other unauthorized use, is prohibited.
  • Any encroachment or storage of privately owned items is prohibited.
  • Call 911 in case of Emergency.
    Report park maintenance concerns or vandalism to the Parks & Recreation Department at(970) 962-2727.
  • Failure to obey park rules, closing times, allowing unruliness by intoxicated members of the group, or harassment of park employees will warrant forfeiture of all reservation deposits and/or ticketing.

Skate Park Rules and Regulations

  • Inspect the riding and playing surfaces before use.
  • Protective gear (helmets, knee pads, wrist protectors, etc.) is strongly recommended.
  • No riding during maintenance activities or when the skate park is closed.
  • Modifications to the skating surfaces are not allowed.
  • No adding of ramps, jumps or other obstacles.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed on the skating surfaces or areas.
  • Spectators and pets are not allowed on the skating surface.
  • Skate Park may be closed until further notice if:
    - Any liquid other than rain, snow, or hail gets on the street course, ramps or bowls.
    - The skating surface or any part of the facility is damaged. 
    - Tagging, graffiti or stickers are found on the skate surface, street course, ramps or bowls.

Spray Park Rules and Regulations

  • Spray Park hours are 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily.
    Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Children under 7 years of age should be supervised by an adult.
  • Surfaces may be HOT - footwear is recommended at all times.
  • Drinking the spray-water is prohibited.
  • Climbing on splash play equipment is prohibited.
  • Smoking, food, and beverages are not allowed on spray pad or in playground areas.
  • Inspect the play area before starting play.
  • Hanging of clothes or towels on trees, walls, structures or stone benches is prohibited.
  • Swim diapers are required for children under 4 years of age.
  • Please clear the area when conditions for thunder or lightning are possible.
  • Spray Park may be closed until further notice if the surface or any part of the facility is damaged or undergoing maintenance.

Loveland Sports Park (LSP) Championship Field Rules and Regulations

  • Protective gear is strongly recommended.
  • Smoking, food, beverages, and pets are not allowed on the field surface.
  • No metal cleats or gear that will damage the turf.
  • Parks and Recreation Department programmed use of the facility takes precedence over drop-ins.
  • The Championship Field may be closed if the field surface or any part of the facility is damaged or undergoing maintenance.

Open Lands and Natural Areas Rules and Regulations

  • Hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except Morey Wildlife Reserve and Mariana Butte Trail, which are open from dawn until dusk.  Overnight parking or camping is prohibited at all sites.
  • Pets must be leashed and under human control at all times. Owners must pick up and remove pet waste.  Dogs are not permitted at Morey Wildlife Reserve, in accordance with the approved conservation easement.  
  • Fishing is regulated by Colorado State Regulations. Site-specific regulations apply. All persons age 16 and older are required to have a Colorado Fishing License.
  • Float tube/”belly boat” fishing permitted at River’s Edge ponds (except Jayhawker North Pond).  All other boating, swimming, wading, ice fishing, bow fishing, and ice skating are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Glass containers/bottles are prohibited. 
  • No open fires or flames. No gathering or cutting firewood.
  • Bicycling permitted on designated trails only. Bicycles are not permitted at Morey Wildlife Reserve or Mariana Butte Trail. Bicyclists yield to other trail users.  
  • Horses (except police) are not permitted on City of Loveland Open Lands or trails.
  • Motorized vehicles (except authorized) are not allowed outside of established streets and parking areas. Parking allowed in designated areas only.
  • Remote control (RC) motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • No littering, graffiti or markings on property or facilities.
  • No discharge or use of firearms, projectiles, or fireworks.
  • No feeding, trapping, hunting, or disturbing wildlife.
  • Collecting, removing, destroying, or defacing any natural or manmade object is prohibited.
  • Shade structures are available for drop-in use and are not reservable.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Noise Ordinance is strictly enforced.
  • Commercial, retail and vending activities are not allowed in City Parks, Open Lands or trails without a permit from the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Private landscaping or use of open lands, including extensions of backyard landscaping, trash or rubbish dumping, or other unauthorized use, is prohibited.
  • Any encroachment or storage of privately owned items on open lands is prohibited.
  • Call 911 in case of Emergency. Non-emergency Police:  (970) 667-2151. 
  • Parks & Recreation Dept. Admin. Office (970) 962-2727  
  • On-call Parks & Open Lands Maintenance (970) 962-2730 (seasonal)

Recreation Trail Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines

  • Hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Overnight parking or camping is prohibited along the Recreation Trail System.
  • Glass containers/ bottles are prohibited.
  • No open fires or flames.
    No gathering or cutting firewood.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except in designated areas.
  • Motorized vehicles (except authorized) are not allowed on the trail system.
  • Parking allowed in designated areas only.
  • Littering, graffiti or markings on the trail are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Noise Ordinance is strictly enforced.
  • Pet owners are required to pick-up and remove pet waste.
    Pets must be leashed and under human control at all times.
    Pets are NOT Allowed in environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Horses (except police) are not permitted on the trail.
  • Feeding, trapping, hunting, or disturbing wildlife is NOT permitted.
  • Discharge or use of firearms, projectiles, or fireworks is prohibited.
  • Fishing is regulated by Colorado State Regulations.
    All persons age 16 and older are required to have a Colorado Fishing License.
  • Collecting, removing, destroying, or defacing any natural or manmade object is NOT permitted.
  • Vending is not allowed in City Parks, Open Land areas or trails without prior permission from the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Private landscaping or use of trail system, including extensions of back yard landscaping, trash or rubbish dumping, or other unauthorized use, is prohibited.
    Any encroachment or storage of privately owned items on the trail system is prohibited.
  • Report accidents and emergencies on the trail directly to the Police Department (Dial 911). Report maintenance concerns or vandalism to the Parks and Recreation Department at (970)962-2727.

Recreation Trail Guidelines

  • Please stay on the designated trail; and respect the rights of adjacent property owners.
  • Loveland’s trails have many different types of users.
    Please be courteous to others on the trail.
  • The flow of traffic on the trail is similar to road traffic.
    Always ride or walk on the right side and warn others of your approach.
  • Ride or walk single file when traffic is approaching from the opposite direction or when someone verbally signals they would like to pass.
  • Be predictable: ride or walk in a straight line and avoid weaving.
  • When passing others on the trail, verbally warn them that you are passing on the left.
  • Bicyclists are encouraged to use helmets and to make sure your bike is operational and properly equipped (including reflectors and lights).

Report accidents on the trail directly to the Police Department (Dial 911)

Report trail maintenance concerns or vandalism to the Parks & Recreation Department at (970) 962-2727.

PLEASE NOTE: Hard copies of the Rules and Regulations may be picked up at:  Parks and Recreation Administration Office - 500 E. Third Street, Suite 200 - Loveland 

THERE ARE MORE SPECIFIC RULES & REGULATIONS TO FOLLOW IN LOVELAND AS FOLLOWS:  Electronic Personal Assistance Mobility Devices (EPAMD)