Five Rivers MetroParks Policies

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of every visitor, Five Rivers MetroParks requires that all regulations and policies must be obeyed at all times. It is the responsibility of every park user to ensure that they are informed, aware of, and in compliance. For more information, please review each of the policies below.

Refund Policy

Statement of Policy
Five Rivers MetroParks (FRMP) offers refunds for programs, rentals, admissions, special event permits, and vendor fees, under certain conditions.

  • Program Registration:
    1. Program fees are refundable if requested at least three days prior to the start of the program. No refund will be given if the request is made less than two days prior.
    2. If FRMP cancels a program, FRMP will issue a full refund.
  • Rentals:
    1. Shelter reservation fees are refundable if requested at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. Refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.
    2. Facility rental fees are refundable if requested at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. Refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.
    3. Camping reservation fees are refundable if requested at least 14 days prior to the reservation. Refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee. If the fee is less than $10, the entire rental fee will be forfeited.
  • Carriage Hill Riding Center:
    1. Trail ride fees are refundable if requested at least 48 hours prior to the check-in time for the date of the event. No refund will be given if the request is made less than 48 hours in advance, unless in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    2. If Five Rivers MetroParks cancels a trail ride due to weather, the customer will have the option to receive a full refund or reschedule for another date, pending availability.
    3. In the event of a partial trail closure due to weather, Carriage Hill Riding Center Management may charge a prorated fee, and will issue the appropriate partial refund to the guest.
    4. In the event of a refund when the original payment was made with a credit card, the refunded amount will be returned to the card, but may take up to (5) business days to be reflected on the customer’s bank account.
    5. In the event of a refund when the original payment was made with a check or cash, the refunded amount will be returned by check, and may take up to (6) weeks.
    6. Participants must arrive no later than 15 minutes after scheduled ride start time. If a participant is over 15 minutes late for the scheduled trail ride, they will not receive a refund or be able to book a no-cost make-up date.
  • Admission Fees: Refunds for admission fees are made on a case-by-case basis on the day of the visit. Customers may be provided a cash refund or coupon for a return visit.
  • Special Event Permits Fees: Refunds for special event permits will be processed according to the event permit agreement.
  • Photography Permit Fees: Refunds for photography permits are not permitted.
  • Market Booth License Fees: Refunds for license fees for booths at the 2nd Street Market are not permitted.
  • Vendor Fees: Refunds for vendor fees will be processed according to the vendor contract agreement.
  • Membership Fees: Refunds for bike hub and ice rink membership fees are not permitted.
  • Refund Methods: If a refund is approved, the following guidelines will be used.
    1. If payment was made by credit card within the last 180 days, the amount will be credited back to the credit card.
    2. If payment was made by credit card more than 180 days ago, the amount will be refunded via check, which can take up to six weeks.
    3. If payment was made by cash or check, the amount will be refunded via check which can take up to six weeks.

Shelter Permits Statement of Policies

SHELTER RESERVATIONS: Shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made a minimum of four (4) calendar days in advance of the day of reservation. Reservations may be made one (1) year in advance of today’s date. Five Rivers MetroParks reserves the right to put administrative blocks on shelters as part of other park uses, seasonal closures or permits such as special events or MetroParks programming.

RATES: Rates are subject to change. The current fees are available online. All shelter permits will be honored at the fee rate published at the time of the reservation. Should cancellations or changes be required by the permit holder and rates have changed, new rates will take effect on the revised permit. Rates reflect peak (April 1 – Oct. 31) and off-peak (Nov. 1 – March 31) seasons. Rates include amenities that are available with particular shelters (i.e. sports equipment, fireplaces, etc.). Additional fees may be required for additional services (i.e., firewood, extra hours, etc.).

RESERVATION PERIOD: Shelters are available on a daily basis only; no half-day permits. Reservations begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at park closing. The length of a reservation is six (6) hours within this window. Additional hours may be purchased at $10 per hour. Shelters will be ready at beginning of reservation period indicated on permit.

ADDITIONAL SHELTER PERMITS AMENITIES:

  1. A permit that allows for consumption of alcohol at designated shelters may be requested with the shelter permit application. Only alcohol in non-glass containers is permitted. The fee for an alcohol permit is $25. Please note Five Rivers MetroParks’ Alcohol Consumption Rules below.
  2. Firewood for use at designated shelters is available for $10 per 4 cubic foot (2’ wide x 2’ deep x 1’ high) bundle Only firewood purchased through Five Rivers MetroParks is permitted. The permit holder is not authorized to bring firewood to the park or collect firewood in the park.

SHELTER PAYMENTS: Reservations may be made by telephone or online using a credit card or in person at Five Rivers MetroParks Main Office using a credit card, cash or check. Five Rivers MetroParks accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Full payment for shelter use must be received at the time of the reservation. There is a $30 fee for returned checks. Non-payment of returned check fee may result in a revocation of future permit privileges.

PERMIT APPLICATION QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to reserve a shelter and at least 21 years of age to obtain an alcohol permit. By requesting a permit or alcohol permit applicant verifies they are the qualifying age.

PROCESSING CHANGES: Date, time and location changes are subject to availability and a $10 processing fee. Payment is due before changes will be confirmed. Changes to permits must be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275).

PROCESSING CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: Permit fees are refundable if notice is given to Five Rivers MetroParks at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. Cancellations and refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee. Refunds, less the $10 processing fee, will be reimbursed to the credit card. If payment was made by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the address of the person/organization paying the permit fee. Issuance of refund checks takes approximately 4-6 weeks. Permits are not refundable due to inclement weather such as rain or snow. Cancellations or changes to permits must be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275).

CANCELLATION OF PERMITS: Please be aware that Five Rivers MetroParks reserves the right to change or cancel a scheduled permit if deemed necessary for weather, safety or operational reasons. If scheduled permit is cancelled by Five Rivers MetroParks for any reason, or if MetroParks requires a change to a reservation that is not suitable to the permit holder, a full refund will be provided.

DAMAGES AND CLEAN-UP: Five Rivers MetroParks does not charge a security deposit, however any damage to Five Rivers MetroParks property as a result of the permitted shelter use beyond normal wear and tear is the responsibility of the permit holder. Five Rivers MetroParks will assess the damage and levy appropriate fines pursuant to Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations. Damages and/or non-payment of fines may result in a revocation of future permit privileges.

Shelters will be left in the condition found by permit holder. Additional clean-up of the shelter required by park personnel will be billed at a minimum rate of $25/hour per staff person. There will be a $25 minimum fee.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The consumption and possession of alcohol at designated shelters requires a separate Alcohol Permit from Five Rivers MetroParks. Consumption and possession is permitted within the assigned shelter ONLY by adults of legal age according to the laws of the State of Ohio. Only alcohol in non-glass containers is permitted. To roam with alcoholic beverages throughout the park and trails is prohibited. Beer and wine are permitted. Kegs and “hard liquor” (proof 80 or higher) are not permitted.

SHELTER CAPACITY: The number of people in the permit holder’s party may not exceed the stated capacity for the specific shelter.

SPECIAL REQUESTS: Special requests must be made at least one week prior to the reservation and may be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275). MetroParks will accommodate special requests that fall within Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations and are operationally feasible.

LIABILITY INSURANCE: In certain circumstances Five Rivers MetroParks may require proof of liability insurance.

ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED: Operation of special amusements, including but not limited to animal or mechanical rides, inflatable play amusements, rock climbing walls and similar equipment are prohibited.

ACTIVITIES REQUIRING A SPECIAL PERMIT: The following is a partial list of permitted activities that require the express written approval of Five Rivers MetroParks. A permit for these activities can be obtained by filling out the application at www.metroparks.org/permits.

  1. Conduction of camps, fairs, exhibitions, rallies, fundraising efforts, races, walks, athletic league games or practices or other organized events;
  2. Sale of food, beverages or other goods;
  3. Commercially erected tents and canopies and personal use tents and canopies in excess of 200 square feet;
  4. Collection of fees or monetary contributions;
  5. Gatherings or activities promoted to the general public.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SHELTER PERMIT: Shelter permits are not assignable or transferable, nor may they be modified in any way without prior written approval from Five Rivers MetroParks.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: Conditions of use are based on Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations which will be enforced at all times. An abbreviated version of Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations are posted at all facilities; the complete version can be viewed online at www.metroparks.org/rules.

VIOLATIONS: A violation by a permit holder of the terms of his or her permit or Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations shall subject the permit holder to fines pursuant to Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations. MetroParks Rangers and Park Services Managers reserve the right to terminate a permit at his/her discretion based on violation of Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations.

EMERGENCIES: For life-threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Emergency responders and a MetroParks Ranger will be dispatched to your location immediately. For non-emergencies, call (937) 535-2580 and ask or a Five Rivers MetroParks Ranger to be dispatched to your location.

QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS/CONCERNS ON THE DAY OF THE RESERVATION: Call (937) 275-PARK (7275) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm) and (937) 274-3134 on holidays and after business hours to contact a Five Rivers MetroParks representative who can respond to your issue.

SUPERVISION: Supervision of minors is required at all times.

FIRES: Fires are approved only at designated shelters when firewood has been provided by five Rivers MetroParks. The permit holder must ensure the fire is not flaming at the time of departure. Do not pour water on fire. Do not remove unused wood from the park. Coals and unexpended wood will be cleaned by Five Rivers MetroParks staff upon conclusion of the permit.

GRILLS: Tow-behind grills must remain on paved surfaces and any used charcoal, wood, grease or drippings must be removed from the park upon departure. Grills that are permanently installed at shelters are for use with charcoal only and the coals will be cleaned by Five Rivers MetroParks staff upon conclusion of the permit. Do not pour water on the coals.

NOISE: The permit holder shall not operate or play a radio, TV, musical instrument or other amplifying or sound equipment, except in such a manner as not to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the park by any other person.

NATURAL FEATURES: Guests must not disturb the natural areas; do not collect plant or animal materials, living or dead.

PETS: Pets are allowed but must be on a leash no longer than eight (8) feet or suitably caged. Permit holders must clean-up after pets.

SIGNS: Posting of signs is prohibited. The use of tape, glue, nails, tacks, screws, staples, or other fasteners that may scratch or otherwise damage surfaces of the shelter, tables or other equipment are prohibited.

TRASH: The permitted area must be cleaned prior to departure. Trash receptacles are provided.

PARKING: Park in designated areas only. Driving to a shelter for any purpose is strictly prohibited including unloading and loading. Passenger vehicles may not drive, stop or park on any recreation or bike trails for any reason. Vehicles must remain in designated parking areas only.

PERMIT: The permit is proof of the reservation. Keep a signed copy of the approved permit available at all times during the reservation period. Present the permit to any Five Rivers MetroParks Ranger or other staff upon request. The reservation is not valid if the permit is unsigned and/or not available upon request.  Use disputes will rely on signed permits in hand.

APPROVED – 11/19/13

Camping Permits Statement of Policies

CAMPING RESERVATIONS: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made a minimum of four (4) calendar days in advance of the day of reservation. Reservations may be made one (1) year in advance of today’s date. Five Rivers MetroParks reserves the right to put administrative blocks on campsites as part of other park uses, seasonal closures or permits such as special events or MetroParks programming.

RATES: Rates are subject to change. The current fees are available online. All camping permits will be honored at the fee rate published at the time of the reservation. Should cancellations or changes be required by the permit holder and rates have changed, new rates will take effect on the revised permit in addition to the processing fee. Rates reflect peak (April 1 – Oct. 31) and off-peak (Nov. 1 – March 31) seasons. Additional fees may be required for additional services (i.e., firewood, extra hours, etc.).

RESERVATION PERIOD: Campsites available on a daily basis only. Check-in is at noon and check-out is at noon. Campsites will be ready at beginning of reservation period indicated on permit. Permits will be issued for one night up to four nights. Permit holders must vacate the campsite by the indicated day and time listed on the permit.

ADDITIONAL CAMPSITE PERMITS AMENITIES: One bundle of firewood (4 cubic foot – 2’ wide x 2’ deep x 1’ high) for use at designated campsites is included in reservation fee. Additional bundles of wood may be purchased for $10 per bundle. Only firewood purchased through Five Rivers MetroParks is permitted. The permit holder is not authorized to bring firewood to the park or collect firewood in the park.

CAMPSITE PAYMENTS: Reservations may be made by telephone or online using a credit card or in person at Five Rivers MetroParks Main Office using a credit card, cash or check. Five Rivers MetroParks accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Full payment for campsite use must be received at the time of the reservation. There is a $30 fee for returned checks. Non-payment of returned check fee may result in a revocation of future permit privileges.

PERMIT APPLICATION QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to reserve a campsite.

PROCESSING CHANGES: Date, time and location changes are subject to availability and a $10 processing fee. Payment is due before changes will be confirmed. Changes to permits must be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275).

PROCESSING CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: Permit fees are refundable if notice is given to Five Rivers MetroParks at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. Cancellations and refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee. Refunds will not be given within 13 days of the reservation date. Refunds, less the $10 processing fee, will be reimbursed to the credit card. If payment was made by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the address of the person/organization paying the permit fee. Issuance of refund checks takes approximately 4-6 weeks. Permits are not refundable due to inclement weather such as rain or snow. Cancellations or changes to permits must be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275).

CANCELLATION OF PERMITS: Five Rivers MetroParks reserves the right to change or cancel a scheduled permit if deemed necessary for weather, safety or operational reasons. If a scheduled permit is cancelled by Five Rivers MetroParks for any reason, or if MetroParks requires a change to a reservation that is not suitable to the permit holder, a full refund will be provided.

TRANSFERABILITY OF PERMIT: Camping permits are not assignable, or transferable, nor may they be modified in any way without prior written approval from Five Rivers MetroParks.

DAMAGES AND CLEAN-UP: Five Rivers MetroParks does not charge a security deposit, however any damage to Five Rivers MetroParks property as a result of the permitted campsite use beyond normal wear and tear is the responsibility of the permit holder. Five Rivers MetroParks will assess the damage and levy appropriate fines pursuant to Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations. Damages and/or non-payment of fines may result in a revocation of future permit privileges.

Campsites will be left in the condition found by permit holder. Additional clean-up of the campsite required by park personnel will be billed at a minimum rate of $25/hour per staff person. There will be a $25 minimum fee.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The consumption and possession of alcohol at campsites is prohibited.

CAMPSITE CAPACITY: The number of people in the permit holder’s party may not exceed the stated capacity for the specific campsite.

SPECIAL REQUESTS: Special requests must be made at least one week prior to the reservation and may be made by calling (937) 275-PARK (7275). MetroParks will accommodate special requests that fall within Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations and are operationally feasible.

LIABILITY INSURANCE: In certain circumstances Five Rivers MetroParks may require proof of liability insurance.

ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED: Operation of special amusements, including but not limited to animal or mechanical rides, inflatable play amusements, rock climbing walls and similar equipment are prohibited.

ACTIVITIES REQUIRING A SPECIAL PERMIT: The following is a partial list of permitted activities that require the express written approval of Five Rivers MetroParks. A permit for these activities can be obtained by filling out the application at www.metroparks.org/permits.

  1. Conduction of camps, fairs, exhibitions, rallies, fundraising efforts, races, walks, athletic league games or practices or other organized events;
  2. Sale of food, beverages or other goods;
  3. Commercially erected tents and canopies and personal use tents and canopies in excess of 200 square feet;
  4. Collection of fees or monetary contributions;
  5. Gatherings or activities promoted to the general public.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: Conditions of use are based on Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations which will be enforced at all times. An abbreviated version of Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations are posted at all facilities; the complete version can be viewed online at www.metroparks.org/rules.

VIOLATIONS: A violation by a permit holder of the terms of his or her permit or Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations shall subject the permit holder to fines pursuant to Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations. MetroParks Rangers and Park Services Managers reserve the right to terminate a permit at his/her discretion based on violation of Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations.

EMERGENCIES: For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Emergency responders and a MetroParks Ranger will be dispatched to your location immediately. For non-life threatening emergencies, call (937) 535-2580 and ask for a Five Rivers MetroParks Ranger to be dispatched to your location.

QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS/CONCERNS ON THE DAY OF THE RESERVATION: Call (937) 275-PARK (7275) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm) and (937) 274-3134 on holidays and after business hours to contact a Five Rivers MetroParks representative who can respond to your issue.

SUPERVISION: Supervision of minors is required at all times.

FIRES: Fires are approved only at designated campsites using firewood provided by Five Rivers MetroParks. The permit holder must ensure the fire is not flaming at the time of departure. Do not pour water on fire. Do not remove unused wood from the park. Coals and unexpended wood will be cleaned by Five Rivers MetroParks staff upon conclusion of the permit.

NOISE: The permit holder shall not operate or play a radio, TV, musical instrument or other amplifying or sound equipment, except in such a manner as not to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the park by any other person.

NATURAL FEATURES: Guests must not disturb the natural areas; do not collect plant or animal materials, living or dead.

PETS: Pets are allowed but must be on a leash no longer than eight (8) feet or suitably caged. Permit holders must clean-up after pets.

SIGNS: Posting of signs is prohibited. The use of tape, glue, nails, tacks, screws, staples, or other fasteners that may scratch or otherwise damage surfaces of any shelter, tables or other equipment are prohibited.

TRASH: The permitted area must be cleaned prior to departure. Trash receptacles are provided. Trash that exceeds the capacity of the receptacles are the responsibility of the permit holder and must be removed from the park.

PARKING: Park in designated areas only. Passenger vehicles may not drive, stop or park on any recreation or bike trails for any reason. Vehicles must remain in designated parking areas only.

PERMIT: The permit is proof of the reservation. Keep a signed copy of the approved permit available at all times during the reservation period. Present the permit to any Five Rivers MetroParks Ranger or other staff upon request. The reservation is not valid if the permit is unsigned and/or not available upon request.  Use disputes will rely on signed permits in hand.

Fossil Collecting Policy

Collecting a limited number of fossils by the general public is permitted with the following restrictions:

  • Fossils cannot be collected with the use of tools (e.g. hammers, picks, etc.).
  • No more than 3 fossils per day per person may be collected from a MetroParks facility.
  • Collected fossils can be no larger than the palm of your hand.
  • Fossils cannot be collected from MetroParks for sale.
  • No climbing is permitted on rock ledges or outcroppings.
  • Fossils can only be collected from designated fossil collection areas OR under the direction of a MetroParks interpreter leading a public program.
  • Those wishing to conduct scientific research that does not comply with these restrictions may apply to the MetroParks office for a research permit.

Designated fossil collection areas are:

  • Below Germantown Dam at Germantown MetroPark
  • Below Englewood Dam at Englewood MetroPark
  • Near stepping stones across Sugar Creek at Sugarcreek MetroPark

Geocaching Policy

Permits

  1. You must obtain a permit to place a geocache on Five Rivers MetroParks property. Apply online or call (937) 275-PARK (7275).
  2. Permitted caches must be placed and maintained per MetroParks’ guidelines. Caches must also be registered on the geocaching.com website and include (Five Rivers MetroParks) in the cache name, for example: Orange Trail Cache (Five Rivers MetroParks).
  3. MetroParks has established a maximum number of geocaches per MetroPark. If your first park of choice is full, you will be placed on the waitlist for that park, or you may apply for a permit at another park.
  4. No person will be granted more than 5 active permits at any one time.

Application Process

  1. Apply for permit by filling out the online application.  MetroParks will not hold a spot prior to receiving formal application. Be prepared to provide the following information:
    1. Park name
    2. Proposed cache GPS coordinates
    3. Cache description and size
    4. Trail color
    5. The trail intersection numbers between which the proposed cache will be located (shown on map and on trail markers) and the intersection number closest to the proposed cache location.
    6. A photo of proposed cache location and a detailed written description of the cache location (example: film canister located 2 feet from ground, inside hole in tree. Or: small plastic box located 6 feet from bottom of stairs).
    7. Your Geocaching.com username and other contact information.
  2. If there is currently no availability in the park you requested, you will be placed on a waitlist.
  3. If approved, you will receive a letter from Five Rivers MetroParks to orient you to our geocaching process.
  4. Your geocache has no expiration date, however, if there is a waitlist for a park, you may be asked to remove your cache after a period of one year.
  5. The permit and a MetroParks geocache sticker will be mailed to you. The sticker must be placed on the outside of the cache.
  6. If any contact information or other pertinent information provided on the permit application should change, you must inform MetroParks within 48 hours.

The Cache

  1. Caches must be family friendly. Items specifically prohibited are listed below.  Any cache deemed inappropriate will be removed at the sole discretion of Five Rivers MetroParks.
    • Food, odor-emitting substances or other items that may attract wildlife
    • Weapons or ammunition
    • Drugs or alcohol
  2. Cache containers may not be of glass or metal or resemble anything that might cause public alarm. (Ammunition cans are not permitted.) The container must be smaller than 300 cubic inches and must accommodate the 2” x 4” MetroParks sticker on the outside. The sticker must be placed on the outside of the container and include all required information in permanent marker.
  3. Caches must be located such that they can be placed, found, and retrieved safely. Caches may not be placed in the following locations:
    • Structures including but not limited to buildings, shelters, boardwalks, and bridges
    • Within 50’ of a roadway
    • Within 50’ of railroad tracks
    • On a Miami Conservancy District dam, planted gardens, campsites
    • Horse trails or mountain bike trails
    • More than 15 feet off a hiking trail (the hiking trail must be indicated in color on the park map)
    • More than 5’ off the ground
    • In a location that requires digging either to place or retrieve the cache
  4. Caches may not be anchored.
  5. The permit holder must update the GPS coordinates for their cache within 48 hours of placing a permitted cache. Coordinates must indicate the exact location of placed cache.
  6. The permit holder may remove their caches by at any time. The permit holder must Five Rivers MetroParks of any removals within 48 hours.
  7. MetroParks will verify cache location, contents and conditions annually. MetroParks may remove the cache for any reason at any time at its sole discretion. MetroParks will notify permit holders of removal within 48 hours. Caches may be retrieved at MetroParks’ Main Office, 409 E. Monument Ave. 3rd floor, Dayton, OH.

Adopt-A-Geocache Program

Volunteer to help Five Rivers MetroParks maintain its geocache program by checking caches and their sites. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact us at outdoors@metroparks.org.

Events

Want to host a geocache event? Apply for a permit through the Five Rivers MetroParks special permit application process. All event caches will be considered temporary caches and must be removed at the end of the event.

Accessibility Policy

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a priority for Five Rivers MetroParks (FRMP).  All patrons, including those with illness, injury, or disabilities, have the right to use FRMP services and sites and anyone with disabilities will not be discriminated against in the delivery of programs and services.

FRMP provides accessible facilities, services, and programs to the extent required by the ADA. Individuals with disabilities may contact FRMP to request accessibility services based on their needs. No otherwise qualified person with a disability shall, solely by reason of disability,  be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in FRMP programs or activities.

If accommodations are needed, please call (937) 275-PARK (7275) at least one week in advance. You can also find information about accessibility in the MetroParks on park maps and brochures, available at trailheads of your favorite park, in the lobby of our main office at 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton, OH 45402, and online on each park’s web page.

Five Rivers MetroParks accommodates individuals requiring mobility assistance with a wheelchair (defined by the Department of Justice as “a manually operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of indoor, or both indoor and outdoor locomotion”). The designation “accessible,” indicates access for wheelchair users in compliance with Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Wheelchairs are permissible in all Five Rivers MetroParks facilities, in accordance with ADA regulations.

At this time, only limited Five Rivers MetroParks designated facilities are open for the use of “Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices” (OPDMD) by individuals with mobility disabilities. OPDMDs are “any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel or other engines—regardless of whether it was designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities—used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion.”  Five Rivers MetroParks is in the process of further assessing our facilities and trails to ensure the ease of accessibility for our guests. Please check back at this page over the next several months for facilities approved for use of OPDMDs by individuals with mobility disabilities and our staff’s top picks for easy-access trails.

At this time, OPDMDs that are a maximum of 34” wide, powered by electric motor and capable of traveling at speeds no more than 6 MPH are allowed on all Five Rivers MetroParks managed paved recreational trails, also known as “bikeways.”

Parking lots at facilities and trailheads within MetroParks have designated parking spaces marked with the international access symbol. These spaces are reserved for visitors with physical disabilities whose vehicles display a special license plate, tag or sticker.

ADA Complaint process

FRMP has a procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the ADA regulations regarding service and facility access for people with disabilities.

A. This procedure is established to meet the requirements of the ADA.  It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the FRMP.  The FRMP Personnel Policy 1.2: Equal Employment Opportunity governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.

B. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem.  Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

C. The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

ADA Coordinator
Five Rivers MetroParks
409 E. Monument Avenue, Third Floor
Dayton, OH  45402

D. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator or designee will contact the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions.

E. Within 15 calendar days of the communication, the ADA Coordinator or designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio recording.  The response will explain the position of FRMP and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

F. If the response by the ADA Coordinator or designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the FRMP Executive Director or designee.

G. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Executive Director or designee will contact and/or meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.

H. Within 15 calendar days after the contact, the Executive Director or designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator or designee, appeals to the Executive Director or designee, and responses will be retained by FRMP for at least three years.

Service Animal Policy

Five Rivers MetroParks, (FRMP), complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act (504) regarding the use of service animals by persons with disabilities who are registered participants in FRMP programs or authorized users of FRMP parks and facilities, by FRMP employees with disabilities, and by visitors with disabilities in FRMP parks and facilities.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that participants and authorized users, employees, and visitors with disabilities who have service animals can participate in and benefit from FRMP services, programs, and activities, and to ensure that FRMP does not discriminate on the basis of disability as identified in Titles I and II of the ADA.

As a general rule, FRMP will modify policies, practices, and procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.

Restrictions/Areas of Safety

FRMP may impose some restrictions on service animals for safety reasons.  Restrictions are considered individually to determine if the animal could be in danger, if the animal poses a danger to others, or if other reasonable modifications can be provided to assure that the individual enjoys access to the park, facility, or program.

Responsibilities of Individuals Using Service Animals

An individual with a service animal is responsible for the following:

  1. Responding truthfully to the limited and appropriate inquiries that may be made by employees regarding the service animal.
  2. Ensuring the animal meets any local licensing requirements, including required immunizations.
  3. Ensuring service animal dogs wear a dog license tag at all times.
  4. Ensuring that the animal is in a harness or on a leash or tether at all times.  Exceptions may be considered individually and require the demonstration of control of the service animal by the handler.
  5. Ensuring that the animal is under control and behaves properly at all times.  The supervision of the animal is solely the responsibility of its partner/handler.  If the animal’s behavior results in a hygiene problem or the animal acts in a threatening manner, FRMP may require the partner/handler to remove the service animal from the site.
  6. Ensuring compliance with all local ordinances or other laws regarding cleaning up after the animal defecates.  Individuals with disabilities who cannot clean up after their own animals are not required to pick up and dispose of feces; however, these individuals should use marked service animal toileting areas if provided.
  7. Removing the service animal from the park if it becomes ill.

Requirements for FRMP Staff, Registrants, and Visitors

Members of the FRMP staff, participants and authorized users, and visitors in FRMP sites, are responsible for the following:

  1. Allowing service animals to accompany the partner/handler at all times and anywhere at a site except where animals are specifically prohibited, such as at specific areas of a farm.
  2. Refraining from distracting a service animal in any way.  Do not pet, feed, or interact with the animal without the partner/handler’s invitation to do so.
  3. Refraining from separating a partner/handler from a service animal.
  4. FRMP may exclude a service animal from all parts of its property and/or take enforcement action if a partner/handler fails to comply with the above restrictions and, in failing to do so, fundamentally alters the nature of programs, services, or activity offered by FRMP.
  5. FRMP may exclude a service animal from all parts of its property if a partner/handler fails to control the behavior of a service animal, and it poses a threat to the health or safety of others.

Temporary Exclusion of Service Animals

A participant or authorized user, employee, or visitor may report a concern regarding a service animal to FRMP staff.

  1. Temporary Exclusion of a Service Animal Used by a Participant or Visitor:
    • In response to an immediate concern, FRMP staff may determine that a service animal must be temporarily removed from parks, sites, or facilities.  A site supervisor or ranger shall notify the participant or visitor of this decision and obtain their contact information. The employee shall then report the incident to the ADA Coordinator within one business day.
    • The ADA Coordinator (or designee) will investigate all reported concerns and incidents where service animals have been temporarily removed from sites, parks, and facilities.  The ADA Coordinator (or designee) will consult with appropriate FRMP personnel and determine whether or not the animal should be excluded from sites, parks, and facilities for an extended period of time or permanently.  The ADA Coordinator (or designee) will notify the participant, authorized user, or visitor of his or her decision.
    • If it is appropriate for the service animal to be excluded from sites, parks, or facilities permanently, the ADA Coordinator (or designee) will work with other FRMP staff to ensure the participant, authorized user, or visitor receives appropriate reasonable modifications in place of the use of a service animal.
    • A participant, authorized user, or visitor who does not agree with the decision regarding removal from the premises may file an accessibility complaint.  Five Rivers’ ADA Complaint process is available in the Accessibility Policy on this website.
  2. Temporary Exclusion of an Employee’s Service Animal:
    • In response to an immediate concern regarding lack of control of a service animal, or lack of bowel or bladder control by a service animal, the FRMP Human Resources Department may determine that a service animal must be temporarily removed from sites, parks, or facilities.  The Director of Human Resources Department (or designee) shall notify the employee of this decision and that the incident will be reported immediately to the ADA Coordinator. The Director of Human Resources Department (or designee) shall then report the incident to the ADA Coordinator.
    • The ADA Coordinator will investigate all reported concerns and cases where service animals have been temporarily removed from sites, parks, and facilities. The ADA Coordinator will consult with appropriate staff and determine whether or not the animal should be excluded for an extended period of time or permanently.  The ADA Coordinator shall notify the employee of his or her decision.
    • If it is appropriate for the animal to be excluded from sites, parks, and facilities permanently, the ADA Coordinator will ensure the employee receives appropriate accommodations in place of the use of a service animal.
    • An employee who does not agree with the resolution may file an appeal or formal complaint following the ADA Compliance Policy.

Conflicting Disabilities

Individuals with medical issues (such as respiratory diseases) who are affected by animals should contact the ADA Coordinator, in the case of park visitors, or Human Resources Department, in the case of staff or volunteers, if they have a concern about exposure to a service animal.  The individual will be asked to provide medical documentation that identifies a disability and the need for a modification.  The appropriate FRMP staff will facilitate a process to resolve the conflict that considers the needs and conditions of all persons involved.

Clarifying an Animal’s Status

A service animal is not required to wear a cape, vest, or other symbol.  It may not be possible to discern whether or not an animal is a service animal by observing the animal’s conduct or the partner or handler.  Therefore, it may be appropriate for designated FRMP staff such as facility managers, site directors, area staff, or administrative staff to ask:

  1. Whether the animal is required because of a disability, and
  2. What work or task the animal has been trained to perform.

Emergency Situations

A partner/handler, service animal, and team may be confused in any stressful situation.  A service animal may become disoriented from the smell of smoke in a fire or facility emergency, or from sirens, wind noise, or shaking and moving ground. Emergency Responders (ERs) are trained to recognize service animals and to be aware that animals may try to communicate the need for help. ERs will remember that animals may be trying to be protective and, in its confusion, should not be considered harmful.  ERs should make every effort to keep a service animal with its partner/handler; however, the ER’s first effort should be toward the partner/handler, which may result in the animal being left behind in some emergency evacuation situations.

Public Records Policy

It is the position of Five Rivers MetroParks (FRMP) that openness leads to a better informed citizenry, which leads to better government and better public policy. FRMP manages records in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 149.412 and ORC 149.43).

A public record is defined as any document – paper, electronic (including, but not limited to, e-mail), or other format – that is created or received by, or comes under the jurisdiction of FRMP that documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of FRMP. All records of FRMP are public unless they are specifically exempt from disclosure under the ORC or other applicable law.

To make a public records request, the requestor is required by ORC to identify the records requested with sufficient clarity to allow FRMP to identify, retrieve and review the records. If it is not clear what records are being sought, FRMP will contact the requestor for clarification, and should assist the requestor in revising the request by informing the requestor of the manner in which MetroParks keeps its records.

Based on the media of the public records, there may be costs to provide the records. Costs to fulfill a Public Records request:

  1. There is no charge for the first 20 pages of paper copies.
  2. The charge for paper copies in excess of 20 pages is 5 cents per page.
  3. The charge for downloaded computer files to compact disc is $1 per disc.
  4. There is no charge for documents emailed.
  5. Requestor may ask that documents be mailed to them. The requestor will be charged the actual cost of the postage and mailing supplies.

To make a Public Records request, please call 937-275-PARK (7275).

Privacy Statement

We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website.

What we collect and store automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages you visit; and
  • If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website. We use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors like you.

If you register for programs or contests

When you register for a program or contest of Five Rivers MetroParks, you are no longer an anonymous user to us. During the registration process, Five Rivers MetroParks will ask for your name, email address, postal address, and telephone.

Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide a personalized service to you, the user. None of this information is shared with business partners or other third parties.

If you send us e-mail

You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other park employees who may be better able to help you. We do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.

Links to other sites

Our website has many links to our partners, especially other local like-minded agencies and community groups. In a few cases we link to private organizations. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

What are my choices regarding collection, use and distribution of my information?

MetroParks may, from time to time, send you email regarding our services if you indicated that you wished to receive such notices upon registration. Only Five Rivers MetroParks or one of it’s departments will send you these direct mailings. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information. At any time you can edit your Five Rivers MetroParks Account Information to no longer receive such offers and mailings. You will need your Account ID and Password in order to access your Account Information.

You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies you will be unable to use those MetroPark services that require registration in order to participate.

Five Rivers MetroParks does not sell or rent user information to anyone.

Further information

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at the following:

Five Rivers MetroParks
Attention: Privacy Policy
409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor
Dayton, OH 45402

Or, contact us via the web.

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