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Parks & Recreation's Rules & Policies

General Rules & Policies

  1. Parks and playgrounds are open and available for public use between 8:00AM until dark. All visitors and vehicles must leave the park by dark. From December 1– March 1 the Lake Reba Park back gate will be closed to the fishing area and no through traffic will be allowed.
  2. Parks and playgrounds are generally available on a first come, first served basis unless a facility reservation has been issued.
  3. Richmond parks and facilities are to be used at your own risk.
  4. Vehicles are to be parked in designated areas only; vehicles are restricted to established roads and parking lots.
  5. No inappropriate use of equipment in the playground area. Playgrounds are designated for ages 5 & under and 5 -12.  Please use the appropriate playground for your child.
  6. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in parks, playgrounds or facilities.
  7. No Smoking will be permitted in areas where people play and congregate. (ex: Playgrounds, Shelters, Paradise Cove, Adventure Falls, sports field dugouts and bleachers will be smoke free and tobacco free.)
  8. Excessive noise is prohibited.
  9. Fires are to be built only in grills. Areas around grills and picnic tables must be cleaned and all fires are to be extinguished prior to leaving the premises.  Please do not throw hot coals in the trash can or on the ground.  The maintenance department cleans out the grills on a regular basis.
  10. Open fires must be pre-approved by the Parks and Recreation Dept.
  11. Fireworks are prohibited.
  12. Washing dishes in the drinking fountains is prohibited.
  13. Cutting, mutilating, removing or taking any trees, shrubs, flowers, or plants is prohibited.
  14. Removal of, or defacing a sign, poster, building, or other property is prohibited. Posting of posters and advertisements are prohibited without prior approval by the Parks Department.
  15. Gambling is prohibited.
  16. Please throw all cans and plastic bottles into recycle bins, where available. Glass beverage containers are prohibited.
  17. Persons violating the above mentioned rules may lose their ability to reserve facilities in the future.

Fighting and Disorderly Behavior policy

All patrons of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department are expected to behave in a respectful manner.  Unsporting conduct, disorderly behavior and fighting shall be strictly prohibited.

Unsporting conduct and disorderly behavior includes but is not limited to:

Deliberate spitting on a person


Property damage

Profanity/obscene language directed at or disturbing another

Verbal abuse of another patron, staff, or contractor


Fighting includes but is not limited to:

Verbal assault with an intentional threat to inflict injury upon another person

Physical battery whereby one person uses force against another resulting in injury.


Should a patron be caught engaging in any of these behaviors, the consequences shall be:

1st offense: an immediate request to leave the facility, possible criminal charges

2nd offense: an immediate request to leave the facility, possible criminal charges, 6 months suspension from all park and all recreation facilities

3rd offense: an immediate request to leave the facility, criminal charges, and a permanent ban from all park facilities*

*Readmission to the park can be obtained with a written request to the Parks and Recreation Board; requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


General Facilities Rules

Basketball Rules– Lake Reba Park & Dillingham Park

  1. City conducted programs have priority over all other use.
  2. Players must provide their own ball.
  3. Shirts & Rubber soled shoes only must be worn on Basketball Courts at all times.
  4. Profanity, loud and offensive language is prohibited.
  5. No rough housing.
  6. No rollerblades or skateboards on the court.
  7. The courts may be used free of charge for leisure.
  8. Any reservation must be requested through the Parks & Recreation Department. Certain fees may apply.
  9. Basketball has preference over all other use.
  10. Courts may not be used between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  11. No food or liquids are to be brought on the courts.
  12. No tobacco products of any kind are allowed on the courts.
  13. Slam dunking is prohibited.
  14. When others are waiting:
  15. Only half court basketball games are allowed.
  16. Warming up before a game must not exceed five (5) minutes.
  17. Only one (1) game may be played for a maximum of thirty (30) minutes, after

which the court must be relinquished.

  1. Waiting players must remain in person at the court.
  2. Adult supervision of all children under the age of 12 is required at all times.
  3. All participants and spectators are expected to be on their best behavior at all times.
  4. All participants and spectators assume all risk of injury, damage or loss sustained on premises.
  5. Proper conduct is expected. Participants and spectators not complying will be asked to leave


Fishing Lake- Lake Reba

  1. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for monitoring Lake Reba and enforcing all state laws which relate to the use of this facility.
  2. Any inquiries in regards to utilizing the lake for an event must be approved first through the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department then approved by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.        1-800-858-1549.
  3. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains the banks of Lake Reba, the fishing pier, the fish cleaning station, dock, and the restrooms.
  4. No Swimming in Lake Reba.
  5. Fish which are caught must comply with state law in order to keep. This includes, but is not limited to:    1. Possession of and Shad Species is prohibited.  2.  Black Bass Regulations:  Minimum 15 inches,  3.  Daily Creel limit: 3  fish.  4. All Grass Carp must be released immediately.
  6. Absolutely no vehicles permitted on pier or dam.
  7. No fishing from courtesy dock– by order of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  8. The fishing pier is Mar-Nov Monday-Friday, twenty four (24) hours per day and is accessible off of Catalpa Loop Road. Dec 1-Mar 1 the fishing pier will close at dark.
  9. No motor boats allowed on the Lake. Trolling motors are permissible. Paddleboats, sailboats, and row boats are all permissible. Lifejackets are required.
  10. No feeding the waterfowl.
  11. When utilizing the fish cleaning station, please dispose of all remains in trash cans provided.
  12. No fishing is allowed in the cove when it is roped off and signs are posted.



Judy Rains Memorial Dog Park Rules

* Please refer to section 2.1 for additional dog ordinances and regulations for other parks.


  1. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK-Owners are legally responsible for the actions and behaviors of their dog(s) at all times.
  2. Dog waste must be cleaned up by their owners IMMEDIATELY.  Dog waste bags are available at the entrances of the dog parks.
  3. Owners must be within the dog park and supervising their dog(s) at all times with leash readily available.
  4. All dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
  5. All children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Small children must be kept under strict supervision within arms length of parent/adult.  This is not a child’s playground.
  6. Owners must fill any holes their dog(s) dig.
  7. Dogs should use appropriate dog park for their size. The Small Dog Park is for dogs under 25lbs.
  8. Aggressive dogs must be leashed and removed immediately.
  9. Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the dog park.
  10. All dogs must have current vaccinations and must wear collar with current dog license, rabies certification & identification.
  11. Dogs should be under voice control.
  12. The following are prohibited: Human and dog food and treats; glass containers; dogs in heat; sick dogs; aggressive dogs; and dogs/puppies under 4 months old.




Disc Golf Rules- Camp Catalpa



  1. The object of Disc Golf is to have the lowest number of total strokes at the end of the round.
  2. Each throw of a disc counts as one “stroke”
  3. The Disc must come to rest in the “Basket” or “Chains” of the basket.  If the Disc comes to rest on top of the basket, one (1) stroke must be taken to pick the disc up and place it in the basket.
  4. “Par” for each hole should be marked somewhere near the tee box for that hole.  If the hole is not labeled it is played as a “par” 3.
  5. Scoring Example:  On hole #1 the par is 3.  It takes you 4 “strokes” to make the disc come to rest in the basket.  Your score for Hole#1 is a 4 or a +1 (One over par.)


Additional Rules

  1. When teeing off, a player can run in the direction of the basket but must release the disc prior to crossing over the end of the tee box or designated teeing area.
  2. After a thrown discs comes to rest, the player must play the next throw from where their previous disc came to rest (known as the lie.)
  3. Any object can be used to mark the spot where a thrown disc comes to rest.  The marker must replace the closest point between the disc and the basket WITHOUT getting closer to the basket.  (many people will flip over the thrown disc after it comes to rest, and throw another disc.)
  4. A player must have at least one foot within 30cm of a marked disc when throwing with the exception of teeing off from a tee box or designated teeing area.
  5. A player can not JUMP toward a basket and throw within 10 meters of the basket.
  6. Players proceed in the order of the person whose disc is furthest away from the basket going first.
  7. It is common etiquette to be silent while a player is throwing.  This is solely dependent upon the preferences of the group you are playing with.
  8. Players are responsible to be courteous to other players and park patrons.  Players are also responsible for leaving the park in better shape than it was when they arrived, thus no littering.  Trash cans are provided throughout the park. Please help to keep our parks clean.


Herb Vescio Horseshoe Pits Rules– Lake Reba Park

  1. A game for two or four players, horse pitching’s main object is to ring the pin or throw the horseshoe as close to the pin as possible
  2. Each player stands at one stake and throws two horseshoes at the other stake.
  3. A horseshoe encircling the stake is called a ringer and counts for the highest score.


  1. A ringer is made when the thrown horseshoe encloses the stake; it counts three points in scoring.
  2. The rules of horseshoes allow one point if no player throws a ringer, for the shoe closest to the stake as long as it is within the width of a shoe itself.
  3. Regulation games are played to a winning score of 50, while informal games are played up to 21.
  4. While using the Herb Vescio Horseshoe Pits, please be courteous of other players.
  5. Please pick up any trash that may be left in the facility.
  6. The shelter is not available for reservation.
  7. To schedule tournaments, please call the Parks Department at least a month in advance.



This list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of prohibited or permitted activities. The City of Richmond reserves the right, as determined by its employees and the staff of the Recreation Department, to terminate or suspend any person’s use of any parks facilities at any time for wrongful conduct as stated above or otherwise.

Playgrounds Rules & Policies


  1. ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED.  Parents or Guardians are responsible for their child’s safety.  All participants and spectators assume all risk of injury, damage or loss sustained on premises.
  2. No climbing, standing, or sitting on top of the monkey bars, jungle gym, horizontal bars, or swings.
  3. No climbing on the outside of the tube/bubble slides.
  4. No twisting in the handicap accessible swing. Please allow children who are in need of these swings to have first priority on the playground
  5. No Playing in large feature water fountain or in drinking fountains.
  6. No throwing rocks, mulch, or other objects into water fountains or drinking fountains.
  7. No dogs, pets, or other animals allowed in playground area for health and safety of our patrons.
  8. Playgrounds are designated for ages 5 & under and ages 5-12.  Children must use the playground assigned to their age group.
  9. The Universal Playground is intended for all children to have access to the playground so that all children can play together.
  10. It is highly recommended that closed toed shoes be worn at all times- no sandals or flip flops.
  11. No smoking on the mulch around the playground area and shelters. Please smoke in designated areas only.

Paradise Cove Rules & Policies

* Pool rules and regulations are subject to change *

General Rules

  • Lifeguards have the authority to prohibit any behavior or activity that poses a risk of incident or injury.
  • Running, pushing, and horseplay are not permitted.
  • Anyone wishing to ride the two forty foot slides must be at least 48 inches tall.
  • Any children, ages 13 & under, must be accompanied by an adult or someone 16 years of age or older. If children ages 13 & under attempt to enter the pool facility without an adult, access will be denied and they will be required to contact a parent/guardian to pick them up.
  • Parents/guardians that drop off their children must make proper arrangements to pick up their children no later than the close of the facility.
  • Parents leaving their children at the facility with an adult that is not considered a legal guardian should insure that their child has a phone number where they can immediately be contacted, in the event of an emergency
  • Video recording at the facility shall only be conducted with the express written consent of the City.
  • Person(s) who habitually violate the rules and regulations, or those patrons that continue to exhibit behavior that is deemed unsafe, or inappropriate will be asked to leave the facility, with no refund due. Repeat offenders will not be granted access to the facility and will not receive a refund. The City of Richmond reserves the right to suspend all season passes in the event that rules and regulations have been broken.
  • No Pool Noodles, toys or floats allowed.
  • No Outside Food or Drinks, with the exception of water bottles. No Coolers permitted. A Picnic area outside is available for use.
  • Smoking, Vaping, and smokeless tobacco are not permitted inside the pool area. A fenced in smoking area with picnic tables is located in a designated area.
  • You may bring your own chairs and shade structures. Shade canopies must be set up in the grassy area only.
  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and plastic pants. Bathroom breaks are called every hour at 10 minutes to the hour. Please take your children to the restroom at that time.
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices may be worn. Arm Floats, plastic float rings and rafts are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Guests with open cuts, abrasions, or sores are not permitted to enter the water.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Spitting and blowing the nose in the pool are not permitted.
  • All patrons are asked to shower before entering the pool.
  • Admission is based on park capacity as established by the Fire Marshal and Health Dept.
  • Lifeguards have the authority to prohibit any behavior or activity that poses a risk of incident or injury.
  • Running, pushing, and horseplay are not permitted.

SWIM ATTIRE: The intent of enforcing a swim attire policy is to maintain a clean, safe and inviting environment for our patrons. Non-swimwear clothing can create problems with water clarity, disinfectant systems and water filtration. The more cotton-like clothing present in a pool, the cloudier the water can become, which makes it an unsafe environment for ALL swimmers using the facility.

  • All children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper and vinyl pants in the facility. Vinyl Swim pants and swim diapers will be available for purchase at the front desk or concession stand.
  • Swim Suits and swim shorts will be the only attire approved for this pool.
  • Our establishment respects each patron’s need for modesty and religious compliance, but to be fair to ALL persons using the pool we must enforce swimwear attire consistently for all patrons. Shirts and/or shorts can be worn over swimsuits as long as they are made of a nylon or lycra material.
  • NON ACCEPTABLE SWIM ATTIRE:  T-shirts, bras, sports bras, sport shorts, basketball shorts, jerseys, cut off jeans or other cotton materials, shorts or cover-ups worn over swimwear that is not made of swim suit material, underwear or jock straps worn under swim suits or shorts, thong bikinis or suits that are deemed too revealing by pool staff for a family environment.

Fecal Contamination

  • In the event of a fecal contamination in the pool, the pool may close from one hour, up to 48 hours depending on the severity, in order to properly sanitize the effected area.
  • Breaks are called every hour to ensure our patrons time to visit the restroom facilities. Please utilize these facilities for the health and the safety of other pool patrons.
  • Children who are not potty trained must wear both swim diapers and vinyl swim pants. Vinyl pants can be reused.
  • In the event of a fecal accident in the pool, the pool will close for several hours to clean and sanitize. If you have arrived within 2 hours of this accident, and the pool does not reopen, Paradise Cove will issue you a pass to return on another day. You must have a receipt to indicate what time you paid that day.
  • When accidents happen in the pool, all park patrons are affected. Thank you for helping us encourage a happy & safe experience at Paradise Cove. We realize that this is an inconvenience for everyone, and we apologize for the situation. However, the City of Richmond cannot prevent these situations.

Inclement Weather

  • In the event of a Thunderstorm or other weather related event, the pool will close and no refunds will be issued. The pool will reopen as soon as safely possible.
  • In the event the facility is closed for inclement weather, all patrons are required to leave the premises and/or make arrangements for transportation.


Person(s) who habitually violate the rules and regulations, or those patrons that continue to exhibit behavior that is deemed unsafe, or inappropriate will be asked to leave the facility, with no refund due.  Repeat offenders will not be granted access to the facility and will not receive a refund.  The City of Richmond reserves the right to suspend all season passes in the event that rules and regulations have been broken.

Season Pass Rules & Information:

  1. A Paradise Cove Season Pass is a discounted rate for admittance to the Paradise Cove Facility. There are no additional membership benefits.
  2. On days where the facility has reached maximum occupancy of 1100, season pass holders may have to wait in line to enter the facility. The Fire Marshall sets the maximum occupancy for the facility.
  4. Families with 4 or more children are eligible for a discounted rate if they purchase a season pass for two adults in the family and three additional children or one parent and four children. Discounts are only available in person at the Parks & Recreation Offices and parents must bring legal proof of guardianship or a copy of the birth certificate to be eligible for a discount.

For additional information on Season Passes please click on the Season Pass Section of this website.


  1. When meeting another adult at Paradise Cove who will be supervising your child, that adult must come to the front desk and take the children into the facility. No one will be allowed to enter the facility with out paying an admission fee.
  2. Parents leaving their children at the facility with an adult that is not considered a legal guardian should insure that their child has a phone number where they can immediately be contacted in the event of an emergency.


  1. Video taping at the facility shall only be conducted with the express written consent of the City.
    Digital camera or other camera usage must be approved by authorized Paradise Cove Staff.


  1. Person(s) who habitually violate the rules and regulations, or those patrons that continue to exhibit behavior that is deemed unsafe, or inappropriate will be asked to leave the facility, with no refund due. Repeat offenders will not be granted access to the facility and will not receive a refund. The City of Richmond reserves the right to suspend all season passes in the event that rules and regulations have been broken.


  1. Adventure Falls Miniature Golf Passes will be offered individually online or in person and can be combined with a Pool Pass. The passes are for mini golf only, not valid for batting cages. Key tags can be used to check in at both locations. Check the website for hours of operation.


  1. Refunds, coupons, or other non-monetary items will not be given due to any pool closures.
    We realize that this is an inconvenience for everyone, and we apologize for the situation.  However, the City of Richmond cannot prevent these situations.  These incidents occur in every public water facility.
  2. No refunds of any form will be given to Season Pass Holders after June 15.  If a refund is needed before this date, the season pass holder must complete a “request for refund form.” If granted, any usage of the facility, the cost of materials, plus a $5 processing fee will be deducted from the prorated refund.  Any and/or all requests for refunds will be at the sole discretion of the City, and all decisions will be final.


  1. All rules and regulations posted at Paradise Cove apply.
  2. All terms of use are subject to change.

Adventure Falls Miniature Golf & Batting Cage Rules & Policies

Adventure Falls Rules

No alcohol is permitted on the premises.

Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

Profanity is prohibited.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please be conscientious with children around water features.

Please dispose of trash in appropriate trash receptacles and recycling bins .


Miniature Golf Course

Please limit groups playing together to only 5 people.

Please wait to start playing on a hole until the group ahead of you is finished.

Please only walk on the greens while putting use walk ways all other times.

Ask to play through if you want to play ahead of a group.

Do not spit gum or litter on course, dispose of all trash accordingly.

Do not play in water features.

Do not bang golf clubs on anything.

Please dispose of all trash in the trash cans located throughout the course.

Ball and clubs are to be turned in to the front counter area as soon as your game is done.

Do not play in landscape features, stay on designated walk ways.

No Smoking on the course. Please dispose of cigarettes in the cigarette urns provided.


Batting Cages

Patrons must wear helmets at all times in ALL of the batting cages.

Batting cage doors must be closed whenever the cage is in use.

Only one patron at a time in a batting cage. (unless approved otherwise)

Enter and Exit the cage through the door of the same machine you hit on.  DO NOT walk from one cage to another while still inside the cage.

No food or drinks are permitted inside the cages.

NO SMOKING inside the cages.

NO CLIMBING on the fence or any other storage containers.

Any horse play that may interfere with the safety of the patrons is not permitted.

Report all injuries, damage and loss of property to the Manager on duty.

For safety reasons shirts and shoes are required in the batting cages.

No swinging of bats outside the batting cages.

NO METAL CLEATS are to be worn in the cages.

Shelters' Rules & Policies



  1. Groups are required to complete a reservation request form at the Park Administrative Office.
  2. No more than one group may reserve the same shelter at any park on the same day.
    Reservations may be made up to but no more than one year in advance.
    Groups holding annual reunion or meetings may reserve the comparable date and location for the following year by making reservations within 2 business days following the annual reunion or meeting.
  3. The Director of Parks and Recreation shall be responsible for making decisions regarding the
    acceptance of reservation requests and the assigning of park areas in keeping with the following factors: other planned use of facilities, size of groups, condition of park grounds and availability of parking space.
  4. The use and location of tents and other special apparatus shall be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation.
  5. Groups using the park facilities shall be responsible for any damage to turf areas  or park
  6. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in park facilities.
  7. All persons utilizing the Irvine-McDowell Park for recreational purposes may park without charge in the lot located off Crabbe Street.  Persons reserving the shelter or using the playground area must park in the Crabbe Street Lot.  All violators are subject to be towed.
  8. Parking in the grass is not permitted.
  9. Persons violating the above mentioned rules will lose their holding privilege and any ability to reserve facilities in the future.
  10. The Parks Maintenance Staff cleans shelters and bathrooms on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.  This gives us just enough time to clean all park shelters.
  11. The group and its individual members shall indemnify and hold harmless the City of Richmond, Kentucky from any and all claims and demands of every kind and description arising from or
    associated with the use by the group and its members of the park facilities.
  12. Fees are non-refundable and must be paid no later than one week before the reservation date.
  13. While there may be electrical outlets located on the shelters, Richmond Parks and Recreation makes no guarantee that electric will work during your reservation.
  14. Any decorations placed on the shelters must be removed by you by the end of your reservation.
  15. Although the Parks and Recreation Department strives for excellence in presenting a clean and friendly environment in our shelters/restrooms and parks, vandalism, theft, and graffiti can occur anytime. Therefore, if you find these types of conditions, please realize that this is a maintenance issue that sometimes goes beyond our control and could occur overnight or anytime the shelter has been vacated. In addition, although we only reserve the shelter once a day, there could be a chance that it is not clean when you arrive and that could be due to someone using it while it is vacated; this too is beyond our control.*NOTE: There has been an increase in facility theft. If restroom theft occurs, you might need to provide your own toilet tissue/soap/paper towels. This is a situation that sometimes occurs when parks employees are not on duty. Also, sometimes the trashcans get overloaded, so we could recommend and appreciate if you would bring some extra trash bags, in case of need.

If you encounter a problem with someone already in your reserved shelter, you can look for a police security vehicle or call Police Dispatch at 624-4776 and tell them you need someone to come help you with a reservation situation.