Montpelier Park Policies
Following the below policies will help to ensure the shared enjoyment of our parks. Many of our lands and trails are multi-use, and respect for others and wildlife is crucial. Thank you for your help in making sure Montpelier Parks are safe and enjoyable for everyone!
General Park Rules
These rules apply to all of our parks.
- No smoking
- No littering
- No cutting or harvesting of wood
- Carry out whatever you carry in
- No discharging of firearms or weapons in the parks unless special permission is given (see below)
- Follow posted signage about fires (permitted only in designated areas), dogs, parking, biking or trail use restrictions
- Make sure there is verbal agreement before allowing your dog to approach other people or dogs
- Pick up after your dog
- Make sure your dog has a current rabies vaccine.
Dog owners please see our Canine Code of Conduct, which is also posted throughout the parks.
Wherever bikes are allowed, bikers should yield to all other trail users.
Fires are allowed only in designated fire places. Gathering fallen or dead branches is allowed for the purpose of building a fire in a designated park fire pit or fireplaces.
Hunting and Firearms
According to City Ordinance, Sec. 11-502, Discharge of firearms or weapons in any city park: The discharge of a revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, air rifle, BB gun, arrow from a bow, or similar firearm or weapon within the limits of any Montpelier Park is not allowed without the written permission of the City Police and Parks Departments.
Winter Trail Use
All of the ski trails in Montpelier Parks are intended for walkers and snowshoers, as well. Please be respectful and aware of other trail users.
Use caution when exploring non groomed areas of the park. Trails that are not groomed may be steep or have hazards with only a thin cover of snow over them.
We ask that walkers and snowshoers walk in the middle of trails and avoid the grooves (or "tracks") made along trail sides for cross-country skiers.