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General Rules (applies to all City parks)

  1. Daily park hours are 5:00am-11:00pm  (See NMC §11.0353.5)
  2. Vehicles must remain on roadways and designated parking areas.  (See NMC §11.0353.2G)
  3. Fires allowed in grills only.  (See NMC §11.0353.2M)
  4. Alcohol is allowed in city parks. Kegs and glass bottles are prohibited. Sale of alcohol is prohibited in all city parks unless permission is granted from the Park Board.  (Permission in the form of an approved liquor license is also required)
  5. Pets must remain on a leash at all times with the exception of the Newton Dog Park. Pet owners are required to cleanup after their pets in City parks and along hike/bike trails.  (See generally NMC §§11.0353.2J&K, T2Ch13A3 Animal Protection & Control)
  6. No skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades or other similar devices are allowed in the pool house or in any shelter house.  (See generally T2Ch11A11 & 12 Bicycles & Skateboards)
  7. Obstructing traffic on park roadways is prohibited.  (See NMC §§11.0353.4, 11.0201.723.4(7))
  8. Fighting, use of illegal drugs, destruction of park property, use of foul language, and excessive yelling or screaming are all prohibited in city parks.
  9. Park superintendents and law enforcement officials reserve the right to ban individuals from the parks for up to six months for failure to comply with park rules. Banned individuals may appeal to the parks director. The Park Board may extend the ban if deemed necessary.
  10. Loitering in the pool pavilion is prohibited. The pool pavilion is closed to the public when the facility is rented.
  11. Tobacco usage is prohibited on all city-owned park areas, trails, and Westwood Golf Course.

Shelter Reservations

  1. Reservations can be made at the Park Office, 3000 N 4th Ave E, Newton
  2. Shelter can be reserved daily from 7:00am-4:00pm or 4:00pm-11:00pm.
  3. Reservations may be made anytime after January 1 of the calendar year.
  4. Payment is due at time of reservation.
  5. No refunds allowed.
  6. All trash must be placed in trash receptacles.   

 Dog Park

  1. Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damages caused by their dogs.
  2. No unattended dogs allowed
  3. Dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression
  4. Dog owners must pick up all dog waste and dispose of it in designated receptacles.
  5. Children must be at least 6 years of age and have adult supervision at all times
  6. No more than 2 dogs allowed per person
  7. A leash must be carried for each dog at all times
  8. Absolutely no hole digging