Park & Facility Information

Registration


REGISTER EARLY 
It is important to register early to ensure your place in our programs. If your class is full, we can place you on the wait list and if there is a cancellation we will contact you. Payment is not required until we place you in the class. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 
Valpo Parks reserves the right to cancel or alter a class or program due to limited registration or circumstances beyond its control. In this instance, enrollment fees will be refunded to you via check.

Participation & Photos


PARTICIPATION 
By participating in park programs you assume the risk of injury and you agree to hold harmless the Valpo Parks Department, the City of Valparaiso and its agents and forfeit the right to make any claim for monetary damages against Valpo Parks and the City of Valparaiso if you or your property is damaged while participating in or attending a program or while in a park facility. 

PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEOTAPE 
Park staff and volunteers may photograph or videotape participants enrolled in programs and events or enjoying park facilities. These photos are for department use only and may be used in department publications or media promotions. If you prefer that you or your child not be photographed, please notify the photographer or program supervisor. 

Security

For the protection of park visitors and their property, all Valparaiso Parks have a 10 pm curfew unless otherwise posted or unless prior arrangements have been made. Visitor cooperation is appreciated.

Alcohol in Parks

Alcohol in City parks is discouraged. For your safety and the safety of others please refrain from drinking and driving. 

Dogs in Parks

Be considerate of others enjoying the parks. Dogs are allowed in the parks, but they must be on a leash and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Please leash and scoop. Pet waste stations provided by Vale Park Animal Hospital. Be sure to become a member at the ValPAWraiso Dog Park for off-leash fun, more information click here.

Fees & Refunds

The Park Board has adopted a policy of the resident discount user fees at select facilities and designated programs.This policy apportions an equalized higher fee to our non-resident participants. The higher fee contributes to the overall operations financing of the Park Department on an equitable basis with Valparaiso City residents who contribute by paying property taxes. 

FEE ASSISTANCE 

Fee Assistance is available to reduce the basic fee for most Park Youth Programs. Fee assistance is based on family income and the number of members in the family. To apply, simply inquire when registering for a youth activity. A parent will be required to complete an application for assistance. 

REFUNDS 

Youth Sports, Adult Sports, Enrichment Activities, Summer Camp, and/or Discovery Cottage 

• To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be requested a minimum of seven (7) days before the published registration deadline. 

• Cancellations within seven (7) days of the published registration deadline will not be refunded. 

• Refunds will be distributed back to the participant through a check in the mail. This process takes 4 – 6 weeks. 

• Refunds for Summer Camp will be processed through the Camp Doc software. 

• A $15.00 service charge for processing all cancellations will apply unless the Valpo Parks and Recreation Department cancels a program due to low enrollment.

Facility Reservations 

• All facility rentals are non-refundable

• If Valpo Parks must cancel a reservation due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued. 

Special Events 

• Day Trips 

• Registrations are non-refundable. 

• If registrant's spot can be filled, registrant will receive a household credit that can be used toward a future Day Trip that calendar year. 

• Royal Tea Party, Kids Closet Sale, Color Fun Run, 4th of July Blast, Valpo Night Ride, Valpo Bike Fest races, Popcorn Panic, Lit’l Kernel Puff, Jr. Kernel Run 

• To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be requested a minimum of 21 days before the published registration deadline. 

• Cancellations within 21 days of the published registration deadline will not be refunded. 

• If eligible, registrations done through RunSignUp will be refunded through the RunSignUp software 

• Other refunds will be distributed back to the participant through a check in the mail. This process takes 4 – 6 weeks. 

• A $15.00 service charge for processing all cancellations will apply unless the Valpo Parks and Recreation Department cancels a program due to low enrollment.

Community Garden Plots, Passes to Rogers Lakewood, ValPAWraiso Dog Park, Central Park Plaza Ice Rink, Golf, or other season passes are non-refundable

*Special consideration may be given by the Valpo Parks Director in the case of documented life altering situations and medical emergencies. 

Social Media Policy

The City of Valparaiso has adopted a formal Social Media Policy, which can be found here.

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