Park Use Policies
Rules – City of Meridian Ordinances
Alcohol Possession & Consumption ~ Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Meridian City parks except for permitted events or with paid shelter reservations.
Camping ~ Camping is prohibited.
Dogs ~ No off-leash dogs are permitted in Meridian parks, with the exception of Storey Bark Park and Discovery Bark Park. Properly dispose of dog waste in trash receptacles using materials provided at mutt-mitt stations.
Fireworks ~ Fireworks, as defined by Meridian City Code, are prohibited on all park properties.
Park Hours ~ Parks are open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Sales ~ No commercial soliciting without a City permit.
Smoking ~ Smoking, including tobacco products and/or vaping, in any Meridian City park is prohibited. Smoking/ vaping is, however, allowed in parking lots. Please don’t litter.
Sound Amplification ~ An Amplified Sound Permit can be purchased in association with a shelter reservation and is required for sound greater than 62 decibels measured from a 20-foot distance from the sound system.
Speed ~ The speed limit within parks is 15 mph, unless otherwise posted.
Archery ~ Archery is prohibited.
General Park Information
Cancellations / Reschedules / Refunds
A. Shelter or Field Reservation Cancellations, Rescheduling, & Modifications at a Park
- To be eligible for a refund, reschedule, or modification of a reservation, the reserving party must contact Meridian Parks & Recreation by 5:00 p.m. MST on the 3rd business day prior to the reservation date. The day of the reservation is not included in the 3 business days.
- The customer may choose to immediately apply the refund amount toward the fee of a future reservation.
- No modifications or cancellations to a reservation or refund to the customer will be allowed if the request is not timely received, as described in section A.1 above.
- The reserving party will not be charged any service fee for refunds, reschedules, or other reservation changes.
B. Shelter or Field Reservation Cancellations or Rescheduling at a Park, due to Inclement Weather
- In the event of inclement weather at the time of a shelter or field reservation, the reserving party may contact Meridian Parks & Recreation by 5 p.m. MST within 5 business days following the reservation date and request a refund or rescheduled reservation. If the reservation is on a business day, the day of the reservation is not included in the 5 business days.
- “Inclement weather” includes, but is not limited to rain, snow/ice, high winds, fog, and/or hail.
- So long as a request for refund or rescheduled reservation is timely received, as described in section B.1 above, the reserving party may request a refund of the reservation fee, or may choose to immediately apply the fee paid toward the fee for a future reservation.
- No refund will be issued and rescheduling a reservation will not be allowed if the cancellation is not timely received, as described in section B.1 above.
- The reserving party will not be charged any service fee for refunds or reschedules.
C. Indoor Facility Reservation Cancellations, Rescheduling, & Modifications
- To cancel or modify a reservation of an indoor facility, the reserving party must contact Meridian Parks & Recreation thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date of the reservation. The day of the reservation is not included in the thirty (30) calendar days.
- So long as a cancellation is timely received, as described in section C.1 above, the reserving party may request a refund of the reservation fee, or may choose to immediately apply the fee paid toward the fee for a future reservation.
- No refund will be issued and rescheduling the reservation will not be allowed if the cancellation is not timely received, as described in section C.1 above.
- The reserving party will not be charged any service fee for refunds or reschedules.
Cleanliness ~ Cleanliness is the responsibility of all park users. Deposit trash in the receptacles provided. Cooking grease must be caught and properly disposed of.
Equipment ~ Amusement Equipment: Inflatable bounce houses are prohibited without a City permit and must be associated with a paid shelter reservation or permitted special event. They are not permitted on any park’s multi-use playing fields.
Canopies ~ Canopy stakes should be no longer than 8 inches in length, due to underground sprinkler lines. Small, 10’x10’ personal canopies are permitted without a fee. Additional fees ($10 per unit) are charged for large canopies and bounce houses. Certification of commercial liability insurance from the vendor must be submitted 5 days prior to your event.
Fishing ~ Fishing is permitted in City park ponds with a valid Idaho fishing license. Bag limits and other fishing rules apply.
Glass Beverage Containers ~ Glass containers are prohibited.
Golf ~ Golfing or driving golf balls is not permitted in Meridian City parks.
Horses / Livestock ~ Horses or other livestock are prohibited.
Hot Air Balloons ~ Hot air balloons are prohibited without a Director’s Order.
Metal Detecting ~ The use of metal detectors is allowed but must not disturb other park patrons. Please do not damage turf when searching for potential finds.
Park Structures ~ Climbing on park structures other than playground equipment is prohibited.
Barbecuing: Barbecuing is welcome. You may furnish your own barbecue grill, as long as steps are taken to ensure it won’t cause damage to surrounding grass, trees, structures, etc. and that grease is contained. Free charcoal barbecue grills are available first-come, first-served in shelters during times they do not have paid reservations. Please do not dispose of hot charcoal on the lawn or in trash cans. Gas griddles are available to rent for $50 per time block in Kleiner Park at shelters A-1 and B-1.
Cleaning: Shelters are cleaned prior to reservations by MPR staff and are closed between the hours of 2-4 p.m. unless the shelter is reserved the entire day. Groups are responsible for leaving the shelters clean. Should a group fail to perform adequate cleanup or damage City facilities, the group will be billed for actual City costs for cleanup and repairs.
Decorations: No silly string, piñatas, staples, nails, or tape. Please remove all table coverings, balloons, signs, etc., after the reservation has ended.
Electrical Power: Electrical power is available on picnic shelter posts. Please use only one appliance per outlet.
Picnic Tables: Please do not remove picnic tables from shelters and designated picnic sites. Users with paid reservations may rearrange the tables in their shelter.
Reservation Time Block: Each time block includes set up and cleanup time. Please promptly vacate the shelter by the end of your reservation time.
Remote Control Vehicles / Drones ~ Remote control cars, airplanes, and drones are prohibited in the presence of other park users.
Reservations ~ Park reservation season is mid-March to mid-October. In general, all picnic shelters, tennis courts, the bandshell, and multi-use fields are reservable starting the first business day of February. When not reserved, facilities may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made by 5 p.m. the third business day prior to the booking date.
Restrooms ~ Our restrooms are open year-round and are programmed to lock automatically at dusk.
Skateboarding ~ No skateboarding on walls, tables, or structures.
Sledding / Ice Blocking ~ Sledding and ice blocking are permitted.
Softball / Multi-Purpose Fields ~ The softball and multi-purpose fields are reservable at $10 per hour. Please do not use the fields if they are wet or muddy. When appropriate, rainchecks will be issued by MPR.
Splash Pads ~ The splash pads in Settlers, Kleiner, Discovery and Hillsdale Parks generally operate Memorial Day through Labor Day from mid-morning until park closing. They utilize potable water. Posted rules apply.
Swimming / Boating ~ Swimming and boating are prohibited in park ponds.
Tennis / Pickleball Courts ~ The full-size and Quick Start tennis courts located in Settlers Park are reservable at $2.50 per hour for the general public and $8.00 per hour for tennis pros. The pickleball courts in Reta Huskey Park are non-reservable.
Trees ~ It is unlawful for any person to cut, injure, deface, or damage any tree on park property.
Turf ~ No lining or marking the grass, sidewalks or pathways without prior permission from MPR. Vehicle Parking & Restrictions ~ Parking is limited to designated areas and is available first-come, first-served. Vehicles parked in No Parking areas or left in the park after dusk may be subject to a fine or towing. No unauthorized motor vehicles on sidewalks, paths, or grass.
Water Amenities ~ All water amenities are prohibited in City parks; e.g., misters, dunk tanks, water slides, kiddie pools.
Wildlife ~ Refrain from feeding or disturbing wildlife.