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Park Usage Agreement

  1. City of Texarkana, Texas
    Parks and Recreation Department
    Park Usage Agreement 2014


    This agreement is for the use by any individual or organization that reserves the use of any park facility or park property, whether the event is private or public.

  2. Must be 18 years of age or older. By continuing the application, you agree to abide by all the aforementioned rules, regulations, and ordinances established by the City of Texarkana, Texas.

  3. Rules and Regulations
    • All park and recreation rules and ordinances will be strictly enforced. The manager of parks and recreation, or his designee, has the authority to enter on to the facility at any time, for any reason. The manager of parks and recreation, or his designee, has the authority to cancel the event at any time, without warning, if rules, regulations, and ordinances are not being observed.
    • If the user fails to abide by rules, regulations, and ordinances, the director has the authority to deny the individual or organization the use of the facility in the future.
    • By reserving the facility, user is responsible for actions of all participants during the event. User understands that the city ordinances and park rules must be followed by all participants. Violators are subject to citation by local authorities, and banishment from the facility. Listed are some of the rules that apply to all facilities:

      -Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all parks.
      -Amplified music or speaking is prohibited, except as authorized by the manager of parks and recreation. Small stereos, compact disk players, instruments, etc. may be used, as long as they are not amplified, and do not disturb other park users.
      -Fund raising activities are allowed on park property only when the event is sponsored by the city.
      -Inflatable play structures may be set up for family type outings in any park, as long as they do not have a water feature, such as a water slide, and can be operated with a small generator.
      -Small shade covers may be used for outings, no tents may be erected without approval of the manager of parks and recreation, or designee.
      -All pets must be on a leash.
      -Vehicles must remain on roads, and be parked in designated parking areas.
      -No hunting (including trapping,) or firearms of any kind (including: bows, arrows, and slings) are allowed.
      -No person shall gamble, or participate in, or abet any game of chance.
      -No person shall build, or attempt to build, a fire, except in designated picnic areas with outdoor cookers available.
      -No person shall go onto the ice of any of the waters in any park.
      -No glass containers or bottles.
      -No commercial vending, except authorized by contract or permission issued by the manager of parks and recreation. (All food vendors must be pre-approved with the Bowie County Health Department.)
      -No fireworks or explosives of any kind.
      -No overnight camping, or temporary shelter (including vehicles) for the use of overnight camping without approval of the manager of parks and recreation, or designee.
      -No wading, bathing, or swimming in any park, or lake.
      -No person shall willingly harm, or injure wildlife in any park.
      -Park curfew is 10 p.m. for all parks, except Kidtopia and the Bringle Lake Wilderness area. These areas are for day use only.
      -All special events must be coordinated and approved through the park office. Special events are defined as any event that is coordinated by an individual or group that advertises to the public, and invites the public to its event. Use of the parks for a special event must be made in at least one month prior of the event.

    • An event coordinated by an individual or group that advertises to the public, and invites the public to its event.
    • Parties, dances, parades, weddings, celebrations, or other gatherings which would likely result in traffic congestion, parking problems, crowds, sanitation problems, excessive noise, security or safety concerns, violations of any city ordinance, or any other circumstances likely to cause a breach of the peace, or adversely affect the health and safety of the public or any participant at the special event.
    • All special events must be submitted to the parks and recreation manager for preliminary review. If the event is deemed by the parks and recreation manager to be a special event, as defined by the ordinance, the applicant must submit the appropriate Special Event Application, located on the city website. The application will be forwarded to the city secretary for review by the city safety committee, in accordance with the ordinance.
    • The user shall be responsible for any and all damages to city property that occurs due to neglect, or abuse by the user, or the participants.
    • The participant agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless, the City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department, or any other municipality, corporation, or entity from any claim, demand, suit, loss, cost, expense, or any damage which may be asserted, claimed, or recovered against or from the City of Texarkana, Texas by reason of any damages to property, personal injury, bodily injury (including death) sustained by any person whomsoever and which damage, injury, or death arises out of or is incident to or in any way connected with the event, and regardless of which claim, demand, damage, loss, cost, or expense is caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the City of Texarkana, Texas, or by third parties, or by the agents, servants, employees, or factors of any of them.
    By signing, I acknowledge that I agree to the terms stated. I understand that the rules listed in this agreement are not all inclusive, and that other park rules, or city ordinances may apply.

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