Rules & Regulations

Arapahoe Park & Recreation District
Park Facilities Use – Rules & Regulations

The Arapahoe Park and Recreation District has established parks to provide property owners and their guests a place to relax and play.  In order to provide this opportunity to enjoy these fine facilities, it is necessary to require some controls.

To utilize these District parks to the fullest extent, the Board of the Arapahoe Park and Recreation District has adopted the following rules and regulations establishing a basis for conduct of persons using the parks.

A. Compliance:  All persons must obey any order, rule or regulation of the District and the instructions of any sign posted by the District.

B. Failure to Comply: Should any person fail to observe and obey any such order, rule, regulation or sign posted by the District, the District’s General Manager, or designee, may immediately remove or cause to be removed such person and may ban such person from the use of the park and its facilities for such period of time as may be necessary to secure compliance with the orders, rules, regulations or posted sign.

C. Appeal:  Any person removed or banned from use of the park facilities by the District’s General Manager, or designee, may appeal such action to the Board of Directors at the next regular District Board Meeting.

D. Prohibitions:  The following are prohibited on park grounds:

*** The use of motorized (electrical, gas or model rocket engine) powered flying objects to include drones, radio controlled model airplanes or model helicopters, u-controlled model airplanes, model rockets or motorized flying objects of a similar nature by hobbyists/individuals, clubs, or organized competitions is prohibited on Arapahoe Park and Recreation District parks, open spaces and trails.

  • Climbing on park buildings, roofs, trees and fences
  • Destruction, removal or defacement of park property and misuse of any park facility
  • Riding, driving or parking motorized vehicles except on streets or designated parking lots
  • Dogs, except on leash
  • Horse or horseback riding except by prior approval of the General Manager
  • Bicycle riding off the paved walkways
  • Sledding
  • Littering of park facilities and picnic areas
  • Glass beverage containers
  • Alcohol consumption by any person under the legal age as prescribed by Colorado State Laws
  • Intoxicated persons in the park
  • Archery, use of slingshots, rifles or guns of any kind
  • Practicing golf
  • Molesting or killing any animal
  • Remaining in the park outside of posted hours:
  • 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. except by prior approval of the General Manager
  • Repairing of vehicles
  • Overnight parking of campers, motor homes or trailers except by prior approval of the General Manager
  • Fires, except in barbecue facilities
  • Using fireworks (controlled by provisions of the Uniform Fire Code)
  • Concerts, bands or other amplified music or excessive noise except by prior approval of the General Manager
  • Behavior that may cause damage or litter or interfere with the enjoyment of other park users

E. Permit Requirements: APRD has established a permit system for uses of various facilities. Some of these permits may be subject to fees or deposits.

    1. Ball Fields and Soccer Fields:  These facilities are available for the general informal use by residents, property owners and their guests without payment of any permit fee. In order to reserve these facilities for formal organized or league play, a permit must be issued and all applicable fees must be paid.  Reservations will be accepted only for formal play tournament games or other similar forms of organized participation. Permits for organized field use are only issued to league administrators and not individual coaches.

    In order to use any ball field or soccer field for such an organized team, at least one member of the team must be a resident or property owner. The permit application and permittee must be a resident or property owner and be 18 years of age or older.

    Reservations may be limited to certain ball fields.  A schedule of times allowing for reservations will be established by the General Manager.  All reservations will be subject to time limitations, and to use limitations and other conditions set forth in the permit.

    2. Public Gatherings: Use of the park for such activities as an exhibition, holiday celebration, rally, concert, procession, parade or other similar uses, which can reasonably be expected to have an attendance of 20 persons or more, requires a permit. The applicant and permittee must be a resident or property owner.

F. Permit Rules and Regulations:  Any persons seeking issuance of a permit shall file an application with the General Manager or designee. The application shall include:

  • The name and address of the applicant
  • The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity
  • The nature of the proposed activity
  • The date and hours for which the permit is desired
  • The facilities or portion of the park for which such permit is desired
  • An estimate of the anticipated attendance
  • Any other information which the General Manager shall find reasonably necessary to determine whether or not a permit should be issued

    The General Manager shall issue a permit when it is found:
  • That the applicant is a resident or property owner and has no outstanding payments due the District
  • That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park or surrounding neighborhoods
  • That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public  health, welfare, safety and recreation
  • That the proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct
  • That the proposed activity will not cause unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense on the part of the  District
  • That the facilities desired have not been reserved by prior permit

The General Manager may impose such conditions upon any permit which are necessary or appropriate to ensure that the park rules and regulations are observed, that the above findings are fulfilled and that the park is properly cleaned and restored to its prior condition after use pursuant to the permit.

The General Manager shall issue a permit or shall notify an applicant in writing of the reasons for refusing a permit within five days after receiving an application. Any person denied a permit by the General Manager may appeal the decision to the District Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The District Board will consider the appeal under the standards set forth in this policy, and its decision shall be final.

The permittee and all users pursuant to the permit shall be bound by all rules, regulations, posted signs and any conditions of the permit.


The General Manager shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon finding a violation of these regulations or upon good cause.

G.   What, Where and When to File for a Permit:  In order for any reservation to be confirmed, a permit, with any applicable fees, must be on file at the District Office.  A copy of the permit will be posted at the appropriate facility.

An application for a permit may be mailed and filed at the office of the Arapahoe Park and Recreation District at 16799 E. Lake Ave., Centennial, Colorado 80015.  The application must be accompanied by a check made payable to the “Arapahoe Park and Recreation District” in the amount of the permit fee and/or deposit. An application must be filed at least five (5) days in advance of intended use.  For any assistance in making application for a permit, call the District Office message line at 303-269-8412.

H. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 24 hours before the time of intended use, or a cancellation fee of $10.00 will be assessed. Weather-forced cancellations will not be assessed a fee.

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