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Posted on: April 9, 2019

New Park Hours & Policies in Effect as Season Opens

A change in hours, a no tolerance policy regarding the use of tobacco products, and an amended vendor code are all part of the new rules in effect as the City of Hagerstown’s 2019 park season opens.


The standard hours of operation for all 21 City-owned parks has changed from 6am-10pm to “sunrise to ½ hour after sunset”.  This is consistent with other jurisdictions in the area.  Parks with lighted athletic facilities will be permitted to stay open longer, as will City Park during special events such as movies, concerts, and ghost tours.  All “welcome” signs in each park clearly display the change in hours.


While smoking has been prohibited in the City’s parks since 2013, a recent amendment to Chapter 173 of the Code now adds all tobacco products, vaping, electronic cigarettes, and/or the ingestion of vaporized or inhaled aerosol products to that prohibition.  The only exceptions to the rule are the Greens at Hamilton Run golf course and portions of Municipal Stadium.  All “no smoking” signs in each park clearly display the change in policy.


Chapters 173 and 176 have been amended to forbid individuals or organizations from offering sales or services to park patrons unless they are part of a City-approved special event.  All “welcome” signs in each park now provide a QR-code enabling access to details of this change and all park rules via smart phones.


Additionally, City staff remodeled the restrooms at City Park over the winter.  New fixtures, lights, and flooring have been installed.  The restrooms should be open in the next few days.  The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause in the interim.


The City of Hagerstown Parks & Recreation’s Parks Fitness Challenge is an optimal way to “get moving with outdoor adventures” in the City’s parks.  Complete as many challenges as possible from May 1-30 and win great prizes!  Register now at

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