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Alcohol in Parks

Individuals wishing to consume or serve alcohol in a City Park must complete an Alcohol Use Request Form and obtain approval prior to consumption or service.

General Information

No person shall:

  • Bring or drink alcoholic beverages, with the exception of beer and wine at any time in a City park;
  • Bring or drink alcoholic beverages in City-owned buildings except by a permit issued in accordance with Albany Municipal Code;
  • Possess an alcoholic beverage in Bryant Park, Bowman Park, Eleanor Park, Monteith Riverpark, Albany Skatepark, Burkhart Park, Swanson Park and the Dave Clark Riverfront Path without a special permit.

The City Manager shall has the right to issue a special permit for the use and possession of alcoholic beverages in the park. Any person or organization may request a permit subject to the following conditions:

  • Payment of a fee in accordance with approved Council policy;
  • The name and address of the applicant shall be furnished, together with an estimate of the number of persons who will be participating;
  • The granting of a permit shall be discretionary with the City Manager and, if issued, conditions may be attached in order to ensure the best interests of peace, health and safety to all citizens.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed in public parks and open spaces that are clearly posted by signs permitting dogs and other domestic animals in the area. At no time are dogs permitted to run at large.

  • Parks and Recreation staff and City police officers may require the owner to remove the animal, if necessary, to prevent interference by the animal with the safety, comfort , or well-being of park visitors or resource.
  • No animal may be hitched to a tree or shrub.
  • Dog owners are responsible for clean-up and removal of all waste deposited in the parks by their animals.

Albany Municipal Code, 7.28.120 (1-4) Domestic animals – Responsibility

Facility/Park Rental Refunds

Our mission is to be good stewards of Albany's parks and facilities. Occasionally, we may need to cancel a rental reservation. In the event the department cancels a facility or park reservation, a full refund will be offered.

Parks, Shelter, ACP, and COOL! Rentals

All fees and deposits are due at the time of reservation. If a renter decides for any reason to cancel more than 30 days prior to the rental, a full refund will be given, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days before the rental will result in a forfeit of the rental fees, however, deposits paid will be returned. If another renter is found, fees and deposits paid will be returned, less a $25 processing fee. Permit (alcohol, sound, etc.) fees are non-refundable. Rental fees and deposits may not be transferred to another date or facility.

Senior Center and Tournament Rentals

All deposits are due at the time of reservation. Rental fees are due 30 days prior to the date of rental. If a renter decides for any reason to cancel more than 30 days prior to the rental, a full refund of paid rental fees will be made, less the deposit. Cancellations made less than 30 days before the rental will result in a forfeit of the rental fees, however, deposits paid will be returned. Permit (alcohol, sound, etc.) fees are non-refundable.
Rental fees and deposits may not be transferred to another date or facility.

Individual/Team Refunds

Our mission is to provide quality recreational experiences. Occasionally, we may need to cancel a program or experience. In the event the department cancels a recreational service, a full refund will be issued.

If a participant decides to cancel, a refund will only be given if another participant is found. If a replacement is found and the participant is entitled to a refund, they may choose either a credit on account or a refund by check less a $10 processing fee. Refunds of less than $5 will automatically be issued as credit.

Photography

By enrolling or attending any class or activity offered by Albany Parks & Recreation, you consent to have your photograph taken by staff or a contracted agent and allow usage of these photographs in future publications by Albany Parks & Recreation.

Senior Center Code of Conduct

The Albany Senior Center is open to the public and provides services to a diverse group of individuals. The code of conduct is designed to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. This code governs the actions of all participants associated with any center program, service or activity.

The following actions are not allowed at the Albany Senior Center facility or during the course of any Senior Center sponsored program or activity:

  • Conduct that disrupts any program that is part of the Center operation.
  • Any action that constitutes a violation of federal, state, or local law.
  • Failure to comply with direction given by Senior Center staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Lewd, obscene, or indecent conduct, including profanity.
  • Destruction, damage to, or theft of Center property or the property of others.
  • Any attempted, threatened, or violent action towards another participant or staff member. Police will be notified in all instances of violent behavior.
  • Failure to maintain an adequate level of personal hygiene that is acceptable in a social environment.
  • Behavior that negatively impacts the reasonable rights of others to a positive and harassment free Senior Center experience.

The above rules of conduct will be enforced by Albany Center Staff. Violations will result in action including, but not limited to, verbal warning and temporary or permanent suspension. Appeals to any decision may be made to the Recreation Manager.

 

Internet and Computer Use at the Albany Senior Center

Wireless internet capability and public use internet computers are available at the Albany Senior Center. While using these resources, the following policies and rules apply:

 

  • Users must abide by all state and federal laws regarding transmitting or receiving material that qualifies as obscene under state or federal laws. The American Library Association clearly defines these standards at www.ala.org
  • It is not acceptable to transmit or receive material that is threatening, harassing, or interferes with or disrupts network users, services, or equipment.
  • Users may not install or download any program or software updates onto the Senior Center computers. Files may be downloaded onto disk or flash drives and users may suggest useful software for Senior Center installation.
  • When there are people waiting, users are expected to limit their computer use to 30 minutes.
  • Users may print up to 5 sheets of paper free of charge. After that, there is a 10 cent per page fee.
  • The "Senior Center Code of Conduct" applies when using the internet. Copies of code are available above or at the Senior Center office.

Sound Amplification in Parks

In order to use a sound amplifying system in a City Park, a permit is required. When a permit has been obtained, operation of sound amplifying systems may occur between the hours of 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. so long as the volume of sound does not exceed 65 decibels at any property line.

It is unlawful to operate any sound amplifying system which is plainly audible between the hours of 9p.m. and 8 a.m.

No peddler, nor any person on his/her behalf, shall shout, make any outcry, or use any sound device where sound of sufficient volume is capable of being heard at a distance of more than 200 feet upon the streets, alleys, avenues, parks or other public places.

Weather Closure

 

Cool! Pool

Cool! Pool will conduct swimming lessons as long as it is safe to do so. If there is thunder and/or lightning, class will be cancelled.  Please call the pool to be sure.  There are no refunds for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

Fitness

Please call our cancellation line, 541-791-0105, to find out if your favorite fitness class is cancelled due to weather conditions.  We make every effort to give instructors and participants plenty of notice in case of cancellations. 5:30 a.m. classes will generally be cancelled by 5:00 a.m. Please remember, if you feel unsafe to drive, please stay home.

Maple Lawn Preschool

In cases of inclement weather, Maple Lawn Preschool will adhere to the Greater Albany Public School (GAPS) closure schedule. If GAPS are closed due to weather, Maple Lawn Preschool will also be closed.  Parents should listen to the radio stations listed here to find out if the public schools are closed due to the weather. There may be circumstances where Maple Lawn Preschool schedule varies from GAPS. Parents will be notified of any special circumstances requiring facility closure (e.g. flooding, loss of electricity, etc.). Fees are not adjusted for emergency closures.

Parks Rentals

Depending on weather and ground conditions, the City reserves the right to prohibit the use of the park, ball fields or the amphitheater if it is determined that the use would damage the turf or other park facilities. In the event the department cancels a facility or park reservation, a full refund will be offered.

Sports

For update rain-out information call 541-917-7775. Rain-out information is updated daily during days of inclement weather conditions. Final update for game day decisions will be made at 4 pm daily.

City Offices and Facilities

Citizens of Albany can expect the City of Albany to continue offering public and emergency services during periods of inclement weather. Inclement weather includes conditions that limit transportation and mobility such as: snowstorms, ice storms, wind storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, or any other condition deemed by the City Manager. Other events causing curtailment of City operations may include, but are not limited to, loss of electricity to a City facility, or unsafe or unsanitary conditions that in the judgment of the City Manager necessitates the curtailment of operations.

Information on school and public office closures can be found by tuning into local stations.

 

Wood Removal

Individuals are not allowed to dig, or remove any beach sand, soil, rock, stone, tree, shrub, plant, downed timber, wood or other materials from a City Park without obtaining a wood permit from the Department with approval of the Director and paying a fee in accordance with approved Council policy.

Individuals are not allowed to excavate by tool, equipment, blasting, or other means in a City Park.