Parks & Recreation FAQ

  1. Do I have to be a Portage resident to rent a Portage parks facility?
  2. How far in advance can I reserve a parks facility?
  3. If I want to reserve a parks pavilion or facility, how do I go about it?
  4. Are canopies, single use inflatables, climbing towers, or dunk tanks allowed in Portage parks?
  5. Is there an admission fee to Ramona Park?
  6. Is alcohol allowed in Portage park facilities?
  7. If vehicles are prohibited on park trails, why do I see Parks trucks on trails?
  8. Why are park restrooms closed in the fall?
  9. I have a complaint/question about the condition of a cemetery lot.  Who can I speak with?
  10. When will the city observe Trick-or-Treat this year?
  11. Why aren’t bicycles allowed in the Skatepark at South Westnedge?

 


1. Do I have to be a Portage resident to rent a Portage parks facility?
No, any person 21 years or older can rent a pavilion or one of the Portage Historical buildings in Celery Flats.

2. How far in advance can I reserve a parks facility?
Facilities may be reserved up to one year in advance.

3. If I want to reserve a parks pavilion or facility, how do I go about it?
Patrons can submit the Facility Rental Request Form online or call the Parks & Recreation Divison at 269-329-4522 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Staff will determine the availability of the desired location.  Patrons will be asked to pay the rental fee (or damage deposit, if required) within two (2) weeks to maintain the reservation.  Payment can be made by check or cash – no credit cards are accepted.  Rental information will be sent to you via email or US mail.  Completion of a Parks Reservation Permit form is also required.

4. Are canopies, single use inflatables, climbing towers, or dunk tanks allowed in Portage parks?
Canopies are allowed in certain parks.  Please call the Parks & Recreation Division at 269-329-4522 for specific details.  Single use inflatables (no bouncing inflatables) and climbing towers are allowed when provided by a licensed, commercial vendor meeting city insurance requirements.  No residential units are permitted.  All requests for inflatables, climbing towers and dunk tanks must be approved by the Parks & Recreation Division prior to installation.

5. Is there an admission fee to Ramona Park?
Yes, during the months when the lifeguards are on duty (Memorial Day through Labor Day) there is an admission fee to the park.  Prior to Memorial Day or after Labor Day there is not an admission fee.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Division at 269-329-4522 for fee information.

6. Is alcohol allowed in Portage park facilities?
Alcohol is allowed in most city parks, with the exception of Ramona Park due to the beach operation and Westfield Park due to a neighborhood initiative.  However, alcohol consumption is not allowed in parking lots to prevent safety concerns and loitering problems, nor is alcohol allowed in the dugouts of any softball diamonds. The serving of alcohol for rentals requires a city permit which can be obtained by calling the Parks & Recreation Division at 269-329-4522.

7. If vehicles are prohibited on park trails, why do I see Parks trucks on trails?
The use of motorized vehicles by the Parks Department is the best way to access the trails for trail repairs, litter removal and emergency needs.  Park Rangers periodically patrol trails by trucks throughout the year when bicycle access is not feasible.

8. Why are park restrooms closed in the fall?

Park restrooms are not heated and subject to freezing and damage during the late fall/winter periods.  Restrooms are closed and winterized during the last week of October and opened by May 1.

9. I have a complaint/question about the condition of a cemetery lot.  Who can I speak with?
Please contact the Parks & Recreation Division at 269-329-4522 to report your concern.  Staff will investigate the matter and take the appropriate action.

11. When will the city observe Trick-or-Treat this year?
The City of Portage does not regulate, set or change the date or time for trick-or-treating within the city.  It is a matter of personal and/or neighborhood preference.

12. Why aren’t bicycles allowed in the  South Westnedge Skatepark?
The skatepark was developed soley for use by skateboarders.  Bicycles have a greater potential to damage the skatepark facility and for safety purposes would need to be separated from skateboard activity.  As the city does not have the resources to manage separate uses, bicycles are prohibited within the South Westnedge Skatepark.