Park Policies


Rules and Regulations

  • Park hours are from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M.
  • Park closes earlier during winter months and may remain closed to motorized traffic due to hazardous driving conditions relating to ice and snow.
  • Speed limit in the park is 15 mph.
  • Vehicles must remain on paved or graveled roads and parking areas. (City ordinance #6256)
  • Excessive noise is prohibited and enforced. (City ordinance #7103)
  • Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed around Marshall Aquatic Center, Tennis Courts, Travis Guthrey Playground, Marshall Skate Park, Lyon Bowl Fields, Osage Field and parking lots, Peyton Park, Lakeview Shelter, Hilltop Shelter, Golden Age Shelter and Lion’s Club Shelter. (City ordinance #6264)
  • Alcoholic beverages ARE permitted at Battle of Marshall Shelter, North Point Shelter, Optimist Club Shelter, Seminole Court Shelter, West Wind Shelter, Horseshoe Courts, Sand Volleyball Court, Lake Minesa, Archery Range and Indian Foothills Golf Course.
  • The discharge of fireworks or firearms is prohibited. (City ordinance #5745)
  • Fires are allowed ONLY in designated fire/barbeque pits.
  • Overnight camping is prohibited unless permission is received from the Parks and Recreation Director.
  • Self-propelled vehicles (skateboards, bicycles, roller skates/blades, sleds, etc.) are prohibited from the tennis courts, shelter houses, ball fields or any other facility not specifically designated for their use.
  • It shall be unlawful to damage or remove any tree or plant, or pick the flowers or seeds of any tree or plant, disturb grass areas, or in any way injure or impair the natural beauty of the park.
  • No dumping of trash or yard waste is permitted.
  • City of Marshall leash law will be enforced. (City ordinance #7040)
  • All Missouri Department of Conservation fishing regulations are enforced at Lake Minesa.
  • No hunting or trapping permitted within Indian Foothills Park.
  • Swimming, wading, boating and ice skating on Lake Minesa is prohibited.
  • Sledding and snowboarding is prohibited at Indian Foothills Golf Course.

Photo Policy

Frequently, Parks and Recreation Staff may videotape or photograph participants enrolled in programs, classes, events or enjoying park facilities. The photographs are for Marshall Parks and Recreation publications, flyers, brochures, program guides or advertisements. All photos and videotapes are for Marshall Parks and Recreation use. 

Accident Policy

The Marshall Parks and Recreation Department and Marshall Park Board does not provide insurance coverage for injuries suffered while participating in programs or using facilities. All participants and users of Park facilities do so at their own risk. We, therefore, urge that anyone participating in programs or using Park facilities make their own provisions to provide adequate coverage with their own insurance carriers. 

Private Instruction

The Marshall Parks and Recreation Department assumes no responsibility for private lessons of any type given in the park. 

Field Reservation Policy


  • All practices on the park fields must be scheduled through the Park Administration Office Monday—Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. –5:00 P.M. at 886-7128.
  • Fields are only available if no games are scheduled that night.
  • Time Limit of 1 ½ hours per practice session.
  • Reservations can only be made 1 week in advance.
  • All make-up games will take priority over scheduled practices.


Shelter Reservation

Shelters are available for your group’s picnic, family reunion or Sunday afternoon outing. Seminole Court Shelter, Optimist Shelter, Lions Club, North Point, Hilltop, Battle of Marshall Shelter, West Wind, and Lake View Shelters can be reserved for a fee of $25.00. These shelters can be used by anyone when not reserved. Shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance of desired date. (Example: if you wish to use a shelter on May 1, 2007, you may reserve it on May 1, 2006). A reservation is not completed until the fee is paid. Individuals are welcomed to pay between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday—Friday at the Parks Administration Office. Requests may be made by telephone or in person. If the fee is not paid within the week, the shelter will become available for other requests. Reservations of less than a week of desired date must be paid for immediately. A receipt will be issued on payment and this receipt must be with you during the use of the shelter and will be your proof of reservation. SHELTER FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Shelter reservations may be transferred to another available date or location up to 30 days in advance of the reservation. 


Cancellation Guidelines

 In an effort to standardize our policy and provide improved communications with our participants, Parks and Recreation has adopted the following guidelines:

  1. Decisions on the cancellation of evening programs due to inclement weather will be made by 4:00 P.M. daily and KMMO radio station will be notified. Please do not call the Parks and Recreation Department. Cancellations after 4:00 P.M. will be made by the program or activity official.
  2. Decisions regarding morning programs will be made by 7:30 A.M. and announced as quickly as possible thereafter.

Fee Policy

 In activities where fees are charged, they are minimal and help provide for professional instruction and/or provide officials for our activities. All fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable unless activities are cancelled. You can register for programs by going to the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office, online at, or call 886-7128.