CURRENT AS OF JANUARY 2020
USE OF CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS –You now have the ability to use credit/debit cards at all of our concession stands, for pool and recreation center admissions, facility reservations, registrations and more.
Concession & Admission fees at this time have no additional fees for credit card usage! Seasonal Pool passes can now be purchased with a credit card! No checks are accepted in these areas with the exception of the Seasonal Pool passes.
For all other payments using a credit card a standard merchant fee that our card processing company charges will be applied. This affects both on-site and payments made online. The convenience fee 2.65% per card transaction (for example: if you have a $10.00 purchase, the added fee will be .26 cents). When paying online with an e-check their is a 1.0% merchant fee. Accepted credit cards are: VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. This added fee does not impact any cash, check or money order payments made.
REGISTRATIONS & FEES:
- Enrollment is on a first come first served basis.
- Payment accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, cash, check or money order. Please see information in section above regarding merchant fees for credit/debit card use and e-check for online payments.
- Refunds are only issued if we are unable to offer a league, class, program or venue (Please note it takes 7-14 business days to receive).
- There will be a $25 fee for all returned checks.
- You are paying for your child’s spot, not their attendance. No make-ups, refunds or credits will be given for missed classes.
- Please mark your calendar. No confirmation or reminders will be sent. You are only notified if there is a problem processing your registration or if class is cancelled.
- Registration forms and on-line registration clearly state registration deadlines.
- Late registrations for programs and leagues will be charged an additional $10 late fee (this includes Dance and Gymnastics).
- We recommend you use Chrome when visiting our website/online registration. We have found that Internet Explorer has compatibility issues.
- Our programs have minimum enrollment requirements that must be met in order to hold the class. Sometimes we have wonderful classes with excellent instructors cancelled because people wait to register. PLEASE DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!
SCHOLARSHIP POLICY INFORMATION:
- Our policy and procedure for providing scholarships for participants in our leagues and certain classes has changed as of January 1, 2020. Please click HERE to view the policy information and if you would like to apply for scholarship consideration, please use this APPLICATION.
SPORT EVENT ADMISSIONS:
- Any sporting event held in the Recreation Center is subject to a $2 admission charge (ages 5 and under are FREE (unless otherwise advertised); a convenience fee will apply to any credit or debit cards).
PAVILION RESERVATION PROCEDURES:
- NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the pavilions are open for use, with restrictions and the following guidelines and information below:
- Gatherings at pavilions must NOT EXCEED 25 people as of July 14, 2020 until further notice. This limitation applies only to purely social gatherings. It does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential (as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended). Such meetings, conferences, or other special events that fall under essential will need to plan for social distancing between attendees based on CDC recommendations.
- Due to very limited staff, we ask that renters bring sanitizing wipes with them to clean the tables/seats prior to use as we are unable to ensure they can be cleaned between guests use.
- The playgrounds, restrooms, outdoor sand volleyball courts, and outdoor basketball courts (if applicable) at all parks have reopened for use. When using the playground equipment, we strongly recommend washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer before and after playing on the equipment. Please note that Oak Street Park remains closed (with the exception of the basketball court only) due to construction on the restroom facility.
- Pavilion reservations can be made online or in-person only.
- Pavilion rentals will now require full payment to be made AT THE TIME of reservation. Bookings, ‘hold’ or payments cannot be accepted over the phone.
- If you are out of town and cannot come in-person to make your reservation and payment, you should designate someone local to come into the office to handle the reservation and payment for you.
- Please retain your receipt and permit provided to you at the time of reservation and take it with you to the park on the day of your event.
- If you cancel 60 days or less prior to your event, the full payment made is forfeited and no refund is available for any reason. NO RAIN DATES. **COVID-19 SPECIFIC: Please be aware that any pavilions booked on or after June 1, 2020 are doing so with the understanding that pavilion use is permitted with restrictions that are in place due to the impact of COVID-19 at the time of booking and/or at the time your reservation is scheduled to occur and those restrictions and guidelines are to be followed, as they are ordered by the Governor of West Virginia and by our local health department. You are also agreeing to and understanding that our normal refund policy of cancellation remains. Refunds must be requested 60 days or more from your reservation date. Any renter who cancels, even due to coronavirus COVID-19, made inside of 60 days from the reservation date will not be eligible for a refund, as mentioned above. Refunds will only be given inside of the 60 days IF we are unable to provide the pavilion due to closure making it unusable.
- If you need assistance, (if someone is using your pavilion) take your permit to the concession stand during our summer season and explain the situation to a park employee- they will assist you. If you have rented your pavilion in the off season of the summer please call the local non-emergency police line for assistance.
- You may decorate the pavilion on the day of your rental. USE TAPE OR STRING ONLY. Remove all signs and throw them in the trash at the end of your event.
POOL PARTY RESERVATION PROCEDURES:
- POOL FACILITIES HAVE CLOSED FOR THE 2020 SEASON. BELOW IS GENERAL INFORMATION FOR RENTAL PROCEDURES (We will begin booking private pool party reservations starting on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:30AM)
- Pool party reservations can be made in person only. Dates are booked on a first come, first served basis. Please note that at this time no decision has been made on Lambert so we are not taking private party reservations for that facility.
- ALL pool party reservation payments will be required IN-FULL the DAY OF the reservation is made. No holds.
- At this time, online reservations are not possible.
- If you are out of town and cannot come in-person to make your pool party reservation and payment, you should designate someone local to handle the reservation and payment for you.
- Private Pool Party fee is $120 per hour (minimum of 2 hours). This covers 100 people inside the fenced area, regardless if they are swimming or not. For rentals that exceed 100 guests, please note additional fees that apply: 101-150 (add $20 per hour), 150-200 (additional $40 per hour). Due to the required and enforced social distancing rules in place by the State of West Virginia, we are not able to book parties for groups larger than 200. This number is subject to change (lowered) as we monitor the situation, if needed. We require a head count at the time of booking to ensure we have the necessary number of lifeguards for the event. Failure to notify and pay for additional guests prior to the event will result in non-entry of those guests.
- If you cancel 30 days or more prior to your event, and an alternative date cannot be arranged, 50% of your payment will be forfeited and the remainder will be refunded.
- Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to your event will receive NO refunds and NO rescheduling.
- On the day of your event, if there is inclement weather or inclement weather in the immediate forecast, a member of our M-BC Parks & Recreation Staff will contact you regarding your pool reservation. If during your party there is a storm and the lifeguards remove you from the pool, you have the right to wait the required time before resuming to swim OR you can notify the lifeguards you wish to end your party and our office will contact you the next business day to discuss options (rescheduling remaining time of your party for another day or you can receive a partial refund based on time remaining, if applicable).
- No modifications (to include changing a date) can be made to an existing reservation. The only exception, which must be done more than 30 days prior to your event, is adding time to the end of your reservation, if available.
- You may not enter the pool area prior to your scheduled party time (i.e. to decorate). There is a short window between groups and our pool staff needs that time to clean, disinfect and prep after public hours or a previous party.
- You may decorate the pavilion in the pool area on the day of your rental. USE TAPE OR STRING ONLY. Remove all signs and throw them in the trash at the end of your event.
- You may bring outside food and drinks. NO alcohol or glass permitted. You may bring your own grill, but it is to be kept in the grassy area.
- Alcohol and smoking/tobacco is not permitted inside the pool area or on park property.
- Please read and follow any posted signage to include those related to COVID-19 and the safety precautions that need to be followed. Your safety in the water and outside of the water is of the highest priority! We ask that all patrons do their part by following all rules set in place. Our staff has the right to bring any infractions of the rules to a patron’s attention in the way of a warning, and depending on the severity of the action of the patron or their unwillingness to comply, our staff has the right to ask those patrons to leave the park facility.
- COVID19 INFORMATION UPDATE: At this time our public parks are open, with some restrictions. We know the physical and mental heath benefits that these open space can provide and encourage you to get outside and move, exercise, explore and enjoy. However, let’s all do so with the safety of others and ourselves in mind. The National Recreation and Park Association has provided these recommendation reminders if you decide to take an outdoor break during this time. It is important to maintain the social distancing of 6′ between yourself and others, as well as abide in the gatherings current gathering rules (at this time is no more than 25 people).
- **Please note: We ask that guests bring sanitizing wipes with them to clean the tables/seats prior to use.
- All of our parks are tobacco and alcohol-free.
- The M-BCP&R Board and Staff is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail.
- Our staff works very hard to maintain the beauty of our parks and to keep them clean. This is an ongoing project because so many people utilize the facilities every day. Please clean the area in and around the pavilion before you leave. Report any vandalism to a park employee or call our office.
- Metal Detecting is NOT ALLOWED in any of our public parks.
WINTER WEATHER-RELATED DELAY AND CLOSURE POLICIES:
In the event of inclement weather, we do not follow Berkeley County Schools procedures, but we do take them into consideration when making decisions about opening our office and/or holding activities. This is our standard operating procedure, however, we always advise that you check our website and Facebook page for additional information and any possible changes:
- When Berkeley Co. Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY (due to inclement weather/hazardous road conditions), our Administrative Offices (to include Gymnastics) will open at 10:00AM. Any activities held at the Recreation Centers before 10:00AM are held at the discretion of each instructor.
- When Berkeley Co. Schools are CLOSED, our Administrative Offices (to include Gymnastics) will plan to OPEN at 12:00 Noon (at the discretion of the Executive Director). Depending on the weather situation occurring at time, we will evaluate the conditions and may determine to remain closed for the day. If we do have a 12:00 Noon opening, ALL activities before 12:00 Noon will NOT be held. Any activities held after 12:00 Noon will only be held if our facilities remain open.
- Anytime Berkeley Co. Schools are CLOSED or cancel evening activities in their facilities, M-BCP&R is required to cancel any programs or activities that are held at school facilities. This does not affect activities at our Recreation Center facilities, unless otherwise notified.
EXCESSIVE HEAT GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR LEAGUES & PROGRAMS:
- League and Program Coordinators will make determinations on any cancellations or location changes of leagues, programs or classes that take place outdoors due to dangerous heat index levels and contact participants with information. Below is a link to provide information for parents and instructors regarding dehydration and other heat illnesses. There is also an activity guidelines chart for heat index to determine proper hydration, breaks and if cancellations/venue change is needed.
OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION:
- The M-BCP&R reserves the right to take pictures at all events and programs. Pictures may be displayed in future Parks & Recreation brochures and publications.
SWIMMING POOL SAFETY:
- Lightning’s behavior is random and unpredictable. We recommend a very conservative attitude towards it. Preparedness and quick responses are the best defenses towards the lightning hazard.
- Swimming pools are connected to a much larger surface area via underground water pipes, gas lines, electric and telephone wiring, etc. Lightning strikes to the ground anywhere on this metallic network may induce shocks elsewhere.
- The National Lightning Safety Institute recommends the following swimming pool safety procedures:
- Designate a responsible person as the weather safety lookout. That person should keep an eye on the weather. Use a “weather radio” or the Weather Channel or other TV program to obtain good localized advanced weather information.
- When thunder and/or lightning are first noticed, use the Flash-To-Bang (F-B) method to determine its’ rough distance and speed. This technique measures the time from seeing lightning to hearing associated thunder. For each five seconds from F-B, lightning is one mile away. Thus, a F-B of 10 = 2 miles; 15 = 3 miles; 20 = 4 miles; etc. At a F-B count of thirty, the pool should be evacuated. People should be directed to safe shelter nearby.
- Pool activities should remain suspended until thirty minutes after the last thunder is heard. The distance from Strike A to Strike B to Strike C can be some 5-8 miles away. And it can strike much farther away. Why take a chance with lightning?
- Teach this safety slogan: “IF YOU CAN SEE IT, FLEE IT; IF YOU CAN HEAR IT, CLEAR IT.”