Parks Rules and Regulations


  • As of December 22, 2017 the City has prohibited smoking or the use of any tobacco product or other nicotine delivery system within any public park in the City of Oneonta. This no-smoking ordinance includes Neahwa Park, Wilber Park, Catella Park, Susquehanna River Park, Swart-Wilcox Historic Park, the Susquehanna Greenway and New Island, and includes all other park space including all fields, all playing courts, swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic facilities, hiking & biking trails, wooded areas, lawn areas, parking lots, restrooms and pavilions. This also applies to Muller Plaza, Maple Park, Miller Park and Curtis Park.
    • Smoking is prohibited in any manner including cigars, cigarettes, pipes, or any other tobacco-burning devices.
    • This ordinance also includes the prohibition of all electronic cigarettes, vapor devices and chewing tobacco.
  • Appropriate signage shall be posted designating the City Parks and any other areas listed above as “Smoke-Free Zones”.

General Park Rules

  •     Park Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM
  •     15 MPH Speed Limit
  •     No littering, vandalism, or open fires
  •     Leash and Pooper Scooper Laws are in effect
  •     Reserved Field and Pavilion Use by Permit Only
  •     Parking in Designated Areas Only
  •     No alcohol without a permit
  •     No golfing or fishing
  •     Noise Ordinance is in effect
  •     No open fires are allowed in Oneonta City Parks. No gas or propane grills are allowed. No large cooking pots allowed. Each pavilion has a charcoal grill available for use. Another small-charcoal grill may be used at the pavilion area.

Swimming Pool Rules

For information regarding Briggs Pool at Wilber Park please contact the Oneonta Family YMCA at 607-432-0010.

Ice Skating Rules

*Please call the Neahwa Park Ice Rink Information Number at (607-432-7997) for our Ice Rink OPEN HOURS;

  • Please understand that weather may impact these hours;
  • Weekdays: 9:AM-8:30PM
  • Weekends: 9:AM-7:PM (Holidays follow weekend hours);
  • These hours will be altered slightly, and posted to include “Hockey-Only Hours”, once these hours have started;

*COMING SOON: the DATE for the START OF Hockey-Only Hours;

  • Monday-Friday-4:30-6:30pm
  • Sat & Sun-7:00-8:30pm

Rules for Hockey-Participants:

1. No high sticks;
2. No body/stick-checking;
3. No lifted puck passing or shooting;
4. Non-contact play only; NO rough play allowed;
5. Max-number of players allowed on the rink for play: 6-players/3 v 3;
6. ALL players must be wearing regulation safety equipment;

  • helmets, regulation skates & face-guards;
  • goal-keepers must have helmets plus face-mask & throat-protection, and regulation padding;

*All questions or concerns may be directed to Lou Lansing by calling (607)432-0680, or by email at;

Trails Rules and Etiquette

General rules:

    No hunting, camping, fires, or motorized vehicles
    Keep dogs on a leash and under control
    Clean up and carry out dog litter

Follow Leave no trace guidelines:

    Carry out what you carry in; do not litter
    Stay on designated trails - do not walk around wet areas
    Respect wildlife - do not scare animals or disturb vegetation

Plan ahead and be prepared:

    Carry water, insect repellant and use sunscreen
    Layer clothing and wear protective footwear and eyewear

Respect other users:

    Share the trail by traveling single file
    Yield to uphill travelers
    Move to the right to allow others to pass
    Keep noise to a minimum

Biking specific rules:

    Mountain bikers must wear helmets, glasses and gloves
    Yield to all other users
    Pass on the left when space allows
    Notify others when intending to pass
    Stay under control at all times
    Avoid skidding your tires- "Ride, Don't Slide"
    Plan ahead- keep your bike in good repair and carry tools for repairs


Trail conditions may have changed since a trail was assessed. The information provided is accurate as of the assessment date. Events beyond the control of the City of Oneonta can make trails temporarily inaccessible. Obstructions may include fallen trees and branches, landslides, flooding, washouts, etc. These and other obstacles on the trail could potentially cause an injury. The City of Oneonta takes no responsibility for your safety. All trail use is at your own risk.

Tennis Court Rules

  •     No pets, dogs, etc.
  •     No skateboards
  •     No roller skates
  •     No rollerblades
  •     No bicycles or motor bikes
  •     No floor hockey
  •     No picnic-food, etc.
  •     No dark soled shoes, tennis footwear only
  •     Noise Ordinance is in effect

Skateboard Park Rules

  •     Facility is not supervised: Skate at your own risk
  •     An adult must accompany skaters under the age of 10
  •     Skaters assume all risks associated with the use of this facility
  •     Skaters must wear appropriate safety gear: helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, and wrist/hand guards
  •     Only skates and skateboards are allowed. Bicycles and scooters are prohibited
  •     Do not use facility if hazardous conditions exist. Report damage and hazards to the recreation office.
  •     The following are prohibited: loud music, food and beverage, graffiti and defacing city property, profanity, and smoking.

Other Park Regulations

  •     Fields are not to be used if soft, muddy, wet, or if any other unsafe condition exists. Please call the recreation office if an unsafe condition needs to be addressed.
  •     Team sports are prohibited on city fields without a permit. Permits are granted by the Recreation Department, liability insurance is required.
  •     Children under the age of 16 may not remain in the park after 9:00 PM without a parent or guardian.
  •     No person shall cut, injure, or destroy any plant life within a city park.
  •     No hunting or fishing except that fishing in the Susquehanna River is permitted.