Marion County Parks & Recreation Department
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Domestic Animal Policy
Domestic animals (i.e. dogs, cats, birds) are prohibited from County parks, except at the Baseline Road to Marshall Swamp Trailhead and the Brick City Adventure Park, which is governed by FS 260.016(1)(c), which state: Dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 ft. Domestic animals that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing or act threatening to persons or other animals are considered nuisances and will not be permitted to remain on Greenway property.
All caches must be maintained in a family friendly manner. The cache cannot contain any food, alcohol, drugs, weapons, explosives, dangerous items or adult items. Caches should be located along established trails, to minimize off trail hiking. All caches must receive the prior authorization of the Department. Download a Geocache application.
Lost and Found Items
Staff members finding items left in our Parks have the responsibility of tagging the item(s) with the date and general location of where the item(s) were found. Any item(s) found will be held for thirty days. After thirty days, a Park Ranger will dispose of abandoned item(s) accordingly. The Park Ranger will maintain a log of items that were disposed of which will include: the general description of the item, date of disposal and initials of the Park Ranger. Any claimed items to be mailed will be at the expense of the guest.
The use of metal detectors is not prohibited by law on County owned land,
however, permission is not readily granted. Use of metal detectors is not
permitted at Horseshoe Lake and Resort. There are many guidelines that must
be followed by the person using the device. Citizens cannot keep anything that
is deemed historically important (i.e. artifacts, bones, coins, etc.) nor can
they use the metal detector or dig on sports fields or in areas that are, or may
be, significant. A significant area is one that may contain information relating
to history or a crime. If a person does keep something or dig in a prohibited
area, penalties under State Statute may be enforced. The person using the metal
detector is responsible for knowing where it can be used and what can and cannot
be kept. Staff will not be assigned to monitor metal detecting.
Because the Rainbow River is a designated Aquatic Preserve, guests wishing to use metal detectors in the water should be directed to contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve, for other restrictions and/or permits.
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