Facility Hours of Operation
Parks are open from sunrise to one-half hour after sunset daily
The Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department is again this year asking citizens to help its mission to keep the City’s parks and facilities looking their best. The department is emphasizing its Park Watch program, which asks park users and nearby neighbors of city facilities to keep an eye out for vandalism, broken equipment and crime.
“Although city staff and Vandalia police patrol the parks on a regular basis, they may not see everything that you see,” said Steve Clark, parks and recreation director. “To participate in Park Watch, we simply ask you to report suspicious and illegal activity to the police – and vandalism, maintenance or other issues to park maintenance.”
Vandalia has 11 parks located throughout the City. These parks are open to the public from sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. No one should be entering or remain in a park when it is not open to the public.
The program is geared to allow neighbors and interested citizens to keep an eye out for possible problems. Those who wish to participate should never attempt to confront an individual or intercede in an incident.
Depending on the incident or issue you are reporting, you have three options to alert authorities.
To report a fire, medical emergency or a crime in progress, call 911.
To report a suspicious person, vehicle or activity that concerns you, or to report a crime that has already been committed, call the Vandalia Division of Police on their non-emergency line, 898-5868.
To report maintenance issues, equipment failure, facility vandalism, broken or unsafe equipment, call Facilities Maintenance 415-2353. During weekend hours, call the recreation center front desk, 415-2340.
The Park Rules state that no person shall bring, permit, have or keep in the Park any dog, cat, household pet, or other animal destructive to birds and other wildlife, except that dogs and cats are permitted if they are controlled at all times and secured to a leash not more than eight feet long. No pets or other animals shall be allowed to become obnoxious or disturbing to the other users of Park facilities. Any person bringing a pet or animal into a Park shall be required to remove animal waste. See Park Rules for further rules regarding animals.
The baseball concession stand restrooms are kept open as much as possible. Other restrooms are open during games and events. During cold months all Sports Complex restrooms are winterized and cannot be used. Please keep in mind the Recreation Center restrooms are available during operational hours.
The Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department has two picnic shelters available at Helke Park on Randler Avenue which may be reserved April 1 through October 31. Vandalia residents may reserve the shelters starting the first business day in January for the same calendar year. Reservations can be made by contacting our administrative offices at 937-415-2353 or via Email. Shelters not reserved may be used on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Gazebo at Seger Park, located on Tionda Drive South, is also available to Vandalia residents to reserve for any special event. A popular site for outdoor weddings, the Gazebo and surrounding park can be reserved April 1 through October 31 starting the first business day in January for the same calendar year. Reservations can be made by contacting our administrative offices at 937-415-2353 or via Email.
Commemorative Tree Program
The Commemorative Tree Program provides individuals, groups, clubs and organizations with the opportunity to enhance the city with trees that honor people, ideas, and special events. A commemorative tree is a thoughtful and lasting legacy to a person or an event that has occurred in the lives of families, friends or individuals.
The City of Vandalia cares for all city-owned trees. Commemorative trees planted on city property are included in the city’s tree maintenance program which includes pruning, mulching and fertilizing. Trees will be watered at time of planting and during drought stress conditions during the first year of establishment. The City will transplant or replace any Commemorative Tree threatened by land use or site changes during the lifetime of the tree.
All Commemorative Tree donations are registered in the Commemorative Tree Book. This classic book records the tree donor, tree species, location, date of planting and the person or event commemorated. This book is kept at the Vandalia Recreation Center where it is easily accessible to the public. All participants receive a Commemorative Tree Recognition Certificate. The donation will also be recognized on a brass name plate which will be attached to an attractive indoor plaque located at the Municipal Building or Vandalia Recreation Center (your choice). Plaques are not permitted next to trees at city facilities, however, you may wish to consider donating a Commemorative park bench if a plaque is desired.
Click here for the Commemorative Tree application. Pricing and additional information are included on the form.
Click here to submit an application for a commemorative bench. Pricing and additional information are included on the form.
Please Email Sherry McConnaughey with inquiries regarding the commemorative tree/bench program.