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Parks & Recreation Frequently Asked Questions

Call 736-7050 or visit the Parks and Recreation office to check the availability of pavilions. Pavilion rental rates are $50 per day.  The Park Pavilion Permit application is also available online.

Old Dover Days is annually scheduled for the first weekend in May. Contact the Kent County Tourism Office at 734-1736 or visit their website at Click Here for additional information.

Boat Permit

Boating on Silver Lake requires a permit from the City of Dover and the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources. State boating permits may be obtained at the Department of Natural Resources on Kings Highway. For more State information, call 739-9916 .

  • City Boating Permits may be obtained at the Planning & Inspections Department , City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • For City of Dover fees and information , call 736-7011.

Yes a permit is required, please complete the Park, Pavilion & Field Permit Application.  For a general park area, there is no fee at this time.  Also, please note we do not allow live bands, DJ&squot;s/ Bands, or alcohol in our parks.

The John W. Pitts Center is located at 10 Electric Avenue, Dover. (In Schutte Park)

Yes, a permit is required, please call the Parks & Recreation office at 736-7050 for an Park, Pavilion & Feild Permit Application. Also, please note we do not allow live bands, DJ&squot;s, or alcohol in our parks. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for the approval process.

Boat Permit

Boating on Silver Lake requires a permit from the City of Dover and the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources. State boating permits may be obtained at the Department of Natural Resources on Kings Highway. For more State information, call 739-9916 .

  • City Boating Permits may be obtained at the Planning & Inspections Department , City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • For City of Dover fees and information , call 736-7011.

Yes, kayaks/canoes require a permit.

Boat Permit

Boating on Silver Lake requires a permit from the City of Dover and the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources. State boating permits may be obtained at the Department of Natural Resources on Kings Highway. For more State information, call 739-9916 .

  • City Boating Permits may be obtained at the Planning & Inspections Department , City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • For City of Dover fees and information , call 736-7011.

Yes, but not on athletic fields. You may not leave divits or damage the park property in any way.  You MUST repair any wholes dug or damage to grounds.

Yes, a motorboat in excess of 18 feet in length and no more than 115 horsepower motor.

  • (b) Grazing. Grazing of animals in parks is prohibited without a permit issued by the city.

    (Ord. of 12-8-1975, § 2(21-8.14(u), (v)); Code 1981, § 15-31)

Yes, by city code no photographs or motion or sound pictures shall be taken in the park system for commercial purposes or for use in commercial advertising, except with permission of the director and on payment of fees prescribed by him.  Typically, no fees are collected.

Over the phone with a Visa/MC/Discover, by calling (302) 674-7541

US Mail or In person:  Mail or bring completed       Registration Form with payment to:

        City of Dover Parks & Recreation

        10 Electric Avenue

        Dover, DE 19904

Via Fax:  Fax form w/credit card information to (302) 678-2674 

Online:  www.maxsolutiononline.com/cityofdover 

Parks & Recreation offers a variety of day trips. We offer trips to New York City, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Washington, DC and Baltimore. Please call 736-7050 for additional information.

Fishing in areas under the jurisdiction of the city shall be done according to the rules and regulations promulgated by the state division of fish and wildlife (DNREC). Contact DNREC at 739-9918 for information on obtaining a fishing license.

The City of Dover does not have a public dog park.

Fishing is permitted in park areas except for those designated for boat ramps, the fish ladder, and other public use areas. Non-fishing areas are designated by the posting of signs.

All park hours are Dawn to Dusk, daily.  Parks may close without notice at the discretion of the Parks & Recreation Director.

Yes, water skiing is permitted. No person shall engage in water skiing within 75 feet of any shoreline or within 75 feet of any designated swimming area.Regulations covering water skiing are in the City Code Sec. 74-123.

These are emergency phones that connect you directly with the Dover Police Department.

Temporary Concession Permits are issued by the Parks & Recreation Department. Please call 302-736-7050 for more information.

No, visitors are not permitted to remove firewood or anything else from city parks.

No, it is unlawful for any person to operate jet skis or other similar devices upon Silver Lake.

Yes, picnicking is permitted in areas designated for such use. Use of pavilions are first come first served, unless they have been rented and the renter is required to have their permit with them.

For cooking purposes, charcoal grills, and gasoline or gas stoves may be used in picnic areas. Grills may not be placed under pavilions.

The City of Dover does not have a public skate board park.

No, classes and leagues are structured and designed specifically for the age groups for which they are intended. While we appreciate that your child may be more skilled or less skilled than those of their age group, our age limitations are set.

For Old Dover Days vendor information please contact the Kent County Tourism office at 734-1736 or visit their website

Over the phone with a Visa/MC/Discover, by calling (302) 674-7541

US Mail or In person:  Mail or bring completed       Registration Form with payment to:

        City of Dover Parks & Recreation

        10 Electric Avenue

        Dover, DE 19904

Via Fax:  Fax form w/credit card information to (302) 678-2674 

Online:  www.maxsolutiononline.com/cityofdover 

Walking paths are available in Schutte Park, Silver Lake Recreation Area, and Dover Park.

27 park areas in Dover.

Please call the Parks & Recreation office at 736-7050 to report any playground damage. We thank you for your help!

Paths are available in Schutte Park, Silver Lake Recreation Area, and Dover Park.

Athletic field usage first goes to City of Dover programs and activities. If nothing is scheduled for the field, then it is first come first served. With the exception of Williams Park, for youth baseball practice use, we do not permit outside teams for usage of the softball fields or multi-purpose fields for practices.

Yes but you are required to have a permit. Please call the Parks & Recreation office at 736-7050 for an permit application. Also, please note we do not allow live bands, Dj&squot;s/Bands or alcohol in our parks. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for the approval process.  If your event goes outside of the park area, you may be required to obtain a Parade & Assemblies Permit from Dover Police Department.

Food donations are accepted at City of Dover Office Buildings during the Food Drive.

Visit the City website at Click Here for a listing of playground areas.

No, under city code it is unlawful for any person to possess any alcoholic beverage or drug while upon the park or recreation facility. It shall be unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drugs to enter or use any recreation facility or park.

No, by city code practicing golf is prohibited in the parks, except within designated areas and subject to special regulations.

Performers interested in participating in the Performing Arts Series on The Green  (aka: Concerts on The Green) may direct press kits to:

Mrs. Sherwanda Rachal-Speaks, Recreation Specialist 

c/o Parks & Recreation

PO Box 475

Dover DE 19903

Yes, if the fields are available. Contact the Parks & Recreation office at 736-7050 for additional information and fees. Restrictions apply.

Yes, if any recreation program has to be canceled by Parks and Recreation, we will issue refunds.

The Silver Lake Recreation Area is the City&squot;s largest park covering 182 acres.

The building of fires is prohibited in city parks and can be waived only by the Parks & Recreation Director and Fire Marshal.

Three City owned tennis courts are located at the rear of Dover Park, 1210 White Oak Road.

Four Fields at Schutte Park

One Field at New Street Park

One Field at Dover Park

Unfortuantely no. we do not offer credit/refunds unless the program is canceled by the City of Dover Parks and Recreation Department.  We have at times made exceptions for specific health or family emergency situations.

Contact the Kent County Tourism Office at 734-1736 or visit their website at Click Here.

No, the City of Dover Police Department patrols city parks. If there is an emergency call 911 or the Police Department at 736-7111.

Rainouts and canceled games/activities are posted on the Parks & Recreation Weather Line. Call 736-7155 for updated information. If your league or activity is not mentioned, then it has not been canceled. 

The Egg Hunt is conducted at Schutte Park, usually the Saturday a week before Easter. Call the Parks & Recreation office at 736-7050 for more information.

Yes, the disc golf course is located in Dover Park. Course scorecards with the course layout are available at the Parks & Recreation office.

We are always looking for good instructors! Have an idea for a new course or program? Please contact the Recreation Specialist at 736-7050.

To make payment by credit card, we accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

No, city code does not allow for camping in a city park.