Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fly my drone in Anderson Parks?
Before you fly a drone or remote-controlled aircraft, make sure you know where you are allowed to operate it.
In the Anderson Parks, no person can use or operate any radio-controlled or other remotely-controlled aircraft, including drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles, or any other similar device in any park or facility without specific written permission from the Executive Director.
The flight of these aircrafts over park district property — especially during events and over areas that contain significant numbers of people — constitutes a potential safety hazard to the users of the parks. The Park Board wishes to minimize this hazard by regulating the use of these aircrafts.
To learn more about safe and responsible operations of unmanned aircraft systems, drone enthusiasts may visit knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Why has the park district removed so many trees lately?
The park district removed a number of trees because of the emerald ash borer infestation. Most of the removed trees will be replaced in the future, and we are doing a preventative program in the highly used areas of our parks.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an ash tree-killing beetle from Asia, was identified in Ohio in 2003. EAB larvae feed on the living portion of the tree, directly beneath the bark. This eating habit restricts the tree’s ability to move essential water and nutrients throughout the plant. In three to five years, even the healthiest tree is unable to survive an attack.
Adult beetles are dark metallic green, 1/2 inch long and 1/8 inch wide, and fly only from mid-May to September. Larvae spend the rest of the year developing beneath the bark.
The main symptoms of an EAB infested tree are branch dieback, sprouting around the base of the tree, and unusual woodpecker activity. Additional signs include D-shaped exit holes, and if the bark is peeled back, a serpentine pattern of tunnels packed with sawdust.
EAB affects all species of native ash found in Ohio. Because North American ash trees did not coexist in association with this pest, they have little or no resistance to its attack.
During hunting season, can I hunt within the woods in and around the parks since the parks are considered public property?
Under no circumstances can anyone hunt on park property. In addition, State Law (3773.06) maintains that hunting is not allowed within a ½ mile of a township park.
I’ve heard that vendors cannot “set up shop” in ATPD parks to sell items to the public. Is that true and does that apply to groups that rent a facility in a park and wish to invite certain vendors?
The park district has had a formal vendor policy since 1992. Prior to 1992, no vendor was allowed to operate in any ATPD park. The 1992 vendor policy was revised at the request of Tournament hosts to allow them to offer outside vendors a chance to provide product or services to their participants. However, because the vendor makes a profit on a tax-assisted facility, a fee was established that would benefit the park system – in essence – all in the community. The typical team photos have been and continue to be exempt from this policy. The ATPD does allow organizations to charge a gate for their exclusive benefit and to have other fund raising activities, i.e. split the pot, spirit merchandise sales etc. Also, if an organization wants to bring in a vendor for league play, we are happy to negotiate a different deal other than a flat fee so that the organization and the community can benefit as well as the business in question. We are flexible about the specifics, but the bottom line is…the community at-large has to benefit.
In short, the Board of Park Commissioner’s policy is to charge a fee for vendors who are permitted to conduct business on park property. Each vendor must receive prior approval from the ATPD’s Business Department.
What is a cicada wasp killer?
Coyote sightings in parks
How long does it take to get a marker under the tree?
It usually takes 2‐4 weeks to get the marker engraved. Once the marker is finished, it is immediately placed under the adopted tree, depending on weather.
Do I get a new tree planted or is it an existing tree?
The Adopt‐a‐Tree program is for existing trees in the park district. We do plant young trees throughout the year and we have a wide selection of newly planted and mature trees.
What happens if my tree is damaged, dies or gets cut down?
Trees may be removed due to damage, disease, or other unforeseen circumstances. If an adopted tree has to be removed, it will be replaced in the same spot if at all possible. If the replacement tree cannot be planted in the same spot, the tree will be planted in close proximity.
How will I be notified if my tree has to be cut down?
When trees are removed, a sign will be posted at the removal site stating a new tree will be planted at the next available planting season. The best time to plant trees is mid‐spring and mid‐fall. A notice will also be posted on our website, AndersonParks.com.
Am I responsible for taking care of the tree?
The park district will provide care and maintenance to the trees consistent with the park district maintenance standards. Damaged or vandalized trees will be replaced by the park district at no additional cost.
Why are there so many different types of tree markers?
Throughout the years, product lines have changed on the markers based on availability and best fit for the parks. The current markers are 12”x12”, sand‐colored stone. These stones are shaped by nature and are “perfectly imperfect”. Over time, weather conditions may cause markers to show wear.
Am I allowed to decorate my tree?
We highly discourage decorating trees. Placing items on a tree poses a risk of damage to the tree. However, we do have some guidelines to follow if items do end up on trees.
Any items found on trees will be removed on the 15th and 30th of each month. Removed items may be retrieved by calling the park office at 513‐474‐0003. Items may be removed sooner at the discretion of the park district if damage has been or is being done to the tree. Glass items are not permitted. The park district is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged, or missing items on trees or tree markers. We highly encourage keeping trees as natural looking as possible for all to enjoy.
Am I allowed to place items or plant flowers under my tree?
We discourage the placement of items under trees. Additional memorial items, such as plant material or other objects, found around or near the tree will be removed at the discretion of the park district based on the items and condition of the items. If flowers are planted, only annual flowers (those with a seasonal lifespan) may be planted. All watering, weeding, and general upkeep of these annuals is the sole responsibility of the planter. Any plants, which appear unhealthy, may be removed at the discretion of the park district. Vases, urns, glass items, and potted plants or flowers are not to be placed under trees and will be removed.
Who should I contact if I have an issue with my tree or marker?
Should you notice any issues with a tree or marker, please notify the park office at 513‐474‐0003 and we will immediately take care of the issue.