Policy Statement Regarding
Geocaching in the Jefferson City Park System
Geocaching is a new, entertaining adventure game for Global Positioning System (GPS) users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is to leave something to replace the item that they took.
We believe allowing geocaching in the park system will have mutual positive benefits to the user and the department, including the following:
Geocaching will attract visitors who otherwise may never visit Jefferson City parks;
Geocachers will receive the benefits of exercise while searching for the caches;
The placement of geocaches in the park system will provide new, wholesome recreational opportunities for individuals and families.
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department eagerly welcome this activity to the park system.
ATTENTION PARK USERS: If you accidentally find one of these Geocaches in any of our parks, please do not disturb it.
Parks and Recreation allows geocaching in the Jefferson City Parks system under the following guidelines:
Caches shall not be placed within 100 feet of playgrounds, ballfields, pavilions, and restricted or private drives. For safety reasons, caches will not be permitted anywhere on the Oak Hills Golf Center's Golf Course.
When placing caches in the park system, no digging or any other kind of disruption of the ground will be permitted.
Caches shall be clearly labeled as a geocache and include an explanation of what it is in the event it is found by non-geocachers. At the very least, contact information should be included on or inside the cache with the description of the cache as well as the name of the cache as listed on the www.geocaching.com Web site.
Please include a detailed description of the cache location in the encoded "hints" section that will guide a finder to the location without difficulty.
In order to see the geographical impact of geocaching, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department encourages the finder to submit his name, city and state on the official geocache web site once a cache is located in a city park.
Geocachers are allowed to place a cache on Jefferson City Parks and Recreation property so long as they comply with the restrictions stated above. Caches found not to be in compliance with this policy may be removed at the discretion of department staff.