Policies and Rules

Please adhere to the following policies and rules to ensure that you and your guests have a memorable and safe experience at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park.

West Lawn, Centennial Barn, Heckton Church

Alcoholic, intoxicating or any illegal substances of any kind are prohibited. The use of such substances will result in immediate expulsion and forfeiture of any and all fees. Future applications for park used by individuals using such substances or groups associated with such individuals will not be considered.

Rental of this facility is for private functions only. The collection of fees or the sale of tickets, tangible goods or services on Dauphin County Parks and Recreation property is strictly forbidden.

Pets are prohibited in the parks during special events. Feeding of geese is also prohibited.

This is a publicly owned facility located in a public park. The renter is reserving only the space itself and is required to share common spaces with other park users.

Amplified music is not permitted except during a ceremony.

No temporary additions to the park such as tents, gas grills, pony rides, concession stand, jumpy castles, etc. are permitted.

Food preparation must only take place in the kitchen of the barn. Contents of kitchen are unavailable for public use. The refrigerator, stove and sink may be used.

Affixing decorations or other objects to walls is prohibited. Fort Hunter pictures may not be removed from the walls.

All areas of the buildings must be left in clean and in an orderly condition. Trash and litter must be placed in appropriate containers. Failure to do so will result in monetary penalty (withholding damage deposit) and loss of future reservations privileges.

Vehicular parking is permitted only in the established parking lots. Parking is not permitted on the grass. Gravel driveway in the Centennial Barn parking lot is for unloading only.

Cancellations:

Wedding and Receptions –  made more than six (6) months before rental date are eligible for a full refund of rental fee and security deposit. Cancellations made less than six (6) months before rental date will receive full rental refund, less the $100 security deposit.
Centennial Barn non-wedding – Cancellations made less than three (3) months before rental date will forfeit rental fee and security deposit. 
 

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any request for Fort Hunter facilities.

Smoking is prohibited inside of buildings.

Please bring your copy of your approved facility rental confirmation with you on the date of your rental and be prepared to exhibit it to Park Security if requested.

All facilities are rented in “as is” condition. The potential renter has inspected the facilities and relies on his/her or its own inspection and no representation of the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department or any other person or entity.

Renters are not allowed to use or possess any dangerous or explosive substances or items in the rented facility or the park or recreation area.

Renters are responsible for their conduct and the conduct of their guests or invitees and are responsible for any damage they cause or caused by any of their guests or invitees.

Renters and their guests or invitees must comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations.

Renter(s) individually and severally, indemnifies and holds harmless the County of Dauphin and the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, for any claims, suit or legal action, by itself or any of its guests or invitees, based on any personal injury or property damage suffered by them at the rented facility, or the park or recreation area in which it is located, or from any claims, suits or legal actions of third parties based in whole or in part by any action, conduct or failure to act of renter(s) or renter(s)’s guests or invitees, including but not limited to costs of defense of such claim, suit or legal action.

Security deposits will be returned to the renter within 14 days.

Security deposits will not be returned if:

       furniture is not left as it is found
       rooms not rented were used
       property is damaged, food and/or caters  equipment is left
       artificial flowers/petals are left
       or other situations deemed inappropriate by the Park Manager.

Pavilions

Alcoholic, intoxicating or any illegal substances of any kind are prohibited. The use of such substances will result in immediate expulsion and forfeiture of any and all fees. Future applications for park used by individuals using such substances or groups associated with such individuals will not be considered.

Pavilion rentals are for private functions only. The collection of fees or the sale of tickets, tangible goods or services on Dauphin County Parks and Recreation property is strictly forbidden.

The potential renter is reminded that this is a publicly owned facility located in a public park. The renter is reserving only the pavilion, room, or field itself and is required to share common spaces with other park users.

Amplified music is not permitted.

Picnic tables must not be moved.

No temporary additions to the park such as tents, pony rides, concession stand, jumpy castles, etc. are permitted.

Reservations not claimed within one hour of reservation time will be forfeited and the facility reopened for public use with no refund of cost, rent payments, or fees.

Cooking may only take place in grills and fireplaces provided in the Park. Gas grills are not permitted in any park.

All areas of the park or field must be left in clean and in an orderly condition. Trash and litter must be placed in appropriate containers. Failure to do so will result in monetary penalty (withholding security deposit) and loss of future reservations privileges.

Use of fields may be subject to special conditions.

Vehicular parking is permitted only in the established parking lots. Parking is not permitted on the grass or in the pavilion areas.

Cancellations made less than (2) weeks before rental date are not eligible for refund of rental fee. Your security deposit will be returned to you. Refunds are not made for inclement weather.

Please bring your copy of your approved facility application with you on the date of your rental and be prepared to exhibit it to Park Security if requested.

All facilities are rented in “as is” condition. The potential renter has inspected the facilities and relies on his/her or its own inspection and no representation of the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department or any other person or entity.

Renters are not allowed to use or possess any dangerous or explosive substances or items in the rented facility or the park or recreation area.

Renters are responsible for their conduct and the conduct of their guests or invitees and are responsible for any damage they cause or caused by any of their guests or invitees.

Renters and their guests or invitees must comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations.

Renter(s) individually and severally, indemnifies and holds harmless the County of Dauphin and the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, for any claims, suit or legal action, by itself or any of its guests or invitees, based on any personal injury or property damage suffered by them at the rented facility, or the park or recreation area in which it is located, or from any claims, suits or legal actions of third parties based in whole or in part by any action, conduct or failure to act of renter(s) or renter(s)’s guests or invitees, including but not limited to costs of defense of such claim, suit or legal action.