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Kent County Parks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Saturday, 02 August 2008
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Kent County Parks has embraced Geocaching in their parks and have an easy to follow placement and permitting process without a fee.

  

  
General Information

The Kent County Parks Department will enhance the quality of life in Kent County by establishing and maintaining outstanding parks to meet the needs of the county's growing population. The department will efficiently provide recognized recreational, environmental and social benefits. This will be accomplished through adherence to high standards and coordination with individuals and organizations.

And now they list Geocaching as an official use of the park system. See the links below:

 

  
Kent County Parks Department Seeking Guidelines
  1. Participants must adhere to Geocaching.com guidelines for seeking.
  2. When seeking a cache, please do not disturb the surrounding environment in any way. This includes digging holes or cutting vegetation.
  3. Caches must be placed within 20 feet of either side of an existing trail.
  4. Respect the existing trails and DO NOT create any new trails.
Kent County Parks Department Placement Guidelines
  1. To place a cache in any Kent County Park, participants must adhere to geocaching.com guidelines for placement and the following steps:
     
    Step #1: Obtain permission from a Park Manager or Park Office staff for location of the cache.
    Step #2: Affix a MiGO sticker to the cache, identifying it as a cache. Stickers can be obtained through the Kent County Parks Department or www.mi-geocaching.org.
    Step #3: Register your cache on Geocaching.com and have it approved.
    Step #4: Maintain the cache.
  2. When placing a cache, please visit the Kent County Parks Department website for park hours and seasonal operation.
  3. DO NOT place a cache on or near a picnic shelter, picnic table, grill, or campground site.
  4. Weapons, and any substances or things that are illegal, hazardous, alcoholic, inflammable, threatening, sexually explicit, profane, discriminatory, or gambling-related are not allowed in any cache.
  5. When placing a cache, do not disturb the surrounding environment in any way. This includes digging holes, cutting vegetation and attaching the cache to live trees.
  6. Respect the existing trails and DO NOT create any new trails.
  7. Place the cache in a safe area. Think about safety of people who will be looking for your cache.
  8. After one year (or one park season), the cache should either be removed or relocated at least 500 feet from the previous location. Please refer to rule #1 when relocating.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2008 )
 
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