Frequently Asked Questions
In the event of a program session, game cancellation or field closure, a decision will be made as early as possible in order to best notify all participants, parents and staff.
Dover Parks & Recreation oversees and handles all maintenance, care and closures of the public playing fields at Chickering Field and Caryl Park.
The department always does all that we can to keep all playing fields open for resident use, but in the event of poor weather and wet or dangerous field conditions, playing fields will be declared closed and may not be used until conditions improve and the department re-opens them.
Department field decisions are final and updates will be made, whenever necessary, on weekdays (Monday – Friday), between 12 – 1pm.
All field closures/re-openings will be posted for immediate notification and reference on all of the following sites:
Hot Weather Policy
Dover Parks & Recreation follows all NAOO National Weather Heat Index Guidelines.
Sun & Heat Protection: Parents should apply any sunscreen (SPF 25 or greater is recommended) and/or lip balm to children BEFORE drop off at a Dover Parks & Recreation Program. Parents are encouraged to send a hat, sunglasses, or protective clothing to programs that spend time outdoors.
If outdoors, all Dover Parks & Recreation participants and staff will immediately move indoors to the designated inclement weather program space whenever thunder is heard. All participants and staff will remain indoors, away from windows until the storm passes and thunder has not been heard for 30 minutes.
Cold Weather Policy
Dover Parks & Recreation follows all NAOO Winter Weather/Wind Chill Guidelines.
In the event of a program session or game cancellation, a decision will be made as early as possible in order to best notify all participants, parents and staff.
All program and game cancellations will be e-mailed directly to all registered participants, posted on the Dover Parks & Recreation homepage AND shared on all social media accounts: @doverrec on Facebook / @doverrec on Twitter / @doverrecma on Instagram.
Please visit the “Rain Day” Policies tab on this page for the Dover Parks & Recreation Department inclement weather make-up class details & reimbursement policy.
View our Cancellation & Refunds FAQs below
Inclement Weather Make-Up Classes & Reimbursement Policy
Dover Parks & Recreation will make every attempt to reschedule a class that has been cancelled due to inclement weather, instructor illness, unforeseen circumstances, etc. and typically an additional week will be added to the end of the program.
If a class has been cancelled due to inclement weather, instructor illness, unforeseen circumstances, etc. and Dover Parks & Recreation is not able to offer a make-up option, participants will then be offered a Town issued refund or department credit in the amount of the program class(es) lost.
Please note: Dover Parks & Recreation is not responsible for classes missed due to a participant’s inability to attend.