Parks & Recreation

The Parks Commission has begun accepting 2024 Special Use Permit applications (see below). To be on their March 11, 2024 meeting agenda; the application, filing fee & deposit (separate checks) must be received by Friday, March 1, 2024.

Special Use Permit applications will NOT be accepted after May 1, 2024 for events occurring in July or August.

No events will be allowed during July 4th week or Fireworks (August 16 & 17).

Town Beach update: NO lifeguards on duty - swim at your own risk.

Dogs on beaches:

No dogs are allowed on public beaches from May 15th through September 15th between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Inkwell Beach between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Animals must be under control of owner and all waste properly removed.

Eastville Point Beach and Joseph Sylvia State Beach are managed by the County of Dukes County. Please check their website for more information regarding dogs on beaches:

Niantic Park is CLOSED for the season. You may play at your own risk.

NO dogs are allowed at Niantic Park playground.

NO bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or animals are allowed in tennis court, basketball court or pickleball court areas.

Pickleball & tennis courts are on a first-come, first-service basis only. The lower court is for beginner pickleball play only until further notice.

Restroom is closed.

Niantic Park telephone number: 508-338-7549

Skate Parks rules of operation:

By entering the skate park, you assume the risks inherent in all skate sports.

  • Skate at your own risk
  • Safety gear is highly recommended
  • No violence, glass, profanity, smoking, drugs/alcohol
  • Be respectful of others
  • Clean-up your trash

Weddings & Special Use Reservations

The Ocean Park Bandstand, East Chop Lighthouse and other park space is available for weddings and other events. Applicants must complete the appropriate special use application (see below) and return it to the Parks Commissioners for review. 

The current event schedule can be found on the Parks Commission web page:

Applications, $100 filing fee and separate $200 deposit are due 10 days prior to a Parks Commission meeting. 

Note: Sailing Camp Park is managed by the Conservation Commission:


  • Filing Fee - $100.00
  • Fee for small events (1-50 people) - $300.00 minimum
  • Fee for medium events (51 to 100 people) - $1,000.00 minimum
  • Fee for large events (over 100 people) - $2,000.00 minimum (per day if multiple days)
  • Fee for Town events: varies

For all events, there is a $100 filing fee AND a $200 deposit; which will be nonrefundable once application is approved by Commissioners OR if they have voted to grant the application "Permission to Continue the Permitting Process" as other Town department permits may be required (see page 4 of application). 

If not approved, the deposit will be returned but not the filing fee. Balance will be due no later than 30 days prior to the event. 

Note: The Park Commission retains the right to waive any and all fees

 Information regarding memorial benches can be found on the Friends of Oak Bluffs website

Parks & Recreation By-Laws and documents