Parks & Recreation

The Parks Commission is no longer accepting Special Use Permit applications for July & August 2023. 

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 OPEN for the season

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 open from 8 AM to 8 PM

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 Events Reservations

The Ocean Park Bandstand, East Chop Lighthouse and other park space is available for weddings and other events. Applicants must complete the appropriate event form and return it to the Parks Commissioners for review.

Applications, $25 filing fee AND the $200 deposit are due 10 days prior to a Parks Commission meeting. 

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


  • Fee for small events (1-50 people) - $300 minimum
  • Fee for large events (over 50 people) - $1,000 minimum (per day if multiple days)
  • Fee for Town events: varies

For all events, there is a $25 filing fee AND a $200 deposit; which will be nonrefundable once application is approved by Commissioners. 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. If unable to use park area due to rain, the Park and Recreation Department will refund money except deposit and filing fee.

Please review the Special Event Check List below before submitting your application to the Parks Commission. 

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