Use of Athletic Fields

Springfield Township is home to several parks, many including athletic fields which may be rented by established athletic organizations. Organizations reserving Township fields must carry liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars. "Springfield Township" and the park(s) the organization is reserving does need to be listed as additional insureds. To reserve a field, organizations should fill out an Athletic Field Request Form and submit the form to

Springfield Township will grant field requests in a manner which accommodates the most requests, which promotes the efficient use of the fields, and, if possible, gives priority to organizations which have a history of playing on certain fields. After the initial application is approved, authorized athletic coaches can submit their games online. Instructions will be provided for online scheduling.

Summary of Resolution Prohibiting Use Of Township Athletic Fields Without A Field Reservation Permit

The Board of Trustees of Springfield Township has adopted Resolution No. 53-2012 which prohibits the use of township athletic fields without a Field Permit and establishes civil fines for the violation of this regulation. The following statement is a summary of the resolution. Complete copies of the resolution may be obtained or viewed at the Office of the Fiscal Officer, Springfield Township Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and the resolution is available on the Springfield Township website.

Resolution No. 53-2012 applies to the majority of athletic fields located in Springfield Township Parks and requires groups of four or more persons to obtain a Field Permit from the township prior to the use of any of the affected fields. A list of the affected parks and fields is posted on the Springfield Township website and signage referencing the reservation requirement is posted in all affected parks. Resolution No. 53-2012 also outlines the enforcement and penalties for violations of the resolution. The resolution consists of the following chapters and sections:
  • Section 1 Definitions
  • Section 2 Field Permit Required
  • Section 3 Field Permit Limitations
  • Section 4 Civil Citation and Appeal
    • 4.1 Civil Citation Issued
    • 4.2 Form Of Civil Citation
    • 4.3 Method Of Service
    • 4.4 Permissible Answers
    • 4.5 Admission Of Guilt
    • 4.6 Express Denial Of Violations Charged In Civil Citations - Hand Delivery Of Denial
    • 4.7 Express Denial Of Violations Charged In Civil Citations - Mailing Of Denial
    • 4.8 Implicit Denial Of Violations
    • 4.9 Referral To Municipal Court
    • 4.10 Municipal Court Hearings
    • 4.11 Payment Of Fine After Determination Of Guilt
    • 4.12 Appeal
  • Section 5 Penalties And Fines
    • 5.1 Violation Penalties
    • 5.2 Administrative Fee
    • 5.3 Continuing Violations
  • Section 6 Abatement And Other Lawful Remedies
    • 6.1 Abatement Of Violation
  • Section 7 Compliance With Law
  • Section 8 Compliance With Reading Requirements
Pursuant to Resolution No. 53-2012, persons who violate the field reservation requirements shall be issued a Civil Citation in the following amounts:
  • $100 on the first offense;
  • $250 for the second offense;
  • $500 for the third offense;
  • $750 for the fourth offense; and
  • $1,000 for each subsequent offense
There is an administrative fee for processing each citation. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

Resolution Number 53-2012 becomes effective on August 10, 2012.