Geocaching is a new, entertaining adventure game for Global Positioning System (GPS) users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is to leave something to replace the item that they took.
We believe allowing Geocaching in the park system will have mutual positive benefits to the user and the department, including the following:
- Geocaching will attract visitors who otherwise may never visit Lebanon parks;
- Geocachers will receive the benefits of exercise while searching for the caches;
- The placement of geocaches in the park system will provide new, wholesome, recreational opportunities for individuals and families.
- Locations of caches must be approved by the Parks and Recreation Department before they are submitted to any geocaching website.
- When placing chaches in the park, no digging or any other kind of disruption of the ground shall be permitted.
- Caches shall be clearly labeled as a geocaches and include an explanation of what it is in the event it is found by non-geocachers.
- In order to see the geographical impact of geocaching, the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department encourages the finder to submit his/her name, city, and state on the official geocaches web site once a cache is located in a city park.
- Geocachers are allowed to place a cache on the Lebanon Parks and Recreation property as long as they comply with the restrictions stated above. Caches found not to be in compliance with this policy may be removed at the discretion of the department staff.