Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter (Walton
(updated: February 9, 2018)
Member and Guest Use of Walton Park
Walton Park boasts a large stocked pond, firearms ranges, joint-use
archery ranges, hiking trails, wooded picnic areas, large open grounds,
approved camping, (NEW) a fence-enclosed apiary (bee hives) with an
adjacent honey processing facility, 2
pavillions, tool and equipment sheds and a meeting house. All these
features are for use by members, their guests and by authorization from
a Chapter official only.
land is host to all kinds of flora and fauna. An educational
guide was created by the daughter of a member as a girl scout
project. She created an innovative and informative guide
that can be used by anyone that is proficient with the use of a QR scan code reader from an application on your smart device.
View the varied features of Walton Park here
*NOTE* - You are required to have your
Membership ID on your person while on Chapter property and at Chapter
events at ALL TIMES! After March 31, 2014, anyone using
the firearms ranges must display a Shooter's Photo Identification
card. Effective April 18, 2014
all Chapter members bringing any guest other
than an immediate family member onto the property to use the chapter
ranges must sign in at the gate house per order of our insurance
carrier (see additional information about registering guests below).
RESPONSE PROCEDURE: There is NO Commercial TELEPHONE on site!
Please bring your cell phone for personal calls! But be advised that
cell phones (providers) will not receive a very strong signal.
There is a phone inside a green protective enclosure to the right of
the Clubhouse entrance door and a similar phone is located on the tool
and equipment shed wall nearer to range 1. These phones should be
Emergency calls to 911. An emergency procedure can be found in
the Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules and, for
your convenience, as a part of the latest version of the range user's pocket guide.
The speed limit on the internal roadways
of the facility is posted at 10 MPH.
Excessive speed is
prohibited and will be grounds for disciplinary action.
There are HoneyBee Hives on the grounds
at the fence-enclosed area on the west side of Walton Pond
who are allergic to honey bee venom from
stings need to avoid the area of our grounds near the enclosed bee hive
at least 20 feet from the perimeter
of the fence-enclosed area where the hives are located.
Porta-Potties are provided for general use at various places
on the grounds. There are NO inside
restrooms available except for official meetings, work day activities
and other special events.
Members Must Register Their Guests Before Using
The Board of Directors of the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of
the Izaak Walton League requires that any Chapter member bringing any
guest(s) other than an immediate family member onto the property to use
the Chapter ranges must have the guest(s) sign in at the "gate house."
This requirement has resulted from an order of our insurance carrier.
The phrase "immediate family member" means a close relative (that is,
spouse or child) living in the household; any other relative or friend
would be a guest.
This requirement relates to medical and liability insurance coverage in
case a guest is injured while at the Chapter Grounds; those
relatives in your household are likely covered by your liability and
medical policies whereas those outside of your household are not.
The sign-in register for this purpose can be found at the green painted
(adjacent to the left side of the road after passing through the gate
area). You may enter
the grounds with your vehicle to access to the gate house.
See gate entry procedure directly below.
As always, the guests are responsible for following all Chapter rules
that apply to the member and the member remains responsible for any
actions of the permitted guests while on the property.
Electronic Gate Entry System
The Chapter has a modern embedded chip sensor system to
command open the security gate to the facilities mechanically. The
sensor for entry from Herndon Road is on the brick pillar on the driver
side of the car. If you carefully approach the pillar you are
able to use the embedded chip in your plastic membership card to signal
the sensor to open the gate from inside your vehicle. The sensor
does not need to be physically touched with the card but you need to
hold the card within 6 inches or so to be sensed. The procedure to
leave is similar. Please remain in position at the pillar and
allow the gates to fully open before proceeding to drive through the
gate area. You have 45 seconds to transit the gate area into or
out of the Chapter. The keypads on the 6X6
vertical timber on the right side of the entry road as you enter the
chapter grounds from the
highway remains in order to allow emergency vehicles and Rappahannock
Electric Corporation and other services to enter the property. No
member needs to use the keypads any longer.
Remember, you are
allowed 45 seconds to get
past the now open arm of the gate before it automatically closes.. Be
sure to pull far enough past the entry area to make certain that the
gate does not strike your vehicle as it closes. To depart when the gate
is closed you pass your membership card in front of the sensor at the
brick pillar on the driver side side as you
leave. Again, make sure your
vehicle is clear of the swinging gate by not lingering too close to the
gate exit area after fully opening.
When requesting a Pavilion for Scout use, a Birthday Party, Family Get
Togethers, Church Groups or Whoever, you MUST BOOK the Day and Time
with the EVENT COORDINATOR, The Chapter President.
Booked Dates take PRIORITY over any Pavilion use.
Grounds Use by Organizations and Groups
Grounds use for ANY Small Event similar to Pavilion Use, MUST be booked
Large EVENTS MUST be APPROVED by THE BOARD for recommendation to The
Membership for Park Closure of Private Event use!
View/download the House and Ground Rules
View, download and execute the Premises Use Agreement with the Chapter Event Coordinator, Herbert Pritchett, in order
to obtain advanced approval for use of the Chapter for your event.
A minimum of 45 days is advised
in order to process the approval
including review by the Board which meets once per month.
Sometime during the days before the actual event contact the
Chapter to obtain a group pass in order to properly open the gates for
entry and exit by the authorized members of the group.
Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Use
The Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Range Rules
use of the Firearms Ranges by IWLA Chapter members and their guests.
Read and heed. The Chapter has a team of Range Safety Officers that
volunteer time to monitor for the safe use of the ranges and to assist
members with interpretation of the rules. When the ranges are not
monitored it is incumbent on each member to self regulate their use of
the ranges and abide by the rules. Click here
for a list of RSO volunteers. Also for
your benefit is a range user's pocket guide
download and printing. Please carry
it with you (hint: fold and place with your Shooter's ID badge and
review periodically. You will always have it when shooting!).
High Definition Camera Surveillance
As part of
the Chapter's security program, high definition video camera
surveillance is emplyed to monitor selected portions of the
Chapter. Two pan, tilt and zoom cameras survey the grounds from
two locations. One location near the archery range road surveys
the back lot of the grounds including range 4 and one on a pole in the
parking lot surveys the entry gate and front lot. In addition,
there is a fixed focus camera installed at ranges 1, 2, and 3 to
monitor each firing line.
Raven Clay Pigeon Thrower (Shotgun Range)
The Chapter installed an electrically operated Raven Clay Pigeon
Thrower on May 21, 2015. It differs in operation from the
model. You can find instructions for the thrower by clicking here
It is critical that you follow these instructions to prevent serious
persoanl injury and to prevent damge to the thrower.
Scheduled use of Facilities by Scouts
On occasion both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts will use the Park
Facilities for their
activities. Please consult the Chapter Calendar to determine when the
Scouts will be present. Activities include camping and ceremonies such
as the Order of the Arrow, etc.
View pictures of Scouts camping at Walton Park here
Facilities are Limited Use during Chapter Work
As a rule Work Days are held on the Saturday following the
monthly Chapter Membership Meeting. Work days START no earlier than
7:30 AM and
might run until 3 PM.
Note: For safety reasons, the park is CLOSED
to other activities during the Work Day period. This closure includes
the Firearm Ranges. There
will be a posted sign indicating that the park is closed.
View previous Work Day pictures here
Special Note in Harmony of Grounds Use
Please remember, while at the Walton Park, when other groups are there
ALL Scouts stay to the LEFT of our Driveway (Unless approved for a
Range Event), AND ALL Members, including those wanting to use the
Ranges, stay to the RIGHT of our Driveway.
Designated Chapter Campfire RULE
Campfire use is allowed at the designated campfire area
(large circle of landscaping blocks) or the Bar-B-Que Pit ONLY!!
Any campfire use MUST RECEIVE
PRIOR APPROVAL from the Chapter Board and must conform to Spotsylvania
Laws and the County Fire Marshall. This Rule takes precedence over ANY
other Campfire Rule written or stated.
Use of Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)) on and
over Chapter Property
Drones may be used at
the grounds but are restricted to flying in
the main open areas. Drones shall
not be flown
near the high voltage
power lines traversing the
property, the ranges, or the bee enclosure. Also be considerate
and do not fly any aerial vehicle near people or parked vehicles if these do not belong to
your family. Fly over the pond only with lots of skill and
confidence and at your own risk for loss. Do not photograph
anyone with drone mounted cameras without their knowledge or
of December 21, 2015, the FAA requires unmanned aircraft weighing more
than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff (including everything on board
or attached), and operated outdoors, be registered at www.faa.gov/uas.Additional
state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
The following websites may help you make informed decisions about how
regulations impact you: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.Some additional information about
recreational drone flying is found at this web site and
many good tips about how to "stay out of trouble" here. Another great resource is a blog article by Jacky Miller on terminology and how to fly a drone (by permission).