CHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTYCHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTY\ARTICLE 1. CITY PARKS

Those rules heretofore prescribed by the city shall constitute the park rules and regulations which shall be applicable to and enforced upon all park land within the city. Such rules and regulations shall be available at the office of the city clerk as set by the city and amended from time to time as deemed necessary upon the direction of the governing body.

(Ord. 976, Sec. 1; Ord. 2371)

The governing body shall hereafter set and amend, from time to time by resolution, such license fees as are deemed reasonable and generally applicable for use of park lands and facilities, the former junior high gymnasium and all recreational facilities owned by the city, whether located indoors or situated on park land.

(Ord. 1003, Sec. 1; Ord. 2371)

The city clerk or his or her duly appointed agent, is hereby directed to collect such park license fees as are fixed by the governing body from time to time and to thereupon issue such evidence of payment as shall be prescribed by the governing body, including, but not limited to, tags for pool fees or cards for leagues or players for ball fees.

(Ord. 976, Sec. 3; Ord. 2371)

No person shall be permitted to use park lands and facilities for which a fee is required until and unless such person, or his or her team or league, where applicable, shall have paid the prescribed fee to the city clerk and obtained a license therefore.

(Ord. 976, Sec. 4; Ord. 2371)

Each person or each team captain (for ball games) and each individual for swimming permits, shall retain such license and produce the same (to show evidence that all license fees have been paid) upon request by any city employee or agent, as such employee shall be designated by the city administrator.

(Ord. 976, Sec. 5; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person, except duly authorized city employees, to willfully or wantonly remove, injure, tarnish, deface or destroy any building, walk, bench, tree or improvement or property of any kind belonging to any park owned by the city.

(Ord. 739, Sec. 1; Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful to discharge firearms within any city park, except that the discharge of shotguns for target practice is allowed at Wilderness Park but only if the person or group has obtained a special permit from the city clerk allowing the discharge. The permit requirements shall be established and approved under the direction of the city administrator and any violation of the permit requirements, or discharging a shotgun at Wilderness Park without a permit, shall be unlawful and may be prosecuted in the municipal court.

(Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person, without a permit as described in Section 12-107, to enter an area signed or otherwise designated by the city as a shooting area at Wilderness Park. This section shall not apply to authorized law enforcement or city employees while engaged in the patrol, maintenance and care of the park. 

(Ord. 2371)

(a)   Except as provided in subsection (c), it shall be unlawful for any person to park any motor vehicle in any area not designated for such purpose.

(b)   Except as provided in subsection (c), it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle within any city park except licensed vehicles may be operated in city parks upon roads, drives and parking areas established by the city.

(c)   Subsections (a) and (b) above shall not apply to authorized city employees while engaged in the maintenance and care of the park.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person to pursue, catch, trap, maim, kill, shoot or take any wildlife, either bird or animal, in any manner at any time while in any city park.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person to build or kindle any fire in any city park except in the ovens, stoves, grills, or fire pits provided for that purpose by the city, and such fire must be extinguished by the person, persons or parties starting such fire, immediately after use thereof.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

Overnight camping is hereby prohibited in city parks except where posted.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

All waste material, paper, trash, rubbish, tin cans, bottles, containers, garbage and refuse of any kind whatsoever shall be deposited in disposal containers provided for such purposes. No such waste or contaminating material shall be discarded otherwise. No sticks, stones, trash or other objects shall be thrown or discarded in or on any park lands, fountains, pools, drinking fountains, sanitary facilities, or other improvements.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to use, consume, possess, or cause to be located, any alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage on the premises of any park or other city property within the city. Said prohibition may be suspended for outdoor park facilities in connection with the Governing Body’s approval of a temporary use permit for a “Public Event” pursuant to Section 9 of Article 5 of the City Zoning Regulations.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2200, Sec. 1; Ord. 2371)

It shall be unlawful for any person, except duly authorized city employees, to take, injure, or disturb any live or dead tree, plant, shrub, or flower, or otherwise interfere with the natural state of city parks.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

The city may post such rules and regulations, as are approved by the governing body, pertaining to the use of the city parks in a conspicuous place in each city park. Violations of these posted rules shall constitute a violation of this code.

(Code 1998; Ord. 2371)

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall ride a horse in or cause a horse to enter a public park within the city limits.

(Ord. 775, Sec. 1; Ord. 2371)

The hours of the city’s parks shall be governed by posted signs at each park. In the absence of a posted sign, the hours for use of the park shall be from sunrise to sunset. Provided, however, that any park or section thereof may be closed temporarily or the hours of opening or closing changed temporarily, in case of emergency, adverse weather conditions or unusual circumstances as determined and ordered by the mayor or his or her designee.

(Ord. 472, Sec. 1; Ord. 2371)

Park fees shall be established by the City’s annual Fee Resolution.

(Ord. 1046, Sec. 1; Code 2009; Ord. 2371)