CHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTYCHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTY\ARTICLE 3. CITY PARKS

The city parks owned by the city shall be closed to the public from the hours of 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m., except as hereinafter provided. It shall be unlawful for any person to remain in or on any city park during those hours in any manner.

(Ord. 1133, Sec. 1; Code 1985)

The provisions of this article shall not apply to any scheduled recreation activity.

(Ord. 1133, Sec. 2; Code 1985)

The laws of the city shall extend to and cover all city parks.

(Code 2006)

The city shall have police regulations governing any public parks belonging to the city and the chief of police and law enforcement officers of the city shall have full power to enforce city laws governing city parks and shall maintain order therein.

(Code 2006)

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.

(Code 2006)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate the following on the walking trail or tennis courts in Bicentennial Park, including but not limited to: motorized or manually operated wheeled vehicles, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, etc.

(b)   The governing body may, upon written request made by a responsible person and filed with the city clerk, grant special permission to the individual or entity exempting them from the requirements of this article for an organized recreational activity subject to any conditions deemed necessary by the governing body. If such special permission is granted, the city clerk shall transmit a copy of the special permission to the chief of police.

(Ord. 1202, Secs. 2:3; Ord. 1225, Sec. 1; Code 2006)

Any person violating this article shall be deemed guilty of a code violation and upon conviction shall be fined not more than $100.00.

(Ord. 1133, Sec. 3; Code 1985)

(a)   Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to carry or have in his or her possession any firearm or dangerous weapon or to shoot or discharge the same within the limits of any city parks.

(b)   The provisions of subsection (a) above shall not apply to duly authorized law enforcement officers in the performance of official duty.

(Code 2006)

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 2006)

It shall be unlawful for any person to build or kindle any fire in any city park except in the ovens, stoves, or grills 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 2006)

Overnight camping is hereby prohibited in city parks, unless authorized by the city manager or a designated agent.

(Code 2006)

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 2006)

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to use, consume or have on the premises of any park or other city property within the city any alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage, unless authorized by a city permit.

(Code 2006)

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 2006)

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 2006)