The laws of the city shall extend to and cover all city parks.
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.
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.
(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.
(a) Motor vehicles, including any vehicle licensed to operate on public streets, roads and highways and motorbikes, go-carts, snowmobiles and other motorized off-the-road vehicles shall be operated in a safe and prudent manner at all times in park areas.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall be unlawful for any person to park any motor vehicle in any area not designated for such purpose.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle within any city park except upon roads, drives and parking areas established by the city.
(d) Subsections (b) and (c) above shall not apply to authorized city employees while engaged in the maintenance and care of the park.
(e) It shall be unlawful to operate any such vehicle in any park area at a speed in excess of 20 m.p.h.
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.
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.
(a) For the purposes of this section, “camping” is defined as:
(1) Sleeping or otherwise being in a temporary shelter out-of-doors; or
(2) Sleeping out-of-doors; or
(3) Sleeping in an automobile or other non-recreational vehicle in an area not designated by the City as an area for camping, nor private property licensed with the City as being a business engaged in camping services for recreational vehicles.
(b) Camping is prohibited on all public property, except as may be specifically authorized by the city council.
(c) Camping is prohibited on all property in the City used for residential purposes; provided, however, that camping is permitted on such property with the permission and consent of the property owner, or the owner’s authorized agents.
(d) It shall be insufficient for purposes of arrest or prosecution of a violation of this section for a person merely to be upon city property during night time or early morning hours, in absence of evidence that the person is sleeping inside a tent, sleeping bag, vehicle or other temporary shelter.
(e) That persons found to be in violation of this section shall be subject to prosecution in Municipal Court with any penalty assessed pursuant to City Code Section 1-116. Each day a violation shall continue shall be considered a separate offense.
(Code 1998; Ord. 277; Code 2016)
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.
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.
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.
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 article.
(Ord. 86, Sec. 1; Ord. 105, Sec. 1; Code 1988)
Any person violating this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined a sum not less than $50 and not more than $100.
(Ord. 86, Sec. 6; Ord. 105, Sec. 6; Code 1988)