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

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

(Code 1994)

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 1994)

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 1994)

(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 1994)

(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.

(Code 1994)

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 1994)

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 1994)

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

(Code 1994)

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 1994)

(a)   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, except as permitted by subsections (b) and (c) hereof.

(b)   Consumption of cereal malt beverages defined at section 3-101 shall be permitted within the park building located in the city park and upon the premises designated as the City Sports Complex.

(c)   Consumption of cereal malt beverages may be allowed on city owned property during such times and in such areas as designed by the city council for special events.

(Ord. 49-1999, Sec. 1)

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 1994)

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 1994)

(a)   Any person who trespasses in or upon the pool premises during such times when the pool has not been opened by authorized pool personnel shall be guilty of a code violation.

(b)   The pool premises are defined as the buildings, structures and fence surrounding the municipal swimming pool of the city and the area enclosed by such structures and fence.

(Ord. 89-7-11, Sec. 1)

(a)   Boating shall be prohibited in all City owned or operated parks containing a lake, pond or natural body of water.

(b)   Swimming shall be prohibited in all City owned or operated parks containing a lake, pond or natural body of water.

(c)   Ice skating, standing, sitting, running or in any way placing a person, animal or objection the surface of any iced over lake, pond or natural body of water owned or operated by the City shall be prohibited.

(Ord. 162-2008; Code 2013)