City of Cortland, NY
Cortland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cortland 8-5-1969 as Ch. 13 of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Advertising materials — See Ch. 63.
Animals — See Ch. 74.
Littering — See Ch. 181.
Alcoholic beverages in parks — See Ch. 208.
Peddling and food vending in parks — See Ch. 213.

§ 202-1 Title.

The provisions of this chapter shall be known and may be cited as "Parks and Recreational Areas."

§ 202-2 Purpose.

These provisions are established in order to properly safeguard to a reasonable degree the life and property of the citizens of the City and generally to promote the public health, safety and welfare of the users of the parks and recreational areas contained within the City.

§ 202-3 Hours of operation of parks.

[Amended 6-2-1971 by Ord. No. 1971-17; 1-15-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-2; 12-2-1997]
A. 
All parks shall be open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. each day they are open to the public. No person shall enter or remain in any park from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to the penalties provided for by § 220-30.
[Amended 5-18-1999]
B. 
In the event a special community event or program is being conducted under the auspices of the Youth Bureau of the City, either alone or in conjunction with a civic or service club, the hours of opening and closing as set forth in Subsection A may be altered to allow for earlier opening and later closing times.

§ 202-4 Closing park or recreational area.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
The Youth Bureau when necessary for the public welfare or the improvement of any park or recreational area and any part thereof may close any park or recreational area and any part thereof by posting proper signs at the entrance thereto or at the part to be closed.

§ 202-5 Use of established entrances and exits required.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
A. 
No person shall enter or leave any park or recreational area or building therein contained except by the established entrances and exits.
B. 
For purposes of this chapter, "established entrances or exits" shall be deemed to refer to the natural and normal means of ingress and egress to each park or recreational area. The natural and normal means of ingress and egress are those locations accepted by the community at large and/or maintained by the Youth Bureau.

§ 202-6 Permit required for dispensing of food and drink; application.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
A. 
No person shall sell, send or otherwise dispense food or drink, for consideration of whatever manner it would take, in any park or recreational area without a license as required by Chapter 213, Peddling and Soliciting, §§ 213-1 and 213-6, and written permission from the Youth Bureau, except that fraternal, service, political and other organizations may obtain such a permit from the Youth Bureau to hold picnics or barbecues for special events.
B. 
Application for a permit shall be made in writing to the director of the Youth Bureau on forms to be supplied, upon request, by said Commission.

§ 202-7 Swimming facilities.

[Amended 1-15-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-3; 12-2-1997]
A. 
The City's swimming facilities shall be closed when lifeguards are off duty.
B. 
Children under six years of age shall at all times be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or any other person having charge of caring for any such child at all times at Wickwire Pool and any wading pool under the jurisdiction of the Youth Bureau.
C. 
Children under nine years of age shall at all times be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or any other person having charge of caring for any such child at all times when any such child shall be on the beach or in the water at Yaman Park.

§ 202-8 Buildings on park or recreational area property.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
All buildings existing on park or recreational area property shall be used for only those purposes for which such buildings are designated. A "building," for the purpose of this chapter, shall mean any structure which stands on park or recreational area property.

§ 202-9 Buildings designated as shelters.

Buildings in a park or recreational area recognized and designated as shelters shall be used only for the purposes of picnicking.

§ 202-10 Fees.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
Admission, permit and any other fees which may be charged for the use of park or recreational area property for certain activities shall be established from time to time by the Youth Bureau.

§ 202-11 Conduct and supervision of children.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
No parent, guardian or other person having charge of caring for any child shall permit him to do any act prohibited by this chapter. Children under nine years of age shall at all times be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or any other person having charge of caring for said child.

§ 202-12 Unlawful uses of property.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
No person shall handle, injure, destroy or damage or appropriate to himself trees, shrubs, flowers or other plants growing in any park or recreational area; or damage, destroy, deface or appropriate to himself or anybody else any building, fence, bench, table, fireplace, sign or other property within the limits of any park or recreational area. In addition thereto, there shall be no unauthorized moving of any property by any person from the place in the park or recreational area in which such park or recreational area property is situate.

§ 202-13 Selling and soliciting.

[Amended 6-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-15]
No person shall sell or offer for sale any article or thing in any park or recreational area and no person shall solicit in any park or recreational area for any purpose whatsoever. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any person or organization holding a permit in any park or recreational area authorized by the Youth and Recreation Commission within the provisions of their written permit obtained pursuant to the provisions of § 202-6B of this chapter.

§ 202-14 Posting of written or printed matter.

No person shall post any bill, notice, advertisement or other written or printed matter within the limits of any park or recreational area.

§ 202-15 Disruptive behavior.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
No person shall do any act or acts which cause disruptions of the public peace or which are meant to annoy or alarm another person present in any park or recreational area. Additionally, any act or acts which constitute disorderly conduct, harassment or loitering as defined by the Penal Law of the State of New York or the ordinances of the City of Cortland are forbidden under this section.

§ 202-16 Disrobing.

No person shall disrobe, or assist, aid or abet any other person in disrobing within any park or recreational area, except in designated places.

§ 202-17 Tenting and camping.

[Amended 6-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-15]
A. 
No person shall tent, camp, erect or maintain a tent shelter in any park or recreational area except by written permit, said written permit to be obtained pursuant to the provisions of § 202-6B of this chapter.
B. 
No person shall tent, camp or erect or maintain a tent shelter in any park or recreational area during the hours of darkness.

§ 202-18 Use of weapons or missiles.

No person shall carry or discharge an air rifle, firearm, sling shot or bow and arrow, or throw stones or any other missile within the limits of any park or recreational area.

§ 202-19 Ball games.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
Any game involving the use of a ball such as a baseball, softball, basketball, soccer ball or football, but not limited to these examples, shall be conducted only in those sites of a park or recreational area specifically authorized and set aside for such purposes.

§ 202-20 Playing golf.

The playing or practicing of golf, including the driving or hitting of golf balls, is prohibited in any park or recreational area.

§ 202-21 Cooking; use of fuel and fireplace grills.

[Amended 12-2-1997]
A. 
Charcoal shall be the only manner of fuel used by the public for cooking purposes within any park or recreational area.
B. 
The preparing of food by cooking may be accomplished only on fireplace grills specifically placed for this purpose in any park or recreational area.
C. 
The use of propane or similar fuels is prohibited without prior consent of the Youth Bureau, and such consent should only be given for special events at the sole discretion of the Youth Bureau.

§ 202-22 Disposal of trash; burning prohibited.

Trash, which includes all manner of garbage and refuse of any form or shape whatsoever, shall be disposed of in a park or recreational area only in those containers which are appropriately and conspicuously marked for such purposes. At no time shall there be any burning of trash by the public using any park or recreational area.

§ 202-23 Use of glass containers.

There shall not be brought into any park or recreational area any glass containers which are used for consumable liquids whether or not the liquid is poured from the glass container before consumption. For the purposes of this section, a glass container shall include milk, soda or beer bottles but shall not be limited to these examples specifically designated as glass containers.

§ 202-24 Pets and animals in Yaman Park.

[Amended 12-3-1996; 12-2-1997]
Dogs can be in park only if on a leash and only after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. No dogs are allowed in the park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

§ 202-25 Use of alcoholic beverages restricted to Yaman Park.

[Amended 6-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-15; 12-2-1997]
A. 
Yaman Park shall be the only park or recreational area in which alcoholic beverages are permitted. Permission for the bringing in of alcoholic beverages shall be obtained from the Youth Bureau administrative offices and shall be in the form of a written permit. The permit may be issued upon the terms and conditions determined by the Youth Bureau.
B. 
Family groups shall be exempt from the operation of Subsection A.

§ 202-26 Vehicles and traffic.

A. 
Obedience to signs, markings. All motor vehicles operated within park or recreational area limits shall be operated in accordance with all traffic signs and road markings erected on or along the park or recreational area roadways.
B. 
Use of established roadways. No motor vehicles are to be operated on other than established roadways in any park or recreational area.
C. 
Standing, parking. Motor vehicles shall stand or be parked only in park or recreational area locations designated for such purposes.
D. 
Speed. No person shall operate a motor vehicle within the limits of any park or recreational area at a rate of speed greater than 15 miles per hour.
E. 
"Motor vehicle" defined. For the purposes of this chapter, a motor vehicle shall include every vehicle propelled by muscular or any other means of power, except a wheelchair.

§ 202-27 Obedience to police required.

No person shall refuse or neglect to obey any reasonable direction of any member of the Police Department performing police duties in the parks.

§ 202-28 Obedience to park attendants required.

No person shall refuse or neglect to obey any reasonable direction of any park attendant, who is performing those duties required in the operation of any park.

§ 202-29 Applicability of other provisions.

All the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the state, and of the traffic ordinances of the City, and of the fines and punishments therein provided, and all provisions of the statutes of the state and other ordinances of the City and the fines and penalties therein provided, shall apply to any action, violation, offense or crime committed within any park or recreational area of the City.

§ 202-30 Penalties for offenses.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation of the Code of the City of Cortland, punishable as provided in § 1-22, and each day on which such violation occurs shall be deemed a separate violation, and be punishable as such.