City of Roseville, MI
Macomb County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Roseville 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 895 as Ch. 215 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
CHARTER REFERENCES
Board of Parks and Recreation — See Ch. 7, Sec. 7.14.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Beautification Commission — See Ch. 7.
Parks and Recreation Board — See Ch. 41.
Operation of snowmobiles — See Ch. 280.
Parks, playgrounds and public open spaces — See Ch. 294.
Care of park trees — See Ch. 324, Art. I.

§ 215-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings ascribed to them:
DIRECTOR
A person immediately in charge of any park area and its activities and to whom all park attendants of such area are responsible.
PARK
A park, reservation, playground, beach, recreation center or any other area in the city owned or used by the city and devoted to active or passive recreation.
VEHICLE
Any wheeled conveyance, whether motor-powered, animal-drawn or self-propelled. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the city parks.
B. 
The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.

§ 215-2 Maintenance of park property.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Buildings and other property.
(1) 
Disfiguration and removal. Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
(2) 
Rest rooms and washrooms. Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of seven years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
(3) 
Removal of natural resources. Dig or remove any beach sand, whether submerged or not, or any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, down timber or other wood or materials or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
(4) 
Erection of structures. Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
B. 
Trees, shrubbery and lawns.
(1) 
Injury and removal. Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant; nor shall any person attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant. A person shall not dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
(2) 
Climbing trees, etc. Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, fountains, railing, fences or gun carriages or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.

§ 215-3 Pollution of waters and dumping of refuse and trash.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Pollution of waters. Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
B. 
Refuse and trash. Have brought in or shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park or left anywhere on the grounds thereof but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where those are provided. Where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.

§ 215-4 Traffic regulations. [1]

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Motor vehicle laws. Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the state motor vehicle traffic laws in regard to equipment and operation of vehicles, together with such regulations as are contained in this chapter and other ordinances.
B. 
Enforcement of traffic regulations. Fail to obey all traffic officers and park employees, such persons being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic whenever and wherever needed in the parks and on the highways, streets or roads immediately adjacent thereto in accordance with the provisions of these regulations and such supplementary regulations as may be issued subsequently by the director.
C. 
Obey traffic signs. Fail to observe carefully all traffic signs indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping or parking and all others posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
D. 
Speed of vehicles. Ride or drive a vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding 15 miles per hour, except upon such roads as the director may designate, by posted signs, for speedier travel.
E. 
Operation confined to roads. Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the director.
F. 
Parking.
(1) 
Designated areas. Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions thereat and with the instructions of any attendant who may be present.
(2) 
Full parking. Full park on the road or driveway at any time. In order to enjoy some special natural scenic feature, vehicles may be parked with the two right wheels near the right edge of the paving for not more than 30 minutes. No stopping or parking is permitted even briefly on the left-hand side of any road or driveway.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 1125]
(3) 
Immovable vehicles. Leave any vehicle in the park anywhere with one or more wheels chained or with the motor set in gears and doors locked or in any manner fixed or arranged so that such vehicle cannot readily be moved by hand.
(4) 
Night parking. Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night without lights clearly visible for at least one hundred feet from both front and rear on any driveway or road area except legally established parking areas.
(5) 
Emergency procedure. Fail to immediately notify an attendant of an emergency in the nature of a breakdown requiring the assistance of a tow truck, mechanic or other person.
(6) 
Double-parking. Double-park any vehicle on any road or parkway unless directed by a park official.
(7) 
Muffler required. Fail to use a muffler to deaden the sound of the engine in a motor vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 340, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 215-5 Recreational activities.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Hunting and firearms.[1] Hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time. No person shall use, carry, or possess firearms of any description, except as otherwise permitted by law, air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
[Amended 1-26-2010 by Ord. No. 1232]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 136, Firearms and Weapons; Ch. 174, Hunting.
B. 
Picnic areas and use.
(1) 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
(2) 
Violate the regulation that use of the individual fireplaces, together with tables and benches, follows generally the rule of "first come, first served."
(3) 
Use any portion of the picnic areas or of any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
(4) 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker, to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
C. 
Camping. Camp in other than permanent cabins for organized camping, provided by the director and used by groups of persons under adequate supervision. No person shall set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used for such purposes, such as a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like.
D. 
Games. Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes, except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games, such as football, baseball and quoits, is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Roller-skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such pastimes.

§ 215-6 Prohibited conduct.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Fireworks and explosives.[1] Bring or have in his or her possession or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket or other fireworks or explosives of flammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such area from land or highway adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that, in conjunction with any other substance or compound, would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 146, Fireworks.
B. 
Domestic animals. Have been responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas other than automobile parking concourses and walks immediately adjacent thereto and in such other areas as may be clearly marked by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Permitted in This Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 7, Animals, Arts. II and III.
C. 
Reservation of facilities. Occupy any seat or bench, or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or other park structure or section thereof, which may be reserved and designated by the Board for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children seven years of age or under.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 1125]
D. 
Alms. Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 219, Peddling, Soliciting and Transient Merchants.
E. 
Fires.[4] Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the director. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park area or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.
[4]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 94, Burning, Open.
F. 
Closed areas. Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
G. 
Games of chance. Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance.
H. 
Going onto ice. Go onto the ice of any of the waters except such areas as are designated as skating fields, and provided that a safety signal is displayed.
I. 
Loitering, noise and disorderly conduct.[5] Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
[5]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 191, Loitering; Ch. 217, Peace and Good Order.
J. 
Exhibit permits. Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the director he or she claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
K. 
Interference with permittees. Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area, or participating in any activity, under the authority of a permit.

§ 215-7 Vending; advertising; signs.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Vending and peddling.[1] Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall he or she station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire by and under the authority and regulation of the director.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 219, Peddling, Soliciting and Transient Merchants.
B. 
Advertising. Announce, advertise or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.
C. 
Signs.[2] Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
[2]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 264, Signs.

§ 215-8 Operating policy.

A. 
Hours. Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, the park shall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information. All parks under the auspices of the Parks and Recreation Board shall be opened at 7:00 a.m. each morning and closed at 10:00 p.m. each evening, unless said activity is a scheduled activity directly under the supervision of the Parks and Recreation Board.
[Amended 9-11-1985 by Ord. No. 923]
B. 
Closed areas. Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the director at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the director shall find reasonably necessary.
C. 
Lost and found articles. The finding of lost articles by park attendants shall be reported to the director, who shall make every reasonable effort to locate the owners. The director shall make every reasonable effort to find articles reported as lost.
D. 
Permit. A permit shall be obtained from the Department of Parks and Recreation before participating in the following park activities:
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 1125]
(1) 
Reserving a baseball field, soccer field or football field for the purpose of conducting a practice or game.
(2) 
Conducting any organized event that is sponsored by a group, organization, corporation, club or individual.
(3) 
Conducting an event or activity that uses any inflatable game, mechanical game or similar equipment (i.e., Moonwalk, Dunk Tank, etc.).
(4) 
Reserving a park pavilion or erecting a tent or canopy.
(5) 
Any similar activity as those listed above.
E. 
Permit procedures.
(1) 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the appropriate director. The application shall state:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The name and address of the persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(c) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
(e) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
(f) 
Any other information which the director shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue hereunder.
(2) 
Standards for issuance. The director shall issue a permit hereunder when he or she finds that:
(a) 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(b) 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(c) 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(d) 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the city.
(e) 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
(3) 
Appeal. Within three days after receipt of an application, the director shall apprise an applicant in writing of the reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal in writing within three days to the City Council, which shall consider the application under the standards set forth in Subsection E(2) hereof and sustain or overrule the director's decision within 10 days. The decision of the City Council shall be final.
(4) 
Effect of permit. A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
(5) 
Liability of permittee. The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued.
(6) 
Revocation. The director shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.

§ 215-9 Enforcement.

A. 
Officials. The director and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Ejection. The director and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this chapter.
C. 
Seizure of property. The director and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park, or used, in violation of this chapter.

§ 215-10 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 1125]
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.