[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.]
The provisions of this chapter shall be known and may be cited as "Parks and Recreational Areas."
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.
[Amended 6-2-1971 by Ord. No. 1971-17; 1-15-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-2; 12-2-1997]
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.
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.
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.
No person shall enter or leave any park or recreational area or building therein contained except by the established entrances and exits.
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.
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.
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.
[Amended 1-15-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-3; 12-2-1997]
The City's swimming facilities shall be closed when lifeguards are off duty.
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.
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.
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.
Buildings in a park or recreational area recognized and designated as shelters shall be used only for the purposes of picnicking.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
No person shall post any bill, notice, advertisement or other written or printed matter within the limits of any park or recreational area.
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.
No person shall disrobe, or assist, aid or abet any other person in disrobing within any park or recreational area, except in designated places.
[Amended 6-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-15]
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.
No person shall tent, camp or erect or maintain a tent shelter in any park or recreational area during the hours of darkness.
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.
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.
The playing or practicing of golf, including the driving or hitting of golf balls, is prohibited in any park or recreational area.
Charcoal shall be the only manner of fuel used by the public for cooking purposes within any park or recreational area.
The preparing of food by cooking may be accomplished only on fireplace grills specifically placed for this purpose in any park or recreational area.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
[Amended 6-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-15; 12-2-1997]
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.
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.
Use of established roadways. No motor vehicles are to be operated on other than established roadways in any park or recreational area.
Standing, parking. Motor vehicles shall stand or be parked only in park or recreational area locations designated for such purposes.
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.
"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.
No person shall refuse or neglect to obey any reasonable direction of any member of the Police Department performing police duties in the parks.
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.
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.
[Added 5-15-2018 by L.L. No. 4-2018]
The facility is not supervised. Skate at your own risk. Know your abilities.
All users must wear a helmet at all times.
Elbow and knee pads are recommended.
Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and drugs are prohibited.
Skateboards, in-line skates, scooters, and BMX bikes only. No motorized vehicles.
Use of the facility during inclement weather or when the facility is wet or slippery is prohibited. The skate park will be closed at these times.
No profanity, cursing, abusive language, or roughhousing.
Additional obstacles or any modifications to existing structures are prohibited.
All acts of vandalism will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
No dogs or animals allowed in the skate park except service animals.
Amplified music is prohibited.
No food, drink, gum, glass or breakable objects on the skating surfaces.
Children under the age of 10 should not be left unsupervised.
Skate park is open dawn to dusk.
Skate park is under video surveillance.
Entering after hours is considered trespassing and may result in a criminal trespass citation and seizure of equipment.
The City of Cortland is not responsible for personal property.
The Cortland Youth Bureau reserves the right to close the skate facility for events, emergencies, or when conditions necessitate.
The park is considered closed during inclement weather or unsafe facility conditions.
All other park rules and regulations must be followed. Failure to comply with these rules may result in your privileges being revoked.
Helmets required for persons operating a bicycle.
No person, one or more years of age and less than 16 years of age, shall operate a bicycle unless such a person is wearing a helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling.
This section shall be administered and enforced in accordance with § 1238 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
Helmets required for persons operating skateboards, scooters and rollerblades. No person under the age of 16 shall operate a skateboard, scooter, or rollerblades unless such person is wearing a helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute of the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Skateboarding.
Use for recreational purposes limited. It shall be unlawful to operate skateboards, scooters and rollerblades on public property in any manner for the purpose of recreation within the City of Cortland except in the skateboard park at Yaman Park and other areas specifically designated by the City of Cortland for recreational purposes.
Enforcement. It shall be the duty of the City of Cortland Police Department to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Assumption of risk. The use of the skate park at Yaman Park is considered a high-risk recreational activity with inherent risk of serious injury or death. The use of the skate park is an assumption of that risk by the user. The City of Cortland strongly recommends that proper protective equipment such as helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads be used by all users of the skate park, regardless of age.
[Added 5-15-2018 by L.L. No. 4-2018]
The use of metal detectors is prohibited in all City parks. No person shall make any excavation by tool, equipment, or utilize metal detectors of whatever kind, across or over any City park lands unless authorized by permit or written easement.
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.