[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Board of Stephenson County 8-12-1975 (Ch. 14, Art. II, of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARKS AND PUBLIC GROUNDS
- All lands owned by the County which are held for the purpose of public recreation or other similar public use, including the Winslow Boat Dock, the Kent Memorial, and the Ridott Fishing Park.
This chapter shall apply to and be enforced in all public grounds and parks owned and operated by the County.
The parks and public grounds shall be closed from 10:00 p.m. (CST) [11:00 p.m. (DST)] until daybreak of the following morning. No person or property of any kind shall remain in them after closing time unless permission has been granted by the County Board.
No person shall make, aid or assist in making any loud or abusive noise, or threaten to or cause any fight, disturbance, nuisance, breach of the peace or diversion tending to a breach of the peace, or any other disturbance of the peace and quiet in any parks and public grounds, or collect with other persons, in bodies or crowds, for unlawful purposes or for any purpose to the annoyance, obstruction or disturbance of other persons or lawful assemblage.
No person, under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, shall enter, be or remain in any parks or public grounds, nor shall any person bring with them, possess, drink, sell, or transfer any intoxicating liquor or drugs in said parks or public grounds. This section shall not apply to wine intended for use and used by any church or religious organization or sacramental purposes. With prior written permission of the County Board, any person or group may possess within said parks and public grounds intoxicating liquor for the use of such person or groups alone.
No person shall deposit or leave any garbage, refuse, or other material of any kind on any park lands or public grounds or waters. Such refuse, of whatever kind, shall be deposited only in receptacles provided for that purpose, and no person shall litter, suffer or cause the park or public grounds to be littered in any way.
No person shall light or make use of any fire in any parks or public grounds except at such places as may be established for such purpose, and then only if the fire is continuously under the care and control of a competent person from the time it is kindled until it is completely extinguished.
Any act prohibited by or under this chapter, provided such act be not otherwise prohibited by law, shall be lawful to the extent authorized or permitted under the provisions of any permit or written permission granted by the County Board.