City of Glens Falls, NY
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glens Falls at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 56.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 91.

§ 153-1 Hours of operation.

All parks and playgrounds, exclusive of Downtown City Park and lighted areas in other parks and playgrounds which shall be open during that period so lighted, shall be open to the public during the hours from sunrise until one hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, other than city personnel conducting city business therein, to occupy or be present in said park or playground during any hours in which the park or playground is not open to the public, unless written permission has been previously obtained from the Superintendent of Recreation. Children under the age of eight must accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian.

§ 153-2 Closings.

Any section or part of the park or playground may be declared closed to the public by the Recreation Superintendent at any time and for any interval of time temporarily or at regular, stated intervals.

§ 153-3 Duties of Superintendent of Recreation.

The Superintendent of Recreation shall see to the operation of the city parks and playgrounds, and he/she shall perform his/her duties subject to the supervision of the Recreation Commission. The Superintendent shall make recommendations to the Department of Public Works concerning the maintenance of city parks.

§ 153-4 Park property.

No person shall injure, deface, disturb, befoul or in any manner destroy or cause to be destroyed any part of any park or any facility, building, sign, structure, equipment, utility or other property found therein.
No person shall dig for, remove, injure or destroy any tree, shrub, plant or growing thing or any rock, mineral, artifact or other material within the boundaries of any park without permission from the Recreation Superintendent.
Fees for damages. All public and private events (including those described in § 153-15, Large group events) that register through the Glens Falls Recreation Department to use Crandall Park, City Park, East Field or Haviland's Cove must pay damages deposit of $200 (money order only) prior to the event. The deposit of $200 will be refundable if the City determines, following the event, that no park damages are incurred. The City may retain the deposit if any damages are incurred.
[Added 2-11-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]

§ 153-5 Refuse disposal.

No person shall deposit or abandon in any park, driveway or parking lot or in the waters in any such park or adjacent to any such park any garbage, sewage, refuse, trash, waste, grass clippings, branches or other obnoxious material except in receptacles provided for such purposes. (The general city policy is carry-in/carry-out unless receptacles are specifically provided.)

§ 153-6 Fires.

No person shall kindle, build, maintain or in any way use a fire except in fireplaces provided or in self-supporting barbecue grills or stoves in places designated as picnic areas or by special permit.
Any fire shall be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person 18 years of age or older from the time it is kindled until it is extinguished, and no fire shall be built within 10 feet of any tree or building or beneath the branches of any tree or in any underbrush.

§ 153-7 Alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within city parks and playgrounds except when consumed with a meal in designated picnic areas. Only beer or wine is permitted.
It shall be a violation of this chapter to bring into use or contribute to the use of kegs or other liquid-dispensing devices of similar size for beer or other alcoholic beverages without first receiving a permit from the Recreation Superintendent. Permit applicants must be 21 years of age or older.

§ 153-8 Domestic animals; horses.

No domestic animal may be allowed to run at large in any park or on any ski trail. All domestic animals in parks shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than 10 feet in length.
Horses are permitted on park roads and designated trails. Horses are not permitted on turfed or planted areas.

§ 153-9 Pavilion.

No group shall use the pavilion without a permit from the Superintendent of Recreation. If music is played, it must be kept at a reasonable volume so as to not disturb other patrons.

§ 153-10 Weapons.

No person shall have in his possession or control any rifle, shotgun, pistol or other firearm, slingshot, pellet gun, air rifle, fireworks, explosives, knife, bludgeon or other dangerous weapons within the boundaries of any park, provided that this rule shall not apply to any law enforcement officer who has been duly appointed by the government of the United States, the State of New York or the City of Glens Falls.

§ 153-11 Swimming.

Swimming, bathing and wading are permitted only in those areas and buildings designated for the purpose by the Superintendent of Recreation.
No person shall swim, dive or enter the water of any swimming pool or bathing beach while wearing or carrying air or gas tanks for the purpose of underwater breathing in the activity commonly known as "skin or scuba diving."
Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian.
No person shall enter the water of a city beach or pool except during open hours and when a city lifeguard is on duty.

§ 153-12 Camping.

Camping shall not be permitted in any area without first obtaining a permit to use recreation facilities and areas from the Superintendent of Recreation.

§ 153-13 Motor vehicles.

The maximum speed limit for all vehicles shall be 20 miles an hour except where otherwise posted. Motor vehicles will be driven only on designated park roads and parked only in designated parking spaces. Parking will not be permitted in no-parking zones which are determined for emergency access only.
It shall be unlawful to operate any motorized vehicles on any trail area within the city park system designated as a nature or ski trail area.

§ 153-14 Boating.

Boating in any bathing area is forbidden.

§ 153-15 Large group events.

No field day, carnival, concert, address, rally, dramatic presentation or the like at which more than 25 persons are in attendance (hereafter called "large group events") shall be held or conducted in any park owned by the City of Glens Falls unless a permit for such event has first been granted by the Superintendent of Recreation.
Each applicant for a large group event permit agrees that the applicant and all persons involved in the presentation of the event will observe the terms and conditions of the permit when issued and will comply with requests of park officials concerning traffic, arrangements, alcoholic beverages, noise, crowd-control measures and the use of park facilities.
Deposits and fees. All events as described in §§ 153-4 and 153-15 shall require an event fee of $150. Such fee shall not be refundable. Also, any City Park event requiring the use of the City of Glens Falls public address system shall require a P.A. system use fee of $25. Such fee shall not be refundable. The Crandall Park pavilion reservation rental fee shall increase from $60 to $75. Crandall Park pavilion rentals shall require a deposit of $100, check or money order. Such deposit shall be refundable.
[Added 2-11-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]

§ 153-16 Civic Center Plaza. [1]

Civic Center Plaza is hereby designated a city park and shall be operated and maintained pursuant to this chapter, with the exception that Civic Center Plaza shall be operated and maintained under the supervision of the Director of the Glens Falls Civic Center, rather than the Recreation Commission and the Superintendent of Recreation, and all uses which would otherwise require authorization by the Recreation Commission or the Superintendent of Recreation shall, for the Civic Center Plaza alone, require the authorization of the Director of the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Editor's Note: Section 153-16, Civic Center Plaza, was revised to remove references to the Center Authority, which was abolished by L. of 2012, c. 374, § 22, which repealed Title 10-A of Article 8 of the Public Authorities Law, entitled "Center Authority of Glens Falls."

§ 153-17 Sales and solicitation.

A person shall not use park property or streets within park property for business or professional purposes involving the sale of any goods or the rendering of any service for a fee or for the purpose of soliciting alms or contributions unless authorized to do so by the Recreation Commission or the Superintendent of Recreation.

§ 153-18 Advertising.

A person shall not post, distribute, east or leave about any bills, placards, tickets, handbills, circulars, advertisements in any form or any other matter for advertising purposes, directly in or in the immediate vicinity of any park, unless duly authorized by the Recreation Commission or the Superintendent of Recreation.

§ 153-19 Responsibility for personal property.

The city will not be responsible for loss, damage or theft of personal property brought into any park unless such property is received by authorized city personnel at designated facilities provided for that purpose.

§ 153-20 Enforcement.

The Police Department of the City of Glens Falls shall see to the enforcement of all ordinances and regulations related to the park and playgrounds.
Park police, when working under the authority of the City Police Department, shall have the authority to give appearance tickets or may detain park violators until the arrival of the city or town police, if assistance is deemed necessary.

§ 153-21 Observance of regulations.

It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any regulation governing the conduct of the city parks or playgrounds which has been approved by the Common Council.

§ 153-22 Penalties for offenses.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 days, or both.

§ 153-23 Amendments; exceptions.

The Common Council of the City of Glens Falls may amend or modify this chapter by resolution passed at any regular or special meeting of the Common Council. Prior to any such amendment or modification, the Common Council shall request an opinion from the Recreation Commission or the Superintendent of Recreation, which opinion shall be submitted, in writing, to the Mayor's office within seven days of such request.
The Common Council can, by resolution, at any regular or special meeting, grant an exception to this chapter upon a finding that to do so would be in the best interest of the city.