City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. II.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 158.
Animals — See Ch. 166.
Boats and boating — See Ch. 181.
Fines — See Ch. 248.
Fishing — See Ch. 258.
Liquor licenses — See Ch. 329.
Litter — See Ch. 334.
[Adopted 9-7-2010 by Ord. No. 6605; amended in its entirety 12-20-2011 by Ord. No. 6736]
The following rules, regulations, and standards apply to all persons using the Three Oaks Recreation Area ("TORA") and all activities occurring within TORA.
A. 
No unauthorized motorized vehicles are allowed on any trail.
B. 
All litter, as defined in Chapter 334 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Crystal Lake, must be deposited in the proper receptacles.
C. 
All persons must stay on designated trails or within the areas that are designated for use by the public.
D. 
No person may damage or disturb any flora or fauna.
E. 
No hunting, butterfly collecting, rock collecting, or other forms of hobbyist activities are allowed.
F. 
No firearms are allowed.
G. 
Camping and all forms of open fires are prohibited everywhere, except only as authorized in advance in writing by the Mayor and City Council.
H. 
In-line skating and skateboarding are permitted only on paved trails, but in-line skating and skateboarding are prohibited at all times on the trails and concrete walkways surrounding the picnic grove, the lake house, and the marina and in the beach and playground area.
I. 
The use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times within the picnic grove, beach areas, sand areas, spray park area, playground areas, and concession patios.
[Amended 4-16-2013 by Ord. No. 6925]
J. 
Absent a license issued by the City, no person may engage in peddling, soliciting, street vending, or panhandling as defined in Chapter 385 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Crystal Lake.
[Amended 4-16-2013 by Ord. No. 6925]
K. 
No person may engage in loud, threatening, or abusive language, disorderly or disruptive conduct, or other conduct that unreasonably obstructs or impedes the use of TORA by other persons.
L. 
No person may make or permit to be made any unreasonably loud, raucous, disturbing, or unusual noise, commotion, or vibration.
M. 
Snowmobiles prohibited.
[Added 5-6-2014 by Ord. No. 7026]
No person may wade or swim in any areas of the lakes other than those areas designated for swimming, except in accordance with a special event permit issued pursuant to § 383-9. Wading and swimming are permitted in the designated areas only when lifeguards are on duty. Skin diving and scuba diving are prohibited except with a certified dive instructor as a part of skin diving or scuba diving classes approved by the City. Diving and swimming from watercraft are prohibited. No outside watercraft, marine outboard motors, paddles, oars, or other marine boating accessories or inflatable rafts, tubes, or similar inflatable items are allowed on the north and south lakes.
[Amended 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 7421]
A. 
The Mayor and City Council may establish, from time to time, the days and hours during which the various facilities of TORA will be open to the public. The Mayor and City Council also may provide for closure of all or part of TORA during its normal hours of operation for holidays, special events, weather conditions, or other circumstances.
B. 
Hours of operation: swimming area.
(1) 
Saturday prior to Memorial Day through July 31: close at 7:30 p.m. (sunset at 8:30 p.m.).
(2) 
August 1 through Labor Day: close at 7:00 p.m. (sunset at 8:00 p.m.).
Except in accordance with a special event permit issued pursuant to § 383-9, no person may:
A. 
Make or cause to be made any amplified sound or signal, including, but not limited to, any bell, chime, siren, whistle, or similar sound; or
B. 
Use, or knowingly cause or permit to be used, any sound amplification device, including, but not limited to, any loudspeaker, music or voice amplifier, public address system, or other amplification device for nonemergency purposes; or
C. 
Use, or knowingly cause or permit to be used, any radio, television, stereo, musical instrument, or similar device that is plainly audible to any person other than the player or operator of the device.
No person may erect or use any tent or similar structure used to provide shelter, or any step, podium, platform, stage, or similar structure or device used or intended to be used for the purpose of standing at an elevated level, except in accordance with a special event permit issued pursuant to § 383-9.
Except as expressly authorized by the City, or in accordance with a special event permit issued pursuant to § 383-9, no person may:
A. 
Erect any sign, flag, banner, marker, or similar device by temporarily or permanently affixing, or attempting to affix, the device to the ground or any building or structure; or
B. 
Carry or otherwise display any sign, message board, flag, banner, or similar device having a surface area greater than four square feet or a height greater than five feet; or
C. 
Carry or otherwise display any sign, message board, flag, banner, or similar device that is internally or externally illuminated.
No person may possess, consume, serve, or distribute alcoholic beverages in TORA, except in accordance with a special event permit or picnic pavilion permit issued pursuant to § 383-9 or 383-10 and in compliance with § 383-11 of this article.
A. 
Special event defined. For the purposes of this § 383-9, a "special event" is any event or congregation of citizens within TORA when:
(1) 
The number of persons will exceed 100, except as authorized by a picnic pavilion permit issued pursuant to § 383-10; or
(2) 
The person or group desires to have exclusive use of an area or facility within TORA, except as authorized by a picnic pavilion permit issued pursuant to § 383-10; or
(3) 
Any person or group will use TORA facilities outside of the normal days and hours for public use of such facilities established by the Mayor and City Council; or
(4) 
Any stage, podium, tent, or other structure will be erected; or
(5) 
Any sign, banner, marker, or similar device will be erected or displayed that does not conform with this article; or
(6) 
Any loud or amplified speech, music, or other sound will be made, or any system or device will be used to make amplified sounds or signals, that does not conform with the restrictions on noise and amplified sound contained in this article; or
(7) 
Any person will swim, wade, or boat outside of the areas designated for those activities; or
(8) 
Alcoholic beverages will be served, distributed, or consumed, except as authorized by a picnic pavilion permit issued under to § 383-10; or
(9) 
Special or ancillary City services are requested or required in connection with the event for support, security, or other purposes, including, without limitation: electricity or other utilities, site preparation or restoration assistance, police or security services, fire safety services, lifeguards or water safety services, assistance with equipment, or other City staff assistance.
B. 
Permit required. No person may host, conduct, or participate in a special event unless a written permit for that special event has first been obtained from the City. The Mayor and City Council may adopt, from time to time, forms and procedures for the submission of special event permit applications, consistent with the requirements of this section.
C. 
Permit fees and other costs. The Mayor and City Council may adopt, from time to time, a schedule of fees for special event permit applications under this article. The Mayor and City Council may also adopt, from time to time, requirements for the payment of security deposits or use fees in connection with the use of City property. The applicant must pay all applicable fees. Additionally, the applicant must pay for all personnel and other costs incurred by the City as a result of the special event.
D. 
Application for permit. An application for a special event permit must be made in writing to the City in accordance with the procedures and requirements established by the Mayor and City Council pursuant to this section.
E. 
Contents of permit application. A special event permit application must set forth the following information:
(1) 
The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant and a contact person for the special event.
(2) 
The date, time, specific location, and expected duration, including any set-up and clean-up, of the special event.
(3) 
The approximate number of persons expected to attend or participate in the special event.
(4) 
A description of any signs, banners, markers, or structures, including, but not limited to, stages, podiums, platforms, or tents, proposed to be erected or displayed in connection with the special event.
(5) 
A description of any sound-amplification systems or devices proposed to be used in connection with the special event, and a description of how such systems or devices will be used.
(6) 
A description of any other equipment, systems, or vehicles that will be used in connection with the special event.
(7) 
A description of any proposed service, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
(8) 
Proof of compliance with all applicable federal, state, and City licensure, permitting, and insurance coverage requirements, including proof of insurance coverage in the minimum amounts established by the City from time to time for special events.
(9) 
Such other information as may be reasonably required or requested by the City.
F. 
Incomplete permit application. If, upon receipt of a special event permit application, the City determines that the application is incomplete, the City may, but is not required to, provide the applicant with an opportunity to submit additional or supplemental information before denying the application.
G. 
Grant or denial of application by City Manager.
(1) 
The City Manager, or his or her designee, is authorized to review and grant or deny an application for a special event permit and issue the requested permit if all of the following requirements are met with respect to the proposed special event:
(a) 
No more than 100 people are reasonably anticipated to attend; and
(b) 
The event will take place entirely during hours when the requested TORA facility or facilities are ordinarily open to the public;
(2) 
After review of an application under Subsection E, the City Manager or his or her designee may refer that application to the City Council if the Manager or his or her designee determines it is appropriate to have the City Council review the application. An application that is referred to the City Council will be considered as provided in Subsection H.
(3) 
After receipt of a special event permit application, the City Manager or his or her designee will, within 10 business days, either:
(a) 
Grant the application and issue the requested permit;
(b) 
Deny the special event permit application;
(c) 
Request additional or supplemental information if the application is incomplete; or
(d) 
Refer the special event permit application to the City Council.
(4) 
Applications may be denied by the City Manager or his or her designee for any one or more of the following reasons:
(a) 
The application was not properly submitted in accordance with this section;
(b) 
Applicable permit fees, security deposits, or other fees and costs have not been paid by the applicant;
(c) 
The application is incomplete;
(d) 
The application contains false, misleading, or incorrect information; or
(e) 
The application does not meet one or more of the requirements listed in this § 383-9.
(5) 
If the City Manager, or his or her designee, denies the application, the reasons for rejection must be communicated to the applicant, in writing, at the time of rejection.
H. 
Grant or denial of application by City Council.
(1) 
A special event permit application will be submitted to the City Council if it does not meet all of the requirements of Subsection G(1) or if it is referred to the City Council by the City Manager or his or her designee pursuant to Subsection G(2).
(2) 
Upon receipt of a special event permit application, the City Council will schedule the application for consideration during a regular meeting of the body. In determining whether to grant or deny the application, the City Council will consider whether:
(a) 
The application was properly submitted and is complete and correct;
(b) 
All applicable fees and other costs have been paid by the applicant; and
(c) 
The proposed special event is in the best interests of the public health, safety, and welfare of the City and its residents.
(3) 
If the City Council grants an application for a special event permit, it may issue the permit subject to such conditions or restrictions as it deems necessary and appropriate to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the City and its residents.
A. 
Picnic pavilion defined. For the purposes of this § 383-10, "picnic pavilion" means the areas of TORA designated by the City as "Picnic Grove Pavilion," "Island Pavilion," "Volleyball Court Pavilion," "North Lake Pavilion," and "Lake House Patio."
[Amended 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 7421]
B. 
Permit required. No group, regardless of the group's size, may have or claim to have exclusive use of any picnic pavilion within TORA unless a permit authorizing exclusive use has been issued in advance to that group by the City Manager or his or her designee. The Mayor and City Council may adopt, from time to time, forms and procedures for the submission of picnic pavilion permit applications, consistent with the requirements of this section.
C. 
Fees and deposits. The Mayor and City Council may adopt, from time to time, a schedule of fees for picnic pavilion permit applications under this article. The Mayor and City Council may also, from time to time, adopt requirements for the payment of security deposits or use fees in connection with the use of picnic pavilions and related City property.
D. 
Application for permit. An application for a picnic pavilion permit must be made in writing to the City in accordance with the procedures and requirements established by the Mayor and City Council pursuant to this section.
E. 
Contents of permit application. A picnic pavilion permit application must set forth the following information:
(1) 
The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant and a contact person for the picnic pavilion event.
(2) 
A description of the type of event or activity for which the picnic pavilion will be used.
(3) 
The name of the picnic pavilion that the applicant requests to use and a specific description of any areas or facilities outside the picnic pavilion that will be used in connection with the picnic pavilion event.
(4) 
The date, time, and expected duration, including any set-up and clean-up, of the picnic pavilion event.
(5) 
The approximate number of persons expected to attend or participate in the picnic pavilion event.
(6) 
A description of any equipment, systems, or vehicles that will be used in connection with the picnic pavilion event.
(7) 
A description of any proposed service, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
(8) 
Proof of compliance with all applicable federal, state, and City licensure, permitting, and insurance coverage requirements, including proof of insurance coverage in the minimum amounts established by the City from time to time for picnic pavilion events.
(9) 
Such other information as may be reasonably required or requested by the City.
F. 
Incomplete application. If, upon receipt of a picnic pavilion permit application, the City determines that the application is incomplete, the City may, but is not required to, provide the applicant with an opportunity to submit additional or supplemental information before denying the application.
G. 
Grant or denial of application.
(1) 
After receipt of a picnic pavilion permit application, the City Manager or his or her designee will, within 10 business days, either:
(a) 
Grant the application and issue the requested picnic pavilion permit;
(b) 
Deny the application; or
(c) 
Request additional or supplemental information if the application is incomplete.
(2) 
Applications may be denied by the City Manager or his or her designee for one or more of the following reasons:
(a) 
The number of persons expected to attend exceeds the reasonable capacity for the picnic pavilion and surrounding area requested;
(b) 
The application is not consistent with the rules and regulations for the use of TORA in accordance with this article;
(c) 
The application was not properly submitted in accordance with this section;
(d) 
All applicable permit fees, security deposits, and other fees or costs have not been paid by the applicant;
(e) 
The application is incomplete; or
(f) 
The application contains false, misleading, or incorrect information.
(3) 
If the City Manager or his or her designee denies the application, then the reasons for rejection must be communicated to the applicant, in writing, at the time of rejection.
A. 
No alcoholic liquors shall be permitted in the beach, spray park or playground area, on any watercraft, or on facility trails. Consumption or possession of alcoholic liquors in conjunction with any water-based activity is expressly prohibited.
B. 
Beer or wine may be consumed at the Three Oaks Recreation Area when approved as part of a picnic area or shelter reservation or permit.
C. 
Approvals to sell beer or wine shall comply with the Code of the City of Crystal Lake and statutes of the State of Illinois.
D. 
Any group, company, organization, or individual person conducting special events at the park during which alcohol is served or present, in any form, must have permission in advance and purchase or provide host liquor liability insurance and binding insurance coverage naming the City of Crystal Lake as an additional insured.
E. 
Any organization or corporate event, regardless of size, at the park for an event during which alcohol is served or present, in any form, must have permission in advance and purchase or provide host liquor liability insurance and binding insurance coverage naming the City of Crystal Lake as an additional insured.
F. 
A family or individual person having a picnic with over 50 people on City property where alcohol in any form will be served or present must purchase or provide host liquor liability insurance (dram shop insurance) coverage with a binder naming the City as an additional insured.
G. 
The City reserves the right to prohibit alcohol in any areas of the recreation area or buildings located thereon at any time it deems necessary.
A. 
Dogs and cats shall only be allowed on the trails, provided they are in compliance with § 166-7, Leashing of dogs, of the Code of Ordinances and § 166-12, Defecation by animals; removal, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Crystal Lake.
B. 
No pets, including dogs and cats, are allowed in the beach/spray park/playground area, picnic grove, including pavilion shelter, or in any watercraft.
C. 
Service animals are allowed throughout the facility.
A. 
Parking is only allowed in designated parking lots.
B. 
Parking is not allowed on the roadways.
C. 
No recreational vehicles, buses or trailers may be parked in the parking lot; however, buses may drop off patrons at the facility.
D. 
Crystal Lake residents shall receive free parking. Residents must show proof of a valid vehicle sticker. If a valid vehicle sticker cannot be shown, the vehicle must pay the nonresident parking fee. Nonresident vehicles that have a passenger who is a resident may park free. The resident who is a passenger must show a driver's license with a valid Crystal Lake address.
E. 
Nonresident parking fees shall be established by resolution of the Mayor and City Council.