City of Royal Oak, MI
Oakland County
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[Adopted 10-12-1959 by Ord. No. 59-10]

§ 515-1 Short title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Public Parks and Playgrounds Ordinance."

§ 515-2 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meanings given herein:
The Parks and Recreation Board.
The City of Royal Oak, Michigan.
The Director of Recreation.
A park, playground, recreation center or any other area in the City, owned or used by the City and devoted to recreation.
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.

§ 515-3 Protection of park property.

No person shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, tamper with, displace or remove any buildings, tables, benches, fireplaces, trees, shrubs, flowers, or any other park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal. No structure, booth, tent or stall shall be erected on park property for any purpose without permission from the Director.

§ 515-4 Refuse and trash disposal.

No person shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, boxes, cans, rubbish, waste, garbage or other trash of any nature in a public park, except in proper receptacles where these 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 properly disposed of elsewhere.

§ 515-5 Traffic regulations.

No person shall fail to comply with all provisions of the State Motor Vehicle Code and all provisions of City ordinances, relative to equipment and operation of motor vehicles. No person shall drive or park a motor vehicle on any park area except roads or parking areas, or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the Director.

§ 515-6 Loitering; disorderly conduct.

No person shall sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other park areas, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or behavior, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to a breach of the public peace.

§ 515-7 Intoxicating beverages.

[Amended 4-5-1976 by Ord. No. 76-13]
No person shall bring alcoholic beverages into a park, nor shall any person drink alcoholic beverages in a park.
Exceptions. The City Commission may authorize the sale or dispensing of alcoholic beverages by a nonprofit charitable, civic, educational or religious organization in connection with a duly sponsored fund-raising activity, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons attending the activity; provided that authorization shall not be granted for any location other than the enclosed structure known as the "Royal Oak Arena" or the "Royal Oak Golf Club." Sales or dispensing of alcoholic beverages shall be made in individual drinks only and for consumption on the immediate premises where sold or dispensed; provided, further, that any organization shall obtain a license from the Liquor Control Commission. Any such authorization shall be subject to any additional conditions that may be attached thereto by the City Commission, provided that no organization shall be given authorization as provided herein more than once during a twelve-month period.
[Amended 6-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-11]

§ 515-8 Fireworks and explosives.

No person shall bring into a park, or have in his possession, or set off or otherwise cause to explode in a park, any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket or other fireworks or explosives, or discharge them or throw them into any park area from land or highway adjacent thereto.

§ 515-9 Building of fires.

No person shall build or attempt to build a fire in a park except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Director.

§ 515-10 Merchandising, advertising and signs.

No person shall expose or offer for sale in a park any article or thing, nor shall he station or place any stand, cart or vehicle in a park for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Board. No person shall paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement, or inscription whatsoever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever in any park.

§ 515-11 Dogs.

[Amended 6-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-9]
No person shall cause or permit any dog owned by him or under his control or custody to enter any park where a sign or signs are posted bearing the legend "No Dogs Allowed" or other words to that effect. This section shall not apply to any dog which is used as a guide dog or leader dog for a blind person as defined in MCLA § 393.351, to a hearing dog for a deaf or audibly impaired person as defined in MCLA § 752.61, or to a service dog for a physically limited person as defined in MCLA § 125.1351.[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11A, Leash required, and Sec. 11B, Excrement removal device required, which previously followed this section, added 6-21-1993, were repealed 7-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-08.

§ 515-12 Games and unusual activities.

[Amended 3-31-1975 by Ord. No. 75-5]
No person shall take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, arrows, javelins, model airplanes, or model rockets, except in areas specifically set apart for such forms of recreation.

§ 515-13 Park closing hours.

[Added 7-24-1967 by Ord. No. 67-20; amended 7-28-1969 by Ord. No. 69-20]
All public parks shall be closed between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Any public park or any section or part of any public park may be closed to the public by the Chief of Police during designated hours as the Chief of Police shall find necessary. Appropriate signs shall be posted advising the public the hours during which parks are closed, and no person shall be in any park during said closed hours. The said closed hours shall not apply to authorized, organized activities such as baseball games.

§ 515-14 Promulgation of rules and regulations.

[Amended 7-24-1967 by Ord. No. 67-20]
The Board may, by suitable rules and regulations, implement the foregoing provisions of this article. The Board may set aside park areas for specific recreation activities and provide for the issuance of licenses and permits, under suitable conditions, for the carrying on of unusual or dangerous recreational activities. All such rules and regulations shall have the same force and effect as the provisions of this article.

§ 515-15 Enforcement.

The Director and the City police shall diligently enforce the provisions of this article. They shall have the authority to eject from any park any person acting in violation of this article, or in violation of any rules or regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

§ 515-16 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $500 or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 90 days, or be both so fined and imprisoned, in the discretion of the court.