[CC 1979 §19-54; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
Terms used in this Article shall have the following meanings:
- A park, reservation, playground, beach, recreation center or any other area in the City, owned or used by the City, and devoted to active or passive recreation.
- Any wheeled conveyance, whether motor-powered, animal-drawn, or self-propelled. The term includes any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description, but excludes baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the City parks.
[CC 1979 §19-55; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a City park shall:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, or displace or remove, any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts, or other boundary markers, or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
Dig, or remove any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, down timber or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting, or other means or agency.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any trees or plants or injure the bark, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant; or attach any rope, wire, or other contrivance to any tree or plant; or dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
Tie any animal to any tree or plant.
Hunt, molest, harm, trap, kill, shoot at any animal, reptile or bird; or remove the eggs or nest, or young of any bird, except that snakes known to be deadly poisonous, such as rattlesnakes, moccasins, coral snakes, or other deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
Give or offer, or attempt to give to any animal or bird any noxious substances.
[CC 1979 §19-56; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall:
Throw, discharge, or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, stormwater, or drain flowing into such waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of such waters.
Bring in or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, or refuse, or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the 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.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition.
[CC 1979 §19-57; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall:
Fail to obey all traffic officers and park employees, such persons being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic whenever and wherever needed in the parks and on the highways, streets or roads immediately adjacent thereto in accordance with the provisions of these regulations and such supplementary regulations as may be issued subsequently by the Director of Parks and Recreation.
Fail to observe carefully all traffic signs indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping, or parking, and all others posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
Ride or drive a vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding fifteen (15) miles an hour, except upon such roads as the City may designate, by posted signs, for speedier travel.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions thereat and with the instructions of any attendant who may be present.
Cross Reference — Motor vehicles and traffic, Title III.
[CC 1979 §19-58; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall:
Ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose, except that a bicyclist may wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or on any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.
When riding a bicycle, fail to comply with all traffic rules and regulations as are applicable to the operation of bicycles on the City streets.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is a space available.
[CC 1979 §19-59; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person shall swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor, and in compliance with park regulations.
[CC 1979 §19-60; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time; or use, carry, or possess air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings or any other form of weapons potentially dangerous to wildlife and human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. No person shall shoot into park areas from beyond park boundaries.
Cross Reference — Weapons regulations, §§210.265 et seq.
[CC 1979 §19-61; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall:
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose; attendants shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
Fail to observe and respect written permits issued for use of a particular picnic area, firepit, or structure, for a specific period.
Close off any picnic area, firepit, or structure provided for recreational use or for the comfort of visitors in the park to the exclusion of other persons in any manner, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
[CC 1979 §19-62; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person shall camp, set up tents, shacks, or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping except as authorized by the issuance of a written permit by the City. No person shall leave anywhere in the park overnight, any camp trailer, camp wagon or other movable vehicle except such equipment left on designated parking areas when associated with camping groups holding authorized permits for such camping.
[CC 1979 §19-63; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall take part in the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as stones, arrows, javelins or other potentially dangerous items. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football or baseball is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Roller skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such pastime.
[CC 1979 §19-64; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No horseback riding shall be allowed in any City park, except by permit from the City.
[CC 1979 §19-67; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971; Ord. No. 87-284 §1, 8-3-1987]
Generally. No person shall permit the running of a dog or other animal at large. All dogs or other domesticated animals in a park where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times by a leash. No leash on which a dog or other animal is tethered or restrained as described above shall be of greater length than ten (10) feet. No vicious animal of any kind shall be brought into the park at any time even though restrained as described above.
Special Events. During designated special events held at any of the municipal parks of the City of Manchester, it shall be unlawful for any person to bring an animal on the park grounds except as provided or authorized by the City of Manchester for said designated event. Appropriate notice restricting said animals shall be given, such as through the media and/or notice posted at entrances or other locations on the park grounds.
[CC 1979 §19-70; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
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 City. No person shall drop, throw, or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material, within any park area or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.
[CC 1979 §19-71; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person shall enter an area or roadway in a park posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use, or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
[CC 1979 §19-73; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats, or benches, or other areas, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
No person in a park shall fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the City he/she claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
No person shall play a loud radio or musical instrument in the park, except by permit of the City.
[CC 1979 §19-74; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
No person in a park shall:
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall he/she station or place any stand, cart, or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing, except persons operating authorized concessions by the City.
Announce, advertise, or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire, except persons operating concessions authorized by the City.
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement, or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
[CC 1979 §19-76; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
The person to whom a permit is issued under Article II of this Chapter shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person to whom such permit shall have been issued. Organizations granted permits to hold functions within a park shall furnish to the City, upon request, proof of their financial responsibility and liability for any and all injuries sustained by any person as a result of that organization's activity within the park, including the preparation of and the dismantling of all facilities provided for the function covered by the permit. The aforementioned financial responsibility shall be in such form as the City shall require to hold the City, its officials, agents and employees harmless and to defend any claim for any loss whatsoever.
[CC 1979 §19-77; Ord. No. 71-378, 5-3-1971]
The City shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this Article. The City shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park used in violation of this Chapter. In the event of resistance to action intended to correct a violation of this Article, either physical or otherwise, the Park Department shall refer the violation to the Police Department.