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City of Grain Valley, MO
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References — Animals and fowl, ch. 210; buildings and building regulations, ch. 500; flood damage prevention and control, ch. 415; solid waste, ch. 235; health and sanitation, ch. 245; mobile homes and trailers, ch. 410; motor vehicles and traffic, ch. 300; streets, sidewalks and public places, ch. 505; utilities, ch. 700; sewers and sewage disposal, §705.010 et seq.
[Code 1985, §26.500; CC 1990 §17-1]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CONCESSION STAND
Any portion of a park designed or used for the purpose of dispensing foods, confections and soft drinks.
LITTER
Any wastepaper, rubbish, bottles, cans, wrappers and other trash.
PARK
Any property, reservation, playground or other recreational facility owned or used by the City for recreation activities and designated for such purposes by the Board of Aldermen.
PROPERTY
Any building, structure, bridge, table, bench, fireplace, railing, paving, tree, shrubs, fountains, playground equipment and all other public property and appurtenances in a park.
TRASH
Refuse, rubble, ashes, inorganic waste, tree limbs and other debris.
VEHICLE
Any wheeled conveyance, whether self-propelled, drawn or towed.
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Cross Reference — Definitions and rules of construction generally, §100.020.
[Code 1985, §26.510; CC 1990 §17-2]
The Board of Aldermen shall have the authority to designate, upon recommendation of the Park Board, all parks.
[Code 1985, §26.520; CC 1990 §17-3]
A. 
The Park Board and any authority it may designate shall:
1. 
Maintain any park in the City.
2. 
Operate any park facilities in the City.
3. 
Detain any person violating park regulations in his/her presence until a Policeman may be summoned. Promulgate and post any regulations in a park that are specifically applicable and peculiar to that park.
4. 
Enforce all park regulations.
5. 
Promulgate rules and regulations for the use and enjoyment of any park and park facilities to preserve and promote the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
6. 
Establish hours when parks are open and post a sign at each park declaring such hours.
7. 
Close any park or section of any park to public use as may be reasonably necessary for the repair or maintenance of such park or park section, or to preserve and promote the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
8. 
Attempt to find any lost items reported to him/her as missing or lost in the park.
9. 
Attempt to find the owner of any item found in the park.
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Cross Reference — Administration generally, Title I.
[Code 1985, §26.530; CC 1990 §17-4]
It shall be the duty of the Police Department and the Park Board to enforce this Chapter.
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Cross References — Administration generally, Title I; police department, §200.040 et seq.; police reserve force, §200.070 et seq.
[Code 1985, §26.540; CC 1990 §17-5]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Enter any building or structure designated for the opposite sex if such person is older than six (6) years of age.
2. 
Construct or erect any tent, building, structure, fence or utility lines except by permit issued by the Park Board.
3. 
Climb upon, stand upon or sit upon any park property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
4. 
Solicit alms or contributions without obtaining a permit to do so from the Park Board.
5. 
Build or attempt to build a fire in any area not designated for such purpose by the Park Board.
6. 
Enter any area posted as "Closed to the Public."
7. 
Fail to exhibit any permit issued to the person from the Park Board when requested to do so by any authorized person for the purpose of enforcing compliance with the permit.
8. 
Use the tennis courts unless wearing tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes.
9. 
Enter unlawfully upon park property of the City from the hours of 11:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M., except when participating in or a spectator at an activity sponsored by or with special user permit from the Park Board. This is an offense of absolute liability.
[Code 1985, §26.540; CC 1990 §17-6]
Parks, shelter houses, playing fields and parking lots shall be open for use by the public from 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
[Code 1985, §26.570; CC 1990 §17-7; Ord. No. 2414 § 1, 7-24-2017]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Ride a bicycle, skateboard, rollerboard, roller skates or similar device in any area other than those designated by the Park Board.
2. 
Leave a bicycle, skateboard, rollerboard, roller skates or similar device any place where persons or park property may be injured or damaged by those items.
B. 
A bicyclist in a park shall be permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area, wooded trail or on any paved area reserved for pedestrian use. Cross Reference Bicycles, § 385.010 et seq.
C. 
Penalty. Upon conviction, the violating person may be fined a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per offense. The court may also require community service and payment of restitution for any damages caused by any person found guilty of violating this Section. In the case of suspended imposition of any sentence, the court may impose such restitution and community service as conditions of probation.
[Code 1985, §26.580; CC 1990 §17-8]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any park waters not designated for such use by the Park Board.
2. 
Dress or undress in any area except places specifically designated by the Park Board.
B. 
The Park Board shall make such rules and regulations concerning swimming areas as are necessary to protect the persons using the swimming areas.
[Code 1985, §26.590; CC 1990 §17-9]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Hunt, shoot, trap, harm, kill or otherwise disturb any animal, reptile or bird.
2. 
Have in his/her possession the nest, eggs or young of any animal, reptile or bird.
3. 
Give or attempt to give any tobacco, alcohol or other noxious substance to any animal, bird or reptile.
B. 
Notwithstanding any other provisions, deadly poisonous reptiles such as rattlesnakes and copperheads may be killed on sight.
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Cross Reference — Animals and fowl, ch. 210.
[Code 1985, §26.600; CC 1990 §17-10]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Possess firearms or other weapons except as otherwise provided in this Code.
2. 
Possess or explode fireworks except as provided in Chapter 220 of this Code, provided that a fireworks display within a park shall be allowed only upon the issuance of a permit by the Park Board authorizing such fireworks display.
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Cross Reference — Fireworks, §220.010, et seq.
[Code 1985, §26.610; CC 1990 §17-11]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Picnic in any area not designated for such purposes. Park attendants shall have the authority to regulate activities in picnic areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use of the picnic areas for the comfort and convenience of all persons. Park visitors shall comply with directions given by park attendants to achieve this end.
2. 
Violate the regulation that use of the fireplaces and picnic tables and benches follows the customary rule of "first come, first served."
3. 
Leave the park before any fire caused by the person is completely extinguished and before all trash caused by the person is placed in trash receptacles. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
[Code 1985, §26.620; CC 1990 §17-12]
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to camp.
[Code 1985, §26.630; CC 1990 §17-13]
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to take part in any games or other recreational activities except in those areas specifically designated by the Park Board for such games or recreational activities.
[Code 1985, §§26.640, 26.660; CC 1990 §17-14; Ord. No. 1521 §1, 9-16-2002; Ord. No. 2181 §1, 11-28-2011]
A. 
Unless otherwise authorized by the Park Board, the following rules and regulations shall apply to all parks located within the City of Grain Valley, Missouri:
1. 
All dogs and cats shall be kept leashed and under control while in park facilities. For the purpose of this Section, the term "leash" means a physical tether attached to the dog by which a person can maintain control over the dog. Electronic collars and other devices, even though manufactured for control purposes, do not meet the leash requirements of this Section. Said leash must not be longer than six (6) feet and be handheld.
2. 
Notwithstanding Subsection (A)(1) above, no dogs or cats shall be allowed on or within the immediate vicinity of any athletic/sports field/court/designated playground areas unless such animals are trained service aids for persons with disabilities.
3. 
No exotic animals, including but not limited to birds, primates, ferrets, fowl or any other animals, except dogs and cats as referenced above in Subsection (A)(1), shall be permitted within the boundaries of any park facility.
[Code 1985 §26.650; CC 1990 §17-15; Ord. No. 1509 §§1 — 2, 7-22-2002; Ord. No. 1843 §1, 7-10-2006]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Intoxicating liquor or malt liquor or non-intoxicating beer.
INTOXICATING LIQUOR
Includes alcohol for beverage purposes, alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt or other liquors, a part of which is spirituous, vinous or fermented, and all preparations or mixtures for beverage purposes containing in excess of three and two-tenths percent (3.2%) of alcohol by weight.
MALT LIQUOR
Any liquor containing alcohol in excess of three and two-tenths percent (3.2%) of alcohol by weight and not in excess of five percent (5%) by weight, manufactured from pure hops or pure extraction of barley or wholesome grain or cereals and wholesome yeast or pure water.
NON-INTOXICATING BEER
Any beer manufactured from pure hops or pure extract of hops, and pure barley malt or other wholesome grains or cereals, and wholesome yeast, and pure water, and free from all harmful substances, preservatives and adulterants, and having an alcoholic content of more than one-half of one percent (0.5%) by volume and not exceeding three and two-tenths percent (3.2%) by weight.
PUBLIC PARKS AND PARK FACILITIES
All park facilities under the control of the Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the public parks of this City unless a permit for such possession or consumption has been issued by the City and such conditions of the permit as stated are complied with. Permits may be issued only for Armstrong Park, the Grain Valley Community Center, the Grain Valley Pavilion and Monkey Mountain Park. No permits will be issued for any other parks or park facilities. Said special permit may be granted to persons or entities upon written application as set forth on the prescribed form furnished by the City. The permit fee shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day.
C. 
Said special permit may only be granted if a shelter house, a community center room or pavilion is reserved and used by the applicant/permittee.
D. 
Upon approval of the City (and when required by law or permitted by resolution of the Board of Aldermen of Grain Valley, Missouri) and then only in compliance with Missouri laws, certain officially licensed establishments may be authorized to serve and to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the City's public parks and park facilities with said special permit.
[Code 1985, §26.670; CC 1990 §17-16]
A. 
Any person desiring to sell merchandise of any kind in a park shall, in addition to any other necessary licenses, obtain a permit to do so from the Park Board. In addition, any person desiring to operate a concession stand shall be required to sign a lease agreement with the City to operate such concession stand.
B. 
Approval of the Board of Aldermen is required for any person to operate a concession stand in a park.
[Code 1985, §§26.610 (2)(a), 26.680; CC 1990 §17-17]
A. 
Any person wishing to use a park for longer than three (3) hours must obtain a permit to do so from the Park Board.
B. 
A person seeking issuance of a permit shall file an application with the Park Board. The application must state:
1. 
The name and address of the person(s) applying for the permit.
2. 
The name and address of the person sponsoring the activity.
3. 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
4. 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
5. 
An estimate of anticipated attendance.
6. 
Any other information which the Park Board shall find reasonably necessary to make a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
C. 
The Park Board shall issue a permit hereunder when it finds that:
1. 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not reasonably interfere with or unreasonably detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
2. 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or unreasonably detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
3. 
The proposed activity or use is not anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
4. 
The proposed activity will not entail excessive expense or excessive use of Police by the City.
5. 
The activity will not interfere with activity already planned for the park.
D. 
Within five (5) days after receipt of an application, the Park Board shall issue the permit or apprise the applicant in writing of its reasons for refusing a permit. Any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal in writing within fifteen (15) days to the Board of Aldermen, which shall consider the application under the standards set forth above in Subsection (C) of this Section and sustain or overrule the Park Board's decision within fifteen (15) days. The decision of the Board of Aldermen shall be final.
E. 
The person to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person, or park property as a result of the activity for which the permit is issued.
F. 
The Park Board shall have the authority to revoke a permit if park regulations are violated by the permittee, or when such action is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
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Cross Reference — Licenses, permits and miscellaneous business regulations, ch. 605.
[Code 1985, §26.560; CC 1990 §17-18]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to:
1. 
Fail to obey any park employee when such employee is authorized to direct traffic within a park by the Park Board to control vehicular traffic within such park.
2. 
Fail to obey any posted traffic sign.
3. 
Ride or drive any vehicle at a speed greater than fifteen (15) miles per hour unless a lower speed is posted.
4. 
Drive any vehicle on any property except paved park roads, paved parking areas and such other park areas as may be designated by the Park Board.
5. 
Park a vehicle anywhere other than those areas designated by the Park Board. Any vehicle parked illegally will be impounded by the Police Department as provided in Section 215.020 of this Code.
6. 
Park or leave unattended a vehicle overnight or any other time except while using park facilities.
[Code 1985, §26.690; CC 1990 §17-19]
Any person who shall violate, fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions, regulations or requirements of this Chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to punishment as provided in Section 100.110 of this Code.