City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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Section 910.010 Control of Sound Systems, Events, or Noise Within City Parks.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
No person shall play, use, operate or permit to be played, used or operated, any machine or electronic device or amplifier or speaker system for production or reproduction of sound in any City park without approval and a permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee Director. This does not apply to small radios, MP3 players, headsets, earphones, etc.
B. 
No person shall organize, gather together, or promote individuals or groups for the purpose of providing music in any City park without the approval and a written permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee. This includes one person bands, multi-person bands, D.J.s, or recorded music.
C. 
Organized and scheduled or approved music may be permitted by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. local time in most City parks. Special permits may be secured for special events before 8:00 A.M. or after 10:00 P.M.
D. 
Sound systems provided, mounted and used for the announcement of sports games at City park fields are permitted in the user agreement with the City. These systems must follow the regulations as to time of day, and users shall control the volume of the system so that the sound produced is sufficient to reach the intended audience (players and spectators) but not unreasonably disturb others within the City park or residents near the City park.
E. 
The Sections in Chapter 230, Noise Control, apply within City parks, not withstanding the provisions above which, if more restrictive, take precedence.

Section 910.020 Operation of Motor Vehicles.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
No motor vehicle, other than those operated by City employees conducting City business in City parks or emergency vehicles, shall be driven or parked within any City park except upon designated roadways and parking lots unless authorized by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee. Motorized vehicles shall not be operated or parked on the paved or unpaved trails or on any grass area in any City park unless designated and posted to allow such activity.
B. 
Stopping, Standing Or Parking Prohibited In Specified Places.
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended a motor vehicle except in places clearly marked for vehicle parking, except as may be approved and permitted by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park on grass without an approved permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee, or unless it is an emergency or the vehicle is disabled.
3. 
It shall be unlawful to park on a City park sidewalk, within an intersection, on a crosswalk, next to a designated safety zone marked as "No Parking," along a designated curb marked as "No Parking" or painted in yellow, or within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.

Section 910.030 Operation of Self-Propelled Vehicles.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
It shall be unlawful to operate motor scooters, motor bikes, motorcycles or any other self-propelled vehicle within any City park of the City or within or upon property owned by the City except upon regular driveways or parkways set aside for such vehicular traffic or upon areas in such City parks or City-owned places designated specifically for motor scooters, motor bikes, motorcycles or self-propelled vehicle use. The Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee may allow for the use of motorized vehicles on City property for qualified special events and activities. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to any properly designated emergency vehicle operated in response to any emergency or to City-owned vehicles or maintenance equipment operated by City employees pursuant to their employment duties or any motorized wheelchair used for disability assistance.

Section 910.040 Interference With Parks and Recreation Department Employees' Abilities To Carry Out Their Duties.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
No person shall, without lawful authority, prevent or interfere with any City Parks and Recreation Department employee's ability to perform his or her work or official duties.

Section 910.050 Certain Recreation Activities Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
Any activity in any City park which endangers the lives of others or causes harm to City parks or City park facilities is prohibited. The Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee may allow certain activities, such as horseback riding, a petting zoo, circuses, etc., as part of any City festival or other special event through a special written use permit.
B. 
Radio-Controlled Model Planes/Boats/Cars/Rockets.
1. 
No person shall operate a radio-controlled aircraft within, or in air space above, a City park. It is legal to operate radio-controlled boats and cars in locations and at speeds that will not cause damage to other persons, vehicles, or the City park system if control of the unit is lost.
2. 
No person shall operate, ignite, or set off a rocket in a City park unless the Director has approved a written permit and adult supervision is present. The written permit will designate which City park, the time of day, and the procedure which must be followed so as not to violate this Chapter.
C. 
Golfing In City Parks. It shall be unlawful for people to practice golf or to golf in public City parks, except in those areas designed, designated (posted) and established for golf.
D. 
Tennis Courts. It shall be unlawful for any person using a City tennis court to:
1. 
Wear non-athletic shoes or footwear on the tennis court surface.
2. 
Use a metal tennis racket on the tennis court without court guard protectors.
3. 
Operate or ride a bicycle, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, or zip boards on any tennis court.
4. 
Conduct private or group tennis lessons on the public City tennis courts for financial gain unless as part of a City- or Department-sponsored program.
E. 
Archery In City Parks. It shall be unlawful for people to practice archery or to shoot a long bow or crossbow in a City park unless participating in a City-sponsored program.

Section 910.060 Destroying Park Property.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
No person shall destroy, deface, injure, remove or relocate any natural or man-made City park property. The cutting of trees or vegetation for firewood or any other purpose is prohibited except by Parks and Recreation Department employees or as authorized by written permit by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
B. 
Trees, Shrubs, Or Plants In City Parks.
1. 
Removal of trees/cutting of fire wood. It shall be unlawful for any person in a City park to damage, cut, carve, paint, break, disfigure, transplant or remove any tree, plant or shrub, or injure the bark, or pick or cut flowers or seeds on any tree, plant or shrub. No person shall attach any rope, wire, or other contrivance to any tree or build or construct any structure in any tree. No person shall dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, plant beds, or landscaped areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area. It shall be unlawful to cut, remove or trim any part of any tree or to cut down a tree, or to cut and remove fire wood from any City park.
2. 
Planting or seeding trees/plants/shrubs. It shall be unlawful for any person to plant, seed, transplant any tree/plant/shrub in any City park without the approval and permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
3. 
Scattering of human remains. No person shall scatter, broadcast, throw or deposit ashes of human or animal remains in any City park.

Section 910.070 Fireworks.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
The possession and use of fireworks in City parks is prohibited except for use as defined in Chapter 235, Sections 235.010 through 235.040, and as possibly amended, unless authorized by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District and other public entities as may be required.

Section 910.080 Use of Metal Detectors, Mining and Prospecting Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
No person shall disturb or alter in any way the natural terrain in any City park, unless the activity is associated with construction, repairs, or clean-up of said City park. No person shall operate a metal detector, or mine or prospect for any mineral or artifact, without the written permission of the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.

Section 910.090 Boating or Swimming or Bathing in Park Lakes.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
Motorized boating, other than electric trolley motors of fifty (50) pounds of thrust or less, shall be forbidden in all City park lakes, except as permitted by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee. Boating, canoeing and kayaking shall be permitted on Lake Remembrance in Gregory O. Grounds Park.
B. 
No person shall swim, bathe, wade, or float in or on any non-licensed device on any lake, pond, or stream in any City park, except as specifically set forth in this Section, or except as may be approved and permitted by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
C. 
No person shall ice skate, ice fish, sled, drive on or walk on or in the ice of any City park lake or pond except in areas designated by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee that are signed and/or posted for that purpose.

Section 910.100 Trail Use — Vehicles, Horse-Powered Equipment, Mobility Devices, Dogs, Etc.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
Persons operating a bicycle upon a City trail shall ride as near to the right side of the trail as practical, exercising due care when passing a pedestrian or other cyclist. Persons operating bicycles upon a City trail shall ride single file when passing a pedestrian or other cyclist. No person shall operate a bicycle upon a City trail at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under conditions then existing. Persons operating a bicycle on a City trail shall give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian or another cyclist.
B. 
Pedestrians on a City trail shall remain as near to the right side of the trail as practical and shall not walk or jog side by side so as not to block the trail for users that need to pass or are approaching from the opposite direction.
C. 
Dogs on short leashes/leads, not more than six (6) feet in length, are permitted on City trails. Dog owner/handler must be in control of the dog(s) at all times. Dog owner/handler must pick up, remove and dispose of dog droppings whether on or off the trail surface. Dog owner/handler shall rein in the dog(s) to within four (4) feet of the owner/handler whenever meeting, overtaking, or being overtaken by another trail user.

Section 910.110 Offenses Related to Sporting Events, Coaches, Parents, Spectators and Conduct.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
Assault On A Sports Official, Player, Parent Or Spectator.
1. 
A person commits the crime of assault on a sports official, player, parent, or spectator if:
a. 
The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury to a sports official, player, parent or spectator; or
b. 
With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to a sports official, player, parent or spectator by means of a deadly weapon; or
c. 
The person purposely places a sports official, player, parent, or spectator in apprehension of immediate physical injury; or
d. 
The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to a sports official, player, parent, spectator; or
e. 
The person knowingly causes physical contact with a sports official, player, parent or spectator, knowing the person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
2. 
A person who has been convicted of an assault under the circumstances enumerated in Subsection (A)(1)(a), (b) or (d) may be sentenced to pay a fine which does not exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to serve a period of imprisonment which does not exceed six (6) months, or both. A person who has been convicted of assault under the circumstances enumerated in Subsection (A)(1)(c) or (e) may be sentenced to pay a fine which does not exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00), or to serve a period of imprisonment which does not exceed fifteen (15) days, or both.
B. 
Harassment Of A Sports Official, Player, Parent, Or Spectator. A person commits the offense of harassment of a sports official, player, parent, or spectator if for the purpose of frightening or disturbing said person he/she communicates in writing or by telephone a threat to commit any felony as defined by State or federal law against the sports official, player, parent, or spectator.

Section 910.120 Gambling.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
It shall be unlawful for any person to gamble or participate in or bet on any game of chance in a City park.

Section 910.130 Liquor and Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use in Parks.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
A. 
Any person in a state of intoxication in or on any City park or City park facility may be removed from the City park or facility in order to protect that person.
B. 
No person shall sell or distribute any alcoholic beverages in a City park without the proper City, county, and/or State permits or licenses and approval from the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
C. 
No person shall take any alcoholic beverage into or onto any sports field during any scheduled/organized game/tournament in any City park.
D. 
No person shall possess or drink any alcoholic beverage on any sports field during any scheduled/organized game/tournament in any City park. A sports field shall include any fenced area used for player seating and considered part of the field of play which would include dugouts, outfield, infield and foul territory for baseball/softball and the playing field and sidelines within fifteen (15) yards of the field for soccer and football.

Section 910.140 Smoking in Parks.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in all facilities and locations within a City park except for designated parking lots.

Section 910.150 Skateboarding.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
It is unlawful for any person to ride or operate a skateboard, manually powered scooter, or zip board on any brickwork, steps, ornamental surface, picnic table, tennis court, fountain area, wading pool, planter, sculpture or other similar amenity located in a City park or City property except in or on specifically designed and constructed skate parks.

Section 910.160 Climbing Trees, Monuments, Buildings, Etc.

[Ord. No. 4434 §1, 6-17-2013]
It shall be unlawful for any person in a City park to climb on or up any tree, monument, building, flagpole, work of art, retaining wall, chimney swift tower, fence, sports goal, or other features or facilities, or to stand or sit upon monuments, fountains, railings, fences, tennis nets, or upon other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.