City of Dardenne Prairie, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012; Ord. No. 1809 §1, 7-6-2016]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Subsection:
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE
Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is fifty (50) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of one thousand five hundred (1,500) pounds or less, traveling on three (3), four (4) or more non-highway tires.
ATHLETIC FIELD
A City park area designed and/or designated for specific athletic sport or sports.
ATHLETIC FUNCTIONS
Events organized by a group or body of persons whose purpose in organizing is to conduct, promote or participate in athletic programs.
CITY PARK
Any property, playground, recreational center, building, trail, parking lot or other area owned, operated or controlled by the City or used by the general public that is devoted to recreation, including but not limited to the following: the area adjacent to City Hall and commonly known as "Dardenne Prairie City Hall Park"; the area adjacent to Barathaven Boulevard and commonly known as "Barathaven Park"; and the area adjacent to Henning Road and Dardenne Creek and commonly known as "Bluebird Meadows Park."
DIRECTOR
The Mayor, City Administrator or his/her designee.
GOLF CART
A motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of twenty miles per hour (20 mph).
MOTOR VEHICLE
Have the meaning as defined in Section 300.010 of the Municipal Code.
MOTORTRICYCLE
A motor vehicle operated on three (3) wheels, including a motorcycle while operated with any conveyance, temporary or otherwise, requiring the use of a third wheel. A motortricycle shall not be included in the definition of "all-terrain vehicle."
PARK ROAD
The entire width of any paved surface within a City park that is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
PLAYGROUND
Any recreational area designed in part to be used by children that has play or sports equipment installed or that has been designated or landscaped for play or sports activities or any similar facility.
POLICE
Shall have the meaning set forth in Chapter 200 of the Municipal Code.
[Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
RECREATION CENTER
A municipal facility designed and/or designated for events that are recreational in nature.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
Any City park or recreation area or facility or equipment.
RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE
Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is more than fifty (50) inches but no more than sixty-seven (67) inches in width, with an unladen dry weight of two thousand (2,000) pounds or less, traveling on four (4) or more non-highway tires and which may have access to ATV trails.
UTILITY VEHICLE
Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is more than fifty (50) inches but no more than sixty-seven (67) inches in width, with an unladen dry weight of two thousand (2,000) pounds or less, traveling on four (4) or six (6) wheels, to be used primarily for landscaping, lawn care, or maintenance purposes.
VEHICLE
Have the meaning as defined in Section 300.010 of the Municipal Code.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
City Administrator To Promulgate Rules And Regulations. The City Administrator or his/her designee is hereby authorized to formulate and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the use and reservation of City parks, athletic fields, recreational facilities, playgrounds, equipment and recreation areas by organizations sponsoring athletic functions as part of a continuing program, and for single-occasion events. Such rules shall have as their purposes the maximizing of the most efficient use of such facilities. The Board of Aldermen shall be made aware of all rules and regulations and any amendments or changes.
B. 
Hours. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to be within the boundaries of any City park between sunset and sunrise except by permission of the Director. Such permission shall be in writing in the form of a permit, said permit to be presented upon request.
C. 
Permits. The City Administrator or his/her designee is authorized to issue permits to any person for continuing scheduled and exclusive use of such City parks, athletic fields, facilities, equipment and recreation areas and single-occasion events thereon.
1. 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Director. The application shall state, at a minimum:
a. 
The name and address and phone number of the applicant.
b. 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity.
c. 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
d. 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
e. 
An estimate of anticipated attendance.
2. 
Standards for issuance. The Director shall issue a permit when he/she finds:
a. 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
b. 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare and safety and recreation.
c. 
The proposed activity or use is not anticipated to incite disorderly conduct, violence or crime.
d. 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or Police supervision by the City.
e. 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
3. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances as fully as though the same were inserted in said permits. Permittee agrees that all persons involved in the presentation of the event will observe the terms and conditions of the permit when issued and will comply with requests of Director concerning traffic arrangements, sound and crowd control measures, and use of park facilities.
4. 
The permittee shall be liable to any person by reason of the negligence of the permittee.
5. 
The Director and Police shall each have the authority to revoke a permit upon determination of violation of any rule or ordinance or for other good cause.
D. 
Fees. The City may charge fees for certain activities, or the use of certain park areas, facilities or equipment. Such fees will be regularly reviewed by the Director and changes will be submitted in writing to the Board of Aldermen. A schedule of these fees is available at City Hall.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person while in or about any City park to:
1. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, or displace or remove any building, playground equipment, bridge, table, bench, fireplace, railing, paving or paving materials, water line or other public utility or parts or appurtenances thereof, sign, notice or placard whether temporary or permanent, monument, stake, post or other boundary marker, or other structure or equipment, facility or park land property or appurtenances whatsoever.
2. 
Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six (6) years shall use or enter the restrooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex. Exception is made for City employees or agents of the City performing cleaning of said rooms.
3. 
Damage or remove any rock, stone, tree, shrub or plant, down timber or other wood or materials or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting, or other means or agency except on special written permit as provided for in this Chapter.
4. 
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in nature, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except upon the express written permission of the City.
5. 
Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon any monument, vase, fountain, railing or fence or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
6. 
Remove property of the parks without permission of the Director.
7. 
Attempt to move or relocate any benches, chairs or tables unless the benches, chairs or tables are not secured in any way whatsoever to the ground, in which case the benches, chairs or tables may be moved and relocated within the confines of the designated picnicking area in which they were found.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person while in or about any City park to:
1. 
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed any solid or liquid in the waters of any fountain, swimming pool, pond, lake, stream, or any other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters or damage to equipment, individual, animals or fish.
2. 
Dump, deposit or leave any ashes, papers, boxes, cans, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or other trash in any City park other than use of authorized trash receptacles in conjunction with park usage. Nor shall such refuse or trash be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park.
3. 
Bring into or upon the parks, have in his/her possession while therein or thereupon, or dump deposit or leave therein any type of broken glass or glass beverage container, including, but not limited to, glass bottles, glass jars and drinking glasses. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this provision shall not apply to baby bottles, baby food jars or glass lined vacuum bottles.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person while in or about any City park to:
1. 
Be under the influence of controlled substances or drugs, consume or use controlled substances or drugs, or have in his/her possession controlled substances or drugs of any kind, type or description unless prescribed by a doctor of medicine.
2. 
Have brought, or have in his/her possession, or discharge any fireworks, rockets or explosives, or to discharge or throw them into any park area from roadways or land adjacent thereto without permission of the Director. This prohibition includes any substances or compound that would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints. This Section does not regulate fireworks displays sponsored by the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.
3. 
Have been responsible for the entry in a City park of a dog or other domestic animal unless such animal shall be restrained at all times on an adequate leash not greater than six (6) feet in length. All dogs must have a current St. Charles County rabies control tag attached to the collar or in owner's possession. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets including, but not limited to, feces.
4. 
Occupy any seat or bench, baseball diamond, building, field, court, horseshoe pit or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or other park structure or grounds or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Director for use by certain other persons or groups.
5. 
Solicit contributions for any commercial purpose except as expressly authorized by City permit.
6. 
Build or attempt to build a fire on the ground, paving or any other areas except under such regulations as may be designated by the Director.
7. 
Sit or lounge on vehicles; sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other structures; or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language; or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to a breach of the public peace or otherwise create a nuisance.
8. 
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Director 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 City ordinance or regulation.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
Firearms. Use, carry or possess firearms (except as otherwise allowed by law) or air rifles, spring guns, bows and allows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with or fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
B. 
Bicycles, Skateboards, Etc. Be upon bicycles, roller skates or skateboards, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy, vehicle, motorized scooter, motorized play vehicle or similar device while in or upon any portion of any park premises unless specifically designated therefor; provided however, this provision shall not apply to child-carrying devices such as baby strollers, carriages or wagons or to legitimate devices for use by physically disabled persons, such as electric wheelchairs or scooters, when operated by a physically disabled person.
C. 
Musical Instruments, Sound Equipment.
1. 
No person shall operate or play any musical instrument, radio, mechanical record or tape player, loudspeaker, public address system or sound amplifying equipment of any kind within the boundaries of any City park in such a manner as to cause the sound emanating therefrom to exceed a loudness of seventy-five (75) decibels when measured on the seventy (70) D.B. scale at a distance of fifteen (15) feet from the sound source, without a written permit issued by the Director.
2. 
In the event the operation or playing of any musical instrument, radio, mechanical record or tape player, loudspeaker, public address system or sound amplifying equipment shall unduly disturb other park occupants or persons living near the parks, the Director or Police shall have the authority to order the person responsible for such disturbances to reduce the sound to a level that will not disturb other park occupants or persons living near any park, regardless of permit or sound levels.
3. 
In the event the person or persons responsible for disturbing other park occupants or persons living near any park by operating or playing any musical instrument, radio, mechanical record or tape player, loudspeaker, public address system or sound amplifying equipment of any description refuse(s) to reduce the sound level as directed by the Director, Police or any park personnel employed by the City, he/she shall be subject to arrest and/or ejection from the park regardless of any permit or sound level.
D. 
Smoking On Or Near Playground.
1. 
For the purposes of the Subsection, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivation shall have the meaning given herein:
SMOKING
Inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product.
TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Any substance containing tobacco leaf including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco or dipping tobacco.
2. 
Smoking shall be prohibited in any City park, recreation center or recreational facilities.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person while in or about any City park to:
1. 
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing; nor shall anyone station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale, or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire and to any person or organization operating under special permit of the Director.
2. 
Announce, advertise or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.
3. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any political, commercial or personal sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever on any public land, building, wall, fence, tree, post, telephone pole or roadway adjacent to a park.
4. 
Pass out commercial handbills, pamphlets, newsletters, literature, pictures; make speeches designed to promote the sale of any item or thing without the written permission of the Director.
5. 
The provisions of this Chapter relating to merchandising, advertising and signs shall not apply to regularly licensed concessionaires or organizations acting under authority and regulation of the Director.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012; Ord. No. 1809 §2, 7-6-2016]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person while in any City park to:
1. 
Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the State laws and City ordinances pertaining to the operation of vehicles.
2. 
Fail to obey the reasonable instructions of Police and City park employees, such persons being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic whenever needed in the City parks in accordance with the provisions of such regulations as may be issued by the Board of Aldermen, Director or Police.
3. 
Fail to observe carefully all traffic signs indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping or parking, as well as all other signs posted to control traffic and to safeguard life and property.
4. 
Drive, ride or park a vehicle as follows:
a. 
Drive or ride a vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding fifteen (15) miles per hour, except as otherwise posted.
b. 
Drive or ride an all-terrain vehicle, golf cart, motorcycle, motortricycle, motorized bicycle, motorized play vehicle, motorized scooter, pocket bike, recreational off-highway vehicle, utility vehicle or other vehicle in a City park when the City park is closed pursuant to Subsection (B) of this Section or during the time frame specified in Section 240.020(B) of the Municipal Code.
c. 
Drive or park any all-terrain vehicle, golf cart, motorcycle, motortricycle, motorized bicycle, motorized play vehicle, motorized scooter, pocket bike, recreational off-highway vehicle, utility vehicle or other motor vehicle, except motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons, within a City park except on park roads or designated parking areas. This prohibition explicitly applies to all walking trails and biking trails, whether or not demarcated as trails, within a City park.
d. 
For the purposes of this Subsection (A)(4), terms not otherwise defined in Section 240.010 of the Municipal Code shall have the meaning set forth in Section 300.010 of the Municipal Code.
5. 
Repair, service or maintain a vehicle except those in need of emergency repair.
6. 
Operate a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner on any park road or designated parking area.
7. 
Operate any motor vehicle without a valid driver's license except for those used for maintenance or by special permit issued by the Director.
8. 
Authorize, direct, or knowingly allow a person under the age of seventeen (17) years to violate any of Subsection (A)(1) through (7) of this Subsection (A).
B. 
Any vehicle within a City park that is determined to be abandoned property under Section 215.020 of the Municipal Code may be towed pursuant to the provisions of Article II of Chapter 215 of the Municipal Code.
C. 
Any City park, park road, or any portion thereof, shall only be closed at the direction of the Board of Aldermen, Police or the Director, when such person or entity determines that such closure will promote the public health, welfare, and safety or such closure is necessary to prevent damage to the City park, park road, or portion thereof.
[Ord. No. 1601 §1, 2-15-2012]
A. 
Officials. The Director, Police or other officials employed by the City shall in connection with their duties imposed by law enforce the rules and regulations of this Chapter 240.
B. 
Arrest Or Ejectment. The Director, Police or other officials employed by the City shall have the authority to have arrested or ejected from the park any person acting in violation of rules and regulations or any ordinances governing the parks of the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.
C. 
Seizure Of Property. The Director, Police or any other officials employed by the City shall have the full authority allowed by law to seize and confiscate any property, thing, animal or device used in the park in violation of these rules and regulations.
D. 
In addition to the provisions of Subsections (AC) of this Section, any person who has been found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of an offense and upon conviction thereof may be punished as set out in Section 100.220 of this Code.