City of Columbia, IL
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Columbia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Ch. 12.32 of the 1997 Code; amended in its entirety 2-7-2011 by Ord. No. 2838]
Pavilions can be reserved in advance through the City Clerk's office under the following conditions:
A. 
No person or group shall disregard any reservation posted by the City of Columbia at any time;
B. 
The subleasing or transfer of a permit is prohibited;
C. 
There shall be no exemption of payment of the nonrefundable fee granted to charitable or nonprofit organizations;
D. 
All applications for reservations of pavilions shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee in an amount to be set by City ordinance from time to time for each pavilion being reserved prior to a permit being issued for the use of said pavilion;
E. 
The reservation may be revoked or terminated at any time by the City if the applicant or a guest breaches any of these rules, violates any other laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations, or if the City, in the exercise of its sole and absolute discretion, deems it necessary to revoke the reservation to ensure the public's health, safety, welfare, or enjoyment of the public property;
F. 
The City reserves the right to deny a permit to anyone so it or another public agency can use the pavilion or so the pavilion can remain open to the general public. Use of the pavilion is primarily for City of Columbia residents or groups which are based in the City of Columbia. The City reserves the right:
(1) 
To deny a permit to anyone if it finds that the event is likely to be of an inappropriate character;
(2) 
To deny a permit to anyone if it finds that the event is likely to be contrary to the public health, safety and welfare of the community; or
(3) 
To deny a permit to anyone if it finds that the use is likely to damage the park, the pavilion, or other public property.
G. 
The City will deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant or organization which discriminates against any person due to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability;
H. 
No painting of any type will be permitted. Only wax-based or mechanical waxed-based candles will be allowed. No decorations and/or banners will be placed on the pavilion prior to the day and time of use as outlined in the application form. All decorations will be removed from the pavilion at the end of rental hours;
I. 
Permission will be required for any person or group to bring onto the pavilion and use an electrical device with special power requirements;
J. 
The acceptance of applications and granting of permits for the reservation and use of the pavilions shall be open to nonresidents as well as residents of the City; and
K. 
A refundable security deposit may be required and, if required, will be used to pay for damages to property and equipment, and any damages in excess of the security deposit shall be billed to the applicant and shall be paid by said applicant upon receipt.
The City park commonly known as:
A. 
Bolm-Schuhkraft Memorial Park and the public streets located therein shall be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., unless different hours are posted by the City, except in the case of special City-sponsored events and when prior approval by the Columbia City Council has been obtained;
B. 
Albert C. Metter Memorial Park and the public sidewalks and right-of-way located therein shall be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, unless different hours are posted by the City, except in the case of special City-sponsored events and when prior approval by the Columbia City Council has been obtained;
C. 
Meadowridge Park and the public sidewalks and right-of-way located therein shall be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, unless different hours are posted by the City, except in the case of special City-sponsored events and when prior approval by the Columbia City Council has been obtained; and
D. 
Stone Arch Park and the public sidewalks and right-of-way located therein shall be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., unless different hours are posted by the City, except in the case of special City-sponsored events and when prior approval by the Columbia City Council has been obtained.
No person shall remain in the park when not open to the public, except by permit from or contract with the City. It shall be a trespass to enter upon the park premises or City streets located in the park during hours when the park is closed, in violation of a notice which shall be posted by the City at the location where all City streets enter or exit the park, except that the public may travel the public streets located in the park after closing hours, but shall not park vehicles, cruise, loiter, or congregate on the streets after park closing hours.
[Amended 7-20-2015 by Ord. No. 3193; 10-2-2017 by Ord. No. 3347]
A. 
Parking is permitted in designated spaces only. A driver of a motor vehicle shall not park in designated spaces unless the driver is utilizing the park or playground recreational facilities for park purposes.
B. 
It shall be an offense punishable by fine to park motor vehicles in the Bolm-Schuhkraft Memorial Park between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday of each week, except for the parking of motor vehicles during those hours and days by patrons of the park who are utilizing the park for park and playground recreational uses and purposes.
Fields and/or courts can be reserved in advance through the City Clerk's office under the following conditions:
A. 
No person or group shall disregard any reservation posted by the City of Columbia at any time;
B. 
All applications for reservations of the fields and/or courts shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee in an amount to be set by City ordinance from time to time for each field and/or court being reserved prior to a permit being issued for the use of said field and/or court;
C. 
The reservation may be revoked or terminated at any time by the City if the applicant or a guest breaches any of these rules, violates any other laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations, or if the City, in the exercise of its sole and absolute discretion, deems it necessary to revoke the reservation to ensure the public's health, safety, welfare, or enjoyment of the public property;
D. 
There shall be no exemption of payment of the nonrefundable fee granted to charitable or nonprofit organizations, except that the City Council may approve other consideration in lieu of this fee; and
E. 
The acceptance of applications and granting of permits for the reservation and use of the fields and/or courts shall be open to nonresidents as well as residents of the City.
The park speed limit is 20 miles per hour for all vehicles.
A. 
All vehicles must remain on pavement;
B. 
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails and unpaved park areas; and
C. 
Off-highway vehicles are prohibited.
A. 
No person shall ride, lead, walk or otherwise bring any horse, mule, donkey or other animal for riding into any park;
B. 
No owner or person having control of any animal shall cause or permit such animal to be on any City property without being leashed, except in connection with City-sponsored activities, programs, or events where it is specifically allowed by the City that animals may be unleashed;
C. 
No leash shall be longer than eight feet, and retractable leashes shall not be extended more than eight feet. Unless otherwise specified, animals are permitted at park programs and events, and in park facilities, excepting the walking trail at Bolm-Schuhkraft Park;
D. 
The owner or person having control of any animal shall remove and dispose of, off City property or in a designated receptacle, any excreta deposited by his/her animal anywhere on park property;
E. 
Any animal found on City property in violation of Subsection B may be apprehended, turned over to police, removed to an animal shelter, public pound or other place provided for that purpose. Police will be given possession of the animal(s) or the animal(s) will be turned over to Monroe County Animal Control; and
F. 
The provisions of Subsections A through E above shall not apply to a blind person or a Seeing Eye dog, which is under the control of a blind person, or any recognized assisting animal for the disabled.
A. 
No open fires are allowed outside of designated fire areas.
B. 
No person shall light, kindle or otherwise start any fire, except in cooking grills or other structures designed and provided for such use, and then only under such rules as may be prescribed by the City.
C. 
Every such fire shall be under the continuous care and direction of an adult over the age of 18 from the time it is kindled until the time it is completely extinguished.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
D. 
All fires must be extinguished before leaving the park.
No plant, tree, sapling, seedling, bush, shrub, turf, grass, flower, plant or plant material or other material within the boundaries of any park, whether dead or alive, may be:
A. 
Taken, damaged, removed, destroyed or otherwise disturbed without proper authority; or
B. 
Planted, released or otherwise introduced within the boundaries of any park without proper authority.
A. 
No person shall have brought in or shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse, or other trash in a park;
B. 
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; or
C. 
Where such 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.
No person in a public place shall conduct himself/herself so as to be:
A. 
A danger to themselves or others;
B. 
A public nuisance; or
C. 
Intoxicated or incapacitated by alcohol or a controlled substance
No person or entity in any park shall use or have in his or her or its possession, custody, or control any firearms, or other instrument for the propelling of missiles of any kind whatsoever, including fireworks, except such public displays as may be permitted by the City.
Unless a permit or contract therefor has first been obtained from the City, no person shall:
A. 
Willfully, maliciously or negligently injure, damage, deface, disfigure, mark upon, paint, carve, bend, cut, break, breakdown, destroy, damage, alter, mar, change, take down, carry away, uproot, transfer, excavate or otherwise remove, attach, suspend, tamper with or displace from any City property, including without limitation any:
(1) 
Table, fireplace, refuse container, exhibit, display, tools or equipment, water line or other public utility or parts or appurtenance thereof, statue, monument, lamp post, hydrant, meter, rope, wire, wiring, pole, coping, paving or paving materials, fence, wall, bridge, railing, bench, building, shelter or other structure or equipment, facility or park building or part thereof or appurtenance whatsoever, either real or personal, located in a park;
(2) 
Sign, trail marker, placard, notice, stake, post or other boundary marker, whether temporarily or permanently placed by the City;
B. 
Drive any motorcar, vehicle or craft in such a manner as to cause such to collide with, run against, strike or cause to strike, injure, deface or damage any such property;
C. 
Climb upon, hang from, stand or sit on any fence, structure or other City property of any kind, except such benches or other property designated or customarily used for such purposes, or recreational equipment as may be installed by the City for such purposes;
D. 
Open any City fire hydrant, except by a duly authorized firefighter or City agent; or
E. 
Bring or possess glass bottles.
No person in a park shall do any of the following:
A. 
Operate a skateboard in any City park;
B. 
Operate a skateboard or nonmotorized vehicle on or against any publicly owned tables, benches, structures, courts, parking stop, retaining walls, fountains, statues, steps, railings or other improvements which may suffer damage by such use; or
C. 
Use or place a ramp, jump, or any other device used to force a skateboard or nonmotorized vehicle off the pavement on the grounds of any public street, parking lot, or sidewalk.
No person in a park shall do any of the following:
A. 
Disturb the peace;
B. 
Violate any regulation for the use of the park approved by the City Council;
C. 
Commit any assault or battery or engage in any speech, gesture, fighting or any offensive act that provokes, disrupts, alarms, disturbs, intimidates, or unreasonably interferes with others in the normal, safe use of the park or any facility thereof;
D. 
Make, countenance or assist in making any improper noise, riot, disturbance, breach of the peace or diversion tending to a breach of the peace or be guilty of any disorderly conduct therein or collect with other persons in bodies or crowds for unlawful purposes or for any purpose to the annoyance or obstruction or disturbance of other persons; or
E. 
Prevent any person from using any park or any of its facilities, or interfere with such use in compliance with this article and the rules applicable to such use.
No person shall violate any regulation governing conduct, which has been approved by the Council, in the City parks or other public areas under the jurisdiction of the City. Law enforcement officers of the City shall have full power to enforce City laws.
City laws extend to and cover all City parks.
[Added 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2940]
A. 
Donations may be accepted from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing any parks and park pathways, with the exception of those areas where human activity is discouraged to protect habitat and sensitive lands, and such donations will become property of the City of Columbia.
B. 
Donations shall be incorporated into the site and facilities of the parks and recreation program according to the following criteria:
(1) 
Donations must meet a need identified in an approved design or master plan for the park where it is proposed to be located.
(2) 
Where there is no adopted design or master plan, the donation must be compatible with existing facilities and meet a specific need.
(3) 
Any exceptions must be recommended for approval by a two-thirds majority of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
C. 
All costs associated with a donation, including ongoing maintenance costs, shall be the responsibility of the donor, and the City reserves the right to assess an appropriate administrative fee for processing requests.
D. 
While the City will make every effort to repair damaged items, the City will not be responsible for replacement due to excessive damage or loss, although a donor may have such damaged or lost items replaced by the City at the donor's cost.
E. 
Individual memorial plaques may be placed directly upon donated items, with size and design determined by the City.
F. 
All official names must be recommended by the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and approved by the City Council.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
G. 
Under normal circumstances, parks and recreation facilities will not be named for living persons, but exceptions to this policy may be made upon recommendation of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board when the person to be so honored:
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
(1) 
Has made a substantial contribution (in funding or service) to the specific park or facility; or
(2) 
Has made a substantial contribution to the community over an extended period of time; or
(3) 
Has achieved national recognition.
H. 
Facilities within a park should carry the same name as that park, but facilities may be dedicated in memory of a person or event with a plaque indicating the dedication placed at the facility.
I. 
Names should be changed only when there has never been an official naming or when the name was a temporary or interim designation.
J. 
The Community Development Department (CDD) shall be responsible for administering the Parks and Recreation Donation and Memorial Program, including establishing a review process for approving and installing donated items; CDD will coordinate with other departments, as needed, or designate other departments to oversee aspects of the program.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
[Adopted 2-7-2011 by Ord. No. 2839 (Ch. 12.33 of the 1997 Code)]
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 2923]
A special event is any outdoor or seasonal event, including, but not limited to, a picnic, parade, carnival, craft fair, art fair, bicycle/motorcycle/vehicle ride, run/walk, car show, wedding or other reception, or any other event held on public property which is open to attendance by the general public and/or may require special consideration from any or all of the following City departments:
A. 
Columbia Police Department (CPD);
B. 
Columbia Fire Protection District (CFPD);
C. 
Department of Public Works (DOPW);
D. 
Columbia Emergency Medical Service (EMS); and
E. 
Community Development Department (CDD).
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
A. 
All applications for special event permits shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee in an amount to be set by City ordinance from time to time;
B. 
Additional fees may be charged for services requiring City-provided assistance from CPD, CFPD, DOPW, EMS, and/or CDD (assessment of these fees to be approved by City Council);
C. 
The balance of such fees, if any, must be paid by a check or money order in the proper amount no less than 14 days in advance of the event;
D. 
There shall be no exemption of payment of the nonrefundable fee granted to charitable or nonprofit organizations;
E. 
The special event application fee is nonrefundable and permits that are issued are nontransferable;
F. 
The subleasing or transfer of a permit is prohibited; and
G. 
A refundable security deposit in the amount of two times the application fee will be used to pay for all damages to property and equipment, and any damages in excess of the security deposit shall be billed to the applicant and shall be paid by said applicant upon receipt.
[Amended 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 2923]
No group, association or organization desiring to use park facilities for a particular purpose, as defined in § 267-2.1, shall use any park facility without first obtaining a special events permit.
A. 
Applications for a special events permit must be filed with the City Clerk no less than 30 days prior to the first day of the special event.
B. 
Applicants must be over 18 years of age. Applicants and their guests must fully comply with the requirements of any special conditions attached to the permit, rules, all local ordinances, codes and regulations, as well as all state and federal laws.
C. 
Final event details must be submitted at least 30 days before the scheduled event. Details are to include all components of the event such as type of event, expected attendance, staging, tent usage, name of rental companies, entertainment, electricity needs, etc.
D. 
The permit may be revoked or terminated at any time by the City if the applicant(s) and/or their guest(s) breaches any of these rules, violates any other laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations, or if the City, in the exercise of its sole and absolute discretion, deems it necessary to revoke the permit to ensure the public's health, safety, welfare, or enjoyment of the public property.
E. 
Permission will be required for any person or group to bring and use an electrical device with special power requirements.
F. 
Applicants must provide the following information (as applicable):
(1) 
Traffic and parking plan (parking area, street closing or one-way restrictions, traffic control points where police assistance may be needed and overflow parking areas), anticipated crowds, and estimated attendance;
(2) 
Contingency plans for rain (relocation or rescheduling of events, alternative parking areas, method of notifying the public of changes);
(3) 
Proof of liability insurance, with the City of Columbia named as an additional insured in the minimum amount of $1,000,000;
(4) 
Refundable security deposit to protect City facilities;
(5) 
Supplemental liquor license;
(6) 
Plans for toilet facilities;
(7) 
A list of for-profit vendors and sales tax numbers (to verify sales tax is collected and remitted);
(8) 
Name and phone number of person in charge of event, and secondary contact; and
(9) 
Special request(s) for specified City-provided assistance from CPD, CFPD, DOPW, EMS and CDD.
G. 
Applicants must have a copy of the signed permit with them at the event.
A. 
The Director of Community Development shall review and may approve certain special events, provided that the events are requested by an existing licensed business within the City, are held on City property and do not require the coordination of City departments as defined under § 267-2.1;
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
B. 
All other requests for special events not approved by the Director of Community Development shall go before the City Council for approval; and
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
C. 
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis from the actual date and time a completed application and fee are received by the City.
A. 
The City of Columbia requires the group or individual to obtain a special event insurance policy;
B. 
The City shall be named as an additional insured in the minimum amount of $1,000,000;
C. 
The applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the City and its officers, employees and agents harmless from any and all claims for damages or injuries to persons or property resulting from the issuance of the permit or their use of the park or pavilion, and the applicant will be responsible for the group's behavior and actions at all times;
D. 
The City assumes no liability or responsibility for loss of property or for injury or damage to person(s) or property that may be sustained while on City-owned premises, and the applicant hereby releases and agrees to hold the City harmless from the same; and
E. 
The City expressly disclaims any warranty or representation as to the suitability or condition of the park or pavilion, and the applicant and applicant's guests enter at their own risk.
A. 
Set-up cannot begin before park opening;
B. 
Breakdown and clean-up must end by park closing, except as set forth under § 267-1.2;
C. 
Events involving entertainment or sound equipment must end by park closing or 9:00 p.m., whichever occurs first, except as set forth under § 237-1.2;
D. 
If a tent or other temporary facility will be used or erected, the applicant shall obtain all necessary permits or approvals from the City of Columbia Community Development Department prior to the event;
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
E. 
The applicant is allowed to erect or locate a tent or temporary structure immediately prior to the scheduled event and to leave the tent or temporary structure in place after the conclusion of the scheduled event for a reasonable time without incurring additional rental charges from the City, so long as its presence does not conflict or interfere with the City's, the public's, or another applicant's use of the park or other facility;
F. 
Temporary signage shall be permitted as provided for in the sign ordinance of the City or as otherwise approved by City Council;
G. 
Clean-up must occur during the event as needed and litter picked up. All trash accumulated during the event must be placed in receptacles for City pick-up; and
H. 
At the conclusion of the event, a representative of the City will inspect the area. If the applicant has not cleaned up the event premises and restored it to its original condition, the City will clean up the event premises and charge the applicant for the service.
A. 
If portable toilets are to be used, this must be indicated on the application form;
B. 
Portable rest room facilities must be set up and removed with 24 hours of the event. Location must be coordinated with the DOPW;
C. 
Applicant shall provide adequate and sanitary portable rest room facilities from a company licensed by the Monroe County Health Department in such quantity and type as required by all applicable federal, state or local laws;
D. 
Said portable rest room facilities are required to be present and operational at all times during the event, but they may be installed immediately prior to the scheduled event and removed within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the event without incurring additional rental charges from the City;
E. 
All portable rest room facilities shall be relocated or moved at the request of the City to minimize their disruption on the public or their unsightliness;
F. 
The applicant shall obtain all necessary permits or approvals from the Monroe County Health Department prior to the event; and
G. 
The applicant is responsible for contacting the Monroe County Health Department to find out if they comply with the Health Department's rules and regulations.