Town of Sykesville, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Sykesville 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 200. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Helmet safety — See Ch. 92.
Littering — See Ch.98.
[Amended 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 247]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FOR-PROFIT ACTIVITY
Any activity conducted for a fee or charge by an individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, club, association, organization or other entity with the purpose of making a profit from such activity.
[Added 11-11-2012 by Ord. No. 283]
RESERVATION FACILITY
Any picnic pavilion, amphitheater or other indoor or outdoor facility within a Town park made available for reservation of use upon obtaining a reservation permit from the Town.
[Added 11-11-2012 by Ord. No. 283]
RESERVATION PERMIT
A permit issued by the Town to secure the use of a reservation facility for a specified time. A reservation permit fee schedule shall be adopted by resolution by the Town Council and amended from time to time.
[Added 11-11-2012 by Ord. No. 283]
TOWN PARK or PARKS
Refers to parks, tot-lots, fitness trails or other open space now or hereafter owned or operated by the Town.
TOWN-SPONSORED EVENT
Any event or activity sponsored by the Town.
[Added 11-11-2012 by Ord. No. 283]
No person in a Town park shall:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any structure or portion thereof, any equipment, any facilities or any park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
B. 
Dig or remove any sand, soil, rocks, stones, trees, shrubs, or plants or make any excavation by tool or equipment or other means.
C. 
Construct or erect any structure of any kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, except on special written permission of the Town.
D. 
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant, or attach any rope, wire, or other item to any tree or plant, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
No person shall hunt, molest, harm, kill, trap or intentionally frighten any animal, reptile or bird, nor shall any person give or offer, or attempt to give or offer, any animal or bird any noxious substance.
No littering shall be allowed. No refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters of a Town park. All trash shall be placed in proper receptacles where those are provided, and where such receptacles are not provided, all rubbish or waste should be carried away by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Conduct in a Town park is regulated as follows:
A. 
The use of motorized vehicles, including but not limited to motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles or any other self-propelled vehicle, is prohibited. Exception is made for baby carriages, handicapped vehicles and vehicles in the service of the Town.
B. 
Any person riding bicycles or using skateboards shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians, handicapped vehicles, and baby carriages.
C. 
The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
D. 
All pet animals must be on a leash or under the complete control and supervision of the pet's owner at all times. The pet's owner is responsible for the cleanup and removal of all wastes deposited by the pet animal on Town's property.
E. 
The making or use of fires shall be prohibited unless a permit is obtained from the Town of Sykesville. The making, use or possession of fireworks or explosives is absolutely prohibited.
F. 
Loitering, vagrancy, peddling or solicitation of other park visitors is prohibited.
G. 
For-profit activity in Town parks shall be prohibited, except: when a reservation permit is obtained from the Town, or for uses in connection with a Town-sponsored event. All other appropriate licenses, pursuant to the Town Code or other applicable law, must be obtained in conjunction with any uses falling within the foregoing exceptions to such prohibition.
[Added 11-11-2012 by Ord. No. 283]
No person shall conduct themselves so as to frighten, annoy, or disturb other park visitors, by loud noises or by other annoying or disturbing behavior.
A. 
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, Town parks shall be open to the public every day of the year from dawn until dusk. Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Town for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals and either entirely or merely for certain uses as the Town may find reasonably necessary.
B. 
Where the Town park contains picnic pavilions or amphitheaters, such facilities may be rented and reserved by calling the Town office during business hours. Town park visitors using the pavilions or amphitheater without a reservation must vacate the area in favor of a party who has a reservation permit approved by the Town. The permittee is solely responsible for any loss or damage, etc., resulting from the use of the park facilities during the period so reserved.
C. 
Certain Town tennis court facilities are available for use by Town residents and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
D. 
Certain sports equipment may be available for use in the Town parks and may be obtained by calling the Town office. All equipment must be picked up and returned the same day or the following business day.
The Town parks and park facilities are available to Town inhabitants for their nonexclusive use, at their own risk. The Town and its officials and employees are not responsible or liable for any accidents or injuries resulting from the use of the Town's parks and park facilities.
A. 
The Town Manager shall have the power to adopt further rules and regulations in the furtherance of this chapter as may be deemed necessary and proper to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Town inhabitants using Town parks and park facilities.
B. 
Any violation of this chapter shall constitute a municipal infraction. The penalties for such municipal infractions shall be as follows:
(1) 
First offense: A first violation shall constitute a Class A municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
(2) 
Second offense: A second violation shall constitute a Class B municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
(3) 
Third and subsequent offenses: A third and all subsequent violations shall constitute a Class C municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
C. 
In addition to the imposition of penalties for a municipal infraction, the Town Manager and any Town employee shall have the authority to eject from any Town park any person acting in violation of this chapter or in violation of the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant hereto.
D. 
In addition to the above, the Town Manager and any Town employee shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in any Town park or used in any Town park, or in the possession of any park visitor, in violation of this chapter or in violation of the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant hereto.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).