[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Parsons 5-18-1981 by Ord. No. 5228 (Ch. 17 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
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:
- APPROVING AGENCY
- The City Manager or his designated representatives.
- Any written license issued by or under the authority of the approving agency permitting a special event or activity on park facilities.
- Any conveyance (except baby carriages), including motor vehicles, trailers of all types, campers, tricycles, bicycles, sleds, sleighs, pushcarts, or vehicles propelled by other than muscular power. The term includes any horse or horse-drawn conveyance.
This chapter shall apply in all parks and recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the City, unless expressly exempted.
[Amended 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 6189]
The City Police Department and City employees shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter. The City Police Department and City employees shall have the authority to order any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter to leave the park or recreation area.
It shall be unlawful for any person in a public park or recreation area to:
Drive any vehicle on any area except the park roads or parking areas or such areas as may be specifically designated for such vehicles.
Park a vehicle anywhere else except on a designated parking area.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park and recreation areas during hours when the park and the recreation area are closed, except in areas designated as camping areas.
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into or have in his possession in any park or recreation area:
Any pistol or revolver or objects upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used. Official starters, at authorized track and field events, are excepted from this restriction.
Any rifle, shotgun, BB gun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bow, or other weapon in which the propelling force is gunpowder, a spring or air.
It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or set off any fireworks without the permission of the approving agency.
The parks and recreation areas, unless otherwise posted, or prior permission is obtained from the approving agency, shall be opened daily to the public during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight of any one day. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons (other than City personnel conducting City business therein) to occupy or be present in said park during any hours in which the park is not open to the public. Any section or part of a park may be declared closed to the public by the approving agency at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals.
Permits for special events in parks and recreation areas shall be obtained by application to the approving agency or its designee in accordance with the following procedures:
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application stating:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
The park or portion thereof for which the permit is desired.
Any other information reasonable necessary to a determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
Variances required from park rules and regulations.
Standards for issuance of a use permit shall include the following findings:
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public's enjoyment of the park.
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the City.
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use on the date and hour requested in the application.
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in the permit.
An applicant for a permit may be required to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amounts as may be from time to time determined prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
The City Manager shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
[Added 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 6189]
Violation of this chapter shall constitute a Class C misdemeanor, punishable as provided in § 1-2 of this Code.
[Added 12-19-2011 by Ord. No. 6251]
No person shall camp in a City park except at those places designated for camping by the City Manager. Camping areas shall be designated by the City Manager or his designated agent. No person shall erect or place any tent, mobile camper or similar device for the purposes of sleeping, cooking or staying in a City park without obtaining a camping permit. Such permit must be visually displayed on the camping unit. Any person may apply for a permit from the office of the City Clerk or as otherwise directed by City staff. The application shall be on forms provided by the City Manager. Each applicant shall provide the following information: name of the applicant, address of the applicant, area of the campsite and length of stay.
No permanent installation shall be made for camping.
No person shall camp adjacent to shelter houses or use electricity from shelter houses for his/her camp or camper.
Camps or camping equipment shall not be abandoned or left unattended for more than eight hours at any time.
The City Manager or a designated agent may close the camping areas during conditions of extreme weather or in situations deemed necessary to protect the City and/or campers.
Campers shall keep their campgrounds clean and dispose of refuse in containers provided for such purpose.
Camps and camping equipment must be completely removed and sites cleaned before departure of campers.
No person or member of the same household shall be given a permit for more than 10 total days in a thirty-day period unless an extended stay is allowed. Extended stays may be allowed at the discretion of the City Manager in instances where temporary housing is necessary for a temporary job or temporary displacement from permanent housing or in other situations similar with this intent. Extended stays shall not be allowed for the purpose of long-term or permanent housing only.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use, operate or permit the use or operation of any electronic device, radio, receiving set, television, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the production or reproduction of sound or create any other sound or noise that disturbs the peace, quiet or repose of the neighboring campers. The creation of such sound or the operation of such a set, instrument, machine or device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. so that it is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure, vehicle or place where it is located is prima facie evidence of a violation of this subsection. No person shall participate in or be in any party or gathering of people from which sound emanates at a sufficient volume so as to disturb the peace, quiet or repose of the neighboring inhabitants of ordinary sensitivity. A law enforcement officer may order all such persons present at any such party or gathering to immediately disperse from the vicinity of any such party or gathering in lieu of being charged under this subsection. This subsection shall not be construed to limit or abridge the rights of any person to speak, peacefully assemble and express opinions. It is the purpose of this subsection to protect individuals from unreasonable intrusions caused by excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noises.
[Added 12-19-2011 by Ord. No. 6251]
It shall be unlawful for any person to camp or park trailers at a designated area within a City park without first having obtained a proper camping permit and paying the camping fee provided by this section.
Camping permits which shall entitle the permit holder and members of his immediate household to the use of the camping facilities may be obtained from the City Clerk.
No person or member of the same household shall be issued a camping permit for more than 10 total days in any thirty-day period unless an extended stay is granted.
Camping permits shall be issued only to an adult and shall entitle such adult and members of his family or immediate household to the use of the camping facilities under such permit.
The fee for a camping permit shall be $10 per day unless waived by the City Manager for a special event.