[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Mazomanie 6-28-1988 as Title 4, Ch. 5 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Purpose and definition. In order to protect the parks, parkways, recreational facilities and conservancy areas within the Village from injury, damage or desecration, these regulations are enacted. The term "park," as hereinafter used in this chapter, shall include all grounds, structures and watercourses which are or may be located within any area dedicated to the public use as a park, parkway, recreation facility or conservancy district in the Village.
Littering prohibited. No person shall litter, dump or deposit any rubbish, refuse, earth or other material in any park.
Sound devices. No person shall operate or play any amplifying system unless specific authority is first obtained from the Village Board.
Pets. No person shall permit any dog, cat or other pet owned by him to run at large in any park.
Bill posting. No person shall post, paste, fasten, paint or attach any placard, bill, notice, sign or advertising matter upon any structure, tree or other natural object in any park, except park regulations and other signs authorized by the Village Board.
Throwing stones and missiles prohibited. No person shall throw stones or other missiles in or into any park.
Removal of park equipment prohibited. No person shall remove benches, seats, tables or other park equipment from any park.
Trapping. No person shall trap in any park unless specific written authority is first obtained from the Village Board.
Making of fires. No person shall start, tend or maintain a fire except in personal grills or designated fireplaces. Personal grills shall be used only in designated picnic areas. The use of personal grills is permitted provided that lawns and vegetation are not endangered. Unburned fuel and ashes shall be disposed of in such a manner as to prevent fire or damage to any park property.
Protection of park property. No person shall kill, injure or disturb or attempt to injure or disturb waterfowl, birds or animals, wild or domestic, within any park, except as permitted by this chapter. No person shall climb any tree or remove flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, remove or in any manner injure, deface, write upon or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, soil, sand, fountain, ornament, building, structure, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign or other property within any park or any of the facilities of the municipal swimming pool.
Motorized vehicles. Except for authorized maintenance vehicles, no person shall operate an unlicensed or licensed motorized vehicle outside of areas specifically designated as parking areas or areas where the operation of such vehicles is specifically permitted. Motor vehicles are restricted to the roads and drives and parking areas. No motor vehicles of any nature may be used on the seeded areas except vehicles which have a Village Board authorization for shows, rides or exhibits and then only for the purpose of loading and unloading.
Snowmobiles. No person shall operate a snowmobile in a Village park except in designated areas.
Speed limit. No person shall operate any vehicle in a Village park in excess of 15 miles per hour. unless otherwise posted.
Glass beverage bottles in parks prohibited. No person shall bring into, carry onto, or possess while in any public park glass bottles or glass containers, including those containing or normally used for containing soda water, fermented malt beverages or alcohol.
Reckless driving in parks prohibited. No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a reckless manner in any of the public parks of the Village.
Parking in parks. No person shall park any motor vehicle in any park in the Village except in a designated parking area.
Horses and carriages. No person shall ride a horse or drive a horse-driven vehicle in any park, except on roads or designated bridle paths, except when approval of the Parks and Recreation Committee is first obtained. It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a horse or drive a horse-drawn vehicle in a careless, negligent or reckless manner which may endanger the safety and well-being of others.
[Amended 12-8-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-2]
Removing tree protectors. No person shall remove any device for the protection of trees or shrubs.
Golfing and sporting activities. No golfing or practicing golf in Village parks or recreation areas shall be allowed except with the use of a whiffle ball. All sporting activities must be held in areas so designated for that purpose.
Arrows. No person shall use or shoot any bow and arrow in any Village park, except in authorized areas.
Fees and charges. The Parks and Recreation Committee shall have the authority to establish such fees as deemed necessary for use of the municipal swimming pool and any facility, shelter, or land area. It shall be unlawful to use such areas without payment of such fee or charge when required
Swimming. No person shall bathe or swim within a park except in the municipal swimming pool and then only in suitable bathing attire.
Firearms; hunting. Discharge of any firearm or weapon of any kind is prohibited in all Village parks except as specifically stated otherwise within this Code. However, this does not in any way prevent lawful use of a weapon by a conceal-carry license holder for self-defense purposes. Discharge of firearms or other weapons may be specifically allowed by the Village Board for purposes of controlled hunts or removal of nuisance animals.
[Amended 10-9-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2; 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-2]
Fish cleaning. Cleaning of fish in shelters, toilet facilities or picnic areas is prohibited in all Village parks.
Floating devices. Placing any floating device in or upon the waters in municipal swimming pools is prohibited.
Camping. Overnight camping is not permitted in any Village park.
[Amended 1-28-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1]
Swimming. Swimming is prohibited in Lake Marion.
Watercraft. All watercraft and flotation devices designed or used for human flotation are prohibited in Lake Marion except as follows: rigid hull nonmotorized boats, kayaks and canoes are permitted; watercraft propelled by paddles, oars, hand- or foot-powered paddle wheels, or wind sails are permissible. Watercraft propelled by internal combustion or electric-powered motors are prohibited.
Sparklers. The use of sparklers is prohibited in Village parks.
No person shall fly a radio-controlled model airplane in any park in the Village except in areas specifically designated and posted for such purpose.
Except as authorized by the Village Board, no person shall dig into the turf of any Village-owned property for any purposes whatsoever or remove any trees or flowers. Absent authorization by the Village Board, the use of metal detectors and digging for buried objects on Village property, except beaches where no vegetation is present, are prohibited.
Park hours. Subject to certain exceptions listed below, all Village parks shall be closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day. Persons launching or transporting watercraft from park property may do so only within park hours.
Exceptions to closing hours. Closing hours shall not apply to a person driving through a park on a public road; however, stopping shall not be permitted within a park. The Village Board may modify closing hours for particular events.
[Amended 12-8-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-2]
Park closing and opening dates. The Parks and Recreation Committee will have full authority to open and close any park, beach, facility, or area because of season, condition, or construction or when, in the interest of public safety, it is deemed necessary.
Shelters or areas may be reserved within any park for the exclusive use of groups, organizations or others on a first-requested, first-reserved basis.
All reservation requests will be made through the Village office.
When fermented malt beverages are sold at any event, a valid fermented malt beverage license must be obtained; said license must be held by the person in charge and shall be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. Two snow fences shall form a barricade around the area where the fermented malt beverages are sold.
Any authorized law enforcement officer may revoke any reservation or license when in the official's judgment persons or property on or within the park premises may be endangered by the continuance of the exclusive use.
Persons in charge of any reservation shall be responsible for the conduct of those in attendance, which shall include disallowing alcoholic beverages to minors, general safety of those attending and cleanliness of public property under reservation.