CHAPTER 28. RECREATION AND PARKS.*
Sec. 28-14. General regulations governing the use of parks, recreation areas or facilities.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person to do or
to cause or to permit to be done any of the acts hereinafter specified within
the limits of any park, recreation area, or facility within the city of
(a) Loose Animals. To lead or let loose any animal or fowl;
provided, that the prohibitions of this section shall not apply to animals which
may be brought into the park or upon the grounds for any of the following
(1) Exhibit, such as dog shows and the like;
(2) Those portions of any park specifically set aside for
riding schools or rodeo purposes; or
(3) Those portions of any park specifically set aside for
dogs and their owners, and pursuant to the terms and conditions for such use, as
adopted by resolution of the council.
For the purposes of this section and any resolutions adopted
to effect the purposes of this section, the term “owner” means any
person having charge or control of a dog or any other animal.
(b) Firearms and Fireworks. To carry or bring therein any
firearms, airguns, slingshots, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, or any other
(c) Fires. To make camp fires in any other places than in
stoves or pits provided by the recreation-park department; provided, however,
that the director of recreation and parks may issue special permits for fires in
such places or locations as may be deemed safe or which do not interfere with
the public welfare.
(d) Removing Grass, Flowers, Sand, etc. To cut or remove any
wood, turf, grass, rock, flowers, trees, shrubs, sand, or gravel, except by
permit from the director of recreation and parks.
(e) Destroying, etc., Athletic Equipment. To remove, damage,
or destroy any athletic equipment or paraphernalia, provided therefor by the
recreation-park department, reasonable wear thereto excepted.
(f) Harming Birds. To wound, kill, or catch, or attempt to
wound, kill, or catch, any bird.
(g) Boisterous, Indecent, etc., Conduct or Language. To
indulge in riotous, boisterous, threatening, or indecent conduct, or abusive,
threatening, profane, or indecent language, or operate any radio or musical
instrument in such a manner as to disturb in any manner any picnic, meeting,
services, concert, exercise, or exhibition.
(h) Camping. To camp or lodge in any park or upon the grounds
above except in the following instances:
(1) By special permit issued by the city; or
(2) Persons may camp in self-contained recreational vehicles
only at the roadside rest area at the Sherwood Rodeo Regional Recreation Area
for a single stay of not more than twenty-four hours in any seven-day
For the purposes of this subsection, the term “single
stay” is defined as beginning at the time the vehicle is first parked at
the rest area and ending twenty-four hours after the time the vehicle is first
parked irrespective of whether the vehicle is temporarily removed from the rest
area during the twenty-four period.
For the purposes of this subsection, the term
“self-contained recreational vehicle” is defined as any vehicle
intended for temporary human habitation and in which a sanitary toilet facility
for urination and defecation and the sanitary storage of such human waste is an
integral, working, and useable component of the vehicle that is contained
completely within the vehicle.
(i) Riding Animals, etc., on Footpaths. To ride or bring any
horse or other animal or to propel any vehicle, cycle, or automobile on any foot
paths or elsewhere than on roads, bridle paths, or drives provided for such
(j) Loudspeakers; Radios. To operate or use any loudspeaker
or loudspeaking sound amplifying device in any public park unless by written
permission of the director of recreation and parks first obtained; provided,
however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed as preventing the use
of small portable radios when used for the purpose of receiving programs
broadcast from regularly authorized and licensed broadcasting stations, but in
no event shall such radios be operated at such volume as to disturb or annoy
other persons present in such park.
(k) Peddling. To sell or offer for sale any goods,
merchandise, article, or thing whatsoever, without the written consent of the
director of recreation and parks, who shall give such consent only upon a
satisfactory showing that the conduct of the park or grounds wherein is sought
such right to sell or offer for sale justifies such consent in the interest of
the public convenience or comfort.
(l) Soliciting, etc. To practice, carry on, conduct, or
solicit for any trade, occupation, business, or profession, without the written
consent of the director of recreation and parks, who shall give such consent
only upon a satisfactory showing that the conduct of the park or grounds wherein
the exercise of such right is sought justifies such consent in the interest of
the public convenience or comfort.
(m) Parking Vehicles. To park any automobile or other vehicle
at any place where such parking may be prohibited by order of the director of
recreation and parks or the city manager. Places where parking is prohibited
shall be designated by appropriate signs.
(n) Speed of Vehicles. To drive or operate any motor vehicle
in excess of fifteen miles per hour in any park.
(o) Playing Games. To play or engage in any game or contest
excepting at such places as shall be especially provided or designated for that
(p) Littering. To throw or deposit any bottles, tin cans,
broken glass, paper, clothes, sheet iron, rubbish, soil, tree trimmings, refuse,
garbage, or debris of any kind, except in places and receptacles provided
(q) Removing Signs. To remove from any park equipment, any
sign indicating that such equipment is reserved.
(r) Dangerous Matter. To bring or cause or permit to be
brought into any public park any material which will, if spilled or spread, be
injurious to turf or plant growth.
(s) Celebrations, Parades, etc. To hold, conduct, or
participate in any celebration, parade, service, or exercise without first
obtaining permission so to do from the director of recreation and parks, who
shall give such permission only upon a satisfactory showing that such event is
sponsored by a responsible person, organization, firm, or corporation.
(t) Fees and Permits. To use any park facility for which a
charge is now or hereafter may be made by any ordinance of the city, without
first having paid the fee required therefor and having received the required
(u) Use of Toilets. For any male person over eight years of
age to enter or use any toilet or water-closet designated “For
Women,” or for any female person over eight years of age to enter or use
any toilet or water-closet designated “For Men.”
(v) Loitering. To loiter or remain in any public park at any
time between time posted for closing at night and daylight of the following
(w) Bribing Park Employees. To offer gratuitously any money,
gift, bribe, or favor to any park employee.
(x) Driving or Parking on Grass. To park or drive any
automobile or motor vehicle on any turfed area, except upon occasions when
general permission to do so may be given by the director of recreation and
(y) Moving Field Equipment. To move or remove from one
location to another any part or parts of field equipment.
(z) Moving, etc., Maintenance Equipment. To move or remove
from one location to another or destroy any equipment used for the upkeep of the
park or grounds.
(aa) Tampering with Water Valves. To open or close any valves
pertaining to the water mains in the parks or grounds.
(bb) Playing Tennis. To play upon any tennis court wearing
shoes other than those having vulcanized rubber soles and heels.
(cc) Doubles Tennis. When any tennis court is in use for
singles play and other players are waiting, to refuse to open the court for
doubles play at the end of the set then being played.
(dd) Tennis Tournaments. To use any tennis court or courts
for tennis tournaments or other special events of any kind unless permit be
first obtained from the recreation and park department.
(ee) Nonpayment of Admission Fee.
(1) To enter or go into, to cause or to assist, or to attempt
to cause or assist, any other person to go into, any seat, box, space,
enclosure, room, theatre, grandstand, runway, stadium, bath house, plunge, or
any other place in the public parks of the city, to which an admission or permit
fee or charge is made or charged, unless such person whose entrance is attempted
shall have paid the full legal fee or charge made for such entrance as is
attempted or gained, prior to entrance or attempted entrance thereon or
(2) Nothing contained in this subsection shall apply to any
person entering any of the places named herein who shall do so by reason of and
by the consent or permission of the person or persons in charge of any such
(ff) Using Reserved Facilities. To use any park facility
which has been reserved or which is indicated by a sign to have been reserved,
without first having received permission from the director of recreation and
(gg) Interference with Spectators. To do any act which
unnecessarily disturbs or interferes with spectators at any event conducted in
any park, or to enter any area provided for or occupied by spectators at any
such event for the purpose of doing any such act.
(hh) Ride or use a skateboard, roller skates, roller-blades,
in-line skates, bikes or other similar devices at a city skate park facility
without wearing safety equipment which shall include a helmet, elbow pads and
knee pads. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, violation of
this subsection (hh) shall be an infraction. (Ord. No. 872 (NCS), § 4; Ord.
No. 2277 (NCS), § 1; Ord. No. 2362 (NCS), § 1; Ord. No. 2384 (NCS),