Public Park


93.01     Operation and management

93.02     Refuse on park property

93.03     Definitions

93.04     General regulations

93.05     Exemptions

93.06     Hours




                                                                      PUBLIC PARK





The City Council, from time to time, may adopt the rules and regulations deemed necessary for the operation and maintenance of the public park system.

(Prior Code, § 311.1)





No persons shall place, or allow to be placed, any garbage, rubbish, leaves, grass clippings, cut trees, brush, limbs, animal waste, or other refuse on any property constituting a public park with the city, except in properly marked containers for collection.

(Prior Code, § 311.2)  Penalty, see § 10.99





For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

MOTOR VEHICLE. Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks, but including motorized bicycles, minibikes, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles.


NUDE.  The showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple.


PARK.  A park, playground, beach, or other area within the city, owned, leased, or used, wholly or in part, by the city for park and recreational purposes or which is designated by the City Council as a PARK.

(Prior Code, § 311.3)





(A)  Operation of motor vehicles. No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle in any park except on roads or designated parking areas or other areas as the city shall designate, and no person shall operate a motor vehicle within a park at a speed in excess of ten mph.


(B)  Parking of motor vehicles. No person shall park or stop any motor vehicle at any place in a park, except in designated parking areas or upon a public street, and no person shall park or leave any unauthorized motor vehicle within a park when persons are not permitted in the park as set forth in.


(C)  Fires. No person shall light a fire in any park except in places or receptacles provided for the purpose. All fires must be extinguished before leaving the site.


(D)  Littering. No person shall litter park grounds with waste material of any form.


(E)  Swimming and bathing. No person shall bathe, swim, or wade in any lake, pond, or watercourse within a park, except in designated swimming or wading areas. All persons shall comply with the posted rules in swimming areas.


(F)   Handbills and posters. No person shall, in any manner, attach or affix any handbill or poster to any property or object within any park.


(G)  Intoxicating liquors. No person shall possess open containers of any intoxicating liquors in any park without City Council permission except in attended parks.


(H)  Defacing and destroying park property. No person shall write upon, deface, break, destroy, injure, remove, or carry away any tree, plant, flower, shrub, rock, soil, sand, fence, bench, or any other structure or property within any park area.

(I)   Firearms and bows and arrows. No person shall discharge or display any firearms, air guns, shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, air rifles, or BB guns. The use of bows and arrows, except in designated areas, is prohibited. Hunting or trapping is prohibited. Fireworks shall not be discharged in park areas without the city’s permission.


(J)   Boat launching and parking of trailers. No person shall violate the posted rules related to public boat launching and parking of trailers.


(K)  Park animals. No person shall disturb or interfere with any birds or animals kept or found therein.


(L)  Domestic animals. No person shall bring any animal into a park unless the animal is leashed or inside a motor vehicle or cage. Animal owners or their handlers shall remove any excreta dropped by their animals.


(M)  Riding horses. No person shall ride a horse or other animal within any park except as part of an organized community event.


(N)  Erection of structures and public service utilities. No person shall construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon, or across any park lands except on special written permission from the City Council.


(O)  Throwing stones and other objects; golf.


    (1)   No person shall throw or cast any stone or other objects carelessly or heedlessly in disregard of the rights or safety of others, or in any manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.


    (2)   No person shall golf on any park property.


(P)   Hockey. No person shall play hockey, except in designated areas. No hockey sticks or pucks shall be permitted in general skating areas.


(Q)  Nudity; committing nuisances; obscene language and behavior. No person shall appear nude, commit any nuisance, use threatening, abusing, insulting, obscene, or indecent language, act in any indecent or lascivious manner, or do any act which constitutes a breach of the public peace.


(R)  Operation of minibikes, motorbikes, other recreational vehicles. No person shall operate minibikes, motorbikes, snowmobiles, or any motorized recreational vehicle in parks other than at sites designated by the City Council.


(S)   Aircraft, hot air balloons, parachutes. No person shall use any park for a starting or landing field for any aircraft, hot air balloons, or parachutes, except by permit from the City Council.

(T)   Peddling and selling. No person shall sell, solicit, or carry on any business or commercial enterprise or service in any park except in connection with an activity for which a park use permit has been issued by the City Clerk/Treasurer or lease or contract granted by the City Council.


(U)  Camping. Overnight camping is not allowed at city parks without permission of the City Council except at city campsites.

(Prior Code, § 311.1)  Penalty, see § 10.99



§ 93.05  EXEMPTIONS.


City agents, employees, and police officers acting in their official capacity shall be exempt from the provisions of § 93.04.

(Prior Code, § 311.3)



§ 93.06  HOURS.


Parks shall be opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 10:00 p.m. No person other than a city agent, employee, or police officer acting in his or her official capacity shall be in any park during the hours the park is closed except where overnight camping is allowed at city campsites.

(Prior Code, § 311.3)  Penalty, see § 10.99