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9.44.070. City Parks; Hours of closure

            (1)        All City parks, including driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks within park boundaries are closed from midnight to 4:30 a.m.

            (2)        Exceptions.  This Section does not apply to the following:

                        (a)        An individual or group that is involved in a City sponsored activity where a City employee or an agent of the City is present.

                        (b)        While traveling directly to or from a public safety facility with a legitimate and lawful purpose.

                        (c)        In any areas that may be designated for overnight camping, provided those camping possess a permit therefor.

                        (d)        By written permit provided that the possessor of the permit strictly complies with the requirements therein.

            (3)        Permit Process.  The City Manager, or designated representative, may issue permits for late night or overnight stays in City parks based upon the following criteria:

                        (a)        That the park contains the necessary facilities to provide for such activities without any detrimental affect on the park property.

                        (b)        That the purpose of the stay is consistent with the use and purpose of the park.

                        (c)        The proximity of the park property to residential uses and the reasonableness of the impact upon those residential uses.

                        (d)        If the specific park has been the location of criminal activity.

                        (e)        The size and makeup of the group in order to assess impact and ensure adult supervision.  The minimum ratio of adult to minor shall be one (1) adult, twenty-one (21) years of age or more, for every four (4) persons under the age of eighteen (18) years.

                        (f)        A review of the applicant's summary of the activities planned or anticipated for the outing.

                        (g)        Other criteria that is reasonable and consistent with maintaining the consistent purpose and use of each parcel of public property.

            (4)        Penalties.  Any violation of the closure hours or the provisions of any permit issued shall constitute a criminal trespass and shall be punishable as such.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 13-21, Amended, 6/20/2013

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