Ordinance No. 1634
AN ORDINANCE RELATED TO THE CITY PARKS, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF GOODLAND, KANSAS, ADDING TO THE GOODLAND CITY CODE SECTION 13-509, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF GOODLAND, KANSAS.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF GOODLAND, KANSAS:
Section 1. CITY LAWS EXTENDED TO PARK. The laws of the city shall extend to and cover all city parks.
Section 2. POLICE JURISDICTION OVER PARKS. The city shall have police regulations governing any public parks belonging to the city and the chief of police and law enforcement officers of the city shall have full power to enforce city laws governing city parks and shall maintain order therein.
Section 3. DAMAGING PARK PROPERTY. It shall be unlawful for any person, except duly authorized city employees, to willfully or wantonly remove, injure, tarnish, deface or destroy any building, walk, bench, tree or improvement or property of any kind belonging to any park owned by the city.
Section 4. DANGEROUS WEAPONS NOT ALLOWED.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to carry or have in his or her possession any firearm or dangerous weapon or to shoot or discharge the same within the limits of any city parks.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) above shall not apply to duly authorized law enforcement officers.
Section 5. VEHICLE REGULATIONS.
(a) Motor vehicles, including any vehicle licensed to operate on public streets, roads and highways and motorbikes, go-carts, snowmobiles and other motorized off-the-road vehicles shall be operated in a safe and prudent manner at all times in park areas.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall be unlawful for any person to park any motor vehicle in any area not designated for such purpose.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle within any city park except upon roads, drives and parking areas established by the city.
(d) Subsections (b) and (c) above shall not apply to authorized city employees while engaged in the maintenance and care of the park.
(e) It shall be unlawful to operate any such vehicle in any park area at a speed in excess of 20 m.p.h.
Section 6. HUNTING. It shall be unlawful for any person to pursue, catch, trap, maim, kill, shoot or take any wildlife, either bird or animal, in any manner at any time while in any city park.
Section 7. FIRES. It shall be unlawful for any person to build or kindle any campfire or fire in any city park, except that ovens, stoves, or grills provided for that purpose by the city and private individuals may be used for cooking purposes only, and the fire from such usage must be extinguished by the person, persons or parties starting such fire, immediately after use thereof.
Section 8. CAMPING PROHIBITED. Overnight camping is hereby prohibited in city parks except where posted. A permit may be obtained from the Chief of Police for overnight camping, subject to certain restrictions.
Section 9. SANITATION. All waste material, paper, trash, rubbish, tin cans, bottles, containers, garbage and refuse of any kind whatsoever shall be deposited in disposal containers provided for such purposes. No such waste or contaminating material shall be discarded otherwise. No sticks, stones, trash or other objects shall be thrown or discarded in or on any park lands, fountains, pools, drinking fountains, sanitary facilities, or other improvements.
Ordinance No. 1634, City Parks
Section 10. PROHIBITION AGAINST ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CEREAL MALT BEVERAGES. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to use, consume or have on the premises of any park or other city property within the city any alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage.
Section 11. PRESERVATION OF NATURAL STATE. It shall be unlawful for any person, except duly authorized city employees, to take, injure, or disturb any live or dead tree, plant, shrub, or flower, or otherwise interfere with the natural state of city parks.
Section 12. GENERAL REGULATIONS. The city may post such rules and regulations, as are approved by the governing body, pertaining to the use of the city parks in a conspicuous place in each city park. Violations of these posted rules shall constitute a violation of this ordinance.
Section 13. This ordinance shall be effective upon its passage and publication once in the official city newspaper.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 16th day of July, 2012, by the governing body of the City of Goodland, Kansas.
John Garcia, Mayor
Mary P. Volk, City Clerk