Chapter 2.28
PARKS AND RECREATION

Sections:

2.28.010    Director – Office created.

2.28.020    Director – Powers and duties.

2.28.030    Park names.

2.28.040    Park memorials and plaques.

2.28.010 Director – Office created.

There is created the office of parks and recreation director. The director shall be directly responsible to the borough mayor for the implementation of plans and programs. (Ord. 72-42 § 3, 1972. 2004 Code § 2.36.070.)

2.28.020 Director – Powers and duties.

The director shall with the advice of the commission and the borough mayor have the following duties:

A. Develop a parks and recreation plan for the borough and periodically review and update the plan;

B. Assist the borough mayor in the preparation of the annual parks and recreation budget;

C. Provide technical and administrative assistance to the commission;

D. Supervise the annual parks and recreation program of the borough;

E. Develop rules and regulations, subject to review by the assembly, for the operation of the borough parks and recreation facilities, including, but not limited to, scheduling of events, fees for use, time of use and conduct of special programs or activities;

F. Review applications for names of parks and park facilities and placement of memorials and plaques in accordance with FNSBC 2.28.030 and 2.28.040; and

G. Manage the John A. Carlson Community Activity Center. (Ord. 2017-50 § 2, 2017; Ord. 2001-50 § 3, 2001; Ord. 94-014 § 4, 1994; Ord. 72-42 § 3, 1972. 2004 Code § 2.36.080.)

2.28.030 Park names.

A. Parks and park facilities shall be named in a manner that will enable the public to easily recognize, locate and remember them. Names for parks and facilities shall be selected in the following order of priority:

1. Places and features, including streets, schools and natural features;

2. Historic sites or events;

3. Descriptive names;

4. Persons or organizations.

B. A person or group may make written application to name a new park or rename an existing park facility to the director of parks and recreation, which shall contain the following:

1. A concise description of the physical location of the park or facility;

2. The proposed name for the park or facility;

3. Specific justification for the proposed name, including:

a. Suitability,

b. History or biography of the group or individual to be honored,

c. Substantive rationale for the name such as a significant monetary contribution for the acquisition or development of the park, a substantial donation of labor or materials, or a sustained, high level of voluntary public service in the area of parks and recreation,

d. An application to name a park or park facility for an individual must specifically address that person’s character, reputation, standing within the community or level of contribution to parks and recreation or the community as a whole. If the individual is deceased, the application shall address that person’s singularly unique and significant contribution to the community or a substantial donation to the acquisition or development of the park. An application to name a park or facility for a deceased person shall not be considered until 12 months after the date of death. A park or facility which bears the name of a person or organization shall not be renamed for another person or organization unless it is determined that the original name is no longer appropriate.

C. The director of parks and recreation shall review the application and:

1. Attempt to validate the contents of the application;

2. Research the basis or history of an existing name and determine any deed, title or regulatory restrictions regarding the name of the specific parcels or park facilities;

3. Prepare a report and recommendation of findings for the parks and recreation advisory commission.

D. The parks and recreation commission shall consider the application and the director’s recommendation at a regularly scheduled meeting. The director of parks and recreation shall forward the recommendation of the commission to the borough mayor for approval by the borough assembly. (Ord. 94-014 § 2, 1994. 2004 Code § 2.36.090.)

2.28.040 Park memorials and plaques.

A. The preferred types of park memorials and plaques are:

1. Tree plantings;

2. Memorial/rose gardens;

3. Park amenities including benches, tables, receptacles, fountains and shelters;

4. Landscaping and improvements.

Large monuments and shelters are discouraged.

B. A person or group may make written application to place memorials or plaques at a park or facility to the director of parks and recreation, which shall contain the following:

1. The park where the placement is proposed;

2. The location within the park where placement is proposed;

3. A detailed drawing and description of the proposed memorial or plaque including the size, shape, color and wording of any inscriptions;

4. Specific justification for the memorial, including:

a. Suitability;

b. History or biography of the person, organization or act to be honored;

c. Substantive rationale for honoring the individual, organization or act such as monetary contribution for the acquisition, development and placement of the plaque or memorial, a sustained, high level of voluntary public service in the area of parks and recreation, or a singularly unique, lasting and significant contribution to the community, state or country;

d. An application to place a memorial or plaque honoring a person or organization must specifically address their character, reputation, standing and length of time within the community or their level of contribution to parks and recreation, the community, the state or the country as a whole. An application to place a memorial or plaque to honor a deceased person within 12 months of the date of death shall be considered for placement only in Weeks Field Community Park.

C. Weeks Field Community Park, developed by the Weeks Field Community Park Association and maintained by parks and recreation, is the preferred location within the borough park system for the placement of memorials and plaques. To protect the character and nature of the park, the design and placement of memorials and plaques shall adhere to the criteria in the park master plan.

D. The director of parks and recreation shall review the application and:

1. Attempt to validate the contents of the application;

2. Research any deed, title or regulatory restrictions regarding the placement or design of a specific memorial;

3. Prepare a report and recommendation of findings for the parks and recreation commission.

E. The parks and recreation commission shall consider the application and the director’s recommendation at a regularly scheduled meeting. The director of parks and recreation shall forward the recommendation of the commission and a staff report to the borough mayor for approval. (Ord. 2017-50 § 3, 2017; Ord. 94-014 § 3, 1994. 2004 Code § 2.36.100.)