Chapter 13.12
PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Sections:

13.12.010    Definitions.

13.12.020    Reservations for use – Preferences.

13.12.030    Camping and overnight parking regulations.

13.12.040    Vehicle regulations.

13.12.045    Park trees regulations.

13.12.050    Fee schedules.

13.12.060    Additional regulations.

13.12.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word “shall” is always mandatory and not merely directory.

A. Borough (see WMC 1.04.010(2)).

B. “Director” is the borough manager, or designee made pursuant to WMC 3.52.030, who is immediately in charge of all park areas and activities. The director shall have the authority to designate certain areas of a park for camping and overnight parking. Said designated areas must be approved by assembly resolution. The director shall give notice by posted signs of those areas designated for specific use and of those regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereafter adopted. The director shall have the authority to direct borough personnel to post signs which are reasonably calculated to apprise persons of the limitations, regulations and restrictions governing conduct within a borough park.

C. “Park” is a park, reservation, playground, beach, recreation center or any other area of the borough, owned or used by the borough, and devoted to active or passive recreation.

D. “Person” is any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

E. “Shoemaker Park” refers to that park and related facilities located in the borough and commonly referred to as Shoemaker Park, and as more particularly and legally described in Exhibit A incorporated herein by this reference as if fully set forth.

F. “Vehicle” is any motorized conveyance, including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, motorcycles, heavy equipment, golf carts, and ATVs. This term shall not include wheelchairs. Exception is made for vehicles in the service of the borough parks. [Ord. 904 § 3, 2015; Ord. 482 § 4, 1985; prior code § 47.30.010.]

13.12.020 Reservations for use – Preferences.

A. Reservations for the use of park facilities for picnic and other short-term usages may be made by application submitted to the director. Such reservation shall accord the grantee the privilege of securing advance usage of the sheltered facilities, but confer no privilege to require the removal of campers or other nonreserved users actually using the premises at the time the application is made. No person shall be denied reservations, unless the director determines that the proposed activity and the use of the park will unreasonably interfere with or detract from promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation, or unless the facilities desired have been reserved for other use at the day and hour requested.

B. It shall be the policy of the director to give persons wishing to use the borough parks for picnicking or other short-term activities a preference over campers, with regard to the use of the sheltered facilities. [Ord. 482 § 4, 1985; prior code § 47.30.040.]

13.12.030 Camping and overnight parking regulations.

A. Persons camping in any borough park not otherwise regulated by this section shall be limited to a period of 48 consecutive hours of usage, which 48-hour period shall not occur more than once every two weeks. No person shall camp within sheltered facilities of any borough park. Unless otherwise regulated by this section, no vehicle of any kind shall be permitted to park overnight in any borough park unless the vehicle is accompanied by one or more persons camping in a tent.

B. Persons camping in Shoemaker Park, either by erecting tents or other temporary shelters or without any shelter, in those areas designated by the director for camping, shall be limited to a period of 120 consecutive hours of usage with such usage not to occur more than once every calendar month. No person shall camp under or within the sheltered facilities of Shoemaker Park. Vehicles will be permitted to park overnight in Shoemaker Park in those areas designated by the director for overnight vehicle parking for a period limited to 240 consecutive hours with such parking not to occur more than once every calendar month. Overnight parking shall be limited to those vehicles which are designed for and being used as overnight sleeping facilities. [Ord. 868 § 2, 2013; Ord. 482 § 4, 1985; prior code § 47.30.020.]

13.12.040 Vehicle regulations.

No person in a park shall drive any vehicle on any area except the park roads or parking areas, or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary park roads or parking areas by the director. [Ord. 482 § 4, 1985; prior code § 47.30.030.]

13.12.045 Park trees regulations.

A. Illegal Tree Cutting. No unauthorized person shall cut, top, remove or otherwise damage any tree or shrub, whether dead or alive, standing or downed, within any public park, recreation area, trail, conservation area, park reserve, or other public greenway area. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a civil violation and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $300.00.

Illegal cutting on City and Borough of Wrangell public property should be reported to the Wrangell police department. [Ord. 880 § 2, 2014.]

13.12.050 Fee schedules.

The assembly hereby establishes the following fees for use of City and Borough of Wrangell owned parks and recreation facilities. Such fees may be amended from time to time by the assembly. Unless amended by the assembly, the schedule of fees established by this section shall be automatically adjusted annually beginning on July 1, 2015, as shown in the fee schedules without further need for assembly action.

A. Swimming Pool and Recreation Center.

B. Community Center.

C. Recreation Programs.

D. Parks.

[Ord. 904 § 4, 2015.]

13.12.060 Additional regulations.

The director may promulgate such additional and other park regulations as deemed necessary and advisable and submit them to the assembly for approval. Such regulations shall become effective upon adoption by ordinance incorporating said regulations and posting notice thereof at park areas. [Ord. 904 § 5, 2015; Ord. 482 4, 1985; prior code § 47.30.050. Formerly 13.12.050.]