Chapter 2.44
PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD*

Sections:

2.44.010    Creation – Members.

2.44.020    Definitions.

2.44.030    Officers – Meetings – Quorum.

2.44.040    Powers and duties.

2.44.050    Repealed.

*    For statutory provisions granting the power to acquire land for park purposes, see RCW 35.22.280(11).

2.44.010 Creation – Members.

A.    Creation. There is created a parks and recreation board, consisting of seven members, appointed by the city council, from persons of recognized fitness for such positions. No person shall be ineligible as a member by reason of sex or age, and no member shall receive any compensation. A majority of the members shall be residents of the city. All members shall be residents of the city’s urban growth area.

B.    Members.

1.    Except as provided in subsection (B)(2) of this section, the parks and recreation board shall consist of seven members whose term of office shall be three years, not more than three of which terms shall expire each year. All terms shall expire March 31st of the year of expiration for the individual term. Such parks and recreation board shall have only advisory powers and authority with respect to the management and supervision of the parks and recreational facilities and programs as are granted by this chapter and subsequent ordinances. Members of the board shall serve at the pleasure of the city council and may be removed at any time by a majority of the council. Vacancies for the remainder of unexpired terms shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointments are made.

2.    Temporarily Expanded Members. Membership of the parks and recreation board is expanded to add two positions which expire on July 1, 1994, at which time both terms and positions shall terminate. (Ord. 1834 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1787 § 3, 1999; Ord. 1677 § 2, 1997; Ord. 1510 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1464 § 2, 1992; Ord. 1428 § 2, 1991; Ord. 1214 § 4, 1986; Ord. 764 § 1, 1975; Ord. 308 § 2, 1960).

2.44.020 Definitions.

Words used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

A.    “Board” means parks and recreation board.

B.    “Park” means an area of land, with or without water, developed and used for public recreational purposes, including landscapes and tracts, picnic grounds, playgrounds, athletic fields, recreation centers, camps, foot, bicycle and bridle paths, motor vehicle drives, wildlife sanctuaries, museums, zoological and botanical gardens, facilities for bathing, boating, hunting and fishing, as well as other recreational facilities for the use and benefit of the public. (Ord. 1834 § 1, 2000; Ord. 308 § 1, 1960).

2.44.030 Officers – Meetings – Quorum.

Immediately after their appointment, members of the board shall meet and organize by electing from the members of the board a chair, secretary, and such other officers as may be necessary. It shall be the duty of the chair to preside at all meetings of the board and of the secretary to keep minutes of all meetings and of all proceedings of the board. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and the votes of a majority of the quorum shall be necessary to carry out any business. A meeting of the board shall be held at least once a month, unless cancelled due to a lack of business. (Ord. 1834 § 1, 2000; Ord. 924 § 1, 1979; Ord. 308 § 3, 1960).

2.44.040 Powers and duties.

A.    The board shall advise the city council regarding the expansion and operation of the city parks and recreational facilities and programs, but shall have no administrative or supervisory powers.

B.    The board shall have the power to advise regarding the establishment of a park and/or recreation department, in this chapter called the department, and regarding staffing of the department, and to advise regarding conduct of any form of recreation or cultural activity that will employ the leisure time of the people in a constructive and wholesome manner, and shall advise regarding control and supervision of all parks belonging to the city, and advise regarding planning, promotion, management and acquisition, construction, development, maintenance and operation, including restrictions on, and compensation to be paid for concessions or privileges in parks and/or playgrounds, either within or without the city limits, or parks, squares, parkways and boulevards, play and recreational areas, and/or other municipally owned recreational facilities, including community buildings and improvement and ornamentation of the same. The board shall further make recommendations regarding entering into written contracts with the United States, the state, and county, city or town park district, school district, or any such public organization for the purpose of operating a parks and recreation system or exercising any other power granted by this chapter. The board shall be responsible to the city council for its duties and actions. The board shall acquire authorization from the city council prior to undertaking any project.

C.    Tree Requirements. The city of Bothell values the protection, preservation and enhancement of the natural environment and wildlife habitats that surround us. The board shall develop and monitor a master plan governing tree planting, maintenance and removal that will provide for the diversity of species and age composition of our community forest.

    The duties of the board concerning trees shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1.    Promoting the responsible planting of trees on public and private property as per Chapter 12.18 BMC;

2.    Promoting public education about trees;

3.    Promoting proper tree maintenance for safety, health and aesthetics;

4.    Advocating for best practices tree management within the city;

5.    Providing for aesthetics within the city through the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive tree program;

6.    Integration of the tree program with Chapter 12.18 BMC regarding tree retention and landscaping;

7.    Developing innovative and joint funding for tree projects from a variety of sources;

8.    Providing the city council with an annual report regarding tree board activities. (Ord. 1834 § 1, 2000; Ord. 308 § 4, 1960).

2.44.050 Budget.

Repealed by Ord. 1880. (Ord. 308 § 5, 1960).