Chapter 22.04
GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sections:

22.04.010    Parks code.

22.04.040    Definitions.

22.04.050    Fees and rental charges.

22.04.051    Special fee provisions, limited income senior citizens, disabled persons, and disabled veterans.

22.04.060    Undeveloped park property.

22.04.010 Parks code.

This code shall constitute the parks code of Snohomish county and may be cited as such.

(§ 1 of Res. adopted April 22, 1974; Amended Ord. 86-001, § 2, February 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 93-066, Aug. 18, 1993, Eff date Aug. 28, 1993).

22.04.040 Definitions.

In this code, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Parks division" shall mean the Snohomish county parks division of the department of parks and recreation.

(2) "County park" shall mean any area designated by the parks division for use by the public under the management or control of the parks division, and shall include all parks, squares, drives, parkways, trails, golf courses, museums, zoos, beaches, playgrounds, and other recreational areas or facilities designated for public use and comprising the parks and recreation system of Snohomish county under chapter 2.16 SCC.

(3) "County parks employee" shall include any Snohomish county employee while performing duties in a county park.

(4) "Person" shall mean any natural person, firm, partnership, corporation, club or association; but the term "person" shall not include county parks employees.

(5) "Motor vehicle" shall mean any self-propelled device capable of being moved upon a road and transporting persons or property, and shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, trucks, buses, campers, motorcycles, motorbikes, motor scooters, jeeps, off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles, whether or not they can legally be operated upon the public highways.

(6) "Non-motorized vehicle" shall mean any wheeled operator propelled equipment which transports the operator on land except all wheelchairs to include but not be limited to unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, quadcycles, strollers, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades and rollerskates.

(7) "Trail" shall mean any path or track designed for use by pedestrians or equestrians and which is not of sufficient width or grading to permit its use by standard passenger automobiles; or any other right-of-way specifically designated and posted for non-vehicular use.

(8) "Camping area" shall mean designated camping sites designed for the use of tent campers and/or persons with trailers or recreational vehicles.

(9) "Camping" shall mean pitching, using, parking, or occupying camp facilities for the purpose of habitation, as evidenced by the use of camping paraphernalia.

(10) "Ultralite vehicle" shall mean a single occupant, engine powered, flying machine weighing less than 254 pounds, intended for recreational or sport use, having a maximum fuel capacity of five U.S. gallons, a maximum airspeed at full power in level flight of 55 knots, and a power-off stall airspeed of not more than 24 knots (see Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 103.1).

(11) "Dusk" shall mean the time at 1/2 hour after sunset.

(12) "Camp facilities" include but are not limited to tents, huts, temporary shelters, or vehicles if the vehicle is being used as a living quarters.

(13) "Camp paraphernalia" includes but is not limited to tarpaulins, cots, beds, sleeping bags, blankets, mattresses, hammocks, or cooking facilities or equipment.

(§ 4 of Res. adopted April 22, 1974; Amended Ord. 83-026 § 1, adopted Apr. 21, 1983; Amended Ord. 86-001, § 2, February 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 93-066, Aug. 18, 1993, Eff date Aug. 28, 1993; Amended Ord. 98-076, § 1, Aug. 19, 1998, Eff date Aug. 31, 1998; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-029, June 20, 2012, Eff date Aug. 1, 2012).

22.04.050 Fees and rental charges.

(1) The county executive is authorized to establish an annual fee schedule for park activities including but not limited to camping fees, picnic shelter reservation fees, and fees for use of recreational facilities.

(2) The amount of all fees shall be based upon an estimate of costs incurred by the county in maintaining facilities and services for each activity.

(3) The fee schedule shall be reviewed annually by the parks division who shall recommend a proposed fee schedule to the parks advisory board.

(4) At a public meeting the parks advisory board shall consider the proposed fee schedule recommended by the parks division and shall advise the division of the board’s concurrence in the proposed fee schedule or suggest modification.

(5) After considering the parks advisory board’s recommendations, the parks division may modify the proposed fee schedule. The parks division shall then forward its proposed fee schedule to the director of parks and recreation.

(6) The director of parks and recreation shall either return the proposed fee schedule to parks division for modification or recommend it for approval to the county executive.

(7) When the county executive approves a proposed fee schedule as recommended by the director of parks and recreation, the executive shall issue an order establishing that schedule for a period of one year.

(Added Ord. 83-034, § 1, April 27, 1983; Amended Ord. 87-048, § 2, July 15, 1987; Amended Ord. 93-066, Aug. 18, 1993, Eff date Aug. 28, 1993).

22.04.051 Special fee provisions, limited income senior citizens, disabled persons, and disabled veterans.

(1) Any citizen who obtains a valid limited income senior citizen pass or a disability pass issued by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission shall be entitled to a 50 percent reduction of the normal camping fee at all Snohomish county parks.

(2) Any citizen who obtains a veteran’s lifetime disability pass issued by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission shall be entitled to camp, launch a boat, or park a vehicle without payment of the usual camping, boat launch and parking fees in any Snohomish county park where camping is allowed, where boat launches are provided or where parking fees are charged.

(3) The following rules and regulations will apply to this section:

(a) A separate pass is required for each site occupied.

(b) The pass holder must be a member of the camping unit.

(c) Pass must be current.

(d) Guests of the pass holder who occupy separate campsites pay the regular full fee.

(e) Passes are applicable to campsite, boat launch and parking fees only. They do not provide reduced fees for concessionaire services, or park facilities such as press fuel, shower meters, gas stoves, etc.

(4) Any citizen may purchase an annual parking/boatlaunch permit. The annual permit entitles the holder to park a vehicle or launch a boat an unlimited number of times at any Snohomish county park where parking and launch fees apply. The annual permit is valid from date of purchase for the current calendar year.

(Added Ord. 87-124, January 13, 1988; Amended Ord. 96-001, Jan. 24, 1996, Eff date Feb. 8, 1996; Amended Ord. 98-076, § 2, Aug. 19, 1998, Eff date Aug. 31, 1998).

22.04.060 Undeveloped park property.

Any property under the management and control of the parks division and not open for public use shall be defined as undeveloped park property. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter onto or remain on any posted undeveloped park property without prior approval of a parks employee.

(Added Ord. 86-001, § 2, February 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 93-066, Aug. 18, 1993, Eff date Aug. 28, 1993).