Chapter 9.32
PARKS

Sections:

9.32.010    Title.

9.32.020    Definitions.

9.32.030    Purpose.

9.32.040    Hours.

9.32.050    Posting signs, posters, and notices.

9.32.060    Damage to park property unlawful.

9.32.070    Animals running at large prohibited.

9.32.080    Teasing, annoying or injuring animals prohibited.

9.32.090    Firearms and explosives.

9.32.100    Certain vocations prohibited.

9.32.105    Aircraft.

9.32.107    Repealed.

9.32.108    Repealed.

9.32.110    Permit for assemblies and scheduled events required.

9.32.120    Racing regulations.

9.32.130    Building fires.

9.32.140    Intoxicating liquors and drugs prohibited.

9.32.150    Selling refreshments or merchandise.

9.32.160    Driving areas — Speed limits.

9.32.165    Repealed.

9.32.170    Parking.

9.32.175    Overnight moorage prohibited.

9.32.180    Camping areas.

9.32.185    Repealed.

9.32.190    Practicing and playing certain games.

9.32.195    Games on beaches.

9.32.200    Depositing refuse and litter.

9.32.210    Testing vehicles prohibited.

9.32.215    Operation of motorized models prohibited.

9.32.220    Amplified music and public address systems.

9.32.230    Adoption of rules and regulations by director.

9.32.240    Penalty.

9.32.250    Aiding and abetting violations.

9.32.010 Title.

These rules may be cited as the “Park Rules and Regulations” for the city of Redmond, Washington. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.020 Definitions.

Whenever used in these rules, the following terms shall be defined as follows:

(a) “Parks and Recreation Department” means the city of Redmond Parks and Recreation Department.

(b) “Director” means the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Redmond, or his or her designee.

(c) “Park employee” means a duly appointed city of Redmond Parks and Recreation Department employee.

(d) “Person” means all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, clubs and all associations or combination of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant, or employee.

(e) “Park” means and includes all city parks, and bodies of water contained therein, trails, public squares, public drives, parkways, boulevards, golf courses, museums, zoos, pools, buildings, and playgrounds or play structures and/or any other City of Redmond park area under management and control of the Parks and Recreation Department.

(f) “Motor vehicle” means any self-propelled device capable of being moved upon a road, and in, upon, or by which any persons or property may be transported or drawn, and includes, but is not limited to, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, jeeps or similar type four-wheel drive vehicles, and snowmobiles, whether or not they can legally be operated upon the public highways.

(g) “Trail” means any path or track designed for use by pedestrians, bicycles, or equestrians; and which is not of sufficient width, nor graded or paved with concrete, asphalt, gravel, or similar substance, so designed as to permit its use by standard passenger automobiles, or other right-of-way specifically designated and posted for nonvehicular use.

(h) “Trailer” means a towed vehicle which contains any sleeping or housekeeping accommodations, boat, animal, apparatus, or is designed for the purpose of transporting any of the same by towing behind a vehicle.

(i) “Camp site” means designated camping sites which are designated for the use of tent campers, and at which no water and/or electrical facilities are available for hookup to a trailer or a camper.

(j) “City of Redmond park area” means any area under the ownership, management, or control of the Parks and Recreation Department.

(k) “Aircraft” means any and all weight-carrying structures designed for the navigation of the air and supported either by their own buoyancy or by the dynamic action of air above and beneath their surfaces, whether self-propelled or not. The term “aircraft” includes, but is not limited to, all structures and devices commonly known as airplanes, helicopters, orthopters, gliders, ultralights, and hot air or lighter than air balloons. The term “aircraft” does not include kites, paper planes and model or toy aircraft.

(l) “Non-motorized watercraft” shall mean those floating devices which are designed to support or help support a person or persons.

(m) “Motorized watercraft” shall mean those floating devices which are designed to be propelled by the use of internal combustion engines or electric motors. Inflatable, motorized watercraft may be included in this definition if they are propelled by the use of internal combustion engines or electric motors.

(n) “Swimming season” shall mean the period of time, as designated by the Director, from approximately mid-June to the first week in September, when lifeguards are on daily duty at park swimming beaches.

(o) “Non-swimming season” shall mean that portion of the year which has not been designated as the swimming season. (Ord. 1789 § 1, 1994; Ord. 1469 § 1, 1989; Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.030 Purpose.

The parks, playgrounds, activity centers, buildings, and other facilities of the Parks and Recreation Department are established by law for public recreation purposes. The public recreation program consists primarily of activities planned and directed by the Parks and Recreation Department and secondarily of recreation activities of community groups brought under control of the division when conducted under permit at the public park facility. (See “Redmond Facility Use Policy.”)* (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

* Editor’s Note: “Redmond Facility Use Policy” is found in Resolution 609, on file at the office of the City Clerk.

9.32.040 Hours.

The director shall establish for each city of Redmond park area according to existing conditions, times and period when it will be open and closed to the public. Such times and periods shall be posted at the entrance to the Redmond park area. No person shall enter or be present at a Redmond park area after closing time. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.050 Posting signs, posters, and notices.

(a) It is unlawful for any person, without prior written permission of the director, to attach any notice, bill, poster, sign, wire, rod, or cord to any tree, shrub, railing, post or structure within any park; provided that the director may permit the erection of temporary directional signs or decorations on occasions of public celebration and picnics.

(b) It is unlawful for any person, without prior written permission of the director, to use, place or erect any signboard, sign, billboard, bulletin board, post, pole, or device of any kind for advertising in any park, or to place or erect in any park a permanent or temporary structure of any kind; provided, that before granting any such permit, the director shall establish general rules and regulations pertaining hereto, including provisions pertaining to removal, protection of the city Park Department and its employees, protection of the interests of the general public, and of persons using said park. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.060 Damage to park property unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or deface any structure, or any part of any structure, or any fixture therein, or attached thereto, or any monument, statue, vase, fountain, wall, fence, railing, vehicle, bench, shrub, tree, fern, plant, flower, lighting system or sprinkling system, or any other property lawfully located within a city of Redmond park area. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.070 Animals running at large prohibited.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any dog or other pet to run at large in any park, except guide or service dogs or dogs used by a public law enforcement officer, or Fire Department personnel, to enter any public beach, swimming or wading area, pond, fountain, stream or organized athletic areas thereon, except in areas specifically designated by the Director for the exercising of pets. Provided that, except in areas in which animals are prohibited, dogs or other pets are permitted in a park if on a leash or otherwise securely caged or securely restrained from running free. The Director may ban dogs and other pets from areas of any parks where he/she determines the same may be a nuisance. Any person with a dog or other pets in his/her possession in any park shall be responsible for both the conduct of the animal and have removed from any park feces deposited by such animal.

(b) It is unlawful for any person to permit any dog or pet to be in the beachfront area of the following park or water recreation area all year:

Idylwood Beach Park — The beachfront area is defined as all area within 150 feet of shoreline. (Ord. 1789 § 2, 1994: Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.080 Teasing, annoying or injuring animals prohibited.

(a) It is unlawful for any person in any park, in any manner, to tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill, feed or throw any stone or missile of any kind at or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird or fowl; or to catch any fish or feed any fowl except at those places as may be so designated for the catching of fish or the feeding of fowl by the Director.

(b) Disturbance by Animals. It is unlawful for any person to permit any dog or other pet, whether on or off a leash, to disturb or harass any park personnel, users, farm animals, wildlife or other pets. (Ord. 1789 § 3, 1994: Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.090 Firearms and explosives.

It is unlawful to shoot, fire, or explode any firearms, rockets, fireworks, firecrackers, torpedo or explosive of any kind or to shoot or fire any air gun, bows and arrows, BB gun, or use any slingshot or other propelling device wherein the applied human energy or force is artificially aided, directed or added to in any park, except in such designated recreational areas as may be designated by the director and/or law enforcement officials acting in official capacity. (Ord. 2475 § 2, 2009; Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.100 Certain vocations prohibited.

(a) It is unlawful to take up collections, or to act as or play the vocation of solicitor, agent, peddler, fakir, mendicant, beggar, strolling musician, organ grinder, exhorter, barker, showman, or bootblacks.

(b) No person shall hold, operate or conduct a circus, carnival, or traveling exhibition on any park property except such activities as may be a regular part of the parks and recreation program without first obtaining a written permit from the director.

(c) Except as provided in Section 9.32.150, it is unlawful for persons to conduct activities in a city of Redmond park area for private voluntary gain (profit). Said activities must be conducted in accordance with the city of Redmond facility use policy, held without admission charge, be open to the general public without discrimination, and scheduled during hours when the park areas are regularly open.

(d) It is unlawful to use a metal detector in any city park without obtaining a written permit from the director. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.105 Aircraft.

Launching, takeoff and landing of aircraft is prohibited in all city parks, except that:

(1) Aircraft used to transport injured persons, evacuees, medical personnel or public officials in the event of an accident, disaster or emergency may use city parks for launching, takeoff or landing; and

(2) Aircraft may be landed in city parks when emergency circumstances prevent landing at other safe locations, provided that the owner submits a written statement explaining the circumstances of the emergency to the Parks Director within seventy-two hours of the emergency landing. (Ord. 1469 § 2, 1989).

9.32.107 Landing, launching, docking, and use of watercraft — Prohibited.

Repealed by Ord. 1851. (Ord. 1789 § 4, 1994).

9.32.108 Water skiing prohibited.

Repealed by Ord. 1851. (Ord. 1789 § 6, 1994).

9.32.110 Permit for assemblies and scheduled events required.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to hold, sponsor, or participate in any organized assembly without first giving to the director, written notice thereof and obtaining therefrom, a written permit to do so in accordance with the city of Redmond’s facility use policy. In this connection, such rules and regulations may require the deposit for “cleanup” undertakings, the furnishing of waste receptacles and sanitary conveniences such as sani-cans, and effective plans for traffic and crowd control and program management.

(b) Religious services or group rallies may be permitted in Redmond park areas where facilities are adequate, and where such activities will not conflict in any way with normal park usage. To avoid conflict, written permission for such activities must be obtained in advance from the director. Written permission for the use of loudspeakers by groups must be obtained in advance. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.120 Racing regulations.

It is unlawful for any person in any park to engage in, conduct or hold any trials or competitions for speed, endurance or hill climbing involving any vehicle, boat, aircraft or animal, except at specified places and times designated for such activities by the director upon his determination that:

(1) Adequate provision has been made to insure that the health and safety of participants in and spectators of any activities will not be subject to undue hazard;

(2) Such activities will be conducted in such a manner as to minimize potential damage to public or private property;

(3) Such activities will not constitute a public nuisance; and

(4) Such activities will not unduly interfere with the use of park facilities by the general public. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.130 Building fires.

It is unlawful for any person to build any fire in any park except in such areas as may be designated by the director and where such designation is clearly defined by signs posted in such park areas. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.140 Intoxicating liquors and drugs prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to bring into any park or consume by mouth, inhalation or injection, while in any park, any intoxicating liquor, narcotic or dangerous drugs or to consume by any such method any material or substance (such as glue, for example) capable of producing a state of intoxication or euphoria. Provided, however, that this section shall not be applied to any person consuming a drug obtained by such person by lawful prescription and taken pursuant to the medical direction of a licensed physician. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.150 Selling refreshments or merchandise.

It is unlawful to sell refreshments or merchandise in any park without first entering into a concession contract according to the rules and regulations of the Parks and Recreation Department of the city. (Ord. 1795 § 1, 1994: Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.160 Driving areas — Speed limits.

It is unlawful for any person to ride or drive any vehicle or animal over or through any park except along and upon the park drive, parkways, park boulevards, trail and bicycle paths, or at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit or in excess of fifteen miles per hour where no speed limit is posted. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.165 Speed limits — Distance limitations.

Repealed by Ord. 1851. (Ord. 1789 § 7, 1994).

9.32.170 Parking.

(a) No operator of any animal, automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer, or other vehicle, shall park or put such vehicle or animal in any Redmond park area, except where the operator is using the area for a designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in a designated parking area, or in another area with the permission of a park employee. No person shall park, leave standing, or abandon an animal or vehicle in any Redmond park area after closing time. Any vehicle found parked in violation of this section may be towed away at the owner’s or operator’s expense.

(b) It is unlawful to park a motor vehicle in a designated handicapped parking space without the officially recognized symbol on the vehicle license plate. All improperly parked vehicles are subject to being towed away at the owner’s or operator’s expense. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.175 Overnight moorage prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to moor a watercraft overnight in any park, except by permit of the Director. (Ord. 1789 § 8, 1994).

9.32.180 Camping areas.

It is unlawful for any person to camp in any park except at places set aside for such purposes by the director and so posted. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.185 Swimming in designated areas only.

Repealed by Ord. 1851. (Ord. 1789 § 9, 1994).

9.32.190 Practicing and playing certain games.

It is unlawful for any person to practice or play golf, baseball, cricket, polo, lacrosse, archery or hockey, except at park areas set apart and/or designated for such purposes by the Park Director which will not conflict in any way with normal park usage. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.195 Games on beaches.

At times large, uncrowded beach areas can safely permit some games. Such games shall be permitted only with the consent of the lifeguards, or other Parks Department personnel. (Ord. 1789 § 10, 1994).

9.32.200 Depositing refuse and litter.

It is unlawful for any person to throw any refuse, litter, broken glass, crockery, nails, shrubbery, trimmings, junk or advertising matter in any park area or trail, or to deposit any waste or abandoned material therein except in designated receptacles. No person shall deposit any refuse, not generated in parks, in any receptacle within any park or upon any park properties. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.210 Testing vehicles prohibited.

It is unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or motorcycle for the purpose of testing it, or ascertaining its fitness for service, along or upon any park drive, parkway or park boulevard. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.215 Operation of motorized models prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to operate any motorized model aircraft, rocket or watercraft in any park, except as authorized by the Director. (Ord. 1789 § 11, 1994).

9.32.220 Amplified music and public address systems.

It is unlawful to operate a powered public address system or amplified music speaker system or other means of amplifying sound at any park areas without a written permit from the director. Battery-operated portable radios and tape players are permitted, provided they shall not be operated at a volume or in any manner which unreasonably disturbs the peace of others. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.230 Adoption of rules and regulations by director.

The director shall have the power to promulgate and adopt reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to the operation, management and use of the parks, and shall post the same in conspicuous places in the parks. Such rules and regulations shall include a procedure for granting blanket permits encompassing any particulars of this chapter to locally and nationally recognized organizations or associations. Such rules and regulations may include the establishment of hours during which any park or portion thereof as designated by signs located within the designated portion, shall be closed to the general public; such closures may be for reasons of public safety, welfare and convenience, or for reasons of park maintenance. It is unlawful for any person to violate or fail to comply with any park rule or regulation duly adopted and posted by the department. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).

9.32.240 Penalty.

Any person violating any of the provisions set forth in RMC 9.32.160, 9.32.170, 9.32.180 and 9.32.200 shall have committed a civil infraction and shall be punished by a monetary penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars. Each person commits a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of any provision enumerated in this section is committed, continued or permitted by such person. (Ord. 1278 § 1, 1985).

9.32.250 Aiding and abetting violations.

Any person participating in a violation of any provision of this chapter whether directly committing the act of omitting to do the thing constituting the offense or who aids or abets the same, and whether present or absent, and anyone who directly or indirectly counsels, encourages, hires, commands, induces, or otherwise procures another to commit such offense, shall be guilty of the violation or offense. (Ord. 1244 § 2 (part), 1985: Ord. 1074 § 1 (part), 1982).