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Chapter 12.60
PARK REGULATIONS

12.60.000    Chapter Contents

Sections:

12.60.001    Enforcement.

12.60.010    Advertising signs and posters--Structures of any kind.

12.60.030    Regulations and Violations Relating to Pet Animals.

12.60.040    Harassing or feeding animals unlawful.

12.60.050    Fireworks Prohibited in City Parks.

12.60.060    Soliciting or peddling unlawful.

12.60.080    Sales unlawful without concession contract.

12.60.090    Groups or Assemblies - Reservations

12.60.100    Bicycles--Horses--Motor vehicles in Designated Areas Only.

12.60.110    Camping or parking unlawful except where designated.

12.60.120    Ball games and other sports.

12.60.160    Building fires permitted only in designated areas.

12.60.270    Urban Trails Plan--Incorporated by reference.

12.60.280    Plan amendments, additions and deletions.

12.60.290    Trail addition.

12.60.300    Violation--Penalty.

(Ord. 6642 has repealed the following sections: 12.60.020, 12.60.070, 12.60.130, 12.60.140, 12.60.150, 12.60.170, 12.60.180, 12.60.190, 12.60.210, 12.60.220, 12.60.230, 12.60.240, 12.60.250, 12.60.260)

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009)

 

12.60.001 Enforcement

The Park Ranger is hereby authorized to enforce this code, including the issuance of notices of infraction.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009)

12.60.010 Advertising signs and posters –Structures of any kind

It is a civil infraction to use, place, or erect any signboard, sign, billboard, bulletin board, post, pole or device of any kind for commercial advertising in any park; or to attach any notice, bill poster, sign, wire or cord to any tree, shrub, railing, post or structure within any park in a manner which dents, mars, defaces, breaks, punctures or injures it in any way or to place or erect in any park a structure of any kind, without the written consent of the Director of the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department or his or her designee.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(A), 1976).

12.60.030 Regulations and Violations Relating to Pet Animals

The following sections of code are incorporated from OMC Title 6, Animal Services.

OMC 6.04.050 Regulations and Violations Relating to Pet Animals.

Any person who harbors, keeps, possesses, maintains, or has temporary custody of a pet animal shall be responsible for the behavior of such animal whether the owner knowingly permits the behavior or not. Such person shall violate the terms of this chapter if:

A.    Pet animal at large. Such person’s animal is at large as defined in Section 6.04.030(D); provided, however, this section shall not prohibit the owner and the pet animal from participating in an organized show or training, exercise, or hunting session in locations designated and authorized for that purpose.

B.    Nuisance pet animal. Such person’s pet animal constitutes a nuisance pet animal as defined in OMC Section 6.04.030(T).

C.    Pet animal on public property. Such person’s pet animal is on public property such as a public park, beach, or school ground and is not on a leash by a person who is able to maintain physical control, or proper safeguards have not been taken to protect the public and property from injury or damage from said animal, or the presence of the animal on such property is in violation of additional specific restrictions which have been posted. Such restrictions shall not apply to guide dogs of the visually impaired, service animals for the physically handicapped, or to dogs on public property specifically designated by the City of Olympia as areas for dogs without the requirement of a leash. Pet animals on public property is a civil infraction as defined in Section 6.04.120(B).

D.    Intentionally not incorporated.

E.    Failure to possess removal equipment or to remove fecal material. Such person (1) fails to possess in a public park the equipment or material necessary to remove animal fecal matter when accompanying a pet animal, or (2) fails to remove animal fecal material when accompanying a pet animal off the owner’s property. Failure to possess removal equipment or to remove fecal material is a civil infraction as defined in Section 6.04.120 (B).

F.    Intentionally not incorporated.

G.    Intentionally not incorporated.

H.    Intentionally not incorporated.

I.    Menacing behavior. Such person’s animal engaged in menacing behavior as defined in Section 6.04.030(R). Violation of this subsection is a civil infraction as defined in Section 6.04.120(A).

The following penalties apply to any violation of the designated section of 12.60.030.

A.    Violation of the following sections of this chapter shall constitute a Class 3 civil infraction. A second infraction for certain offenses within an 18-month period will constitute a Class 2 civil infraction. A third infraction for certain offenses within an 18-month period will constitute a civil infraction. "Within an 18-month period" means the violation date for a prior offense occurred within 18 months of the date of the subsequent violation.

1.    Section 12.60.030 (A) Failure to license; provided that the infraction shall be dismissed if, within14 days of the date of issuance of the infraction, the person cited shows evidence of licensing of the subject animal to the Olympia Court Clerk. The Court Clerk, at the direction of the Olympia Municipal Court, may assess court administrative costs up to $25.00 at the time of the dismissal;

2.    Section 12.60.030 (A) Pet animal at large (first violation; second violation is a Class 2 civil infraction; third violation is a Class 1 civil infraction).

3.    Section 12.60.030 (B) Nuisance pet animal (first violation; second violation is a Class 2 civil infraction; third violation is a Class 1 civil infraction).

4.    Section 12.60.030 (I); Menacing Animal (first violation; second violation is a Class 2 civil infraction; third violation is a Class 1 civil infraction).

B.    Violation of the following sections of this chapter shall constitute a Class 4 civil infraction:

1.    Section 12.60.030 (C) Pet animals on public property.

2.    Section 12.60.030 (E) Failure to remove fecal material; failure to possess removal equipment.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(C), 1976).

12.60.040 Feeding, Harassing, Injuring animals unlawful

It is unlawful in any manner to purposely tease, annoy, disturb, harass, catch, injure or kill or to throw anything at or strike any animal, bird, fowl or fish within a park, or to feed any fowl, fish or animal within any park.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(E), 1976).

12.60.050 Fireworks Prohibited in City Parks

It is unlawful to shoot, fire or explode any fireworks, firecracker, torpedo or explosive of any kind in a City park.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(D), 1976).

12.60.060 Soliciting or peddling unlawful

It is unlawful to take up collections, or to act as or apply the vocation of solicitor or peddler within a park; provided, that it shall not be a violation of this section for a nonprofit or charitable organization or group to conduct a fund-raising event in a park or facility under the control of the City’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Department with the approval of the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department and upon the payment of a reasonable fee for the use thereof. Such fund-raising events shall solicit donations only. The ability of park patrons to visit park facilities or to use the nonreserved portions of the facility shall not be denied or conditioned upon the payment of a donation.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 4678 §1, 1986; Ord. 3957 §11(F), 1976).

12.60.080 Sales unlawful without permit or concession contract

It is unlawful to sell food, refreshments or merchandise within a park from a fixed stand, table or booth without a concession contract with the City. This section shall not apply to festival events set forth in the Olympia Municipal Code.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord 4519 §2, 1984; Ord. 3957 §11(H), 1976).

12.60.090 Groups or Assemblies - Reservations

City parks and recreational facilities shall be available for any group or assembly on a first come, first serve basis. Groups or assemblies calculated to attract a large number of people, relative to the size and capacity of the park or facility must, prior to the event, reserve the space by filling out an application from the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department ten (10) days prior to the event to reserve the space. Approval may be conditioned as to the time and place of such assembly so as not to unreasonably interfere with other lawful activities within the park and subject to compliance with all park rules.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(I), 1976).

12.60.100 Bicycles –Horses –Motor vehicles in Designated Areas Only

It is a civil infraction to ride or drive any motorized or non-motorized vehicle over or through any park except along and upon the park drives, parkways, or designated bicycle lanes; or to ride any animal through a park except upon the park drives, parkways, or designated areas.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(J), 1976).

12.60.110 Camping or parking unlawful except where designated

It is a civil infraction to camp or stay overnight in any vehicle within any park or within any public parking lot adjacent to a park except at places set aside for such purposes and so designated by signs.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 5205 §1, 1991; Ord. 4631 §1, 1985; Ord. 3957 §11(K), 1976).

12.60.120 Ball games and other sports

The following activities are not permitted unless they are a part of a Parks, Arts & Recreation Program: golf, paintball, tennis, badminton or other games of like character or to hurl or propel any airborne or other missiles, except at places set apart for such purposes and so designated by signs.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(L), 1976).

12.60.160 Building fires permitted only in designated areas

It is a civil infraction to build any fires in any City park except in designated areas so designated by signs.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 3957 §11(P), 1976)

12.60.270 Urban Trails Plan –Incorporated by reference

Chapter III of the Urban Trails Plan, three copies of which are on file with the office of the city clerk, is incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein and made a policy of the city.

(Ord. 5365 §1(part), 1993).

12.60.280 Plan amendments, additions and deletions

A.    On page 24 of the draft Urban Trails Plan, paragraph B. EQUESTRIAN USE is amended to read as follows:

Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County, and Olympia should jointly develop an equestrian trail network in the future. Until then, horse use on trails is not permitted. When the surrounding jurisdictions jointly develop an equestrian network, the following trails should be considered for equestrian use: TC-2, TC-3, T-1A, O-4, TC-1, O-16, O-17, O-27, T-9 and O-11. Trail design standards shall be amended to accommodate a separate two foot wide gravel or bark trail for equestrian use. The equestrian trail shall be separated from the pedestrian/bicycle trail to the maximum extent feasible within the trail corridor.

B.    Trails O-13 and O-15 (east side of Capitol Lake) and trail O-19 are deleted from the plan.

C.    The following is added to page 31 of the plan, III.B.2.:

Sign Program, Warning and Regulatory Signs: Standard City signs prohibiting unleashed pets shall be established throughout the trail system.

D.    The following is added to Page 24, III.A. Goal 21 of the plan:

Trail connections should be made, whenever possible, between existing neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs and schools.

E.    The following is added to page 15 of the plan:

Standards: Acquisition of trail corridors would reduce open space deficits in the Parks Plan and the Comprehensive Plan as amended in the future.

F.    Paragraph 3 on page 1 of the plan is amended to read as follows:

The purpose of the plan is to guide but not limit future trail development within the urban growth boundary in a manner that is unified and cohesive.

(Ord. 5365 §1(part), 1993).

12.60.290 Trail addition

Trail 0-27, East-West Olympia link is added to the trail route text and trail route map in the plan.

(Ord. 5365 §1(part), 1993).

12.60.300 Violation -- Penalty

A.    Unless stated otherwise, it shall be a civil infraction for a person, firm, or corporation to violate or fail to comply with any term or provision of this chapter. Each day shall be a separate infraction. A person, firm, or corporation found to have committed a civil infraction shall be assessed a monetary penalty as follows:

1.    First offense: Class 3 ($50), not including statutory assessments.

2.    Second offense arising out of the same facts as the first offense: Class 2 ($125), not including statutory assessments.

3.    Third offense arising out of the same facts as the first offense: Class 1 ($250), not including statutory assessments.

See also OMC Chapter 4.44, Uniform Code Enforcement.

B.    Penalties for violations of Section 12.60.030 shall be the same as those provided under Olympia Municipal Code 6.04.120 for the same offense.

(Ord. 6642 §1, 2009; Ord. 6081 §35, 2001; Ord. 3999 §2(part), 1977; Ord. 3957 §11(T), 1976).

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