Chapter 12.24


12.24.010    Purpose.

12.24.015    Definitions.

12.24.025    General rules.

12.24.030    Use permits.

12.24.040    Other regulations.

12.24.050    Fines.

*    Code reviser’s note: Ordinance 08-017 adds these provisions as Chapter 12.20 PMC; they have been editorially renumbered to avoid duplication.

12.24.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish regulations for the safe, fair and efficient public use of parks and recreational facilities. (Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)

12.24.015 Definitions.

The following words or phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings set forth in this section:

“Camp” means using an outdoor area or motor vehicle for sleeping or temporary living quarters, including without limitation erecting a tent or other temporary shelter.

“Firearm” means a weapon, including a pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, whether loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable, designed for discharging a shot capable of causing death or serious physical injury.

“Manager” means the city manager.

“Park” means each of the following parks and playgrounds, including the grounds, structures and buildings, and any property which may hereafter be designated for public recreational use by the city council:

1. A-moose-ment Park (420 W. Fern Avenue);

2. Wilson Park (115 S. Felicia Street);

3. Bugge Park (220 S. Cobb Street);

4. McKechnie Park (643 W. Daron Drive);

5. Hagen Park (201 E. Dolphin Drive);

6. Meier Park (325 S. Silvertip Drive); and

7. Merritt Long Pocket Park.

“Playground” means an outdoor area set aside for children’s recreation and play, especially one containing equipment such as seesaws and swings.

“Recreational facilities” means buildings, structures or places providing the public with an opportunity to pursue sports or leisure activities including but not limited to the:

1. Palmer skateboard park;

2. Palmer ice arena;

3. Palmer golf course;

4. Ken Soule Ball Field;

5. Lions Ball Fields;

6. Buzby Ball Field;

7. Sgt. Arcala-Berberich Memorial Soccer Fields;

8. Junior/senior baseball fields;

9. Sherrod Ball Fields;

10. Tee ball fields; and

11. Bill Hermann Tennis Courts. (Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)

12.24.025 General rules.

The following general rules govern the public use of parks:

A. A person may not cut, pick or damage trees, flowers or other vegetation in a park.

B. A person may not camp in a park except in an area and at a time designated in a permit issued by the manager or designee.

C. A person may not light, build, use or maintain an open fire or portable camp stove in a park except in a receptacle or area designated for that use. A person may not leave an open fire or operating portable camp stove unattended. A person may not use a flammable liquid other than charcoal lighting fluid to start or accelerate a fire.

D. A person may not sell or consume any alcoholic beverage in a park, playground or recreational facility except the clubroom of the Palmer golf course and the Palmer ice arena.

E. No person may use or discharge a firearm or similar device in or into a park except:

1. A peace officer acting within the scope and authority of the officer’s employment; or

2. A person participating in a public demonstration under a permit issued for that purpose by the manager or the manager’s designee.

F. A person shall not shoot a bow and arrow in a park except in an area designated for archery activities by the manager or the manager’s designee.

G. A person may not discharge fireworks in a park except in accordance with a permit issued under PMC 8.42.050.

H. A person may not operate, or stop, stand or park, a motorized vehicle in a park except:

1. In an area designed for the use, and in a manner permitted by the designation;

2. As permitted under a use permit issued under PMC 12.24.030; or

3. Construction, enforcement, maintenance or emergency vehicles operated by the state, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the city or their respective contractors.

I. Where the operation of motor vehicles is permitted in a park, motor vehicles shall be operated in accordance with posted speed limits, in a prudent and safe manner, and at a speed not exceeding 10 miles per hour in parking areas.

J. A person may not bring an animal into a park or recreational facility except:

1. An animal that is in an area that has been posted for use by domesticated animals;

2. A service animal, guide dog, or signal dog individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability with proper documentation;

3. An animal that is under the direct control of a peace officer or emergency responder performing official duties, and trained to assist in performing those duties; or

4. As permitted under a use permit issued under PMC 12.24.030.

K. A person having control or supervision of an animal that excretes feces in a park shall immediately collect and properly dispose of the feces.

L. A person may not deposit litter or waste, or water, sewage or effluent from sinks, portable toilets or other plumbing fixtures, directly upon the surface of land or water in a park.

M. Parks shall be closed at 11:00 p.m. each night until 6:00 a.m. the following morning and no person shall remain therein during said hours.

N. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. no person in a city park shall disturb other persons by making loud noise, including the use of radio or other sound amplifying device or loud voice in violation of PMC 8.36.020(F) or 8.36.025(A). (Ord. 17-002 § 3, 2017; Ord. 10-013 § 3, 2010; Ord. 09-025 § 5, 2009; Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)

12.24.030 Use permits.

A. Park use permits for vendors, use of motor vehicles, animals and camping will be issued by the manager or designee and will address such issues as litter, sanitary facilities, damage, crowd control, traffic control, noise, hours of use, insurance and public notice. Permit fees will be established by council and revised from time to time.

B. User permits for baseball, softball and soccer fields will be issued by the city to the various organizations using the fields, and will address the user’s responsibilities, including insurance, trash removal and sanitary facilities.

C. All organizations or individuals purchasing ice time from the Palmer ice arena are required to have a use agreement issued by the city. (Ord. 17-002 § 4, 2017; Ord. 09-025 § 6, 2009; Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)

12.24.040 Other regulations.

The manager is authorized to promulgate regulations, in addition to the rules stated in PMC 12.24.025, to regulate the use of specific recreational facilities, which shall be posted at the facility. The regulations authorized by this particular section include, but are not limited to, establishment of hours of operations for parks and recreation facilities, measures necessary to increase the comfort or safety of the public, and closure of parks and recreation facilities for maintenance or other reasons. (Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)

12.24.050 Fines.

A violation of this chapter is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-031 § 4, 2014; Ord. 08-017 § 3, 2008)