Chapter 3.36


3.36.010    Definitions.

3.36.020    Creation—Eligibility.

3.36.030    Terms of commissioners—Vacancies.

3.36.040    Officers—Meetings—Quorum.

3.36.050    Powers and duties.

3.36.010 Definitions.

Words used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

(1)    “Board” means board of park commissioners;

(2)    “Park” means an area of land, with or without water, developed and used for public recreational purposes, including landscaped 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. 1007 § 1, 1965)

3.36.020 Creation—Eligibility.

There is hereby created an advisory board of park commissioners, consisting of seven members, appointed by majority vote of the city council, without regard to political affiliation from among the residents of the city. No commissioner shall receive any compensation for their services. (Ord. 3511 § 2, 1995: Ord. 1007 § 2, 1965)

3.36.030 Terms of commissioners—Vacancies.

A commissioner shall be appointed to a four-year term. A commissioner will be expected to attend no less than eighty percent of all meetings in any twelve-month period for which there is no prearranged absence. City council may waive the eighty percent attendance requirement; however, no less than sixty percent of all meetings shall be attended. Members of the board may be removed by majority vote of the city council. Vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of unexpired terms. (Ord. 3511 § 3, 1995: Ord. 2526 § 1, 1980: Ord. 1007 § 3, 1965)

3.36.040 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, a vice-chair, and such other officers as may be necessary. The chair and vice-chair will be elected on an annual basis at the final meeting of the year and each will be elected for a one-year term. The chair may be re-elected once to serve a maximum of two years. All board members present are eligible to vote. In the event the chair is unable to complete his/her term, the vice-chair shall assume the position of chair and perform all the required duties until the expiration of the respective term and a new vice-chair shall be elected. In the event any duly elected officer is unable to complete his/her respective term, an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term. It shall be the duty of the chair to preside at all meetings of the board and in his/her absence the vice-chair to preside and of the recording secretary to keep minutes of all meetings and of all proceedings of the board. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and four affirmative votes shall be necessary to carry any proposition. A meeting of the board shall be held at least once a month. (Ord. 3409 § 1, 1994: Ord. 1007 § 4, 1965)

3.36.050 Powers and duties.

(a)    The board shall advise the city council, the city manager, and the park and recreation department, regarding the general supervision and control of all parks and recreational facilities and programs of the city. The board shall have the power 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, of parks, squares, parkways and boulevards, play and recreation grounds, and/or other municipally owned recreational facilities, including community buildings, and improvement and ornamentation of the same; make recommendations regarding entering into written contracts with the United States, the state of Washington, any county, city or town, park district, school district, or any such public organizations for the purpose of conducting a recreational program or exercising any other power granted by this chapter.

(b)    The board shall submit to the city council through the city manager each year recommendations for the development of the park and recreation program and facilities as it may deem advisable, for the information and guidance of the city council in preparing the budget, for the operation and maintenance of the city parks, the recreational program and the necessary facilities, and the acquisition of land, structures, or facilities needed therefor. The board may recommend rules and regulations for the management, supervision and control of city parks and recreational facilities and programs. (Ord. 1007 § 5, 1965)