Chapter 8.76PARK CODE

Sections:

Article I. 
General
8.76.010
Definitions.
8.76.020
Program - Purpose.
Article II. 
Administration
8.76.030
Administrative Rules - Hours and Conditions of Operation.
8.76.040
Repealed.
8.76.050
Special Use Permits.
8.76.055
Gender Equity.
8.76.060
Cancellation of Permit.
8.76.070
Repealed.
8.76.080
Use of Facilities.
8.76.090
Park Cleanup.
8.76.100
Liability.
8.76.110
Liability Insurance.
8.76.120
Adults to be Present at Functions of Minors.
8.76.130
Storage of Equipment - Liability of City.
8.76.140
Equipment Regulations - Failure to Perform.
8.76.150
Facility Use - Sale of Goods or Services.
8.76.160
Picnicking, Fires and Cooking.
Article III. 
Rules Governing Use of Facilities - Infractions
8.76.165
Alcoholic Beverages (Information also included in 8.76.50 Special Use Permits).
8.76.168
Smoking and Tobacco Use.
8.76.170
Bathing, Washing of Clothes or Animals.
8.76.180
Parking Lots and Roadways - Games Prohibited.
8.76.190
Motor Vehicles - Parking.
8.76.200
Motor Vehicles on Roads and Trails.
8.76.210
Motor Vehicles - Speed Limits.
8.76.220
Boat Speeds in Associated Marine Areas.
8.76.221
Power Loading at City Boat Launch Facilities.
8.76.230
Cleaning, Washing or Repairing Vehicles.
8.76.240
Motor Vehicles - Trucks and Commercial Vehicles.
8.76.250
Trail Use.
8.76.260
Vehicle - Boating - Occupancy Policy.
8.76.270
Use of Marine Heads.
8.76.280
Camping Prohibited.
8.76.290
Tents and Shelters on Beaches.
8.76.300
Indecent Exposure.
8.76.310
Ice.
8.76.320
Game Fish.
8.76.330
Pets in City Park Facilities.
8.76.340
Animal Disturbances.
8.76.341
Wildlife Feeding and Harassment.
8.76.342
Damage by Animals.
8.76.350
Horseback Riding - In Designated Areas Only.
8.76.360
Littering.
8.76.370
Swimming - In Designated Areas Only.
8.76.380
Swimmers Must Obey Rules.
8.76.385
Visitors Must Obey Rules.
8.76.390
Swimming/Scuba Diving in Boat Launch Areas Prohibited.
8.76.400
Presence in Parks During Hours the Park is Closed.
Article IV. 
Rules Governing Use of Facilities - Misdemeanors
8.76.405
Bicycle and Scooter Restriction in Skate Park Facilities.
8.76.406
Repealed.
8.76.410
Mechanical Trapping Devices.
8.76.420
False Alarm of Drowning Prohibited.
8.76.430
Games on Beaches.
8.76.440
Moorage in Swimming Area Prohibited.
8.76.450
Damage to Property.
8.76.460
Removal of Property.
8.76.465
Metal Detecting.
8.76.470
Outside Household or Commercial Waste.
8.76.480
Waste from Vehicles.
8.76.490
Dumping in Water Prohibited.
8.76.500
Model Aircraft and Rockets.
8.76.510
Solicitation.
8.76.520
Fireworks.
8.76.530
Firearms, Weapons.
8.76.540
Repealed.
8.76.550
Intoxication.
8.76.560
Interference With Trails.
Article V. 
Penalties
8.76.570
Infractions.
8.76.580
Misdemeanors.
8.76.590
Administrative Sanctions.
Article I. General
8.76.010Definitions.

Whenever used in this chapter the following terms shall be defined as herein indicated:

“Aircraft” means any machine or device designated to travel through the air including but not limited to: airplanes, helicopters and balloons;

“Alcoholic beverages” or “liquor” includes the four varieties of liquor defined as alcohol, spirits, wine and beer, all fermented, spirituous, vinous, or malt liquor, and all other intoxicating beverages, and every liquor, solid or semisolid or other substance, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer; all drinks or drinkable liquids and all preparations or mixtures capable of human consumption. Any liquor, semisolid, solid or other substance which contains more than one percent alcohol by weight shall be conclusively deemed to be intoxicating;

“Associated marine area” means any water area within one hundred feet of any “Lakewood City park area” or “marine facility” such as a dock, pier, float, buoy, log boom, or other object which is part of a “Lakewood City park area”, provided that such area does not include private property;

“Camper” means a motorized vehicle containing sleeping and/or housekeeping accommodations, and shall include a pickup truck with camper, a van-type body, a converted bus, or any similar type vehicle;

“Camping” means erecting a tent or shelter or arranging bedding or both for the purpose of, or in such a way as will permit remaining overnight, or parking a trailer, camper, or other vehicle for the purpose or remaining overnight;

“Campsite” means designated camping sites which are designated for the use of camping, and which have no water and/or electrical facilities available for hookup to a trailer or a camper;

“City” means the City of Lakewood, a municipal corporation in the State of Washington.

“City Manager” means the City Manager of the City of Lakewood or designee

“Commercial Use” means any use of a park facility where money is exchanged on site; the area is used as a staging, instruction or display area; or doing work at a park location (i.e. testing engines, storing or delivering goods) that could result in a personal/professional benefit.

“Community Athletic Programs” means any athletic program that is organized for the purposes of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition and that is in any way operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district or school district (other than those athletic programs offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school).

“Department” means the department of the City of Lakewood that administers and oversees the City Parks, provided that where the context indicates, Department may mean the person or persons responsible for the administration and oversight of the City Parks;

“Discrimination” means any action or failure to act, whether by single act or part of a practice, the effect of which is to adversely affect or differentiate between or among individuals or groups of individuals, because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory mental or physical handicap, or the use of a trained dog guide by a blind or deaf person;

“Facility” or “facilities” means any building, structure, or park area managed by the City of Lakewood Parks & Recreation Department;

“Facility Supervisor” refers to a duly appointed City of Lakewood Parks & Recreation Department employee;

“Gender Equity” means that cities, towns, counties and districts are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sex in the operation, conduct, or administration of community athletic programs. Third parties who receive a lease or permit from such entities to operate, conduct, or administer a community athletic program are also prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sex.

“Holiday” means federally recognized holidays

“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 shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, jeeps or similar type four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles and vessels, whether or not they can legally be operated upon the public highways;

“Overnight” means a 24 hour period of time with a defined start time/end time.

“Park area” means any area under the ownership, management, or control of the City of Lakewood Parks & Recreation Department;

“Person” means all natural persons, groups, firms, partnerships, corporations, clubs, and all associations or combination of persons whenever acting for themselves or an agent, servant, or employee;

“Power Loading” is the use of a boat motor to load a boat onto a boat trailer.

“Recreational Vehicle” shall include vehicles used exclusively for noncommercial purposes which are primarily designed for recreational, camping, or travel use or towing a horse trailer.

“Resident” means anyone who can verify proof of Lakewood residency with identification such as a public utility bill, Lakewood business license or Washington Drivers’ License.

“Rocket” means any device containing a combustible substance which when ignited propels the device forward;

“Smoking” shall include inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted or vaporized substance in any manner or form for any purpose.

“Service Animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.

“Tobacco” means the leaves of various plants which are dried and processed chiefly for chewing or snuffing or smoking in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.

“Trail” means any path, track, or right-of-way designed for use by pedestrians, bicycles, equestrians, or other non-motorized modes of transportation

“Trailer” means a towed vehicle which contains sleeping or housekeeping accommodations or used to tow a vessel;

“Vessel” includes every description of watercraft on the water, other than a seaplane, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water. However, it does not include inner tubes, air mattresses, sailboards, and small rafts or flotation devices or toys customarily used by swimmers. (Ord. 579 § 1, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.020Program - Purpose.

Our Vision is that Lakewood is a healthy and vibrant community where opportunities abound. The Mission of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is to support an active, engaged and livable Lakewood through quality parks, diverse programs and sustainable practices. The playgrounds, activity centers, and other facilities of the Department are established by law for public recreation purposes. (Ord. 579 § 2, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

Article II. Administration
8.76.030Administrative Rules - Hours and Conditions of Operation.

The City shall establish rules setting forth the times and conditions upon which the City parks and recreation facilities will be open, closed, or used by the public. The City parks and park facilities shall be open from dawn to dusk, except as otherwise provided by permits issued by the City, and except as otherwise posted. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.040Permits for Community Groups. (Repealed)

(Repealed Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.050Special Use Permits.

The City may grant special use permits to individuals and groups who wish to reserve a park area for a designated period of time or for a special use. Based on type of event, number of participants, or other unusual conditions, a special use permit may be required. The special use permit allows the City to gather information regarding the special use and outlines conditions to ensure the park and other park visitors will not be negatively impacted.

Factors to be considered and evaluated in granting or denying an application for a special use permit shall include: the type of event or use, time of facility use, other competing uses and their compatibility, insurance and indemnification, police and fire concerns, parking, number of expected participants and size limitations, methods to ensure that all alcohol will remain in approved areas, and any other factors that warrant consideration based on the event and/or activity involved or local, county or state laws and permit regulations.

The City will charge a fee for special use permits. Where appropriate, additional fees and special conditions of use will be established by the City and so noted on the special use permit. The City is authorized to develop a schedule of fees for such permits, which allow the City to offset impacts caused by the use and/or recover its costs in connection with the use. The schedule of fees shall be posted.

Depending on the type and nature of use, and the number of participants involved, the City Manager or designee may require the posting of a refundable deposit, in a reasonable amount, to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section of the code. The City Manager or designee is authorized to determine and identify criteria to be used in administering the requirement for posting such deposit.

The City may grant special use permits to meet or conduct activities in City parks without charge, provided the activities are exclusively for youth 18 years of age or under; and provided, that all of the following conditions are satisfied: the buildings or facilities are not otherwise required by the City; the activities are conducted in accordance with the City’s standards; held without admission charge; not conducted for fundraising or other financial gain; open to the general public without discrimination; not exclusively planned for one group; and scheduled during hours when the facility is regularly open. The City may discount fees based on programs for youth which provide scholarships to low-income participants or charge additional fees or require special conditions to offset impacts caused by the use and/or recover its costs in connection with the use.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed at any park facilities or on any park property, other than as provided in LMC 8.76.540, or its successor provision(s).

Selling, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages in a City park, recreation area, or associated marine area is prohibited, other than in connection with an event or activity for which a special use permit or rental contract has been issued; provided, that the activities and the use of alcoholic beverages shall conform to the permits therefor, and shall conform to federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations with respect thereto.

Facilities cannot be reserved more than one year (12 calendar months) prior to an event. Fees may be adjusted prior to an event as fee schedules are typically adopted in January of each year. (Ord. 658 § 1, 2017; Ord. 579 § 3, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 247 § 1, 2000; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.055Gender Equity.

The City prohibits discrimination in the operation, conduct, or administration of community athletic programs for youth or adults on basis of gender. The City currently administrates programs activities and facility allocations in a non-discriminatory manner. The City shall have and follow a policy in compliance with Chapter 467, Washington Laws of 2009, approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the City of Lakewood and available to the public. (Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010.)

8.76.060Cancellation of Permit.

The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel a permittee's reservation for cause (valid reasons) or if the City needs to make use of the facility which in the judgment of the City Manager supersedes the need of the permittee. Notice of the City's cancellation for priority use shall be given at least five business days in advance and permit fees will be refunded. Notice of cancellation for cause may be given at any time. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.070Religious Services or Group Rallies. (Repealed)

(Repealed Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.080Use of Facilities.

Time and use restrictions for any building or other facility that may be located in a City park shall be identified and determined by the Department. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.090Park Cleanup.

User groups and individuals will be responsible for setup, break down and general cleanup of their park facility space. Removal and disposal of garbage, decorations, and miscellaneous materials must be completed at the conclusion of the event. No paint or chalk markings are allowed on park paths or trails. In the event that additional cleaning or repairs are needed as a result of an event, the user will pay for the cost of cleanup or repair. If the cleanup or repairs can be performed by City staff, then the total hourly staff charges for services along with cost of supplies will be assessed against the deposit or billed to the user. Up to a 25 percent administrative charge may be added to the costs. (Ord. 658 § 2, 2017; Ord. 579 § 4, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.100Liability.

Persons using facilities by permit will be required to protect, save and hold the City, its elected and appointed officials and employees while acting within the scope of their duties, harmless from and against all claims, demands and causes of action of any kind or character, including the cost of defense thereof, arising in favor of a person or group's members or employees or third parties on account of any action including but not limited to personal injuries, death or damage to property arising out of the use of premises, or in any way arising out of the acts or omissions of the person, group and/or its agents, employees or representatives. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.110Liability Insurance.

During all periods of use, persons using facilities by permit shall obtain and maintain public liability insurance acceptable to the City and/or other insurance necessary to protect the public and the City on premises to be used, with limits of liability not less than: a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate. The City reserves the right to require higher limits if it deems there is an increased liability exposure.

The City shall be named as an additional insured in connection with any such insurance policy, unless waived in writing by the City. The City shall be provided with a certificate of insurance, or, upon written request of the City, a duplicate of the policy, as evidence of the insurance protection provided. This insurance shall not be canceled or reduced without prior written notice to the City at least thirty days in advance of the cancellation, with this provision being included in the insurance policy.

It is provided, however, that in the case of permits for use of park facilities by recognized non-profit organizations, or by small, neighborhood or family groups, depending on the type and nature of the use, the extent to which park facilities are to be used, the amount of time the facilities are to be used and the number of persons involved in the use, and the level of liability exposure involved in the use, the City Manager or designee may waive some or all of the insurance requirements hereof, and/or may require lesser limits of liability than the amounts identified hereinabove this Section. (Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 242 § 1, 2000; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.120Adults to be Present at Functions of Minors.

Adults must be present and responsible at all functions involving organized assemblies of minors, and shall remain throughout the entire function. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.130Storage of Equipment - Liability of City.

Persons using facilities should not expect storage space for equipment necessary for their programs. If temporary storage is provide, the City shall not be held responsible for loss or damage. City equipment shall not be available for use by any non-city person, group or organization, nor for any non-city purpose. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.140Equipment Regulations - Failure to Perform.

In addition to the penalties and consequences available pursuant to Sections 8.76.570, 8.76.580 and 8.76.590 of this Chapter, the misuse of a park facility or the failure to conform with these regulations, the instructions of Department employees, or the conditions of a permit will be sufficient reason for denying any future permits. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.150Facility Use - Sale of Goods or Services.

The use of park facilities for financial gain shall be allowed only through concession contracts secured by the City's competitive process, negotiated concession contracts or by special use permit issued by the Department. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.160Picnicking, Fires and Cooking.

No open flame camp fires are permitted. Barbeques, stoves or similar devices or uses are permitted in park facilities if used in accordance with individual manufacturer instructions and coals are disposed of in an approved manner. (Ord. 579 § 5, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

Article III. Rules Governing Use of Facilities - Infractions
8.76.165Alcoholic Beverages (Information also included in 8.76.50 Special Use Permits).

Selling, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages in a City park, recreation area, or associated marine area is prohibited, other than in connection with an event or activity for which a Special Use Permit or rental contract has been issued by the Department, provided that the activities and the use of alcoholic beverages shall conform to the permits therefore, and shall conform to federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations with respect thereto.

Factors to be considered and evaluated in granting or denying an application for a Special Use Permit shall include: the type of event or use, time of facility use, other competing uses and their compatibility, insurance and indemnification, police and fire concerns, parking, number of expected participants and size limitations, methods to ensure that all alcohol will remain in approved areas, and any other factors that warrant consideration based on the event and/or activity involved. The fee for the Alcohol Special Use Permit is contained in the City’s Fee Schedule and may be determined on a case by case basis depending on those factors noted in this paragraph 8.76.165. (Ord. 579 § 6, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010.)

8.76.168Smoking and Tobacco Use.

No person shall use any form of tobacco within City parks and facilities when such use is within restrooms; within fifty feet of covered picnic shelters, swimming beaches, playgrounds, athletic fields or spectator areas during athletic events, or concession areas. (Ord. 579 § 7, 2014.)

8.76.170Bathing, Washing of Clothes or Animals.

No person shall bathe, clean fish or other food, or wash any clothing or other articles for personal or household use, or any dog or other animal in any park area. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.180Parking Lots and Roadways - Games Prohibited.

Games of any kind are prohibited in parking lots and roadways of all Department facilities. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.190Motor Vehicles - Parking.

No operator of any automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer, or other vehicle, shall park such vehicle in any park area, except where the operator is using the area for the designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in the designated parking area, or in another area with the permission of a facility supervisor and for which all applicable fees have been paid. No person shall park, leave standing, or abandon a vehicle in any park area after closing time except persons using park facilities as part of an activity authorized by the Department. In addition to the penalties found in Part V of this chapter, any vehicle found parked in violation of this section may be towed away at the owner's expense, consistent with signs posted in conformity with State law.

Overnight parking in the American Lake Park Boat Launch parking lot is allowed only if an overnight pass is purchased from the launch kiosk. The receipt will note the time of purchase and is valid for 24 hours from the dated time stamp. The City of Lakewood is absolved of all liability and/or responsibility for damage to the vehicle or boat trailer parked in the parking lot overnight.

No recreational vehicle may be parked overnight in any City of Lakewood park facility unless authorized by the Department. (Ord. 579 § 8, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.200Motor Vehicles on Roads and Trails.

No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a trail in any park area unless such trail has been specifically designated and posted for such use. No person shall operate a motor vehicle within the boundaries of a park area except on roads, streets, highways, parking lots, parking areas, or where otherwise permitted by proper posting. It is provided, however, that this section shall not apply to emergency vehicles, nor to any maintenance vehicles, construction vehicles or other vehicles authorized by the Department. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.210Motor Vehicles - Speed Limits.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle within any park area at a speed greater than fifteen miles per hour or as otherwise posted, having due regard for traffic on, and the surface and width of the road, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons, property, or wildlife; provided, however, that in no event shall a vehicle be driven at a speed greater than fifteen miles per hour in picnic, utility, or headquarters areas, or in areas of general public assemblage. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.220Boat Speeds in Associated Marine Areas.

No person shall operate a boat at a speed greater than 5 knots per hour in any no wake zone or associated marine areas. (Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.221Power Loading at City Boat Launch Facilities.

Power Loading at City boat launch facilities is prohibited. No person shall power load his/her boat engine when loading a boat onto a boat trailer at a City boat launch facility. Boaters should use the boat winch to load and unload their boat. (Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010.)

8.76.230Cleaning, Washing or Repairing Vehicles.

No person shall clean or repair any automobile, other vehicle or vessel in any park area. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.240Motor Vehicles - Trucks and Commercial Vehicles.

No person shall cause a truck or other vehicle while being used for commercial purposes to enter upon, use, or traverse any portion of any park area or any park road except in the service of the Department at the request of the employees of the Department, or by express permission of the manager for a special activity not inconsistent with park use; provided that, the provisions of this section shall not apply to City roads or state highways. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.250Trail Use.

No person shall travel on a trail at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards that exist. (Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.260Vehicle - Boating - Occupancy Policy.

In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of marine facilities, continuous occupancy of marine facilities by the same person or group in any area is limited to one day in any seven day period, provided that this day shall not include overnight, unless otherwise posted. A boat launch permit must be purchased and the permit/receipt clearly visible. Non motorized vessels do not need a permit to launch. Shorter or longer limitation of occupancy may be established by special permit. In addition to the penalties in Part V of this chapter, any boat/trailer/vehicle found to be in violation of this chapter may be towed away at the owner's expense. No person shall launch a boat in any park except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose. Float planes may dock on designated docks for up to 14 consecutive days. (Ord. 579 § 9, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.270Use of Marine Heads.

No person shall use/or flush any marine head which when flushed emits its contents directly into the waters of a lake, river, or any other water area, nor cause any human or animal waste to be dumped into the waters while moored, anchored, docked or berthed in a park area or associated marine area or when entering or leaving the area. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.280Camping Prohibited.

No person shall camp in any park unless authorized by special permit. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.290Tents and Shelters on Beaches.

No person shall erect, maintain, use or occupy a temporary tent or shelter on any swimming beach and/or in any park area unless there is an unobstructed view through such tent or shelter from at least two sides; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize overnight camping.

Tents in excess of 400 square feet shall not be erected, operated or maintained for any purpose within the boundaries of a City park facility without a City special use permit. A permit is also required from the local Fire District. (Ord. 579 § 10, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.300Indecent Exposure.

Nudity is not allowed. Clothing shall be worn at all times. Exposure of one’s buttocks, genitals and female breasts is not allowed. (Ord. 579 §11, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.310Ice.

No person shall go out onto ice in any City park or park area, except in areas specifically designated for that purpose. This includes but is not limited to: Lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.320Game Fish.

All laws, rules and regulations of the State Game Commission relating to season, limits, and methods of fishing are applicable to fishing for game fish in park areas. No person may fish for, or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boatland, or beach, which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.330Pets in City Park Facilities.

A. Dogs, pets, service animals or domestic animals are not permitted off-leash on any designated swimming beach, picnic area, play area or any other park area in any City park or in any building, except in those areas specifically identified with signs posted indicating that dogs, pets, or domestic animals are permitted off-leash.

B. In those permissible areas, dogs or other pets or domestic animals must be kept under control at all times and follow all posted rules.

C. Any person whose dog or other pet is in any park area shall be responsible for the conduct of the animal and for removing feces deposited by such animal from the park area in compliance with LMC 6.02.086. (Ord. 658 § 3, 2017; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 361 § 1, 2004; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.340Animal Disturbances.

No person shall allow his or her dog or other pet or domestic animal to molest or annoy park visitors or wildlife. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.341Wildlife Feeding and Harassment.

It is unlawful in any manner to tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure, or kill, throw any stone or missile of any kind, or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird, or fowl, or to feed any fowl, bird or animal in any park area. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006.)

8.76.342Damage by Animals.

Owners of dogs or other animals damaging or destroying park property will be held liable for the full value of the property damaged or destroyed in addition to impounding fees and the penalty imposed for violation of these provisions. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006.)

8.76.350Horseback Riding - In Designated Areas Only.

Horses are not permitted in any park areas except Fort Steilacoom Park. Horses shall not be permitted in any designated swimming area, sports field, playground, or picnic area. No person shall allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied. No person shall ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that could cause physical harm to any person or to any property. Horse riders are expected to pick up their animals’ waste and remove it from the park facility.

All persons riding horses within the boundaries of Fort Steilacoom Park are required to obtain an equestrian permit which allows access to ride his/her horse on Fort Steilacoom Park trails. While in the park, all horses are to wear a manure catcher at all times. Horse riders are expected to pick up their animals’ waste and remove it from the park facility. (Ord. 658 § 4, 2017; Ord. 579 § 12, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.360Littering.

Per City Code 08.32 Litter Control, no person shall litter on park property. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.370Swimming - In Designated Areas Only.

Swimming areas shall be marked with buoys, log booms, or signs clearly designating the boundaries of such areas. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.380Swimmers Must Obey Rules.

All persons using designated park swimming areas shall obey all posted beach rules and/or the instructions of lifeguards, facility managers, or other City staff. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.385Visitors Must Obey Rules.

All persons using designated park areas shall obey all posted rules and/or the instructions of lifeguards, facility managers, or other City staff. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006.)

8.76.390Swimming/Scuba Diving in Boat Launch Areas Prohibited.

No person shall swim, sunbathe, or scuba dive in any designated boat launching area. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.400Presence in Parks During Hours the Park is Closed.

No person shall enter or be present in a City park area during hours the park is closed except persons using park facilities as part of an activity authorized by the City. (Ord. 579 §13, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

Article IV. Rules Governing Use of Facilities - Misdemeanors
8.76.405Bicycle and Scooter Restriction in Skate Park Facilities.

Skate park facilities are designed for use by skate boards, in-line skates and roller skates. No person shall have or use a bicycle, scooter or other similar vehicle in a skate park facility in any City park unless otherwise posted. For the purposes hereof, having or using a bicycle, scooter or other similar vehicle in a skate park facility means riding, locating or positioning a bicycle, scooter or other similar vehicle so that said vehicle touches any part of the concrete surface of the skate park facility. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 246 § 1, 2001.)

8.76.406Bicycle and Scooter Impoundment. (Repealed)

(Repealed Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 246 § 1, 2001.)

8.76.410Mechanical Trapping Devices.

The use of a mechanical trapping device within any City park is prohibited. A “mechanical trapping device” shall be defined as any device, including but not limited to snares or machines, that shut suddenly upon contact by an animal, or a device which kills or inflicts physical pain and injury upon a captured animal. The act of capturing an animal, by other than lawful means is prohibited. It is provided, however, that this section shall not apply to authorized pest abatement actions of City personnel. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.420False Alarm of Drowning Prohibited.

No person shall give or transmit a false signal or false alarm of drowning. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.430Games on Beaches.

Activities including but not limited to sports and physical play which interfere or tend to interfere with and endanger other beach users and distract from or obstruct the performance of life safety responsibilities of parks personnel are prohibited. When circumstances can safely permit games, such games will be conducted only with the consent of a facility Supervisor, lifeguard, or other Department employee. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.440Moorage in Swimming Area Prohibited.

No person or persons shall moor, dock, or berth a boat or other object to a dock, pier, log boom or float line which delineates a swimming area in a park area, associated marine area or where posted. (Ord. 579 § 14, 2014; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.450Damage to Property.

No person shall cut down, destroy, or in any way injure any shrub, tree, vine, grain, grass or crop, standing or growing or which has been cut down, in any park area unless authorized to do so by the Department. No person or pet shall deface, damage, remove or destroy any property, material or equipment which is under the jurisdiction of the Department. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.460Removal of Property.

No person shall change the position of or remove any City property, material, or equipment from its original position in any area under the jurisdiction of the Department. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.465Metal Detecting.

The use of metal detecting in any park shall be allowed as long as it does not interfere with reserved or organized sports or activities. There should be no noticeable impact to park property resulting from metal detecting activity. Any find that appears to have historical or archaeological significance may not be removed from where it was found and must be reported to a Department employee. (Ord. 658 § 5, 2017.)

8.76.470Outside Household or Commercial Waste.

No person shall deposit any household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste, vegetation or rubbish which is brought in such form from any private property, in any park area, garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purpose. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.480Waste from Vehicles.

No person shall drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper, vessel, automobile or other vehicle in any park area. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.490Dumping in Water Prohibited.

No person shall pollute, or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing any waste or refuse of any nature, kind or description, including human and bodily waste, into any stream, river, lake or other body of water running in, through, or adjacent to any park area. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.500Model Aircraft and Rockets.

A. No person shall fly rockets or remotely piloted and powered aircraft in any park area unless in an area designated by the City Manager or for emergency or disaster response.

B. Notwithstanding LMC 8.76.580, a violation of this section shall be an infraction punishable by a fine in the amount set forth in LMC 8.76.570. (Ord. 658 § 6, 2017; Ord. 614 § 1, 2015; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.510Solicitation.

No person shall solicit, sell, or peddle any goods, services, wares, merchandise, liquids, or edibles for human consumption, or distribute or post any handbills, circulars, or signs, or use any loud-speakers or other amplifying devices, in any park area, except by concession contract or by special use permit issued by the Department. It shall be the responsibility of any person holding a concession contract or special use permit issued by the Department to display such permit or evidence of contract conspicuously so as to be visible to persons in the vicinity of the operations of such person. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.520Fireworks.

No person shall possess, discharge, set off, or cause to be discharged, in or into any park area, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket, firework, explosive, or substance harmful to the life or safety of persons or property, unless so authorized by the Department. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.530Firearms, Weapons.

No person shall possess a bow and arrow, crossbow, or air or gas weapon in a City park. No person shall discharge across, in, or into any park area a firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow, air or gas weapon, or any device capable of injuring or killing any person or animal, or damaging or destroying any public or private property provided that where the Department for good cause has authorized and approved a special recreational activity or a recreational program, upon finding that it is not inconsistent with City park use, this section shall not apply. (Ord. 579 § 15, 2014; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.540Alcoholic Beverages (Information also included in 8.76.050 Special Use Permits). (Repealed)

(Repealed Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 247 § 2, 2000; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.550Intoxication.

It is unlawful to be intoxicated while in any City park. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.560Interference With Trails.

It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with or block any portion of a trail owned or maintained by the City. This section shall not apply to employees of the City in the performance of their duties or to persons acting on written direction of the City. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

Article V. Penalties
8.76.570Infractions.

1. The failure to perform any act required or the performance of any act prohibited by Part II or III of this chapter is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of no more than $125.00. (Ord. 658 § 7, 2017; Ord. 579 § 16, 2014; Ord. 509 § 2 (part), 2010; Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.580Misdemeanors.

Any person found guilty of violating any provision of Part IV of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or by imprisonment in jail for not more than 90 days, or both. (Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)

8.76.590Administrative Sanctions.

It is unlawful to stay in a park when directed to leave by a City of Lakewood Park Department employee or any police officer. In addition to any prescribed penalty, any person who fails to comply with any provision of this chapter, or who violates any of the ordinances, or rules and regulations of the City while in a park in the City, or who otherwise interferes with the City's administration of the parks or who restricts, or interferes with the use or enjoyment of the park by others, or engages in conduct that is likely to restrict or interfere with the use or enjoyment of the park by others, shall be subject to the loss of park or recreation facility use privileges and ejection from the City park area or associated marine park area. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)