Chapter 10.16
PARKS

Sections:

10.16.010    Defined.

10.16.020    Restrictions.

10.16.030    Penalty for violation.

10.16.035    City parks – Off-limits areas.

10.16.010 Defined.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms and words have the meanings stated in this section:

“Department” means the parks, recreation and cultural arts department of the city.

“Director” means the director of the parks, recreation and cultural arts department of the city.

“Electronic smoking device” means an electronic or battery-operated device, the use of which resembles smoking, that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol produced by the device and includes any component part of such product whether or not sold separately.

“Electronic smoking device” includes, but is not limited to, an electronic cigarette, an electronic cigar, an electronic cigarillo, an electronic pipe, vape pens, steam stones, electronic hookah or similar products or devices.

“Public parks” means and includes all the properties owned and controlled by the city, and operated as parks available for the use of the public.

“Tobacco product” includes any form of tobacco that is smoked, and any form of smokeless tobacco including vape oils. (Ord. 3249 § 1, 2017; Ord. 521 § 1, 1969)

10.16.020 Restrictions.

For the conduct of persons using or frequenting the public parks of Lynnwood, Washington, the following rules and regulations to be observed and enforced within the public parks are hereby established:

A. All city ordinances shall apply to and be in full force and effect within the public parks of the city.

B. No person shall injure, destroy, cut or remove any tree, shrub, flower, plant, wood, turf, soil, or rock in or growing in any city-owned park, plaza or trail without prior obtained permission from the director. Growing, cultivating, and farming by private parties is permitted only in designated areas under the order of the director. These areas, such as pea patches, pocket farms or community gardens will be clearly defined and have regulations posted at each entrance to the area.

C. No person shall build any fire within a public park except for the use of cooking on a grill provided therefor.

D. No person shall permit a dog to run at large within any public park or trail, and all dogs within the public parks and trails shall be kept on leash and under control at all times, except that dogs may be off-leash in any area designated for such use by the city, and except as may be permitted for special events under the order of the department as set forth in LMC 6.02.080.

E. No person shall ride or drive any horse or animal or permit any horse or animal to go upon any portion of any public park except on the roads, regularly provided parking areas, and horse trails where designated except as may be permitted for special events under the order of the department as set forth in LMC 6.02.080.

F. No motor vehicle shall be operated, stopped, parked or left standing any place in a public park except on roads and parking areas provided therefor.

G. Parking or loitering in public parks between dusk and dawn is prohibited except for an authorized scheduled event at Lynndale Park, Meadowdale Playfields or Heritage Park which shall all close at 11:00 p.m. It is unlawful for any person to loiter on, remain in, or otherwise be on said premises during this time except as permitted for special events with written permission from the director. Parking lots are for park users only; no parking lot shall be used for any purpose other than access to the park except as may be permitted for special occasions with written permission from the director.

H. No person shall mutilate, deface, injure or damage any building, installation, personal property, or piece of equipment in any public park.

I. No person shall engage in sale of any merchandise or services or operate any concession within any public park without permit from the park and recreation director previously obtained. Such permit shall include the posting of a $100.00 bond to guarantee the cleanup of the area.

J. No person shall dump or dispose of any garbage in any public park except in receptacles which are provided therefor. Also, no person shall scatter or dispose of any bottles, broken glass, waste, or discarded paper or litter or waste material of any kind in or around any part of any public park except in receptacles which are provided therefor. No dumping or disposal of personal trash or home debris shall be allowed at any park.

K. No person shall in a city park: sell an alcoholic beverage; open a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage; possess an alcoholic beverage in an open container; or consume an alcoholic beverage, unless such sale, opening, possession or consumption is authorized in connection with a use, special event or other activity for which all applicable permits or licenses, including but not limited to those required by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board under RCW Title 66 or this code, have been obtained. Such permit shall include the posting of a $100.00 bond to guarantee the cleanup of the area.

L. No person shall smoke, light or otherwise use any tobacco product in any public park. For purposes of this subsection, the term “use” includes, but is not limited to, the smoking or carrying of any kind of lighted tobacco in the form of a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other lighted smoking equipment, or the activation or other use of any electronic smoking device. (Ord. 3249 § 1, 2017; Ord. 3185 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3017 § 1, 2013; Ord. 1670 § 1, 1989; Ord. 1056 § 1, 1979; Ord. 521 § 2, 1969)

10.16.030 Penalty for violation.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of LMC 10.16.020 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 3249 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2164 § 11, 1997; Ord. 521 § 3, 1969)

10.16.035 City parks – Off-limits areas.

A. It is unlawful for any person to leave the defined and developed paths within a city park or to walk, stand, sit on or use, damage, destroy or remove the natural vegetation in any park, except as specifically set forth in subsection (D) of this section.

B. It is unlawful for any person to enter or go upon any area in a park which has been designated and posted by the parks director or his or her designee as a “restricted area,” or “no admittance,” or “no trespassing” area, or during any time the park is posted as being closed to the public.

C. For purposes of this section, “defined and developed paths”:

1. Are those paths which have been deliberately improved by the city, and which are clearly delineated by one of the following methods:

a. By being paved with asphalt or concrete;

b. By being covered in bark, wood chips, or other material that clearly defines the area to be used for walking, and which edges are bordered on one or both sides by shaped timbers, tree trunks or limbs, or by other deliberate placement of material designed to act as border;

c. By being constructed as a bridge, floating walkway, or planked walkway;

2. Do not include service roads or access roads within the park.

D. This section does not apply to any of the following:

1. An authorized city employee in the performance of his/her duties, or other duly authorized persons pursuant to law;

2. Use of picnic table areas, ball fields, and other developed areas of a park;

3. Use of an area planted with grass;

4. Any area designated by signs advising that use of the area is not restricted.

E. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 3249 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2164 § 12, 1997; Ord. 2088 § 1, 1996)