Chapter 9.68


9.68.010    Structures and signs.

9.68.020    Damaging property prohibited.

9.68.030    Animals in parks.

9.68.040    Weapons and fireworks restricted.

9.68.050    Molesting and feeding animals.

9.68.060    Solicitation and peddling prohibited.

9.68.070    Use of parks.

9.68.080    Assemblies/events – City council approval – Required – Conditions.

9.68.090    Vehicle and equestrian restrictions.

9.68.100    Camping prohibited – Exception.

9.68.110    Certain games, sports and throwing missiles prohibited – Exception.

9.68.120    Refuse deposit regulations.

9.68.130    Testing motor vehicles prohibited.

9.68.140    Endurance or speed test prohibited.

9.68.150    Building fires prohibited – Exception.

9.68.160    Remaining after closing time prohibited.

9.68.170    Acts constituting disorderly conduct.

9.68.175    Smoking tobacco products prohibited.

9.68.180    Aiding and abetting deemed offense in same degree.

9.68.010 Structures and signs.

A. Signs shall not be allowed in city parks unless approved as part of a park use request and consistent with the Yelm sign code, Chapter 18.62 YMC. It shall be the responsibility of the park user to obtain a permit if required pursuant to the sign code.

B. Park users shall not erect any structure in city parks except temporary stands or tents as authorized as part of a community event sanctioned by resolution of the city council and sponsored by a community-oriented nonprofit organization. (Ord. 996 § 4, 2015; Ord. 965 § 1, 2013; Ord. 213 § 11(A), 1977).

9.68.020 Damaging property prohibited.

It is unlawful to remove, destroy, mutilate or deface any structure, monument, statue, vase, fountain, wall, fence, railing, vehicle, bench, shrub, tree, fern, plant, flower, lighting system or sprinkling system or other property lawfully in any park. It is further unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in a manner which causes damage to any playfield, recreation area, or other grounds within a park. (Ord. 213 § 11(B), 1977).

9.68.030 Animals in parks.

A. Longmire Community Park. All animals are prohibited.

B. Yelm City Park and Cochrane Memorial Park. It is unlawful to permit any animal to run at large without a restraining device or allow entrance to any pond, fountain or stream therein. Animals are not to be left unattended, and any animal feces must be removed by owners. (Ord. 908 § 1, 2009).

9.68.040 Weapons and fireworks restricted.

It is unlawful to shoot, fire or explode any firearm, unless in self defense, fireworks, firecracker, torpedo or explosive of any kind or to shoot or fire any air gun, bow and arrow, or BB gun or use any slingshot in any park without the written consent of the city council. (Ord. 965 § 2, 2013; Ord. 908 § 2, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(D), 1977).

9.68.050 Molesting and feeding animals.

A. It is unlawful, in any manner, to purposely tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill or to throw any stone or article of any kind at or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird, fowl or fish within a park.

B. It is unlawful to feed any fowl, fish or animal within any park other than Cochrane Memorial Park. (Ord. 908 § 3, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(E), 1977).

9.68.060 Solicitation and peddling prohibited.

It is unlawful to take up collections, or to act as or apply the vocation of solicitor, agent, peddler, fakir, mendicant, beggar or bootblack, within a park. It is unlawful to sell food, refreshments or merchandise within any park without obtaining written consent from the city council and in accordance with YMC 9.68.080 and any appropriate state/county agency. (Ord. 965 § 3, 2013; Ord. 908 § 4, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(F), 1977).

9.68.070 Use of parks.

City of Yelm parks are open to the public, and for all events not requiring the approval of the city council, are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. The public will have the opportunity to reserve Yelm city parks pavilion space during designated park hours. The city will establish criteria for the use of each park. Such criteria will be available at the city clerk’s office. (Ord. 1058 § 1, 2020; Ord. 965 § 4, 2013; Ord. 908 § 5, 2009).

9.68.080 Assemblies/events – City council approval – Required – Conditions.

The following events require city council approval:

A. Circus, carnival and traveling exhibition.

B. Any religious or political meeting.

C. Any community-wide event.

Such approval shall be issued upon application but may be conditioned as to the time and place of holding such meeting or assembly so as not to unreasonably interfere with other lawful activities within the park. In no event may the same event be held more than once per quarter. (Ord. 965 § 5, 2013; Ord. 908 § 6, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(H), 1977).

9.68.090 Vehicle and equestrian restrictions.

It is unlawful to ride a horse or pony and any bicycle, motor scooter, either electric or gas-propelled, motorcycle, or any other motor vehicle, unless for purposes of transporting disabled persons in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, within any park. Exceptions to this are designated bicycle paths, drives, parkways and boulevards. Vehicles must not travel at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour on the designated bicycle paths, drives, parkways and boulevards. (Ord. 908 § 7, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(I), 1977).

9.68.100 Camping prohibited – Exception.

It is unlawful to camp within any park except as authorized by the city council. (Ord. 965 § 6, 2013; Ord. 213 § 11(J), 1977).

9.68.110 Certain games, sports and throwing missiles prohibited – Exception.

It is unlawful to practice or play golf, baseball, cricket, lacrosse, polo, archery, hockey, 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 by the city council and so designated by signs. (Ord. 213 § 11(K), 1977).

9.68.120 Refuse deposit regulations.

It is unlawful to throw any refuse, litter, broken glass, crockery, nails, shrubbery, trimmings, junk or advertising matter in any park or to deposit any such material therein, except in designated receptacles; provided, however, it is further unlawful to deposit in such designated litter receptacles or elsewhere within a park any refuse, litter or other trash collected at the home, business, or other dwelling of any person and intentionally brought to said park solely for the purpose of disposing of such refuse, litter or trash. (Ord. 213 § 11(L), 1977).

9.68.130 Testing motor vehicles prohibited.

It is unlawful to operate any vehicle or motorcycle for the purpose of testing it, or ascertaining its fitness for service along or upon any park drive, parkway, boulevard or designated bicycle lane. (Ord. 213 § 11(M), 1977).

9.68.140 Endurance or speed test prohibited.

It is unlawful to engage in, conduct or hold any trials or competitions for speed, endurance or hill climbing, involving any vehicle, boat, aircraft or animal, in any park. (Ord. 213 § 11(N), 1977).

9.68.150 Building fires prohibited – Exception.

It is unlawful to build any fires in any park except in areas designated by the city council and so designated by signs. (Ord. 213 § 11(O), 1977).

9.68.160 Remaining after closing time prohibited.

It is unlawful to remain in any park after the posted closing time. City of Yelm parks will have visibly posted hours of public accessible use times. Remaining in any park outside of the posted public accessible use times is unlawful. Hours of park accessibility at all parks shall be sunrise to sunset. (Ord. 1058 § 2, 2020; Ord. 908 § 8, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(Q), 1977).

9.68.170 Acts constituting disorderly conduct.

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct in a city of Yelm park if without lawful authority he/she knowingly:

A. Is involved in conduct and/or uses offensive language that causes the clear and imminent danger of assault, riot or other public disorders which could endanger the safety of others;

B. Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority;

C. Obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic without lawful authority;

D. Engages in any use of illegal substances;

E. Consumes any intoxicating liquor, unless the appropriate paperwork is filed with the state of Washington and the city of Yelm. (Ord. 908 § 9, 2009; Ord. 213 § 11(P), 1977).

9.68.175 Smoking tobacco products prohibited.

Smoking tobacco products by use of cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other smoking device inside the boundaries of any park is unlawful. (Ord. 908 § 10, 2009).

9.68.180 Aiding and abetting deemed offense in same degree.

Anyone who aids and abets the violation by another person of this chapter, or who procures or hires that person to violate any provision of this section, shall be guilty in the same degree as the perpetrator of such offense. (Ord. 213 § 11(R), 1977).