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Under the authority granted by Section 25 of the Aberdeen City Charter, the following rules and regulations for the government and management of the Aberdeen parks are adopted by the park board and shall constitute the park code of the city of Aberdeen and may be cited as such:

A. Conduct in all public parks shall be subject to all the general police regulations of the city of Aberdeen and not exclusively to the provisions of this code.

B. This code is declared to be an exercise of the police power of the state of Washington and the city of Aberdeen, for the public peace, health, safety and welfare, and its provisions shall be liberally construed.

C. Definitions. The terms herein used, unless clearly contrary to or inconsistent with the context in which used, shall be construed as follows:

“Board” shall mean the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

“Caretaker” shall mean the person primarily responsible for overseeing and administering the particular park to which he is assigned.

“Director” shall mean the director of parks and recreation of the city of Aberdeen.

“Motor vehicle” shall mean any self-propelled device capable of being moved upon a road and in, upon, or by which any person 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 and snowmobiles whether or not they can be legally operated upon the public highways.

“Park” shall mean and include all parks, squares, drives, parkways, boulevards, medians, boat launching ramps, beaches, playgrounds and recreation areas and facilities comprising the parks and recreation system of the city of Aberdeen and under the management and control of the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

“Person” shall mean all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, teams, clubs and all associations or combinations of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant or employee.

“Police” shall mean and include the chief of police and his officers.

D. Permits Required for Certain Activities. It is unlawful in any park without first securing a permit from the director, for any person to:

1. Use a public address system or other sound amplifying device;

2. Use, place or erect any signboard, sign, billboard, bulletin board, post, pole or device of any kind for advertising in any park or to attach any notice, bill, poster, sign, wire, rod or card to any tree, shrub, railing, post or structure, or erect a structure of any kind;

3. Sell refreshments or merchandise or engage in any business or occupation;

4. Keep any boat for hire upon any waters in any park. Launching of waterborne craft from any shoreline is prohibited except from specifically designated areas or with specific permit. The launching of waterborne craft as provided in this section shall be unlawful if the required fee as determined by the board has not been paid;

5. Take up collections or to act as or apply the vocation of a solicitor, agent, peddler, beggar, strolling musician, organ grinder, exhorter, barker or showman within a park;

6. Use the Rotary Log Pavilion for any public or private activity without first executing a rental application and use agreement with terms approved by the director.

E. Permit Administration.

1. Any person claiming to have a permit from the director must produce and exhibit such permit upon the request of any authorized person who may desire to inspect the same.

2. The director reserves the right to cancel a permittee's activity on any day that the director wishes to make use of the facility and when there is a need of the facility which transcends the need of the permittee. Such notice shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. A permittee’s activity may be canceled immediately for violation of park rules or for violation of permit restrictions or the terms and conditions of a Rotary Log Pavilion rental application and use agreement.

3. All permittees must leave the facility in a condition considered satisfactory to the caretaker or his designee who will supervise cleanup activities. No group shall conduct activities causing extra custodial work unless previous agreement has been made to pay for such work.

4. At all assemblies of minors under eighteen (18) years of age, responsible adults must be present throughout the entire function.

F. Prohibited Activities. It is unlawful for any person to:

1. Cut, remove, destroy, mutilate, or deface any turf, tree, plant, shrub, flower, structure, monument, statue, vase, fountain, wall, fence, railing, vehicle, bench, lighting system, sprinkling system or other property in any park;

2. Leave, deposit, drop or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper, cans or other rubbish in a park except in a garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purposes;

3. Deposit any household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste or rubbish which is brought as such from any private property in any garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purpose located within a park;

4. Drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper or automobile or other vehicle except in designated disposal areas or receptacles;

5. Pollute or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing therein any waste or refuse of any nature, kind or description including human waste or bodily waste in any stream, river, lake or other body of water running in, through or adjacent to any park;

6. Clean fish or other food or wash any clothing or other articles for personal or household use or any dog or other animal except at designated areas in the park;

7. Clean or wash any automobile or any other vehicle in any park except in areas specifically designated for that use;

8. Possess, discharge, set off or cause to be discharged in or into any park, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket, firework, explosive or other substance harmful to the life or safety of persons or property;

9. Discharge across, in or into any park a firearm, bow and arrow or 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;

10. Annoy, bother, molest, insult or offer an affront to any other person within a park;

11. Play games and conduct general horseplay on crowded swimming beaches. At times large, uncrowded beach area can safely permit some games. Such games will be permitted only with the consent of a caretaker, custodian, lifeguard or other park employee;

12. Practice or play golf, baseball, cricket, lacrosse, polo, archery, hockey, tennis or other games of like character or hurl or propel any missile except at places set apart for such purposes by the director;

13. Open or consume alcoholic beverages in a park except by permit within the Rotary Log Pavilion;

14. Operate any powered or motorized boats, skis or crafts on Lake Aberdeen other than those powered by electric motors having a maximum size of twelve (12) volts; and

15. Lock, obstruct, or block use of park facilities without city authorization.

G. Animal Control.

1. All dogs or other pets or domestic animals must be kept on leash no greater than eight (8) feet in length and under control at all times while in a park, except in areas designated and posted by the department as “off-leash pet areas.”

2. Dogs, pets or domestic animals are not permitted on any designated swimming beach in any park nor in any public building unless so posted; provided, that this section shall not apply to seeing eye dogs.

3. No person shall allow his dog or other pet or domestic animal, or any animal under his control, to bite or in any way molest or annoy other park visitors, nor shall any person permit such animal to bark continuously or otherwise disturb the peace or tranquility of the park.

4. No horses shall be permitted in any park except where designated and posted to specifically permit such activity. Horses shall not be permitted on any designated swimming area, campground or picnic area.

5. No person shall ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that might endanger life or limb or any person or animal, and no person shall allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied.

6. No person shall in any manner tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill, or throw any stone or missile of any kind at or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird or fowl; or catch any fish or feed any fowl or animal except at places and times designated for such purposes by the director and so posted by signs. No person shall give, offer or attempt to give to any animal or bird within the park any tobacco, drink or other article known to be noxious to animals or birds.

7. 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 penalty imposed for violation of these provisions.

8. Owners or custodians of dogs or other animals which defecate on park property shall be responsible for removal of all wastes.

9. All laws, rules and regulations of the State Game Commission relating to season limits and methods of finishing are applicable to fishing or game fish in all City of Aberdeen parks. No person may fish for or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boat landing or beach which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing.

H. Regulation of Campgrounds and Picnic Areas.

1. Picnicking is permitted only in designated and marked picnicking areas or in such other places within a park as may from time to time be designated by a caretaker.

2. No person shall camp in any park except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose.

3. In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the parks on a fair and equal basis, continuous occupancy of camping facilities shall be limited. Limitation of occupancy may be established and posted by the director or caretaker at any individual facility or area.

4. The number of vehicles occupying camping facilities shall be limited to one car or one camper or one vehicle with trailer per camp or trailer site. A greater number may be authorized in specific areas when constructed facilities so warrant.

5. Fees for the use of camp or trailer sites are due and payable daily. The daily fee covers use of facilities until the vacating time of 3:00 p.m. of the following day.

6. Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom prior to 3:00 p.m. if the applicable use fee has not been paid of if time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired. The occupants may, however, remain in other areas of the park for purposes other than camping until normal closing time of the park. Remaining overtime shall subject the occupant to the payment of additional use fees.

7. A trailer site, picnic area or campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for appropriate purposes by a person or persons who have paid the daily use fee when applicable. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite, trailer site, picnic area or other park facility when it is being occupied by another party or when informed by a caretaker that such campsite, picnic area, trailer site or other facility is occupied.

8. It is unlawful to build fires in any park except in areas designated by the director.

I. Regulation of Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Boats and Aircraft.

1. No operator of any automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer or other vehicle shall park such vehicle in any park except where the operator is using the area for a designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in a designated parking area or in another area with the permission of a caretaker. No person shall park, leave standing or abandon a vehicle in any park after closing time except when camping in a designated area or with permission from the caretaker. Any vehicle found parked in violation of this section may be towed away at the owner's or operator's expense.

2. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a trail in any park unless such trail has been specifically designated and posted for such use. Subject to the provisions of this code, no person shall operate a motor vehicle within the boundaries of a park except on roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas; provided, that traveling upon such roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas has not been prohibited by proper posting.

3. No person shall drive a motor vehicle within any park at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the traffic 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 twenty (20) miles per hour. The board, however, upon finding that the safety of persons and the condition of the road and the traffic thereon so warrant, may establish lower speed limits and shall post the same in the area where so established.

4. It is unlawful to enter or leave a park by other than established entrances and exits. The parking of vehicles in any park is prohibited except in established parking areas. It is unlawful to park along roadways if the normal flow of traffic is impeded or if parking causes conditions that are hazardous to public safety. The servicing of vehicles within a park is prohibited, including oil changes and other than emergency repairs. It is unlawful to engage in, conduct or hold any trials or competitions for speed, endurances or hill climbing involving any motor vehicle.

5. Riding of bicycles shall be permitted in any park on roadways and other areas where designated or posted to specifically permit such activity.

6. All persons using city-owned sail boats must complete and pass the certified sailing class offered by the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department and must adhere to the specific rules posted on the boathouse at Lake Aberdeen.

7. No aircraft shall land or take off from any body of water or land area in a park not specifically designated for landing aircraft.

8. Except where specifically amended by this code, all motor vehicle regulations contained in the city of Aberdeen Code shall apply to all roads, highways, parking lots, or parking areas within city of Aberdeen parks.

J. Park Hours. In parks which are controlled by gates or other devices normal park hours are as posted except in the case of prearranged, special group activities or regularly established concessions. In parks which are not controlled by gates or other devices park hours are from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted at each park.

K. Enforcement. The police, director or caretaker or other park employees are authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code. Any police, director or caretaker having reasonable cause to believe that any person has violated one of the provisions of this code may, in addition to invoking other sanctions, direct said persons to leave the park. Any person failing to leave the park when so directed shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

L. Violations.

1. Violation of or failure to comply with the provisions of this code shall subject the offender to a fine in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding ninety (90) days or to both such fine and imprisonment.

2. Anyone concerned in the violation of this code whether directly committing the act or omitting to do the thing constituting the offense or who aids or abets the same, whether present or absent, and anyone who directly or indirectly counsels, encourages, hires, commands, induces or otherwise procures another to commit such an offense is and shall be a principal under the terms of this code and shall be proceeded against and prosecuted as such.

M. If any provision or section of this code is held to be void or unconstitutional all other parts not expressly so held shall continue in full force and effect.

Prior to the adoption of 6532 on 10/24/2012, Section 2.60.040 read as follows.

Under the authority granted by Section 25 of the Aberdeen City Charter, the following rules and regulations for the government and management of the Aberdeen Parks are adopted by the park board and shall constitute the park code of the city of Aberdeen and may be cited as such.

A. Conduct in all public parks shall be subject to all the general police regulations of the city of Aberdeen and not exclusively to the provisions of this code.

B. This code is declared to be an exercise of the police power of the State of Washington and the city of Aberdeen, for the public peace, health, safety and welfare, and its provisions shall be liberally construed.

C. Definitions. The terms herein used, unless clearly contrary to or inconsistent with the context in which used, shall be construed as follows:

"Board" shall mean the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

"Caretaker" shall mean the person primarily responsible for overseeing and administering the particular park to which he is assigned.

"Director" shall mean the director of parks and recreation of the city of Aberdeen.

"Motor vehicle" shall mean any self-propelled device capable of being moved upon a road and in, upon, or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn and shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motorscooters, jeeps or similar type four-wheel-drive vehicles and snow-mobiles whether or not they can be legally operated upon the public highways.

"Park" shall mean and include all parks, squares, drives, parkways, boulevards, medians, boat launching ramps, beaches, playgrounds and recreation area and facilities comprising the parks and recreation system of the city of Aberdeen and under the management and control of the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

"Person" shall mean all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, teams, clubs and all associations or combinations of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant or employee.

"Police" shall mean and include the chief of police and his officers.

D. Permits Required for Certain Activities. It is unlawful in any park without first securing a permit from the director, for any person to:

1. Use a public address system or other sound amplifying device;

2. Use, place or erect any signboard, sign, billboard, bulletin board, post, pole or device of any kind for advertising in any park or to attach any notice, bill, poster, sign, wire, rod or card to any tree, shrub, railing, post or structure, or erect a structure of any kind;

3. Sell refreshments or merchandise or engage in any business or occupation;

4. Keep any boat for hire upon any waters in any park. Launching of waterborne craft from any shoreline is prohibited except from specifically designated areas or with specific permit. The launching of waterborne craft as provided in this section shall be unlawful if the required fee as determined by the board has not been paid;

5. Take up collections or to act as or apply the vocation of a solicitor, agent, peddler, beggar, strolling musician, organ grinder, exhorter, barker or showman within a park;

6. Use the Rotary Log Pavilion for any public or private activity without first executing a rental application and use agreement with terms approved by the director.

E. Permit Administration.

1. Any person claiming to have a permit from the director must produce and exhibit such permit upon the request of any authorized person who may desire to inspect the same.

2. The director reserves the right to cancel a permittee's activity on any day that the director wishes to make use of the facility and when there is a need of the facility which transcends the need of the permittee. Such notice shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. A permittee's activity may be canceled immediately for violation of park rules or for violation of permit restrictions or the terms and conditions of a "Rotary Log Pavilion" rental application and use agreement.

3. All permittees must leave the facility in a condition considered satisfactory to the caretaker or his designee who will supervise cleanup activities. No group shall conduct activities causing extra custodial work unless previous agreement has been made to pay for such work.

4. At all assemblies of minors under eighteen (18) years of age, responsible adults must be present throughout the entire function.

F. Prohibited Activities. It is unlawful for any person to:

1. Cut, remove, destroy, mutilate, or deface any turf, tree, plant, shrub, flower, structure, monument, statue, vase, fountain, wall, fence, railing, vehicle, bench, lighting system, sprinkling system or other property in any park;

2. Leave, deposit, drop or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper, cans or other rubbish in a park except in a garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purposes;

3. Deposit any household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste or rubbish which is brought as such from any private property in any garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purpose located within a park;

4. Drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper or automobile or other vehicle except in designated disposal areas or receptacles;

5. Pollute or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing therein any waste or refuse of any nature, kind or description including human waste or bodily waste in any stream, river, lake or other body of water running in, through or adjacent to any park;

6. Clean fish or other food or wash any clothing or other articles for personal or household use or any dog or other animal except at designated areas in the park;

7. Clean or wash any automobile or any other vehicle in any park except in areas specifically designated for that use;

8. Possess, discharge, set off or cause to be discharged in or into any park, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket, firework, explosive or other substance harmful to the life or safety of persons or property;

9. Possess a firearm with a cartridge in any portion of the mechanism, nor discharge across, in or into any park a firearm, bow and arrow or 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;

10. Annoy, bother, molest, insult or offer an affront to any other person within a park;

11. Play games and conduct general horseplay on crowded swimming beaches. At times large, uncrowded beach area can safely permit some games. Such games will be permitted only with the consent of a caretaker, custodian, lifeguard or other park employee;

12. Practice or play golf, baseball, cricket, lacrosse, polo, archery, hockey, tennis or other games of like character or to hurl or propel any missile except at places set apart for such purposes by the director;

13. Open or consume alcoholic beverages in a park except by permit within the "Rotary Log Pavilion;"

14. Operate any powered or motorized boats, skis or crafts on Lake Aberdeen other than those powered by electric motors having a maximum size of twelve (12) volts.

G. Animal Control.

1. All dogs or other pets or domestic animals must be kept on leash no greater than eight feet in length and under control at all times while in a park.

2. Dogs, pets or domestic animals are not permitted on any designated swimming beach in any park nor in any public building unless so posted; provided, that this section shall not apply to seeing eye dogs.

3. No person shall allow his dog or other pet or domestic animal, or any animal under his control, to bite or in any way molest or annoy other park visitors, nor shall any person permit such animal to bark continuously or otherwise disturb the peace or tranquility of the park.

4. No horses shall be permitted in any park except where designated and posted to specifically permit such activity. Horses shall not be permitted on any designated swimming area, campground or picnic area.

5. No person shall ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that might endanger life or limb or any person or animal, and no person shall allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied.

6. No person shall in any manner tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill, or throw any stone or missile of any kind at or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird or fowl; or catch any fish or feed any fowl or animal except at places and times designated for such purposes by the director and so posted by signs. No person shall give, offer or attempt to give to any animal or bird within the park any tobacco, drink or other article known to be noxious to animals or birds.

7. 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 penalty imposed for violation of these provisions.

8. Owners or custodians of dogs or other animals which defecate on park property shall be responsible for removal of all wastes.

9. All laws, rules and regulations of the State Game Commission relating to season limits and methods of finishing are applicable to fishing or game fish in all City of Aberdeen parks. No person may fish for or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boat landing or beach which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing.

H. Regulation of Campgrounds and Picnic Areas.

1. Picnicking is permitted only in designated and marked picnicking areas or in such other places within a park as may from time to time be designated by a caretaker.

2. No person shall camp in any park except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose.

3. In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the parks on a fair and equal basis, continuous occupancy of camping facilities shall be limited. Limitation of occupancy may be established and posted by the director or caretaker at any individual facility or area.

4. The number of vehicles occupying camping facilities shall be limited to one car or one camper or one vehicle with trailer per camp or trailer site. A greater number may be authorized in specific areas when constructed facilities so warrant.

5. Fees for the use of camp or trailer sites are due and payable daily. The daily fee covers use of facilities until the vacating time of 3:00 p.m. of the following day.

6. Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom prior to 3:00 p.m. if the applicable use fee has not been paid of if time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired. The occupants may, however, remain in other areas of the park for purposes other than camping until normal closing time of the park. Remaining overtime shall subject the occupant to the payment of additional use fees.

7. A trailer site, picnic area or campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for appropriate purposes by a person or persons who have paid the daily use fee when applicable. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite, trailer site, picnic area or other park facility when it is being occupied by another party or when informed by a caretaker that such campsite, picnic area, trailer site or other facility is occupied.

8. It is unlawful to build fires in any park except in areas designated by the director.

I. Regulation of Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Boats and Aircraft.

1. No operator of any automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer or other vehicle shall park such vehicle in any park except where the operator is using the area for a designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in a designated parking area or in another area with the permission of a caretaker. No person shall park, leave standing or abandon a vehicle in any park after closing time except when camping in a designated area or with permission from the caretaker. Any vehicle found parked in violation of this section may be towed away at the owner's or operator's expense.

2. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a trail in any park unless such trail has been specifically designated and posted for such use. Subject to the provisions of this code, no person shall operate a motor vehicle within the boundaries of a park except on roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas; provided, that traveling upon such roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas has not been prohibited by proper posting.

3. No person shall drive a motor vehicle within any park at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the traffic 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 twenty (20) miles per hour. The board, however, upon finding that the safety of persons and the condition of the road and the traffic thereon so warrant, may establish lower speed limits and shall post the same in the area where so established.

4. It is unlawful to enter or leave a park by other than established entrances and exits. The parking of vehicles in any park is prohibited except in established parking areas. It is unlawful to park along roadways if the normal flow of traffic is impeded or if parking causes conditions that are hazardous to public safety. The servicing of vehicles within a park is prohibited, including oil changes and other than emergency repairs. It is unlawful to engage in, conduct or hold any trials or competitions for speed, endurances or hill climbing involving any motor vehicle.

5. Riding of bicycles shall be permitted in any park on roadways and other areas where designated or posted to specifically permit such activity.

6. All persons using city-owned sail boats must complete and pass the certified sailing class offered by the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department and must adhere to the specific rules posted on the boathouse at Lake Aberdeen.

7. No aircraft shall land or take off from any body of water or land area in a park not specifically designated for landing aircraft.

8. Except where specifically amended by this code, all motor vehicle regulations contained in the city of Aberdeen Code shall apply to all roads, highways, parking lots, or parking areas within city of Aberdeen parks.

J. Park Hours. In parks which are controlled by gates or other devices normal park hours are as posted except in the case of prearranged, special group activities or regularly established concessions.

K. Enforcement. The police, director or caretaker or other park employees are authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code. Any police, director or caretaker having reasonable cause to believe that any person has violated one of the provisions of this code may, in addition to invoking other sanctions, direct said persons to leave the park. Any person failing to leave the park when so directed shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

L. Violations.

1. Violation of or failure to comply with the provisions of this code shall subject the offender to a fine in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding ninety (90) days or to both such fine and imprisonment.

2. Anyone concerned in the violation of this code whether directly committing the act or omitting to do the thing constituting the offense or who aids or abets the same, whether present or absent, and anyone who directly or indirectly counsels, encourages, hires, commands, induces or otherwise procures another to commit such an offense is and shall be a principal under the terms of this code and shall be proceeded against and prosecuted as such.

M. If any provision or section of this code is held to be void or unconstitutional all other parts not expressly so held shall continue in full force and effect. (Prior code § 1.50.050)

Prior to the adoption of 6499 on 06/09/2010, Section 2.60.040 read as follows.

Under the authority granted by Section 25 of the Aberdeen City Charter, the following rules and regulations for the government and management of the Aberdeen Parks are adopted by the park board and shall constitute the park code of the city of Aberdeen and may be cited as such.

A. Conduct in all public parks shall be subject to all the general police regulations of the city of Aberdeen and not exclusively to the provisions of this code.

B. This code is declared to be an exercise of the police power of the State of Washington and the city of Aberdeen, for the public peace, health, safety and welfare, and its provisions shall be liberally construed.

C. Definitions. The terms herein used, unless clearly contrary to or inconsistent with the context in which used, shall be construed as follows:

"Board" shall mean the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

"Caretaker" shall mean the person primarily responsible for overseeing and administering the particular park to which he is assigned.

"Director" shall mean the director of parks and recreation of the city of Aberdeen.

"Motor vehicle" shall mean any self-propelled device capable of being moved upon a road and in, upon, or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn and shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motorscooters, jeeps or similar type four-wheel-drive vehicles and snow-mobiles whether or not they can be legally operated upon the public highways.

"Park" shall mean and include all parks, squares, drives, parkways, boulevards, medians, boat launching ramps, beaches, playgrounds and recreation area and facilities comprising the parks and recreation system of the city of Aberdeen and under the management and control of the park board of the city of Aberdeen.

"Person" shall mean all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, teams, clubs and all associations or combinations of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant or employee.

"Police" shall mean and include the chief of police and his officers.

D. Permits Required for Certain Activities. It is unlawful in any park without first securing a permit from the director, for any person to:

1. Use a public address system or other sound amplifying device;

2. Use, place or erect any signboard, sign, billboard, bulletin board, post, pole or device of any kind for advertising in any park or to attach any notice, bill, poster, sign, wire, rod or card to any tree, shrub, railing, post or structure, or erect a structure of any kind;

3. Sell refreshments or merchandise or engage in any business or occupation;

4. Keep any boat for hire upon any waters in any park. Launching of waterborne craft from any shoreline is prohibited except from specifically designated areas or with specific permit. The launching of waterborne craft as provided in this section shall be unlawful if the required fee as determined by the board has not been paid;

5. Take up collections or to act as or apply the vocation of a solicitor, agent, peddler, beggar, strolling musician, organ grinder, exhorter, barker or showman within a park;

6. Use the Rotary Log Pavilion for any public or private activity without first executing a rental application and use agreement with terms approved by the director.

E. Permit Administration.

1. Any person claiming to have a permit from the director must produce and exhibit such permit upon the request of any authorized person who may desire to inspect the same.

2. The director reserves the right to cancel a permittee's activity on any day that the director wishes to make use of the facility and when there is a need of the facility which transcends the need of the permittee. Such notice shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. A permittee's activity may be canceled immediately for violation of park rules or for violation of permit restrictions or the terms and conditions of a "Rotary Log Pavilion" rental application and use agreement.

3. All permittees must leave the facility in a condition considered satisfactory to the caretaker or his designee who will supervise cleanup activities. No group shall conduct activities causing extra custodial work unless previous agreement has been made to pay for such work.

4. At all assemblies of minors under eighteen (18) years of age, responsible adults must be present throughout the entire function.

F. Prohibited Activities. It is unlawful for any person to:

1. Cut, remove, destroy, mutilate, or deface any turf, tree, plant, shrub, flower, structure, monument, statue, vase, fountain, wall, fence, railing, vehicle, bench, lighting system, sprinkling system or other property in any park;

2. Leave, deposit, drop or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper, cans or other rubbish in a park except in a garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purposes;

3. Deposit any household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste or rubbish which is brought as such from any private property in any garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purpose located within a park;

4. Drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper or automobile or other vehicle except in designated disposal areas or receptacles;

5. Pollute or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing therein any waste or refuse of any nature, kind or description including human waste or bodily waste in any stream, river, lake or other body of water running in, through or adjacent to any park;

6. Clean fish or other food or wash any clothing or other articles for personal or household use or any dog or other animal except at designated areas in the park;

7. Clean or wash any automobile or any other vehicle in any park except in areas specifically designated for that use;

8. Possess, discharge, set off or cause to be discharged in or into any park, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket, firework, explosive or other substance harmful to the life or safety of persons or property;

9. Possess a firearm with a cartridge in any portion of the mechanism, nor discharge across, in or into any park a firearm, bow and arrow or 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;

10. Annoy, bother, molest, insult or offer an affront to any other person within a park;

11. Play games and conduct general horseplay on crowded swimming beaches. At times large, uncrowded beach area can safely permit some games. Such games will be permitted only with the consent of a caretaker, custodian, lifeguard or other park employee;

12. Practice or play golf, baseball, cricket, lacrosse, polo, archery, hockey, tennis or other games of like character or to hurl or propel any missile except at places set apart for such purposes by the director;

13. Open or consume alcoholic beverages in a park except by permit within the "Rotary Log Pavilion;"

14. All powered or motorized boats, skis or crafts are prohibited to operate on Lake Aberdeen.

G. Animal Control.

1. All dogs or other pets or domestic animals must be kept on leash no greater than eight feet in length and under control at all times while in a park.

2. Dogs, pets or domestic animals are not permitted on any designated swimming beach in any park nor in any public building unless so posted; provided, that this section shall not apply to seeing eye dogs.

3. No person shall allow his dog or other pet or domestic animal, or any animal under his control, to bite or in any way molest or annoy other park visitors, nor shall any person permit such animal to bark continuously or otherwise disturb the peace or tranquility of the park.

4. No horses shall be permitted in any park except where designated and posted to specifically permit such activity. Horses shall not be permitted on any designated swimming area, campground or picnic area.

5. No person shall ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that might endanger life or limb or any person or animal, and no person shall allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied.

6. No person shall in any manner tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill, or throw any stone or missile of any kind at or strike with any stick or weapon any animal, bird or fowl; or catch any fish or feed any fowl or animal except at places and times designated for such purposes by the director and so posted by signs. No person shall give, offer or attempt to give to any animal or bird within the park any tobacco, drink or other article known to be noxious to animals or birds.

7. 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 penalty imposed for violation of these provisions.

8. Owners or custodians of dogs or other animals which defecate on park property shall be responsible for removal of all wastes.

9. All laws, rules and regulations of the State Game Commission relating to season limits and methods of finishing are applicable to fishing or game fish in all City of Aberdeen parks. No person may fish for or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boat landing or beach which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing.

H. Regulation of Campgrounds and Picnic Areas.

1. Picnicking is permitted only in designated and marked picnicking areas or in such other places within a park as may from time to time be designated by a caretaker.

2. No person shall camp in any park except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose.

3. In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the parks on a fair and equal basis, continuous occupancy of camping facilities shall be limited. Limitation of occupancy may be established and posted by the director or caretaker at any individual facility or area.

4. The number of vehicles occupying camping facilities shall be limited to one car or one camper or one vehicle with trailer per camp or trailer site. A greater number may be authorized in specific areas when constructed facilities so warrant.

5. Fees for the use of camp or trailer sites are due and payable daily. The daily fee covers use of facilities until the vacating time of 3:00 p.m. of the following day.

6. Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom prior to 3:00 p.m. if the applicable use fee has not been paid of if time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired. The occupants may, however, remain in other areas of the park for purposes other than camping until normal closing time of the park. Remaining overtime shall subject the occupant to the payment of additional use fees.

7. A trailer site, picnic area or campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for appropriate purposes by a person or persons who have paid the daily use fee when applicable. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite, trailer site, picnic area or other park facility when it is being occupied by another party or when informed by a caretaker that such campsite, picnic area, trailer site or other facility is occupied.

8. It is unlawful to build fires in any park except in areas designated by the director.

I. Regulation of Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Boats and Aircraft.

1. No operator of any automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer or other vehicle shall park such vehicle in any park except where the operator is using the area for a designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in a designated parking area or in another area with the permission of a caretaker. No person shall park, leave standing or abandon a vehicle in any park after closing time except when camping in a designated area or with permission from the caretaker. Any vehicle found parked in violation of this section may be towed away at the owner's or operator's expense.

2. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a trail in any park unless such trail has been specifically designated and posted for such use. Subject to the provisions of this code, no person shall operate a motor vehicle within the boundaries of a park except on roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas; provided, that traveling upon such roads, streets, highways, parking lots or parking areas has not been prohibited by proper posting.

3. No person shall drive a motor vehicle within any park at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the traffic 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 twenty (20) miles per hour. The board, however, upon finding that the safety of persons and the condition of the road and the traffic thereon so warrant, may establish lower speed limits and shall post the same in the area where so established.

4. It is unlawful to enter or leave a park by other than established entrances and exits. The parking of vehicles in any park is prohibited except in established parking areas. It is unlawful to park along roadways if the normal flow of traffic is impeded or if parking causes conditions that are hazardous to public safety. The servicing of vehicles within a park is prohibited, including oil changes and other than emergency repairs. It is unlawful to engage in, conduct or hold any trials or competitions for speed, endurances or hill climbing involving any motor vehicle.

5. Riding of bicycles shall be permitted in any park on roadways and other areas where designated or posted to specifically permit such activity.

6. All persons using city-owned sail boats must complete and pass the certified sailing class offered by the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department and must adhere to the specific rules posted on the boathouse at Lake Aberdeen.

7. No aircraft shall land or take off from any body of water or land area in a park not specifically designated for landing aircraft.

8. Except where specifically amended by this code, all motor vehicle regulations contained in the city of Aberdeen Code shall apply to all roads, highways, parking lots, or parking areas within city of Aberdeen parks.

J. Park Hours. In parks which are controlled by gates or other devices normal park hours are as posted except in the case of prearranged, special group activities or regularly established concessions.

K. Enforcement. The police, director or caretaker or other park employees are authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code. Any police, director or caretaker having reasonable cause to believe that any person has violated one of the provisions of this code may, in addition to invoking other sanctions, direct said persons to leave the park. Any person failing to leave the park when so directed shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

L. Violations.

1. Violation of or failure to comply with the provisions of this code shall subject the offender to a fine in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding ninety (90) days or to both such fine and imprisonment.

2. Anyone concerned in the violation of this code whether directly committing the act or omitting to do the thing constituting the offense or who aids or abets the same, whether present or absent, and anyone who directly or indirectly counsels, encourages, hires, commands, induces or otherwise procures another to commit such an offense is and shall be a principal under the terms of this code and shall be proceeded against and prosecuted as such.

M. If any provision or section of this code is held to be void or unconstitutional all other parts not expressly so held shall continue in full force and effect. (Prior code § 1.50.050)

(Ord. 6684 § 2, Amended, 06/08/2022; Ord. 6674 § 1, Amended, 08/25/2021; Ord. 6669 § 1, Amended, 12/29/2020; Ord. 6532, Amended, 10/24/2012; Ord. 6499, Amended, 06/09/2010. Prior code § 1.50.050)