City of Berkeley, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 225.010 Parks and Recreation Rules.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 12-20-1976; Ord. No. 2336 §1, 5-7-1979; Ord. No. 2915 §1, 10-5-1987; Ord. No. 2980 §1, 7-18-1988; Ord. No. 3808 §1, 8-18-2008]
A. 
The rules and regulations set out in this Chapter shall apply to all City recreation areas and facilities.
B. 
For the purposes of this Chapter the following terms shall be deemed to have the meaning indicated below:
CITY
The City of Berkeley, Missouri
DIRECTOR
The head of the Department of Parks and Recreation or a designated representative.
PARKS
All recreation areas and facilities and park facilities owned or operated by the City.
RESIDENT
Any person living within the boundaries of the City or employed by the City and/or any person (including the members of his/her immediate household) to whom a City merchants license has been issued.
WEEKENDS
Shall include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
C. 
All park grounds will open daily at dawn and close at dusk, unless otherwise allowed in writing by the Director. No glass bottles are permitted in any City park.
D. 
A resident identification card is required for all members of a family over five (5) years of age.
E. 
No non-resident shall use a Berkeley resident card to gain admission to or use of Berkeley recreation facilities.
F. 
No Berkeley resident shall give or lend a resident card to any person.
G. 
All parks will be available to residents of Berkeley and their guests. Only a resident may apply, either in writing, in person, or by phone, for the free use of the parks. A certificate of residency will be required by the Director. Certification is established with display or number of the resident identification card.
H. 
No person or group of individuals will be allowed to make reservations for parks for the coming year until after the first work day of the year for which the reservation is requested. Park buildings may be excluded from this rule at the discretion of the Director.
I. 
Parks shall not be available for activities of a commercial nature. No permittee hereunder shall conduct an activity that is in competition with local merchants or park concessioners, unless otherwise allowed in writing by the Director.
J. 
The City and its employees shall not be liable for or assume any responsibility for valuables brought into the parks, nor for the receipt and disbursement of any funds other than City funds.
K. 
The City, its agents, servants, and employees acting in the scope of their employment are not responsible for lost or stolen property.
L. 
Any person, firm, corporation, organization, or group using the parks shall assume full responsibility for behavior and damages caused during the term of the permit.
M. 
Gambling is not permitted in the parks.
N. 
Defacing of trees and any City-owned property is not permitted in the parks.
O. 
Abusive language or obscene activity is not permitted in the parks.
P. 
Bicycles.
1. 
Bicycles may not be ridden within any park except where a bike trail is indicated and so provided. All speed limits, including motor vehicles and bicycles, shall not exceed ten (10) miles per hour within any park.
2. 
The riding of bicycles and skateboards in Independence Park on the physical fitness trail and tennis court is hereby prohibited at all times.
Q. 
Vehicles may be parked in designated areas only, except by authority of the Director.
R. 
Garbage, refuse, and trash shall be deposited in trash receptacles.
S. 
Any of the parks or facilities may be reserved for a City-sponsored program.
T. 
Dogs and cats may be allowed in the parks as provided by the City Code.
U. 
Other animals will be allowed in the parks as authorized in writing by the Director.
V. 
No dumping is allowed in the parks.

Section 225.020 Athletic Fields.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 12-20-1976; Ord. No. 2336 §1, 5-7-1979; Ord. No. 2533 §1, 6-7-1982]
A. 
Application for use of the athletic fields must be made on an application form provided by the Director. Field reservations will be made on a seasonal basis.
B. 
Priority for use of the athletic fields will be given to teams with fifty-one percent (51%) or more who are residents of the City. This rule does not apply to inter-league play-off games.
C. 
Hardball or baseball is permitted only in areas designated by the Director.
D. 
Archery is permitted only in areas designated by the Director.
E. 
Copies of the teams' rosters for any season must be submitted to the office of the Director at least fourteen (14) days prior to the beginning game of the season. This rule does not apply to play-off games.
F. 
No inning of a night game may be started after 10:45 P.M., and must end by 11:00 P.M.
G. 
All athletic fields will be open for Berkeley residents on a first come, first served basis on Sundays and holidays, except as specifically allowed in writing by the Director. The Director shall not permit tournaments during this time.
H. 
No drinking of beer or alcoholic beverages will be allowed on or about the athletic field by participants before or during their league game. No beer or athletic beverages shall be allowed to be brought into the Berkeley Athletic Complex except with prior approval by the Council.

Section 225.030 Tennis Courts.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 12-20-1976; Ord. No. 2336 §1, 5-7-1979]
A. 
Residents with Berkeley ID cards will be given priority for use of courts.
B. 
Guests of ID holder may play on only one (1) court.
C. 
Play is limited to one (1) hour at a time for singles or doubles when others are waiting.
D. 
Players must register individually when tennis guards are on duty.
E. 
No player or group of players shall register for court time while engaged in play.
F. 
Players must wear tennis shoes on the courts.
G. 
Residents eighteen (18) years and older will have priority to use tennis courts after 6:00 P.M. daily.
H. 
No bicycles, roller skates, or skateboards on tennis courts.

Section 225.040 Facilities.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 12-20-1976; Ord. No. 2336 §1, 5-7-1979]
A. 
Reservation — Procedure — Fees.
1. 
Maintenance fees and a reservation deposit for the said use of City facilities shall be established by the Director. The renter, regardless of whether a paid rental or non-profit organization, is responsible for the proper conduct and behavior of the group and any damages which occur during the rental period. The Director will ascertain damages and bill the renter accordingly. The renter must be twenty-one (21) years or older to sign any contract for use of the facilities.
2. 
Application for the use of any meeting room in any of the City's facilities shall be made at least one (1) week in advance of date of intended use. The application shall contain the name and address of the person making application. Applicant shall agree to comply with all the ordinances governing the use of the particular park area or facility, shall certify that the information supplied in the application is correct and true to his/her best knowledge and belief, and shall agree that any violation of the City ordinances by any member of his/her group shall invalidate the permit. Applications shall be in writing addressed to the Director.
B. 
Qualifications for civic or service organizations who wish to use City facilities free of charge: Must be non-political, non-profit, non-religious, and engaged in activities aimed at improving the quality of life for some or all of the citizens of Berkeley.
1. 
Eligible groups (civic or service) must agree to pick up all trash and leave the building in a neat and presentable condition.
2. 
The application for use of City facilities submitted by any organization requesting a waiver of fees must specify the exact type of event (fund-raising, meeting, social) for which the facility is being reserved. Such activity must be related to the group's purpose or goal.
C. 
If necessary, applicants for park facilities shall pick up the key to the facility at the recreation office, and return the key to same at a designated time. They will check lights out and windows and doors closed. A key deposit may be required by the Director.
D. 
Park buildings and facilities shall close at 10:30 P.M., unless otherwise authorized in writing by the Director.

Section 225.050 Picnic and Camping Area.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 12-20-1976]
A. 
Permits will be issued in advance for designated picnic areas. Applicant for use of these facilities shall be a Berkeley resident. The application shall contain the name and address of the resident cardholder making application. Such permits shall state time, place, date, name of organization, function, and number of people. Permits will be issued to groups of ten (10) or more people. Permits for picnic areas do not include permission to use ball diamonds in the parks, unless otherwise specifically stated.
B. 
Overnight camping permits in Ramona Lake Park and Evans Lane Park may be issued to residents or groups sponsored by Berkeley organizations pursuant to application forms provided by the Director.
C. 
Fires shall be permitted in areas and at times designated by the Director.
D. 
Accidents — Supervised Activities. During all supervised activity sponsored by the City of Berkeley, an accident report will be filled out on all accidents. If the injured requires professional medical attention, the Police are to be called, and on their arrival, the officer will be in charge.
E. 
Accidents — Unsupervised Activity. If an accident should occur within the City parks in a non-supervised activity, it shall be the responsibility of the injured or the parent or guardian of the injured to report the accident to the Director of Parks and Recreation or City Manager's office.

Section 225.060 Operation of Ramona Lake.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2937 §1, 3-21-1988; Ord. No. 2947 §1, 5-2-1988; Ord. No. 3036, 3-20-1989; Ord. No. 3109 §1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 3202, 4-6-1992]
A. 
The fishing hours of Ramona Lake will be set forth by the Director and shall be posted at Ramona Lake Park.
B. 
Each fisherman shall register at the caretaker's office. The caretaker shall collect the appropriate fee and the fisherman's Missouri fishing permit. A driver's license or other form of identification may also be required. Residents must provide a correct resident card or other form of identification which verifies residency in order to fish at the residential rate. A numbered daily fishing permit, issued by the caretaker, must be visibly worn by each registrant. Fishing permits, which include fishing rules, must be signed to be valid. Upon checkout, the daily fishing permit must be returned, the fish weighed and recorded, and the fishing permit returned.
C. 
Each fisherman shall abide by the following daily limits:
3 catfish
1 bass over fifteen (15) inches in length
5 bluegill
D. 
The daily fees of Ramona Lake shall be set forth by the Director and shall be posted at Ramona Lake Park.
(Children ages ten (10) and under must be accompanied by a paying adult sixteen (16) years of age or older. Fish caught by these children will count towards the adult daily limits.)
E. 
Each fisherman will be allowed to use two (2) poles at a time.
F. 
All fishermen must check out with the caretaker, have fish weighed and recorded, return daily fishing permit, and pick up State fishing permit.
G. 
Once a fish of legal size or within the daily limit of the species is caught, it must either be kept and contained (stringer, basket, creel, etc.) or it must be immediately released into the water unharmed. If a fish is kept and contained, it counts toward the daily limit and must not be released. Any fish which does not meet the minimum length requirement or exceeds the daily limit for that species, must be immediately released into the water unharmed.
H. 
The Director of Parks and Recreation, the Chief of Police, or any other qualified person designated by either aforementioned City Official shall have the power to seize all fish as follows:
1. 
Fish that are caught during the closed season of Ramona Lake.
2. 
Fish that are caught during non-fishing hours.
3. 
Fish caught by unregistered fishermen.
4. 
Fish caught in excess of the daily limit or under the minimum required length.
5. 
All illegal fish in the possession of any fisherman.
I. 
Each fisherman shall possess a container (stringer, basket, creel, etc.) for holding the fish. Said container shall not be used for holding fish caught by other fishermen.
J. 
It shall be unlawful to wade or swim in Ramona Lake.
K. 
No person shall throw trash, cans, bottles, or any object in the lake or onto the grounds of the park. No person shall loiter at or near the office of said park.
L. 
The caretaker shall have the authority to check coolers, baskets, creels, stringers, etc., and to seize illegal fish.
M. 
No glass is allowed in the park.
N. 
Fires are allowed in barbecue pits only.
O. 
No minnows are allowed.
P. 
Snagging, gigging, or trapping fish is prohibited.
Q. 
No boats of any kind are allowed on the lake.
R. 
Violations.
1. 
Persons violating these rules shall, in addition to other penalties, have fishing privileges suspended a minimum length of time as follows:
First offense — One (1) month
Second offense — Six (6) months
Third offense — Twelve (12) months
2. 
The above schedule relates only to those months during which the lake is open — April through October.
S. 
Fines.
1. 
Any fisherman who does not abide by minimum lengths of fish, or who exceeds the daily limits, shall be fined as follows:
First offense — $25.00 per fish and one (1) month suspension
Second offense — $50.00 per fish and six (6) months suspension
Third offense — $75.00 per fish and one (1) year suspension
2. 
The above fines do not include court costs, which will also be assessed.
T. 
Fishing shall be allowed during hours that the Ramona Lake Park office is open only. The penalty for violation shall be a one hundred dollar ($100.00) fine, plus court costs.
U. 
Any fisherman who fails to register on entering the park, or fails to have his/her fish weighed, if any, before the leaving the park, or fails to check out on leaving, shall be assessed a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) upon conviction. The State fishing permit, driver's license, ID card, or Missouri Department of Conservation Affidavit, etc., shall be turned into the recreation office when they are not picked up by the fisherman, and must be retrieved at the recreation office during regular work hours. No fisherman who owes a fine will be allowed to fish until the fine has been paid.

Section 225.070 Civic Center Rules and Regulations.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 3-21-1976; Ord. No. 2336 §1, 5-7-1979]
A. 
The Civic Center may be used for a maximum of twelve (12) free nights per calendar year.
B. 
The Civic Center is available free for use by civic or service organizations from Monday through Thursday. If a weekend date is otherwise unreserved by one (1) month prior to that date, eligible organizations may reserve the center for free use.

Section 225.080 Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 3-21-1988]
A. 
The Director or a designated representative shall formulate and post reasonable rules for a safe and efficient pool operation.
B. 
Failure to obey any of the posted rules and regulations are grounds for immediate expulsion from the pool without a refund.

Section 225.090 Violation and Penalty.

[CC 1961 §39.30; Ord. No. 2175 §1, 3-21-1988]
All parks and recreation rules and regulations formulated by the Director and approved by the Council relevant to the use of parks and recreational facilities of the City shall be obeyed thereby, and any violator thereof shall be punished as provided by the Municipal Code and/or by prohibiting any violator from the use of the park or facility for the following periods:
First violation — One (1) month
Second violation — Six (6) months
Third violation — One (1) year
Fourth violation — Five (5) years;
unless reduced by the Council at a hearing for this purpose.