[HISTORY: Derived from Chapter 41 of the 1975 Compilation, as amended through 1996. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Generally. No motor vehicle, bicycle or other vehicle of any description shall be driven, propelled, parked or left standing in any public park within the City, except upon, along and over the driveways, parkways and parking places constructed and established for that purpose by the Board of Parks and Recreation. No vehicle shall be driven at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour in a public park within the City.
No person shall stand or park any motor vehicle on the west side of the road which extends from Gas Avenue to Neahwa Place through Neahwa Park following the contour of the baseball park during any public function in the baseball park.
Loitering; parking. No person shall loiter or park any motor vehicle in any public park in the City of Oneonta between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Curfew. No person under the age of 16 years shall loiter or remain in any public park of the City of Oneonta between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. unless accompanied by his or her parents, guardian or guardians.
Exceptions. Nothing in the section shall prohibit regularly organized gatherings for which the Board of Parks and Recreation has granted special permission nor shall this section apply to persons who are engaged in recreational activities authorized or supervised by the Board of Parks and Recreation.
No person shall burn or cause to be burned any substance or material upon lands within the public parks of the City, except that it shall not be unlawful to start and maintain fires in pits or other receptacles constructed and provided by the Board of Parks and Recreation for such purposes.
[Added 12-5-2017 by Ord. No. 13-2017]
No person shall smoke or use any tobacco product or other nicotine delivery system within any public park in the City of Oneonta. This prohibition against the smoking of tobacco products includes Wilber Park, Neahwa Park, Catella Park, Susquehanna River Park, Swart-Wilcox Historic Park, the Susquehanna Greenway, New Island, and includes their associated sporting fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and/or playgrounds, picnic facilities, hiking trails, wooded areas, lawn areas, or parking lots. This prohibition shall also apply to Muller Plaza, Maple Park, Miller Park, and Curtis Park.
For purposes of this section, to smoke and/or utilize any tobacco products shall mean to burn a lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe, and/or to use any other substance which contains tobacco and also includes electronic cigarettes, vapor devices and chewing tobacco. It shall not include nicotine patches or gum.
Appropriate signage shall be posted designating the parks and any other areas referred to herein as "smoke-free zones"; however, the presence or absence of signs shall not be a defense to a violation of this section.
Violation of this section shall be punishable in accordance with the provisions of § 18-1 of the Code.
No person shall dump or deposit any garbage or any other kind of waste or debris anywhere within the public parks of the City, other than the receptacles provided for such purposes.
No person shall cut, injure or destroy any flowering plants, shrubs, trees or plant life of any character within the public parks of the City.
No person shall willfully or maliciously injure, deface, destroy or remove any property, either real or personal, belonging to the City, located and situated within the public parks of said city.
No person shall carry, possess, discharge or fire any weapon, gun or pistol within the boundaries of any public park of the City, except peace officers on duty, and except employees of the Parks and Recreation Board when so authorized.
[Amended 12-4-2001 by Ord. No. 9-2001]
No person shall hunt or fish in any public park of the City, except that fishing in the Susquehanna River is permitted. This section shall not apply to regularly organized gatherings for which the Parks and Recreation Commission has granted special written permission.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be punished as provided in § 1-18 of this Code.