[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Woodville 8-13-1996 (Ch. 1 of Title 12 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Purpose and definition. In order to protect the parks, parkways, recreational facilities and conservancy areas within the Village of Woodville from injury, damage or desecration, these regulations are enacted. The term "park" as hereinafter used in this chapter shall include all grounds, structures and watercourses which are or may be located within any area dedicated to the public use as a park, parkway, recreation facility, playground, swimming pool or conservancy area in the Village.
Littering prohibited. No person shall litter, dump or deposit any rubbish, refuse, earth or other material in any park.
Sound devices. No person shall operate or play any amplifying system unless specific authority is first obtained from the Village Board.
Bill posting. No person shall post, paste, fasten, paint or attach any placard, bill, notice, sign or advertising matter upon any structure, tree or other natural object in any park, except park regulations and other signs authorized by the Village Board.
Throwing stones and missiles prohibited. No person shall throw stones or other missiles in or into any park.
Trapping. "Trapping" when used in this subsection includes the taking, or the attempting to take, of any wild animal by means of setting or operating any device, mechanism or contraption that is designed, built or made to close upon, hold fast or otherwise capture a wild animal or animals; live traps on a person's property are excluded. The trapping of wild animals is hereby prohibited in Village parks, except as provided in § 212-17 of this Code.
Making of fires. No person shall start, tend or maintain a fire except in personal grills or designated fireplaces. Personal grills shall be used only in designated picnic areas. The use of personal grills is permitted, provided that lawns and vegetation are not endangered. Unburned fuel and ashes shall be disposed of in such a manner as to prevent fire or damage to any park property.
Protection of park property.
No person shall kill, injure or disturb or attempt to injure or disturb waterfowl, birds or animals, wild or domestic, within any park, except as permitted by this chapter. No person shall climb any tree or remove flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, remove or in any manner injure, deface, write upon or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, soil, sand, fountain, ornament, building, structure, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign or other property within any park.
No person shall deface by throwing stones, pebbles or other debris in any of the toilets, bubblers or other sanitary facilities located in any Village park or deface by drawing with crayon, chalk, paint or anything else on any of the buildings or equipment in any Village park or deface the equipment by means of a sharp instrument.
Motorized vehicles. Except for authorized maintenance vehicles, no person shall operate an unlicensed or licensed motorized vehicle outside of areas specifically designated as parking areas or areas where the operation of such vehicles is specifically permitted. Motor vehicles are restricted to the roads and drives and parking areas. No motor vehicles of any nature may be used on the seeded areas except vehicles which have Village Board authorization for shows, rides or exhibits and then only for the purpose of loading and unloading.
Speed limit. No person shall operate any vehicle in a Village park in excess of 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
Glass beverage bottles in parks prohibited. No individual shall possess or consume any beverage in a glass bottle or glass container in any Village park.
Reckless driving in parks prohibited. No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a reckless manner in any of the public parks of the Village.
Parking in parks. No person shall park any motor vehicle in any park in the Village except in a designated parking area.
Removing tree protectors. No person shall remove any device for the protection of trees or shrubs.
Golfing and sporting activities. No golfing or practicing golf in Village parks or recreation areas shall be allowed except with the use of a whiffle ball. All sporting activities must be held in areas so designated for that purpose.
Arrows. No person shall use or shoot any bow and arrow in any Village park, except in authorized areas.
Fees and charges. The Village Board shall establish such fees as deemed necessary for use of any park facility, shelter or land area. It shall be unlawful to use such areas without payment of such fee or charge when required.
Pets. Pets, including animals of any species, shall not be permitted to run at large in any Village parks, except for Village-approved events. Animal feces shall be removed as provided in § 212-10A of this Code.
Firearms or weapons. Possessing or discharging of any air gun, slingshot, explosive, firearm or weapon of any kind is prohibited in all Village parks.
Fish cleaning. Cleaning of fish in shelters, toilet facilities or picnic areas is prohibited in all Village parks.
Vendors restricted. No person shall sell, vend or give away any article of merchandise whatever without a written permit from the Village Board.
Camping. No overnight camping shall be permitted in any park, except where written approval of the Village Board or duly authorized agent is first obtained or if such camping is done in the park area designated for travel trailer use.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fly, operate or make use of any remote- or radio-controlled model airplane, helicopter, or vehicle or any other such airborne device in, over or upon any street, park or other public or private property except in areas specifically designated and posted for such purpose and with the consent of the property owner or lessee of the property.
Except as authorized by the Chief of Police, Director of Public Works or Village Board, no person shall dig into the turf of any Village-owned park or recreational property for any purpose whatsoever or remove any trees or flowers. Absent authorization by the Chief of Police, Director of Public Works or Village Board, the use of metal detectors and digging for buried objects on Village parks or recreational property are prohibited.
Hours established. All Village parks shall be closed to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Any law enforcement officer of the Village may clear all persons from the Village parks during closing hours.
The regular closing hours of Village parks do not apply to persons having permission from the Village Board to be present in the Village parks during closed hours on specific days and for specific purposes and users of those areas designated for travel trailer use for camping purposes.
The regular closing hours of the Village parks do not apply to persons in attendance at a regularly scheduled ball game at the ball diamond located in the Village, except that those persons shall vacate the park within 15 minutes after the ending of a regularly scheduled game.
Policy on reservation. The Village-owned park and park facilities and shelter areas are primarily for the nonexclusive use of the residents and visitors of the Village. However, under proper circumstances, exclusive use of the same or parts thereof may be permitted. This section is intended to regulate exclusive use of municipally owned parks, park facilities, park shelters or parts thereof in the Village of Woodville to the end that the general welfare of the Village is protected.
Reservation of park space. Reservation of a designated area shall be given on a first come, first served basis and shall give the party to whom reserved the right to use such area to the exclusion of others for and during the period of reservation. Areas not reserved shall be open to use by all.
Care of facilities. Persons reserving Village facilities shall be completely responsible for cleaning up the facilities after the event to the satisfaction of Village officials. All reserved areas shall be left in a clean condition, with refuse placed in containers provided for such purpose. Any organization or corporation reserving any area in a Village park shall agree to assume full responsibility for all damage to Village property by any invitee of said organization or corporation and shall make full payment therefor upon billing by the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Failure to do so shall deny future use of park facilities until such payment is made, in addition to any other remedy which the Village may have.