City of Woodson Terrace, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 461 §1, 6-4-1964]
This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Woodson Terrace Ordinance Regulating Conduct in Public Parks".
[Ord. No. 461 §2, 6-4-1964]
For the purposes of this Article, the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
CITY
The City of Woodson Terrace, Missouri.
PARK
A park, reservation, playground, beach recreation center or any other area in the City owned or used by the City, and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
THE PARK BOARD
The agency responsible for any park area and its activities, and to whom all park attendants of such area are responsible.
VEHICLE
Any wheeled conveyance, whether motor powered, animal drawn, or self-propelled. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the City parks.
[Ord. No. 461 §3, 6-4-1964]
Because of the small size of the parks of the City of Woodson Terrace, the parks therein have been established for the benefit of the residents of the City of Woodson Terrace. The use of all parks located in the City of Woodson Terrace is, therefore, limited to persons residing within the City limits of Woodson Terrace, except by special permit.
[Ord. No. 461 §4, 6-4-1964]
A. 
Buildings And Other Property.
1. 
Disfiguration and removal. No person in the park shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, or displace or remove any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, water lines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts, or other boundary markers, or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
2. 
Restrooms and washrooms. Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of seven (7) years shall use the restrooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
3. 
Removal of natural resources. Dig, or remove any beach sand, whether submerged or not, or any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, down-timber or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting, or other means or agency.
4. 
Erection of structures. Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon, or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
B. 
Trees, Shrubbery, Lawns.
1. 
Injury and removal. Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant. Nor shall any person attach any rope, wire, or other contrivance to any tree or plant. A person shall not dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
2. 
Climbing trees, etc. Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, fountains, railing fences or gun-carriages or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
3. 
Hitching of animals. Tie or hitch a horse or other animal to any tree or plant.
C. 
Wild Animals, Birds, Etc.
1. 
Hunting. Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, tramp, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, reptile or bird, nor shall he/she remove or have in his/her possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest, or young of any reptile or bird, nor shall he/she collect, remove, have in his/her possession, give away, sell or offer to sell, or buy or offer to buy, or accept as a gift, any specimen alive or dead of any of the group of tree snails. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes known to be deadly poisonous, such as rattlesnakes, moccasins, coral snakes, copper heads, or other deadly reptiles, may be killed on sight.
2. 
Feeding. Give or offer, or attempt to give to any animal or bird any tobacco, alcohol or other known noxious substances.
[Ord. No. 461 §5, 6-4-1964]
A. 
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Pollution of waters. Throw, discharge, or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer, or drain flowing into such waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
2. 
Refuse and trash. Have brought in or shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, or refuse, or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided; where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed elsewhere.
[Ord. No. 461 §6, 6-4-1964]
A. 
No person in a park shall:
1. 
State motor vehicle laws apply. Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the State motor vehicles traffic laws in regard to equipment and operation of vehicles together with such regulations as are contained in this and other ordinances.
2. 
Enforcement of traffic regulations. Fail to obey all traffic officers and park employees, such persons being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic whenever and wherever needed in the parks and on the highways, streets or roads immediately adjacent thereto in accordance with the provisions of these regulations and such supplementary regulations as may be issued subsequently by the Park Board.
3. 
Obey traffic signs. Fail to observe carefully all traffic signs indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping, or parking, and all others posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
4. 
Speed of vehicles. Ride or drive a vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding fifteen (15) miles an hour.
5. 
Operation confined to roads. Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas, or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the Park Board.
6. 
Parking.
a. 
Designated areas. Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions thereat and with the instructions of any attendant who may be present.
No stopping or parking is permitted even briefly on the left-hand side of any road or driveway.
b. 
Night parking. Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night without lights clearly visible for at least two hundred (200) feet from both front and rear on any driveway or road area except legally established parking areas.
c. 
Emergency procedure. Fail to immediately notify an attendant of an emergency in the nature of a breakdown requiring the assistance of a tow truck, mechanic or other person.
d. 
Double parking. Double park any vehicle on any road or parkway unless directed by a park official.
e. 
Muffler required. Fail to use a muffler adequate to deaden the sound of the engine in a motor vehicle.
[Ord. No. 461 §7, 6-4-1964]
A. 
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Bathing and swimming.
a. 
Designated areas. Swim, bath or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor, and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat when such activity is prohibited by the Park Board upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
b. 
Structure on beach. Erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach or bathing area any tent, shelter or structure of any kind unless there shall be an unobstructed view into said tent, shelter or structure from at least two (2) sides, nor shall any guy wire, rope or extension or exterior brace or support be connected or fastened from any such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object outside thereof.
c. 
Costume. Allow himself/herself to be so covered with a bathing suit as to indecently expose his/her person or call forth merited criticism. No person shall appear in bathing costume at any place in the parks except within the limits of designated bathing places or areas, and all bathing costumes shall conform to commonly accepted standards.
d. 
Bathhouses. Dress or undress on any beach, or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose.
2. 
Hunting and firearms. Hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time. No person shall use, carry, or possess firearms of any description, or air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings or other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
3. 
Picnic areas and use.
a. 
Regulated. Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
b. 
Availability. Use any tables, barbecue pits or shelters without first having obtained a permit from the Park Board.
c. 
Duty of picnicker. Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
d. 
Camping. Camp in other than permanent cabins for organized camping, provided by the director and used by groups of persons under adequate supervision. No person shall set up tents, shacks, or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon, or the like, provided however, that where a permit has been obtained from the Park Board, tents may be set up.
e. 
Games. Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelin or model airplanes except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football, baseball and quoits is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Roller skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such pastime.
f. 
Horseback riding. Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails. Where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with due care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub.
[Ord. No. 461 §8, 6-4-1964; Ord. No. 971 §§1 — 2, 5-20-1982]
A. 
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Intoxicating beverages.
a. 
Consume intoxicating liquor other than five percent (5%) beer and then only other than in or upon the swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, ball diamonds, soccer fields or parking lot.
b. 
Be intoxicated or be under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
2. 
Fireworks and explosives. Brought, or have in his/her possession, or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket, or other fireworks or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such area from land or highway adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture, or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints.
3. 
Domestic animals. Have been responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas other than automobile parking concourses. Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in the area where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than five (5) feet in length.
4. 
Reservation of facilities. Occupy any seat or bench, or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Board for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under seven (7) years of age.
5. 
Dress. Appear at any place in other than proper clothing. With the exception of the restricted bathing areas, "properly clothed" shall be construed to prohibit the wearing of trunks or clothing that does not cover the upper portion of the body.
6. 
Alms. Shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
7. 
Fires. Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Park Board. No person shall drop, throw, or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material, within any park area or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.
8. 
Closed areas. Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public", nor shall any person use, or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
9. 
Games of chance. Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance.
10. 
Going onto ice. Go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas as are designated as skating fields, and provided a safety signal is displayed.
11. 
Loitering and boisterousness. Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats, or benches, or other areas, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach of the public peace.
12. 
Exhibit permits. Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Park Board he/she claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
13. 
Interference with permittees. Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area, or participating in any activity, under the authority of a permit.
14. 
Play golf or swing clubs or strike golf balls.
15. 
Have in their possession any beer or soda container made of glass.
[Ord. No. 461 §9, 6-4-1964]
A. 
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Vending and peddling. Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall he/she station or place any stand, cart, or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Park Board.
2. 
Advertising. Announce, advertise, or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.
3. 
Signs. Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement, or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
[Ord. No. 461 §10, 6-4-1964]
A. 
Hours. Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the residents of the City of Woodson Terrace every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information.
B. 
Closed Areas. Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Park Board at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Park Board shall find reasonably necessary.
C. 
Permit. A permit shall be obtained from the Park Board before participating in the following park activity:
1. 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Park Board. The applicant shall state the name and address of the applicant, the name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any, the day and hours for which the permit is desired, the park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired, an estimate of the anticipated attendance, any other information which the Park Board shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
2. 
Standards for issuance. The Park Board shall issue a permit hereunder when it finds:
a. 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park;
b. 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation;
c. 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual extraordinary or burdensome expense or Police operation by the City;
d. 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
e. 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
3. 
Appeal. Within ten (10) days after receipt of an application, the Park Board shall apprise an applicant in writing of his/her reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal in writing within ten (10) days to the Board of Aldermen which shall consider the application under the standards set forth in Subsection (C)(2) hereof and sustain or overrule the Park Board's decision within five (5) days. The decision of the Board of Aldermen shall be final.
4. 
Effect of permit. A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
5. 
Liability of permittee. The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued.
6. 
Revocation. The Park Board shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance, or upon good cause shown.
[Ord. No. 461 §11, 6-4-1964]
A. 
Officials. The Park Board and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this Article.
B. 
Ejectment. The Park Board and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this Article.
C. 
Seizure Of Property. The Park Board and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing, or device in the park, or used, in violation of this Article.
[Ord. No. 461 §12, 6-4-1964]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
[Ord. No. 1637 §§1 — 3, 8-11-2005]
A. 
For the safety and comfort of persons using the City parks, no scooters, skateboards, roller skates or rollerblades may be operated or ridden within the boundaries of any City park. Bicycles may be ridden in the City parks only from the point of entry or exit from the park by the most direct route to and from the bike rack or such other area that may be designated by the Chief of Police from time to time.
B. 
Signs setting forth such prohibition shall be erected at John L. Brown City Park and at such other parks in the City as deemed required at the discretion of the Mayor.
C. 
Any person violating any provision of this Section shall upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a fine of up to one hundred dollars ($100.00) and costs.
[Ord. No. 806 §§1 — 4, 11-4-1976]
A. 
The City playground shall be open at 8:00 A.M. each morning and shall close at one-half (½) hour after sunset each day.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, other than Police Officers of the City or members of the City Park Board in the performance of their duties as such, to be in or remain upon the City's playground after closing and before opening time each day as herein set forth, except during such time as special activities are being conducted on the playground premises either under City or private auspices, and under specific license or authority therefore granted by the Board of Aldermen.
C. 
Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00), by imprisonment for ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
D. 
The City playground shall consist of three and one-half (3½) acres bounded by Stansberry on the north, Guthrie on the south, Herbert on the east, and Lindscott on the west.
[Ord. No. 1409 §§2 — 3, 6-12-1997]
A. 
During the annual Woodson Terrace Days festivities and other special function, no person shall be allowed to bring a private cooler or alcoholic beverages onto the John L. Brown Park grounds, provided that there shall be no prohibition on such beverages dispensed by or licensed by the sponsor of such festivities or events.
B. 
Any person violating this Section shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty of a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00).
[Ord. No. 1183 §§1 — 2, 9-15-1988]
A. 
From and after September 15, 1988, the name of the Woodson Terrace City Park, located at 4300 Calvert Avenue, shall officially be the "John L. Brown" Park.
B. 
A suitable plaque, marker or sign shall be constructed and erected to designate the name of the park as stated herein.
[Ord. No. 1250 §1, 6-20-1991]
A. 
The following fee schedule is hereby established:
1. 
Fee for the ball fields. The fee for use of the ball fields by organized league use will be twenty dollars ($20.00) per hour and will become effective July 1, 1991. Exempt from this fee will be organized league use with members under sixteen (16) years of age.
2. 
Fee for the volleyball courts. The fee for use of the volleyball courts by organized league use will be seven dollars fifty cents ($7.50) per hour and will become effective July 1, 1991.
3. 
Fee for the horseshoe pits. The fee for use of the horseshoe pits by organized league use will be seven dollars fifty cents ($7.50) per hour and will become effective July 1, 1991.
4. 
Fee for family plan passes. The fee for the family plan passes to the Woodson Terrace Pool will be seventy-five dollars ($75.00) and will become effective October 1, 1991.
5. 
Resident child's fee to the swimming pool. The resident child's fee to the Woodson Terrace Pool will be one dollars ($1.00) per admission. The fee will become effective October 1, 1991.
6. 
Resident adult fee to the swimming pool. The resident adult fee to the Woodson Terrace Pool will be three dollars ($3.00) per admission and will become effective October 1, 1991.
7. 
Guest child's fee to the swimming pool. The guest child's fee to the Woodson Terrace Pool will be three dollars fifty cents ($3.50) per admission. The fee will become effective October 1, 1991.
8. 
Guest adult fee to the swimming pool. The guest adult fee to the Woodson Terrace Pool will be five dollars ($5.00) per admission and will become effective October 1, 1991.
[Ord. No. 916 §§1 — 3, 5-6-1980]
A. 
Any resident of the City of Woodson Terrace who has reached the age of sixty-two (62) years and his/her dependent spouse and his/her dependent child under the age of sixteen (16) years old shall upon request and proof of age and residency be granted a family pass to the swimming pool at no cost.
B. 
Any resident who is permanently disabled and his/her dependent spouse and his/her dependent child under the age of sixteen (16) years old shall upon request and proof of permanent disability and residency be granted a family pass to the swimming pool at no cost.
C. 
Said swimming passes will have to be renewed each and every year along with proof of age or permanent disability and residency.