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[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
These general regulations apply to the parks, trails, parking lots, parking decks, riparian land, and other property described in this article, unless a more specific section of this article applies.
B. 
Prohibited activities. It shall be unlawful, on the land described in Subsection A, to:
(1) 
Possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, except as permitted in writing by the parks and recreation department.
(2) 
Go on or remain upon the property outside of posted hours, or between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. if no hours have been posted.
(3) 
Trespass on any portion of the property posted with appropriate signs.
(4) 
Use or park a motor vehicle other than in designated areas.
(5) 
Possess any glass container in an area posted with appropriate signs.
(6) 
Set or maintain a fire, except in cooking grills.
(7) 
Camp, except as permitted in writing by the parks and recreation department, or use the property for living accommodations.
(8) 
Cut, clear, damage, or destroy any tree or other natural vegetation.
(9) 
Throw or deposit litter on the property except in designated receptacles.
(10) 
Deface any building, table, bench, pavement, sign, or other public property.
(11) 
Pollute the streams, ponds, rivers, wetlands, or other water resources located on or adjacent to the property.
(12) 
Disobey commands by law enforcement or City employees to obey posted rules.
C. 
Exemptions. This article does not restrict the rights of the Commonwealth or any public utility to go and remain upon public property to install, repair, or maintain facilities they own or operate. This article does not restrict rights granted by recorded easement. This article does not apply to law enforcement and City employees acting in the course of their duties.
D. 
Penalties. Violation of any provision of this article is a Class 4 misdemeanor with a maximum $250 pre-payable fine, unless a provision specifies a different penalty for a particular offense.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Descriptions.
(1) 
Hurkamp Park, bounded by William, Prince Edward, and George Streets. Parcel 7789-04-5667.
(2) 
Dixon Park, located between Dixon Street and the Rappahannock River, between Route 3 and Beulah Salisbury Road. Parcels 7788-39-0085 and 7788-38-5414.
(3) 
Old Mill Park and Riverside Drive Park, from the corner of Fall Hill Avenue and Normandy Avenue to the former VEPCO power plant, between the Rappahannock River and Caroline Street/Riverside Drive. Parcels 7779-98-8948, 7870-90-2184, and 7779-59-0836.
(4) 
Riverfront Park, between Sophia Street and the Rappahannock River, between Wolfe and Hanover Streets.
(5) 
Maury Park, fronting on Kenmore Avenue between William and Hanover Streets, surrounded by a chain-link fence. A portion of Parcel 7779-93-8968.
(6) 
W.L. Harris Playground, between White, Tyler, Dixon, and Glover Streets.
(7) 
Powhatan Park, located north of the intersection of Cowan Boulevard and Powhatan Street, on the property with the water tower and playground. Parcel 7779-45-4101.
(8) 
Alum Springs Park, located generally between the Alum Springs Road right-of-way, U.S. Route 1 Bypass and the Greenbrier Apartments. Parcel 7778-49-9859.
(9) 
Snowden Playground on Fall Hill Avenue between Curtis Estates and Crestview Apartments, including the baseball fields, basketball courts, and playground. Parcel 7779-09-1114.
(10) 
Cossey Park, bounded by Mary Ball Street, Kenmore Avenue, and Littlepage Street. Parcel 7779-76-9695.
(11) 
Memorial Recreation Park, including the tennis courts, bounded by Kenmore Avenue and Mary Ball Street.
(12) 
Cobblestone Park, located south of Cobblestone Boulevard and Cobblestone Lane. Parcel 7789-01-3169.
(13) 
City Dock, the public park and boat ramp located between the Rappahannock River and Sophia Street, between Princess Elizabeth and Dixon Street. Parcels 7789-32-1981, 7789-32-2767, and 7789-32-3567.
B. 
Specific prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to:
(1) 
Deposit any trash (as defined in § 17-1) not generated in a park in a park refuse container.
(2) 
Fail to leave a reserved pavilion, picnic facility, or sports field in favor of the person with a parks department reservation, after being requested to do so.
(3) 
Conduct any business requiring a City business license, without advance written permission from the parks and recreation department.
C. 
Exemptions. The City Manager may establish rules for use of Hurkamp Park for the Farmers Market under City Code § 66-280B.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Descriptions.
(1) 
Canal path and Rappahannock River Heritage Trail. The paved five-kilometer path following the course of the canal, then along Caroline Street, Riverside Drive, and Fall Hill Avenue.
(2) 
Virginia Central Railway Trail. The paved path in the former VCR right-of-way, from the eastern end of the Cobblestone development off Lafayette Boulevard out Lafayette Boulevard and across the Blue and Gray Parkway, then through Alum Springs Park and across U.S. Route 1 to a point near the Idlewild neighborhood, just east of 1-95.
(3) 
Smith Run Trail. The two-kilometer path along Smith Run from Hugh Mercer Elementary School to Cowan Boulevard, with a branch to the Great Oaks subdivision.
(4) 
Embrey Dam/Rappahannock Canal Trail. The dirt trail beginning at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and the Rappahannock Canal and running along the Rappahannock River to the City limits.
B. 
Specific prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to: deposit any trash (as defined in § 17-1) not generated on a trail in a trail refuse container.
C. 
Exemptions.
(1) 
Possession, but not consumption, of alcoholic beverages is permitted.
(2) 
Trails are open 24 hours a day.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Descriptions. The City parking deck is located on the corner of Sophia and Wolfe Streets. All municipal parking lots are also covered by this section.
B. 
Specific prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to: remain on the property unless parking or driving a motor vehicle. Anyone on the property for longer than 15 minutes is presumed to be in violation of this section.
C. 
Exemptions. Possession, but not consumption, of alcoholic beverages is permitted.
D. 
Signs. A sign stating "PUBLIC PARKING. NO TRESPASSING EXCEPT FOR PARKING MOTOR VEHICLES" or containing similar language shall be posted conspicuously on every property covered by this section.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Descriptions.
(1) 
The City canal runs from the remains of the Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River to the point immediately east of the intersection of Ford and Caroline Streets where the canal discharges into the river.
(2) 
Old Cossey Pond is the body of water at Cossey Park.
B. 
General prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to:
[Amended 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 18-14]
(1) 
Swim, bathe, ice skate, wade, boat, paddle, or otherwise enter the property for any reason without advance written permission from the City.
(2) 
Dig, bore, or otherwise erode or undermine the integrity of the banks of the property.
C. 
Exemptions.
[Added 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 18-14]
(1) 
The City Manager may grant advance written permission for entry into the pond and the canal, including for the use of boats, canoes, kayaks, or other conveyances.
(2) 
Fishing in the pond is permitted, including entry into the pond to retrieve lures and other fishing equipment.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
The City dog park is the fenced area set aside at Cossey Park.
B. 
Specific rules and prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A to:
(1) 
Enter the park with a dangerous dog or vicious dog, as defined in City Code Chapter 14, Article III.
(2) 
Enter the park with a dog that is not wearing a valid, current City of Fredericksburg dog license tag fastened securely to a collar.
(3) 
Enter the park with a dog that has been banned from the dog park, for the duration of the ban.
(4) 
Fail to clean up after a dog as required by City Code § 14-52.
(5) 
Violate any additional rules established by the City Manager and posted at the park.
C. 
Exemptions. The owner or custodian of a dog may permit the dog to run off leash within the dog park, so long as the owner or custodian is present and re-leashes the dog immediately if the dog is involved in an incident.
D. 
Penalty. The penalty for a violation of this section is a $25 fine, pre-payable to the Fredericksburg General District Court, except that violation of § 66-256B(1) is a Class 1 misdemeanor. In addition, the City Manager may ban a person and his dog from the park for a serious violation or repeated violations of this section.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Motts Run Reservoir consists of roughly 880 acres located off State Route 688 in Spotsylvania County.
B. 
Specific prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to:
(1) 
Use the property for commercial purposes without advance written permission from the parks and recreation department.
(2) 
Use a boat operated by diesel or gasoline engine.
(3) 
Swim, bathe, or ice skate.
(4) 
Dig, bore, or otherwise erode or undermine the integrity of the banks of the property.
(5) 
Discharge a firearm, except for the purpose of licensed hunting. Hunting is prohibited within areas marked as safety zones.
(6) 
Trap animals.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014; amended 10-10-2017 by Ord. No. 17-24]
A. 
Description. The City's riparian and watershed property consists of all City-owned land along the banks of the Rappahannock River, the Rapidan River, Deep Run, and all other tributaries of those waters in the City and Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, Fauquier, and Culpeper counties, not listed in §§ 66-252 through 66-256. This property, consisting of roughly 4,800 acres, is described in the deed dated March 19, 1969, from the Virginia Electric and Power Company to the City, recorded at Deed Book 137, page 360, of the land records of the Fredericksburg Circuit Court Clerk. It also includes the island containing 4.08 acres of land, more or less, described in the deed dated July 31, 2009, from the Fredericksburg Stafford Park Authority to the City, recorded as Instrument No. 090001856 in the land records of the Fredericksburg Circuit Court Clerk, commonly known as "Ficklen Island."
B. 
Specific prohibitions. It shall be unlawful, on the property described in Subsection A, to:
(1) 
Dump, bury, or burn garbage.
(2) 
Discharge a firearm, except for the purpose of licensed hunting. Hunting is prohibited within areas marked as safety zones and on Ficklen Island.
(3) 
Trap animals.
(4) 
Disturb land in a way likely to result in soil erosion or sedimentation.
(5) 
Dispose of human excrement by any means other than burial at least 12 inches below the ground surface and at least 100 feet from any river, stream, or body of water on or adjacent to the property.
(6) 
Disturb, deface, injure, or move any structure, building, facility, or artifact, including any portion of a lock, dam, or canal.
C. 
Exemptions.
(1) 
No person is guilty of a violation of this section if he has the prior written permission of the City Manager to engage in the prohibited activity, or if he has a recorded property right to engage in that activity.
(2) 
Camping is permitted unless prohibited by posted sign or another law or ordinance.
(3) 
Campfires used for cooking, heating, or lighting, and attended at all times, are permitted except on Ficklen Island.
[Ord. No. 14-04, 1-28-2014]
A. 
Description. The triangular parcel of City-owned land located in front of the former Maury School and bounded on two sides by George Street and on one side by Barton Street, but not including the monument to Confederate Veterans, which will be relocated off-site.
B. 
The property described in Subsection A is designated as the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial, which shall be a memorial to the members of our United States Armed Uniformed Military Services from the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, Orange, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, who were killed in action or died during the service of our nation in foreign military or related operations during the 20th and 21st centuries.
C. 
Definitions.
(1) 
The term "demonstrations" includes demonstrations, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils or religious services and all other like forms of conduct which involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. This term does not include use by visitors which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.
(2) 
The term "special events" includes sports events, pageants, celebrations, historical reenactments, regattas, entertainments, exhibitions, parades, fairs, festivals and similar events, which are not demonstrations under Subsection A(1) of this section, and which are engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. This term does not include use by visitors which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.
(3) 
The term "official commemoration events" means the official ceremonies organized by the City of Fredericksburg to commemorate Memorial Day and Veterans Day and to honor those whose names are added to the War Memorial.
D. 
Prohibited activities. It shall be unlawful, at the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial, to:
(1) 
Disturb or interfere with the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial, including but not limited to removal of, damaging or defacing the memorial, and posting signs or banners thereon.
(2) 
Picnic, camp, skateboard, play sports, play amplified music (except as part of an official event).
(3) 
Perform demonstrations or hold special events. This prohibition shall not extend to official commemoration events as defined in Subsection C.
(4) 
Solicit alms or contributions, campaign for election to any public office, collect private debts, engage in any commercial soliciting or vending, display or distribute any commercial advertising, or post signs or banners of any kind.