City of Oak Grove, MO
Jackson County
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 1519, enacted June 19, 2006, repealed the provisions of this chapter and enacted the new provisions set out herein. Former ch. 235 derived from ord. no. 580 §§1 — 3, 6-20-1977; ord. no. 1245 §§I — VII, 3-1-1999.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
A. 
The rules, regulations, and restrictions in this Article shall govern all City parks.
B. 
The Director of Parks and Recreation, by and with the consent of the Board of Aldermen, is hereby authorized to make and enforce such additional rules and regulations as may be necessary for the management and operation of the parks. Copies of all rules shall be posted in conspicuous places at any park as may be determined by the Director of Parks and Recreation. It shall be unlawful for a person to violate such rules and regulations.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006; Ord. No. 1596 §3, 3-3-2008]
A. 
No person, other than an authorized Law Enforcement Officer or a person with a valid concealed carry endorsement, shall take or carry, or cause to be taken or carried, or be in possession of any gun, pistol, revolver or other firearms, to include air-rifles, upon any park premises.
B. 
No person, other than an authorized Law Enforcement Officer shall discharge or cause to be discharged any such firearm or air-rifle into or upon park premises, unless within an area designated for that use, such as a rifle range.
C. 
No person, other than an authorized Law Enforcement Officer, shall possess or use any bow, cross-bow, slingshot, knife, or other weapon that is not a firearm into or upon park premises, unless within an area designated for that use.
D. 
An exception to this Section 235.020 is that any registered participant in a special event for which a permit has been issued by the Park Board pursuant to Article II of this Chapter, during the time that the special event is being held, shall be allowed to openly carry an unloaded firearm onto park premises for use in participation of the special event. Registered participants of the special event shall be allowed to discharge the firearm on park premises, but only within the area designated for shooting of targets and only during the time that the special event is being held. No person, other than an authorized Law Enforcement Officer or a person with a valid concealed carry endorsement, shall take or carry live ammunition upon park premises during the special event. No person, other than an authorized Law Enforcement Officer, shall discharge live ammunition upon park premises during the special event. The organizer of a proposed special event at which the discharge of firearms using blank ammunition is proposed shall be required to obtain a special event permit pursuant to Article II of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
No person, other than those approved by the Parks and Recreation Director, shall discharge or set out or explode or be in possession of any rocket, firecracker, torpedo, fountain, sparkler or other fireworks or things containing any substance of an explosive nature within the park system.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
No person shall light, maintain or make use of any fire within park premises, except inside and confined to charcoal grills for cooking purposes only.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person, other than City personnel conducting City business therein, shall bring or use any of the following vehicles upon any portion of the park system (excluding streets, driveways, parking lots), except in those areas specifically designated by signs for such use.
1. 
Motorcycles.
2. 
Mini-bikes.
3. 
Go-carts.
4. 
Snowmobiles.
5. 
Passenger cars or trucks.
6. 
Four-wheel drive recreational vehicles.
7. 
Mobile campers.
8. 
Horse-drawn vehicles.
9. 
Powered scooters or skate boards.
B. 
The following restrictions are applied to vehicles which are allowed in the park system:
1. 
Bicycles are not allowed on ball fields or within spectator bleacher areas; on tennis courts, multipurpose courts, shelter houses or any other facility not specifically designated for such use.
2. 
Skateboards and roller skates/blades are not allowed on tennis courts, multipurpose courts, shelter houses, or any other facility not specifically designated for such use.
3. 
Snow sleds are not allowed on tennis courts, multipurpose courts, shelter houses, or any facility not specifically designated for such use.
C. 
No person shall drive any automobile, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle upon any of the driveways, roadways or parking lots within the park system at a speed greater than (5) miles per hour.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person shall prevent or in any manner hinder any employee of the Park Department from performing their assigned duties.
B. 
No person shall prevent or in any manner hinder any contracted employee (i.e. umpire, contractor, etc.) of the Park Department or local league from performing their assigned duties.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006; Ord. No. 1596 §4, 3-3-2008]
No person shall offer or exchange for sale any food, drink, article or thing, or take up any collection, or solicit or receive contributions of money or anything of value in the park system, except when authorized to do so by permit from or by contract with the Parks and Recreation Director.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006; Ord. No. 1596 §4, 3-3-2008]
No person, group of persons, association, corporation or other entity shall call or hold assemblage involving more than twenty-five (25) people, or give or conduct any event, concert, performance or public exhibition or entertainment of any kind in any of the parks unless that person, group of persons, association, corporation or other entity has first duly obtained a permit for such activity from the Park Board pursuant to Article II of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
No person other than the Park Department employees shall enter storage buildings, equipment storage lots or maintenance buildings upon any portion of the parks system without the express consent of the Parks and Recreation Director, unless accompanied by an employee of the Park Department.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
No person shall set or place or cause to be set or placed any goods, wares or merchandise, or property of any kind, in such manner as to obstruct travel of pedestrians or vehicles in the park system.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person shall deposit, dump, throw or place any garbage or rubbish of any type, including charcoal ashes, waste brine from home ice cream freezers, manure, limbs, brush, leaves, or grass clippings in or upon any part of the park system.
B. 
Paper, garbage or refuse matter shall be deposited in receptacles provided within the parks.
C. 
No household garbage, refuse matter or trash shall not be brought into park premises and deposited in park system trash receptacles.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
No person shall trap, hunt, catch, wound or kill, or treat cruelly or attempt to trap, catch, wound or kill any animal or fowl, or molest or rob any nest of any animal or fowl in the park system.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person shall plant or transplant within the parks system any tree, shrub or plant unless special permission therefore is obtained from the Parks and Recreation Director.
B. 
No person shall intentionally remove, cut, break, climb on or in any way injure, deface or derange any tree, shrub, plant, or turf within the parks system.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person shall intentionally deface, damage, or derange any of the buildings, fences, bridges, lamps, posts, tennis courts, multipurpose courts, nets, goals, signs, or any other structures or property within the parks system.
B. 
No structures, monuments, signage, etc. of any type or kind shall be constructed or placed within the park except with prior approval from the Director of Parks and Recreation.
C. 
Football, soccer, baseball, softball, other leagues, and individuals shall refrain from field use during inclement weather and at other times when such play or practice will be destructive to the turf or facility beyond what would be reasonably considered normal wear.
D. 
No person, league or organization shall tamper, modify, or damage utilities.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
It shall be unlawful to swim, wade, boat, or float in any body of water within park system except where specifically designated for such use.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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Hours of use are 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
B. 
Valid Missouri Depart of Conservation fishing license required.
C. 
Valid City of Oak Grove fishing permit required.
D. 
It shall be unlawful to fish by any other method other than pole/rod and reel.
E. 
No person shall fish with more than (3) poles/rods at a time.
F. 
No person shall exceed the daily fish limits as stated:
1. 
Largemouth bass less than fifteen (15) inches must be released unharmed.
2. 
Two (2) largemouth bass equal to or greater than fifteen (15) inches per day.
3. 
Channel catfish less than twelve (12) inches must be released unharmed.
4. 
Four (4) channel catfish equal to or greater than twelve (12) inches per day.
5. 
Four (4) bluegill per day.
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Four (4) crappie per day.
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All other fish shall be released unharmed.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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No person shall engage in the following activities within the park system unless there is an area specifically provided for such activity:
1. 
Golf.
2. 
Archery.
3. 
Throwing a boomerang.
4. 
Flying mechanical model airplanes.
5. 
Horseshoes.
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Throwing discus, javelin or shot.
7. 
Aerial darts.
8. 
Launching model rockets.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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It shall be unlawful for any person to be within the limits of a public park under the jurisdiction of the park system in the City of Oak Grove, Missouri, within the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. without permission from the Director of Parks and Recreation.
B. 
No person shall leave or abandon a vehicle, trailer, tent, grill, or any other property within the park system in the City of Oak Grove, Missouri, within the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. without permission from the Director of Parks and Recreation.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
Use, sale, and/or distribution of alcohol is strictly prohibited within any park.
[Ord. No. 1519 §1, 6-19-2006]
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Persons who render themselves obnoxious by disorderly conduct, bad or obscene behavior or indecent exposure may be summarily removed from the park or facility by the Parks and Recreation Director, his/her designated agents, or any Peace Officer.
B. 
Radios and other sound amplifying equipment must be fitted with single use earphones unless otherwise permitted by the Director of Parks and Recreation or his/her designee.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
The purpose and intent of this Article is to provide for the temporary use of land for special events in a manner consistent with its normal use and benefit to the general welfare of the public. Furthermore, it is the intent of this Article to protect nearby property owners, residents and businesses from special events that may be disruptive, unsafe or inappropriate given site conditions, traffic patterns, land use characteristics and the nature of the proposed use.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
The term "special event" shall mean a temporary, short-term use of a City park, including any structures in the park, intended primarily for entertainment or amusement, such as competitions, exhibitions of skill, carnivals, concerts or festivals.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
A. 
Any person, group, corporation or other entity wishing to hold a special event in a City park is required to obtain a special event permit. However, any special event sponsored or co-sponsored by the City will not require a special event permit, provided that the City-sponsored or co-sponsored special event shall comply with the performance standards set forth in Section 235.260.
B. 
A complete application shall be submitted to the Director of Parks and Recreation at least forty-five (45) days prior to the requested start date of any special event in the City parks. The application shall set forth and contain the following information:
1. 
Name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Description of the site on which the proposed event is to be held.
3. 
Date of the proposed event.
4. 
A narrative written description of the proposed event, the hours of operation, anticipated attendance, and any buildings/structures, signs or attention-attracting devices proposed to be used in conjunction with the event, as well as a statement that the standards set forth in Section 235.260 have been satisfied.
5. 
A site plan in the form and the level of detail as required by the Director of Parks and Recreation showing the location of all existing or proposed uses, structures, parking areas, outdoor display areas, signs, streets, and property lines.
6. 
Location and number of proposed temporary public toilets.
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Any other information deemed necessary by the Director of Parks and Recreation in order to ensure compliance with the standards set forth in Section 235.260 of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
Once the Director of Parks and Recreation has reviewed the special event permit application and determined that it complies with the performance standards set forth in Section 235.260, the application shall be placed on the next available Park Board meeting agenda. The Park Board shall have the authority to grant the special event permit.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
The denial of any application by the Park Board shall be in writing and shall state the reasons for such denial. The applicant, in the event of a denial of a special event permit, shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Park Board to the Board of Aldermen.
[Ord. No. 1596 §5, 3-3-2008]
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Special events shall comply with the following standards:
1. 
Land use compatibility. The special event shall not impair the normal, safe and effective operation of the City park system. The special event shall not endanger or be detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare or injurious to property or improvements in the immediate vicinity of the special event, given the nature of the activity, its location on the site and its relationship to parking and access points.
2. 
Compliance with other regulations. All structures shall meet all applicable provisions of the Building Code. Any temporary structure shall be promptly removed upon the cessation of the event. Within forty-eight (48) hours of cessation of the event, the site shall be returned to its previous condition, including the removal of all litter, signage, attention-attracting devices or other evidence of the special event. If the site is not returned to its previous condition, the City may restore the site at the event organizer's expense.
3. 
Hours of operation and duration. The duration and hours of operation of a special event shall be consistent with the surrounding land uses. The total duration of a special event shall not exceed two (2) days; however, the duration of the special event may be modified by conditions attached to the issuance of the special event permit.
4. 
Traffic circulation. The special event shall not cause undue traffic congestion or accident potential given anticipated attendance and the design of adjacent streets, intersections, parking and traffic controls. All sidewalks shall be left open for pedestrian traffic unless special approval is received for blockage. No alleys, driveways, fire lanes or other access points shall be blocked by the special event unless specific approval is granted for the special event.
5. 
Public conveniences and litter control. Adequate on-site rest room facilities and solid waste containers shall be provided. The applicant shall calculate the demand for such facilities and specify how the need will be addressed.
6. 
Nuisances. The special event shall not generate excessive noise, dust, smoke, glare, spillover lighting or other forms of environmental or visual pollution.
7. 
City services. If the applicant requests the City to provide services or equipment, including, but not limited to, traffic control or security personnel, or if the City otherwise determines that services or equipment are required to protect the public health, safety, or general welfare, the applicant shall be required to reimburse the City for the cost of the services. The City may require the applicant to submit a security deposit, in an amount determined by the Director of Parks and Recreation and in the form approved by the City Administrator, prior to the event to ensure that the applicant complies with this provision.
8. 
Insurance coverage. Special event permit applicants must show proof of liability insurance at the time the application is submitted. The certificate of insurance shall name the City as an additional insured party and said liability insurance shall be in an amount determined by the Director of Parks and Recreation to be sufficient based on the nature of the special event.
9. 
Additional conditions. When issuing a special event permit, the Park Board may establish any additional conditions deemed necessary to ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses and to minimize potential adverse impacts on nearby uses, including, but not limited to:
a. 
Limitations on signs.
b. 
Temporary arrangements for parking and traffic circulation.
c. 
Requirements for screening/buffering and guarantees for site restoration and cleanup following the special event.
d. 
Modifications or restrictions on the hours of operation, duration of the event, size of the event or other operational characteristic.
e. 
The posting of security in an amount required by the Director of Parks and Recreation to help ensure that the operation of the event and the subsequent restoration of the site are conducted according to required special event standards and conditions of approval.
f. 
The provision of traffic control or security personnel to ensure the public safety and convenience.
g. 
Requirements for the registration of participants in a special event at which firearms will be discharged pursuant to Section 235.020. The organizer of any event subject to this Subsection shall submit to the Parks and Recreation Director a list of the names and addresses of all registered participants prior to the commencement of the special event.