[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Westville as Ch. 28 of the 2015 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Within the municipal parks, no person except park personnel on official business shall:
Cut, break, injure, destroy, take, or remove any tree, shrub, timber, plant, or natural object;
Kill, cause to be killed, or pursue with intent to kill any bird or animal except in areas where the City has authorized hunting;
Willfully mutilate, injure or destroy any buildings, bridge, table, bench, fireplace, guidepost, notice, tablet, fence, monument, or other park property or appurtenances.
No person shall deposit any trash within the municipal parks except in proper receptacles where these are provided. Where receptacles are not provided, all trash shall be carried away from the parks by the person responsible for its presence and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
No person shall discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, lake, stream, or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or in any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters any substance or thing, liquid or solid which will or may result in the pollution of the waters.
No person shall light or use any unenclosed picnic fire within the municipal parks. Fires may be built only in fireplaces or on grills constructed for that purpose in designated areas.
In camping areas, no person shall leave any campfire unattended by a competent person.
Every person who has lighted or used any fire in a municipal park shall extinguish such fire before leaving the park.
No person shall picnic in the municipal parks except in areas designated for that purpose. Park personnel are hereby authorized to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion or to secure the maximum use, comfort, and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
No person shall build or place any tent, building, booth, stand, or other structure in or upon any municipal park or other recreational facility unless he has obtained a permit to do so from the City.
No person shall place within any municipal park or affix to any object therein any sign or device designated to advertise any business, profession, exhibition, event or thing unless he has obtained a permit to do so from the City.
No person shall:
Bring any dangerous animal into any municipal park; or
Permit any dog to be in any park unless such dog is on a leash; or
Ride or lead any horse in any municipal park or recreational area except upon paths or other ways expressly provided and posted for that purpose.
No person, other than municipal personnel on official business, shall drive or park any motor vehicle, including snowmobiles, in any municipal park except on a roadway or parking lot.
Within the parks of this municipality, no person shall, without having first obtained a permit from the City:
Whenever any group or organization desires to use municipal park facilities for a particular purpose such as picnics, parties, exhibitions or performances, a representative of the group shall first apply for and obtain a permit for such activity from the Mayor.
The City Council shall establish the hours of operation of the municipal parks. No one shall be in the park after the established hours without the Mayor's permission.
Application for permit. Applications for all permits required by this chapter shall be made in writing to the Mayor not less than seven days before the proposed date of the activity for which the permit is sought. Each application shall include the following information:
A statement briefly describing the nature of the proposed activity;
Name, address and telephone number of the person or organization wishing to conduct such activity;
The date when such activity is to be conducted;
The hour when such activity will start and terminate;
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired; and
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
Decision on permit application. After due consideration of the information contained in the permit application, but not later than seven days after the application has been filed, the Mayor shall determine whether the application is satisfactory. An application shall be deemed satisfactory if:
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park;
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour requested in the application;
The conduct of such activity will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic;
The proper policing of such activity will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers as to prevent normal protection to the remainder of this municipality;
The conduct of such activity is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property or to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct; and
Such activity is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods, or event, and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.
Issuance or denial of permit.
Notification of the decision on the application, by regular mail or by telephone, shall be made promptly by the Mayor to every permit applicant.
If such decision is favorable, the Mayor shall issue the permit. As a condition of the issuance of any permit, the Mayor may require that an indemnity bond be obtained if, in the Mayor's opinion, such bond is necessary to protect this municipality from liability or to protect municipal property from damage.
The Mayor shall inform each applicant who has been denied a permit regarding the reasons for the denial and the procedure for appeals.