City of Waterloo, WI
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo 10-19-1987 by Ord. No. 87-6 as Ch. 21 of the 1987 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended by Ord. No. 97-3; 5-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-04; 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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The Parks Coordinator, or alternatively a Council-appointed designee, shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of all City parks in accordance with policies established by the Parks Commission and the Council.
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(Reserved)
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In addition to its other powers and duties, the Parks Commission shall have oversight of the budget and operation of Waterloo parks. The Parks Commission shall advise the Common Council on matters related to the operation and funding of Waterloo parks.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
PARK
All lands and water heretofore and hereafter acquired by the City for park or recreational purposes, or placed under the jurisdiction of the Parks Commission, and includes, without limitation, parks, greenways, recreational facilities and structures, and privately owned lands, the use of which has been granted or leased to the City for park, recreational or like public purposes.
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts in or upon any public park within the City:
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Vandalism. To soil, deface, injure, remove, damage, upset or destroy any building, fence, fountain, bench, table, receptacle, fireplace, tree, bush, flower or other object situated, used or kept upon park grounds.
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Fires. To build or attempt to build a fire except in the fireplaces or charcoal burners provided in the parks or in charcoal burners brought to the park areas for such purpose. All coals from such charcoal burners brought to the park shall be deposited in fireplaces provided.
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Litter. To leave, throw or break any bottle, box, refuse or other object, except in clearly marked refuse receptacles provided for that purpose, or throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the water of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, river or other body of water or on the ice thereof in or adjacent to any park any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters. Where receptacles for rubbish are not provided, all waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for it.
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Moving park equipment. To remove benches, seats, tables or other park equipment from any park or park facility unless prior approval of the Parks Coordinator is obtained.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Fireworks. To set off fireworks of any kind, except when a public display permit has been issued by the Mayor pursuant to Chapter 204, Fireworks, of this Code. No sparklers shall be permitted.
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Games, athletics and sports. No one shall participate in playing ball, golf, tennis or archery in any City park, except upon ball fields, golf links, tennis courts or archery ranges, respectively, or as established by the Parks Coordinator.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Sales. To vend, sell or offer for sale any food, beverage or other commodity or article to the public within any park without a written permit issued by the Parks Coordinator.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Loud and unnecessary noise. To make any loud, disturbing or unnecessary sounds or noises such as may tend to annoy or disturb another in or about any public street adjacent to any City park or within any City park, or to operate a loudspeaker from any vehicle within any City park except upon written permit issued by the Parks Coordinator upon such terms and conditions as will ensure that the public peace will not be disturbed.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Rules. To fail, refuse or neglect to obey the regularly posted rules and regulations of the Parks Commission for the use or enjoyment of any facility.
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Dogs regulated. To take, have, keep or permit any dog in any park, except on a leash, or as permitted in a regulated fenced dog exercise area. No dogs shall be permitted in picnic areas. See also Chapter 126, Animals, § 126-4 of this Code.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Molesting animals. To molest, disturb, chase or throw objects at any animal or bird within any park.
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Signs. To paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard or advertisement or solicit business of any nature in any park without authorization from the Parks Coordinator.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Camping regulated. Except as authorized by the Parks Coordinator, to set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in the park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as house trailers, camp trailers, camp wagons or similar structures.
[Amended 9-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-14; 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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Disorderly conduct. To engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which such conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance, endangers other persons or property, or interferes with the use of the park by others.
[Amended 2-1-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-02; 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
All City parks shall be open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except as permitted by the Parks Coordinator.
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No person, except park personnel, shall drive or park a motor vehicle in any park, except on such roads or parking lots specifically designated for the use of motor vehicles, except as authorized by the Parks Coordinator.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
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No person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour or in excess of any other posted speed limit, whichever is less.
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No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a reckless or imprudent manner or in any manner which may tend to create a disturbance or endanger the safety of persons using the parks.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile in any park, except as provided in Chapter 309, Snowmobiles, § 309-3A of this Code.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any minibike, go-cart, unlicensed motorcycle or other off-the-road vehicle in any park, except as authorized by the Parks Coordinator.
[Amended 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-01]
Park rules adopted by the City Council and on file in the office of the Clerk-Treasurer are hereby adopted by reference. Any major amendment or addition to said rules shall be recommended by the Parks Commission and submitted to the Council for approval.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-4 of this Code.