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DUBLIN-LAURENS COUNTY RECREATION AUTHORITY ORDINANCES

ARTICLE 1. IN GENERAL

Sec. 1-1. Recreation director, powers and duties.

The Executive Director, subject to control of the Dublin Laurens County Recreation Authority, shall conduct and supervise public playgrounds, indoor recreation centers and other recreational facilities owned or controlled by the Authority. The Executive Director may conduct or sponsor any form of recreational or cultural activity that will employ the leisure of the people in a wholesome or constructive manner. The Executive Director may conduct such activities on properties under the control of the Authority, on public properties with the consent of the authorities thereof, and on private properties with the consent of the owners.


Sec.1.2 Use of park property.

No person in a park shall:

(1)  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 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)  Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition.

(3) Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the 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 those waters.

(4) Have brought in or 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 be 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 of elsewhere.


Sec. 1.3. Hours of operation.

Parks and recreation facilities shall open at 7:00 a.m. and shall close at sunset, except parks containing lighting for night use. Only those areas of parks and recreational facilities that are illuminated and in use at night shall be interpreted as being open. All other portions of the facilities if not illuminated are considered to be closed. Applicable closing signs shall be conspicuously posted at all park and recreation facilities, and the Authority must approve any deviation from these times in writing.


Sec. 1.4 Closing of facilities.

Any park property shall be opened daily to the public but may be declared closed to the public by the Executive Director at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals;


Sec. 1.5 Use of areas for golf practice, putting greens, driving ranges.

No person shall use any park or other area owned and operated by the Authority for recreation purposes as a field for golf practice, putting green or driving range except those areas specifically so designated.


Sec. 1.6 Vehicle operation restricted.

No person shall operate a motorized vehicle of any kind or nature in or on any park or other area owned or operated by the Authority for recreational purposes; provided, that this section shall not apply to vehicles used for maintenance purposes, to golf carts being operated on prescribed paths or to vehicles using marked roadways, marked driveways, and parking areas.


Sec. 1.7 Speed of vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in any park at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.


Sec. 1.8 Alcoholic beverages prohibited.

No person shall serve, consume or transport in open containers any alcoholic beverages within an Authority park or recreational facility.


Sec. 1.9 Animals prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person who harbors, possesses or is in charge of a domestic restrained or unrestrained animal, such as dogs, cats, etc., to bring such an animal onto athletic fields or in Authority parks. Dogs are welcome in Dog Park located in the rear of Springdale Park located on Claxton Dairy Road.


Sec. 1.10 Paint; glass containers; bicycles.

(a)  Paint - It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to possess paint in any form, in or on any park or other area owned or operated by the Authority for recreational purposes.

(b)  Glass Containers - No person shall possess a glass container in or on any park or other area owned or operated by the Authority for recreational purposes.

(c)  Bicycles on athletic fields or spectator area - No person shall ride or walk a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle, including but not limited to skateboards, in or on any athletic field or spectator area owned or operated by the Authority for recreational purposes.


Sec. 1.11 Closing of ballfields.

The Recreation Authority may close to the public particular ballfields for maintenance purposes. Such ballfields shall be posted, and it shall be unlawful for a person to enter a closed ballfield.


Sec. 1.12 Group use of facilities.

Whenever any association or organization desires to use park facilities for a particular purpose, such as picnics, parties or theatrical or entertainment performances, a representative of the association or organization shall first obtain a permit from the Authority for such purposes. The Authority may adopt an application form to be used for such situations. The Authority shall grant the application if it appears that the association or organization will not interfere with the general use of the park by the individual members of the public and if the association or organization meets all other conditions contained in the application. An indemnity bond to protect the Authority from any liability of any kind or character and to protect Authority property from damage may be required.


Sec. 1-13 Use of picnic areas.

No person in a park shall:

(1)  Picnic or lunch in places 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.

(2)  Use any portion of the picnic areas or of any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other person, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.

(3)  Leave a picnic area before all fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, paper, 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 disposed of elsewhere.


Sec. 1.14 Merchandising; advertising and signs.

No person in a park shall:

(1)  Offer for sale any article or thing, nor station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing.

(2)  Announce, advertise or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.

(3)  Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park. Exception to this subsection is hereby made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Recreation Authority.


Sec. 1.15 Athletic clubs, associations and leagues.

(1)  Athletic clubs, associations, and leagues as included in this section are those that have been initiated and sponsored by the Recreation Authority or those other clubs, associations and leagues initiated and sponsored by other individuals or groups, which have sought and gained recognition by the Recreation Authority.

(2)  Athletic clubs, associations and leagues have the right to own lease and purchase equipment, raise money, handle their own internal affairs, and use any Authority-owned facilities, subject to the regulations stated in this chapter.

(3)  The Recreation Authority has the responsibility to maintain the ballfields and park facilities, provide for capital improvements and repairs, and ensure the proper usage of all Authority-owned property and equipment.

(4)  It shall be the responsibility of the Recreation Authority to assist the associations, clubs and leagues when requested and when such requests are practical and worthwhile, in the opinion of the Executive Director and the Authority.

(5)  The Authority ballfields and parks are public property and available for use by all citizens; therefore, all uses of these facilities by any athletic group must be approved by the Executive Director and the Authority.

(6) The Executive Director and the Authority must approve any improvements, alterations or work of any nature on any ballfield or park.