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Ordinance No. 504

CHAPTER IV – PARK HOURS, CLOSING, AND GENERAL OPERATION POLICIES (click on Ordinance No. 504 for complete ordinance)

Section 4.01. Hours.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section 4.01, District Property shall be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. of that same day and District Property shall be closed to the public from 10:00 p.m. each day until 6:00 a.m. the following day.

(b) Outdoor Facilities that are artificially lighted shall remain open to the public until 10:30 p.m.

(c) The Board may establish other hours during which District Property or any parts thereof shall be closed to the public. The Board may periodically revise these hours.

Section 4.02. Special Closings. The Board or the Director may close one or more District parks, buildings, and Facilities or any part thereof to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular intervals, and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as deemed advisable and in the best interest of the public and District.

Section 4.03. Use of Closed Property Prohibited. No Person shall use, occupy, be in, or remain upon District Property or leave any personal property in or upon District Property which is closed to the public, or after closing hours, unless permission therefor has first been obtained from the District.

Section 4.04. Schedules, Fees, Rules, and Regulations. Time schedules for the operation of, and the activities to be conducted on, District Property and the amount of Facility, Permit and program fees, may be reviewed and approved periodically by the Board. As permitted by law, fees charged non-residents of the District need not be the same as fees charged residents of the District. The Board may otherwise establish policies, rules and regula­tions for proper conduct by Persons using District Property. Specific policies, rules and regulations pertaining to District Property and programs may be posted at or on the applicable District Property and/or published in District program brochures or otherwise made available to the users of District Property, who shall be charged with actual knowledge thereof and shall obey or comply with all such policies, rules and regulations. All Persons shall abide by all District policies, rules and regulations and with the direct orders or requests of employees and agents of the District when using District Property.

Section 4.05. Admission/Identification. No Person shall enter into, be, or remain in or upon District Property without paying any proper admission fees, without complying with registration requirements, if any, which may be established by the District, and without displaying the required admission identifica­tion. All admission identification cards, papers and tickets are non-transferable and must be individu­ally registered, unless otherwise specifically noted thereon. A charge may be made by the District for replacing lost admission identifica­tion cards, papers and tickets.

Section 4.06. Lost, Found, and Abandoned Property.

(a) No Person shall abandon property on District Property.

(b) Property left unattended for longer than twenty-four (24) hours or unattended property that interferes with any park visitors’ safety, orderly management of the park area, or presents a threat to park resources may be impounded or removed by the District at any time. The owner of such property shall be responsible and liable for all costs and expenses associated with the impound­ing, removal, storage, or other disposal of the property.

(c) Any Person finding lost or unattended property on District Property shall report such finding to the District as soon as is practicable. Whenever a District employee finds lost or unattended property on District Property he shall report such find to his Department Head. The District will attempt to make every reasonable effort to locate the property’s owner(s).

(d) Unattended property that has been impounded or property that has been found shall be stored for a minimum period of thirty (30) days. Unless claimed by the owner , the property may be claimed by the finder of such property unless the finder is an employee, officer, or agent of the District or Board. All property not claimed shall be disposed of as the District deems appropri­ate.

Section 4.07. Building Use. No Person shall use any District building or Facility for an event or activity which is not conducted or sponsored by the District unless a Permit therefor has first been obtained from the District in accordance with Chapter V of this Ordinance and/or a license agreement has been executed with the District. All Persons using District buildings or Facilities shall comply with the provisions of this Ordinance and with the provisions and condi­tions of the Permit and/or license agreement and with all other applicable policies, rules, and regula­tions of the District regarding the use of District Property.