§ 10.18  USE OF PUBLIC PARKS.
   Subd. 1.   Speed limit; use of roadways; parking.  It is unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle within a public park at a speed in excess of 15 mph.  All vehicles shall be operated only upon the roadways and parking areas.  Vehicles shall not be parked on any grassy area within the park.
   Subd. 2.   Vandalism.  It is unlawful for any person to mar, deface, damage, destroy, break or otherwise vandalize any equipment, buildings or other property located within a public park.
   Subd. 3.   Camping.  It is unlawful for any person to camp in a public park, except when and where permission has been specifically granted by the Park and Recreation Board, in the case of a special event.
(Ord. 587, passed 7-19-10)
   Subd. 4.   Golfing.  It is unlawful for any person to hit or strike golf balls in a public park.
   Subd. 5.   Pet animals and horses. Except as hereinafter provided, no pet animals, including horses, are permitted in public parks. Except for horses, pet animals are permitted on all public trails and park roadways with the exception of the three fenced ball complexes: Todd Park North, Todd Park South and Riverland Ball Field. While using the public trails and park roadways, pet animals shall be adequately restrained by a durable leash, cord, chain or other similar restraint and the pet animals shall be under the direct control of their owner, except that pet animals under the supervision of their owner may be unrestrained in the area designated as the dog park.
(Ord. 593, passed 1-17-12)
   Subd. 6.   Open burning.  It is unlawful for any person to cause, allow or permit open burning in any public park, except that fires set for food preparation are allowed provided only that the fire is contained within a metal grill, firebox made of metal or other fire burning equipment as is made available for the purpose by the city within the public parks.
   Subd. 7.   Operating hours; presence after closing hours.  The public parks shall be open for public use from April 15 to October 15 of each year during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. of each day, and additional hours as may be necessary to conclude city authorized athletic events.  The periods of use or hours of use may be changed from time to time by authorized park personnel; provided, however, that notice is posted at the entrances thereof advising of the changed hours or periods of use.  It is unlawful to enter the park during the hours closed to use by the public, except by permission of authorized park personnel.
(Ord. 382, Second Series, passed 5-5-97)
   Subd. 8.   Regulation of use of the Mill Pond.
      A.   Purpose, intent and application.  As authorized by M.S. §§ 86B.201, 86B.205 and 459.20 and Minn. Rules parts 6110.3000 through 6110.3800 as now in effect and as hereafter amended, the subdivision is enacted for the purpose and with the intent to control and regulate the use of the water of the Mill Pond in the city, the body of water being located entirely within the boundaries of the city, to promote its fullest use and enjoyment by the public in general and the citizens of the city in particular; to insure safety for persons and property in connection with the use of the water; to harmonize and integrate the varying uses of the waters; and to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city.
      B.   Definitions.  Terms used in this subdivision related to boating are defined in M.S. § 86B.005, as it may be amended from time to time.
      C.   Use restrictions.  The following uses are prohibited on or in the Mill Pond:
         1.   Swimming; and
         2.   The use of a watercraft powered by an internal combustion motor or engine.
      D.   Hours of use.  No watercraft shall be operated upon the Mill Pond between the hours starting at sunset and ending at sunrise.
      E.   Enforcement.  The primary responsibility for enforcement of this subdivision shall rest with the County Sheriff’s Department and the Austin Police Department.  This, however, shall not preclude enforcement by other licensed peace officers.
      F.   Exemptions.  All authorized city, county, resource management, emergency and enforcement personnel, while acting in the performance of their assigned duties are exempt from the foregoing restrictions.  Further, all watercraft owned and operated by the city, however powered, shall be allowed to use the Mill Pond.
      G.   Closing.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this subdivision, the Council or its designees may order the Mill Pond temporarily closed to public use for reasons of public safety.
   Subd. 9.   Glass bottles.  It is unlawful to bring or allow glass bottles in a public park.
(`80 Code, § 10.18)  (Ord. 439, passed 6-7-99; Am. Ord. 444, passed 11-1-99; Am. Ord. 563, passed 7-21-08)  Penalty, see § 1.99