(a)   Permits and authority.
      (1)   Any person issued a permit must produce and exhibit such permit upon the request of any authorized person to inspect such permit.
      (2)   Any use of athletic fields, courts, parks, or park shelters scheduled through the City of Middletown takes precedence over all other usage.
      (3)   All permits issued shall be subject to these rules and regulations and the person or persons to whom such permits are issued shall be bound by these rules and regulations and shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused within park property.
      (4)   Any authorized persons may request identification of any person to ascertain identity or residence. Any person not complying with such request may be ordered to leave the park. No person shall fail to leave the park after being ordered to do so under this rule.
   (b)   Hours.
      (1)   Parks are open to the public for use from 6:00 a.m. to dusk unless otherwise posted or with previous written permission from the City of Middletown.
      (2)   All park sites providing supervised activities sponsored by the City of Middletown are considered open to the public during posted hours of operation unless inclement weather conditions prohibit safe activity.
      (3)   Special facilities (i.e. athletic field lights, court lights, etc.) which provide activity sport lighting may be used while said lighting is illuminated or with previous written permission from the City of Middletown.
      (4)   Persons are allowed use of facilities or parks to conduct events with previous written permission or through rental agreements from the City of Middletown.
      (5)   City of Middletown officials shall be authorized to close a park or any part thereof, if it is determined that public safety or other emergencies require such closing.
      (6)   All parks areas under active or proposed construction or renovation are not considered open to the public until the City of Middletown gives notification.
   (c)   Fees. The City Manager or his or her designee is authorized to establish recreation program fees.
   (d)   Exceptions.
      (1)   Acts and conduct of City of Middletown employees or persons acting as agents of the City of Middletown, to the extent necessary for the performance of their authorized duties, shall be exempt from the provisions of the rules and regulations relating to parks.
      (2)   The City of Middletown, via City Council, the City Manager or designee may, at its discretion, waive said rules and regulations upon review of requests, special conditions, or events, where application of the rules would not be practicable.
   (e)   Promulgation of rules by City Manager. The City Manager may promulgate such rules and regulations as he or she deems necessary and reasonable for the use of all public swimming pools, public parks and recreational facilities.
(Ord. 2002-116, passed 10-15-2002)