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(A) Permit required. It is unlawful to conduct any activity in a park for which a permit is required by this section without first obtaining a permit from the Parks and Recreation Director, pursuant to this section.
(B) Activities for which a permit is required. In addition to the activities stated in this section, the following activities, when conducted in a park, require a permit:
(1) Carnivals, circuses, community celebrations, public meetings, assemblies, parades and demonstrations, regardless of the number of participants;
(2) A gathering of 50 or more park visitors, including picnics or political gatherings;
(3) Contests or exhibitions, including, among other uses or events, those requesting exclusive use or charging admission, regardless of the number of participants;
(7) Being in or using a park during hours when the park is closed.
(C) Granting of permits. The Parks and Recreation Director or the City Manager will issue a permit upon payment of the fee and upon finding that:
(1) The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the enjoyment of the park by other park visitors, or disturb residentially zoned properties and park visitors in proximity to the park;
(2) For special use permits, the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety, comfort and recreation;
(3) The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to entice violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
(4) The proposed activity will not entail an unusual, extraordinary burden or expense for the city; and
(5) The facilities desired have not been reserved for some other use on the day and hour requested in the application.
(D) Denial of permits. Within five days after receiving a completed application, the Parks and Recreation Director shall notify an applicant in writing that the application is denied, and state the reasons for denying the permit. Any aggrieved applicant may appeal in writing to the City Manager within five days of mailed notice of the denial. The City Manager will consider the application under the standards set forth in division (C) above, and sustain or overrule the decision of the Parks and Recreation Director within 14 days.
(E) Conditions of permit. A permit holder is bound by all parks rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances as if they were fully inserted in the permit. The city may impose any reasonable conditions on a permit that in its discretion will protect the public health, safety, welfare, comfort and recreation in the park. The permit holder is liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any park visitor when due to the negligence of the permit holder. Within 24 hours after the expiration of the permit, a permit holder must remove from the park all trash, boxes, papers, cans, garbage and other refuse, and all installations and equipment, and must restore the premises to its condition prior to the permit holder’s use of the park.
(F) Non-transferable. A permit under this section may not be transferred to any other person.
(G) Designated areas specified in permit. The use for which the permit is granted must only be conducted within the area designated on the permit.
(H) Production of permit. Any person claiming to have a permit must produce it for inspection, upon request of any city employee.
(I) Revocation. The city has the authority to revoke a permit upon finding a violation of any rule or ordinance, condition imposed on the permit, or upon good cause.
(2001 Code, § 825.13)