Chapter 951: Parks


Cross references

  • Land appropriation for parks - see Ohio R.C. 715.21, 719.01
  • Municipal parks - see Ohio R.C. 755.01 et seq.
  • Power to regulate vehicle speed in parks - see Ohio R.C. 4511.07(E)
  • Vandalism - see GEN. OFF. 541.04

951.01   Prohibited hours in public property

  1. (a) For the purposes of this Section, Public Property shall mean the Village Hall, the Village cemeteries, the Village utility plant facilities, the Village public parks, and any other property owned by the Village of Chagrin Falls, but excluding the streets and sidewalks.

  2. (b) No unauthorized person shall remain on or in any portion of the Public Property in the Village between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily and except when authorized in subsection (d) below, no overnight camping or sleeping shall be permitted at any Public Property and no permit shall be issued by the Chief Administrative Officer that would allow camping or sleeping over the course of an entire evening into the morning hours of the following day on any Public Property.

  3. (c) The Chief Administrative Officer shall cause signs notifying the public of the closing hours of all parks, cemeteries, village hall grounds, utility facilities, and other grounds the Chief Administrative Officer determines should have signs notifying the public of closing of such Public Property, but the placement of such signs shall not be a pre-requisite to enforcing this Section 951.01.

  4. (d) Persons may be authorized to remain in River Run Park beyond 11:00 p.m., by obtaining a Park Use Permit for Extended Hours from the Chief Administrative Officer. Such Park Use Permit for Extended Hours shall be issued within two days after the permit request is received by the Chief Administrative Officer, when the Chief Administrative Officer finds:

    1. (1) The proposed activity or use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare and safety;

    2. (2) The proposed activity or use is not unreasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct;

    3. (3) The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Village;

    4. (4) The facilities desired has not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application;

  5. (e) A Park Use Permit for Extended Hours shall satisfy the following conditions:

    1. (1) No individual or group applicant may request more than one overnight camping permit per calendar year.

    2. (2) An applicant must provide a Certificate of Insurance for one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) naming the Village of Chagrin Falls as an additional insured for the dates of the event.

    3. (3) An applicant must provide on-site sanitary facilities appropriate for the permitted group size by a vendor approved by the Chief Administrative Officer. Sanitary Facilities may be delivered up to 24 hours prior to the start of the event and must be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.

    4. (4) An applicant using cooking facilities must comply with all Fire Prevention Codes and shall obtain approval from the Fire Marshall.

  6. (f) The regulation for use of any Public Property, may provide for earlier closures and/or later reopening on the following day. In the event of a conflict between this Section and another section of the Codified Ordinances, or Rules or Regulations of the Cemetery Commission, the provisions for the specific property shall apply.

  7. (g) In no event shall a Park Use Permit for Extended Hours be authorized for Riverside Park, Conservation Land, Triangle Park, Bell Street Park, Franklin Park, Falls Viewing Area 1, Falls Viewing Area 2, Grove Hill Park (or by the officially designated name that is hereafter determined by the Village Council) or the Cemeteries.

  8. (h) Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
    (Ord. 2020-28. Passed 8-10-20.)

  9. (i) All Conservation Land, and any property located in a Conservation District as defined in the Planning and Zoning Code of the Village of Chagrin Falls and all walking trails located on Public Property may only be used between sunrise and sunset daily and no unauthorized person shall remain on or in any portion of the Conservation Land, any land in a Conservation District after sunset and before sunrise on a daily basis.
    (Ord. 2021-60. Passed 9-27-21.)

951.02   Protection of park property, public buildings and structures

No person shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, displace, remove or destroy tables, benches, monuments, statues, buildings, signs, equipment or other structures and facilities on any public or park property.
(Ord. 1988-36. Passed 4-25-88.)

951.03   Refuse and trash

No person shall in a park or river deposit, leave or dump any bottles, broken glass, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or other trash, except in a proper receptacle as provided. Where receptacles are not provided, all such rubbish and waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence. and properly disposed of elsewhere.
(Ord. 1988-36. Passed 4-25-88.)

951.04   Protection of wildlife and natural features

  1. (a) No person shall molest, hunt, harm, trap, kill, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, reptile or bird; nor remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs, nest or young of any reptile or bird.

  2. (b) No person shall injure, deface, destroy, disturb or remove any part of the park or river, nor shall any tree, flower, shrub, other vegetation or fruit or seed thereof or rock or mineral be removed, injured, destroyed or disturbed.
    (Ord. 1988-36. Passed 4-25-88.)

951.05   Intoxicating beverages

No person shall bring intoxicating liquor or beer into a park or drink alcoholic beverages or beer in a park at any time.
(Ord. 1988-36. Passed 4-25-88.)

951.06   Newspaper distribution in Riverside Park

  1. (a) As used in this section:

    1. (1) “Newspaper dispenser” means any single container, rack, shelf, or device to hold or store publications for distribution including but not limited to newspapers, catalogs, periodicals or handbills.

    2. (2) “Dispensing station” means a group of newspaper dispensers joined together at a fixed location.

  2. (b) No person, company or corporation other than the Village shall install any newspaper dispenser in Riverside Park.

  3. (c) Persons, companies, or corporations utilizing Village-provided dispensers shall obtain a permit for such use from the Village Administrator. The permit holder shall abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the permit.

  4. (d) An annual fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) shall be paid to the Village in advance by the permit holder for the use of each individual dispenser. No more than one permit shall be issued for the same publication at each dispensing station.
    (Ord. 2006-25. Passed 5-22-06.)

951.99   Penalty

  1. (a) Whoever violates any provision of Sections 951.02 to 951.05, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

  2. (b) Whoever violates any provision of Section 951.06 shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
    (Ord. 2006-25. Passed 5-22-06.)