Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg., 745 4th St. , Sparks, NV
Public Hearing and Action Items Unrelated to Planning and Zoning: 10.2
SMC Section 12.24.090 reads: "The director of the department of parks and recreation shall, after consultation with the parks and recreation commission and following approval by the city manager, adopt, amend or repeal such rules, consistent with the policies, objects and purposes of the city council, as he or she may deem necessary or desirable in the public interest in regulating the safe, enjoyable and equitable use of city parks. Rules pertaining to specific activity areas shall be displayed in a prominent and public location in or near such area or shall be communicated orally or in writing to program participants as circumstances require. Principal rules pertaining to an entire park shall be publicly and prominently displayed at the entrance to the city park."
Historically, principal park rules have been difficult to enforce due to not being enacted by Ordinance, lack of signage, and/or availability of staff resources. However, signage referring to the Sparks Municipal Code is extremely helpful when Sparks Police Officers are dispatched to assist with non-compliant park users or when the general public wishes to assist with rule enforcement. Upon the City Council’s approval of the recommended amendments, staff would create new signage to be prominently displayed at park entrances. The eventual goal is to place signage at every park, but those parks with the highest volume of park users, such as Golden Eagle Regional Park, Pah Rah Park, Shadow Mountain Park, Sparks Marina Park, and Deer Park, will be prioritized.
The following park rules are already enacted in the Sparks Municipal Code or the Washoe County Code:
- Park Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. SMC 12.24.030
- Dogs must be on a leash WCC 55.100
- Pick up after your dog WCC 55.130
- Alcohol prohibited SMC 5.28.165
- Discharge of B-B guns prohibited SMC 9.66.010
- Discharge of firearms prohibited SMC 9.66.020
- Unauthorized motor vehicles prohibited SMC 12.24.020
- Excessive noise prohibited SMC 12.24.080
- Fires prohibited SMC 12.24.050
- Camping prohibited in city parks SMC 12.24.040
- Camping prohibited within 300' of river SMC 9.48.030
Additional rules recommended for codification include the following:
- Inflatables prohibited in city parks
- Archery prohibited without a permit in city parks
- Golfing prohibited in city parks
- Organized sports prohibited without a permit in city parks
- Metal Detectors prohibited without a permit in city parks
The proposed amendments will provide a safer environment within the park system for all visitors and users. Some of the rules include the ability to obtain permits for certain activities through either the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department or the Sparks Police Department.
The City Council may choose to reject the proposed amendments to Chapter 12.24 of the Sparks Municipal Code and provide direction to the City Manager.
I move to adopt Bill No. 2727, an Ordinance amending Chapter 12.24 of the Sparks Municipal Code to provide principal park rules.
Bill No 2727_Amending Chapter 12 24.pdf