Park Rules and Regulations: Chapter IV – Conduct of Visitors
Section 1 – Personal Conduct
a. No person in or adjacent to a park shall conduct himself by word or by act, in a riotous, disorderly, boisterous, threatening, or other manner so as to disturb the peace and good order in a park.
b. No person in a park shall use insulting, abusive, threatening, profane, or indecent language.
Section 2 – Loitering Near Restrooms
No person shall loiter, delay, or stand idly around in the vicinity of a restroom located in a park and no person shall enter facilities in a park provided for the exclusive use of the opposite sex.
Section 3 – Intoxicating Liquors, Alcoholic Beverages, Controlled Substances
Other than provisions stated in Board policy, no person shall possess, display the presence of, sell, offer for sale, use, or be under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, alcoholic beverage, or controlled substance as defined by Ohio Revised Code Section 3719.41 or harmful intoxicant while in a park.
Sale and/or serving of alcoholic beverages in parks may be allowed as part of
District-sponsored programs and events. The District may contract or partner with organizations that hold necessary State and local liquor permits. Organizations must comply with all applicable state and local ordinances.
The District Director will create and maintain a procedure for determining if and when serving alcoholic beverages is appropriate; and, for verifying the qualifications of the beverage supplier.
Section 4 – Smoking
No person shall smoke in park facilities where it is prohibited pursuant to section 3794.02 of the Ohio Revised Code or as designated by the Park District.
Section 5 – Firearms, Weapons and Tools
a. No person in a park, except peace officers, shall have in his or her possession any switchblade, hunting knife, knife with a blade length that is longer than three (3) inches, dagger or other bladed instrument, metal knuckles, slingshot, or other dangerous weapon.
b. No person, except peace officers and those authorized to carry concealed weapons under O.R.C. 2923.12 shall carry on or about his or her person, knives with a blade length that is longer than three (3) inches, axes, hatchets, saws, bows and arrows, crossbows, air or gas guns, paint-pellet guns, missiles, sling shots, or other missile-throwing devices in a park, except for educational or cultural programs pursuant to the authorization of a written permit issued by the Park District, and except that bows and arrows may be carried in approved archery range area.
c. No person shall hunt, shoot, or kill game within ½ mile of a township park unless the Board of Township Park Commissioners has granted permission to kill game not desired within the limits prohibited by this division pursuant to section 3773.06 of the Ohio Revised Code
d. No person shall discharge in or into a park any firearms or air or gas guns except for the firing of a military salute or the firing of weapons by persons of the nations’ armed forces acting under military authority, or law enforcement officials or other government officials in the proper enforcement of the law, or any person in the proper exercise of the right of self-defense, or any person otherwise lawfully permitted by proper federal, state or local authorities to discharge a BB gun, air gun, or firearm, for educational or cultural programs pursuant to the authorization of a written permit issued by the Park District.
e. No person shall shoot or discharge in a park, or into a park, bows and arrows, air or gas guns, paint-pellet guns, missiles, sling shots, or other missile-throwing devices, except that bows and arrows may be used in approved archery range.
Section 6 – Fireworks
No person shall bring into a park, or have in his possession or discharge, ignite or explode in a park, any fireworks.
Section 7 – Commercial Activities
a. No person shall sell or offer for sale any article, thing, privilege or service in a park unless such sale or offer is pursuant to a contract with the Park District.
b. No person shall post, distribute or place any sign, advertisement, circular, notice or statement, or display any banner, emblem or design, other than a permanent sign (painted or otherwise not readily removable) on a vehicle; or display, post or distribute any other writing containing commercial advertising matter within the parks, except when pursuant to a contract with the Park District.
c. No person shall beg, peddle or solicit in a park.
Section 8 – Sound Amplification
No person shall operate or play a radio, television, musical instrument, or sound amplification system, except that an individual may operate a radio, musical instrument, recorder, compact disc player, mp3, iPod, or other device possessed and used by an individual for his or her own enjoyment so long as it is operated in such a manner as not to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the park by any other person.