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Chapter 1 - Definitions & Specific Restrictions

Section 1.01  Definition Of Words

Whenever, in this ordinance, the following words or terms are used, they shall have meaning respectively ascribed to them in this section.

Animals - All domestic animals including ponies, horses or other riding animals; cats; dogs; and any animal although usually considered wild which has been domesticated.

Animals (Wild) - All animals living in a state of nature and not domesticated.

Board - Board of Park Commissioners of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

District - Buffalo Grove Park District, Lake-Cook Counties, Illinois.

Employee - One who is working for compensation in the service of the Park District.

Missile - Any object which has been thrown, hurled, or projected so as to strike another object.

Officer - The Buffalo Grove Police Department fulfills this capacity by cooperative agreement on behalf of the Park District Board of Park Commissioners.

Park System - All of the parks, roadways, parking lots, waters, structures and other property of every kind either owned or leased by the district now or hereafter, whether within or without its boundaries.

Vehicle (Motor) - Any motorized device upon, or by which, any person or property is, or may be transported or drawn.

Vehicle (Other) - Any device upon, or by which, any person or property is, or may be transported or drawn.

Volunteers - One who is working for no compensation in the service of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

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Section 1.02  Advertisements

No person shall display any placard, advertisement, or political information of any kind in the park system, nor shall any person distribute, cast, throw or place any hand bill, pamphlet, circular, advertisement or notice of any kind, nor post, stencil or otherwise affix any notice, or bills, advertisement or other papers, upon any structure or thing in or about the park premises without having first obtained a permit or written permission from the Park District Board of Commissioners or the Executive Director unless:The person holds a valid picnic or special event Permit in which case the person may display signs to identify their location or direct others to such location, provided that such signs are temporary and are removed by the permittee at the termination of the activity and provided that such signs are no larger than 24” x 30” and are not attached to any tree shrub, post, building, gate, District sign, or other structure located on District property.

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Section 1.03  Aircraft Control

No person shall land, cause to be landed, or permit or authorize the landing of any aircraft, model aircraft or drones of any kind at any time over Park District property at an elevation lower than the minimum safety requirements established from time to time by the Federal Aviation Administration or by other governmental agencies having authority in this area, at an elevation which is lower than is reasonably safe under the circumstances, or in a manner which endangers the safety of any person using Park District property.

No person shall land, cause to be landed, or permit or authorize the landing of any aircraft, model aircraft or drones on or over Park District property unless a permit has first been obtained from the Park District.

No person shall fly or cause to be flown or permit or authorize the flying of aircraft, model aircraft or drones on or over Park District property unless a permit has first been obtained from the District.

No person shall parachute or otherwise descend from an aircraft into or onto Park District property or cause, permit or authorize another person to parachute or otherwise descend from any aircraft into or onto Park District property unless a permit has first been obtained from the Park District, except when necessitated by an unavoidable emergency. This ordinance does not include the flying of kites.

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Section 1.04  Alcohol, Drugs & Narcotics

No person shall use or possess drugs or narcotics as defined in the Illinois Revised Statutes on Park District properties.
                                                                                                                                              
No person shall bring within, sell or give away, or drink alcoholic beverages at any time in the park system, unless written permission by the Board of Commissioners has been granted.  Notice must be given, to the Board of
Commissioners, at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled event, and then only if proper forms, accompanied with a Village of Buffalo Grove liquor license and proof of dram shop insurance coverage, are exhibited.  At no time shall beer, wine or alcoholic liquor be served to anyone below the age of 21 years, and the service shall at all times be in compliance with the laws of the State of Illinois and the ordinance of the Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

No person shall be under the influence of intoxicating liquor while in any park.

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Section 1.05  Animals

No person shall within the park system bring, allow to be loose, drive, lead, carry, or permit any animal on any premise within the park system, without being leashed, except in connection with Park District sponsored activities, programs, or events where the presence of animals is specifically permitted or required by the Park District as an integral part of such program activity or event.  No leash shall be longer than eight (8) feet in length.
           
Any animal found on park property running at large may be impounded.

The owner of every animal shall be responsible for removal and sanitary disposition of any excreta deposited by his animal(s) anywhere in the park system.

Service animals will be allowed in parks and facilities, but must be leashed as per ordinance requirements, other than those times when doing so would prevent them from performing their responsibilities.  

A service animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal specifically trained, or in the process of being trained, to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals do not have to be licensed or certified by a state or local government, but often do have a method of verifying that they have gone through a training program.

To clarify, service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:

  • Alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds
  • Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments
  • Assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance

Animals, other than service animals as described above, will not be allowed either leashed or unleashed on Park District property when posted at specific programs/events. Notification of this restriction of animals at programs/events will be communicated either through on-site signage, on the Park District website or through social media outlets.

No person shall trap, catch, wound, kill, treat cruelly, or attempt to trap, catch, wound or kill any bird or animal, or molest or rob any nest of any bird or animal, in the park system.

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Section 1.06  Assault, Battery, Fighting & Reckless Conduct

No person shall knowingly start a fight or fight or commit any assault, battery, or reckless conduct on District property. For purposes of this section:
 
A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.

A person commits a battery if he intentionally or knowingly, without legal justification and by any means (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.

A person commits reckless conduct when he causes bodily harm to or endangers the bodily state of an individual by any means if such person performs recklessly the acts which cause the harm or endangers safety regardless whether the acts are otherwise lawful or unlawful.

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Section 1.07  Bicycles

Bicycles may only be ridden on designated bike/walk paths found in the park system.  No person shall ride any bicycle on any playground ramps or in any designated playground facility including Kendrigan Field, Skate Park and Inline Rink.  Use of areas such as but not limited to railings, planters, curbing, bleachers for “grinding” is prohibited.

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Section 1.08  Camping

No person shall place, erect, or use any hammock, swing, tent, camper or other shelter or otherwise camp or sleep in the park system, except upon written permission from the Park District Executive Director to do same.

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Section 1.09  Change of Oil/Cleaning

No person shall dispose of mechanical fluid (oil, grease, antifreeze, etc.) or perform mechanical work of any type such as but not limited to brake jobs, changing the oil, antifreeze or grease of, vehicles on Park District property.

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Section 1.10  Commercial Activities

(a) No peddler, vendor or any other person involved in an endeavor for profit shall engage in the commercial sale, rental, exhibition, or distribution of goods or services, including without limitation the giving of instruction or lessons for a fee, upon Park District property unless he has received a permit, license or contract therefore from the District.

(b) No person engaged in the sale or distribution of goods or services under this section shall obstruct or impede pedestri­ans or vehicles, harass park visitors with physical contact or persistent demands, misrepresent the affiliations of those engaged in such activities, misrep­resent whether the goods or services are available without cost or donation, or inter­fere, interrupt, or engage in conduct incompatible with the purpose of any program, activity, function, and/or special event conducted, sponsored, licensed or otherwise permitted by the  Park District.

(c) No person may use any Park District property for the purpose of filming an advertisement, television program, or movie without first obtaining a permit therefore from the Park District.  The Board will make its determination based in part on the impact the proposed use would have on residents and on Park District programs and other services and the amount of revenue to be derived from an approved use.

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Section 1.11  Cooperation With Authorities

(a) No person shall physically hinder, threaten, resist, intimidate, disobey, or otherwise intentionally interfere with any Park District employee or agent in the performance of his duties.

(b) No person shall falsely represent that he is, or otherwise pretend to be, a Park District employee, or an agent or other representative of the Park District.

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Section 1.12  Dog Park, Happy Tails

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you and your dog are required to adhere to the following while visiting the Buffalo Grove Park District Happy Tails Dog Park. Permits are nontransfereable and nonrefunadable. Permits may be revoked and/or fines charged for any rule violation.

General
1. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Patrons will use the park at their own risk.
2. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.
3. All dogs must wear a collar displaying the following tags:
• Current local dog license
• Current rabies tag
• Buffalo Grove Park District Annual Dog Park Permit, or the owner must have valid daily use permit.
4. Children under the age of 10 years old are not permitted in the dog park at any time. Children 10 - 17 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
5. Children should not run or chase after dogs. Never pet a dog unless the dog’s owner has granted permission.

Control & Behavior
1. Dogs visiting the park must be at least 4 months old.
2. Dogs that are ill or in heat are not permitted.
3. Rawhide or food are not permitted, as dogfights might result.
4. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Handlers/owners must remove their dog(s) at the first sign   of aggression.
5. Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the park. Once in the dog park, the leash may be removed; however, the handlers/owners must have a leash in their possession at all times.
6. Handlers/owners are responsible for controlling their dog(s) and must maintain visual and voice contact with their animals at all times. Handlers/owners may be legally responsible for any injuries or damage caused by their dog(s).
7. There shall be no more than 3 dogs per handler/owner.
8. Pinch, choke chain and spike collars must be removed from the dog(s) prior to entering the dog park.
9. Handlers/owners are subject to a $75 fine for failure to pick up and properly dispose of their dog’s waste.

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Section 1.13  Disorderly Conduct

No person shall make, countenance or assist in making any improper noise, riot, disturbance, breach of the peace, or diversion tending to a breach of the peace, in the park system, or be guilty of any disorderly conduct therein, or collect with other persons, in bodies or crowds, for unlawful purposes, or for any purpose to the annoyance or obstruction or disturbance of other persons.

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Section 1.14  Dumping, Polution, Sanitation & Littler

(a) No person shall litter, cast, throw, drop, leave, scatter, place, pile, or otherwise dump, leave, or deposit in any manner any kind of dirt, rubbish, placard, handbill, pamphlet, circular, book, notice, paper of any kind, ashes, garbage, waste material, snow, ice, or other substance, whether liquid or solid, or any other refuse in or upon Park District property except as specifical­ly permitted by the Park District.  Provided, however, that paper, glass, cans, garbage and other refuse resulting from picnics or other lawful use of Park District property shall be deposited in receptacles provided by the Park District for that purpose.  Where receptacles are not provided, are missing, or are full to capacity, all such garbage, refuse, or other material shall be carried away from the area of use by the person responsible for its creation and presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
No person shall urinate or defecate on District property other than in toilets in rest room facilities expressly provided for such purposes.

(b) No person shall drain refuse from a trailer or other vehicle on Park District property.

(c) No person shall bathe or wash himself or food, clothing, dishes, or other property at water outlets, or fixtures on Park District property.

(d) No person shall pollute or contaminate Park District property or waters.

(e) No person shall dispose of fish remains on Park District property, or in Park District waters, or within any park area of the Park District except as permitted by the Park District.

(f) No Person shall dispose of human or animal waste on Park District property except at designated locations or in fixtures provided for that purpose.

Any person violating this section may be assessed the cost of removing any such improperly deposited substance or material and such charge shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other penalties provided for in this ordinance or applicable federal, state, local, and/or Park District laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

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Section 1.15  Electronic Personal Assistive Mobility Device

Definition: An electronic personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD) is a device used by a person with a mobility impairment for ambulation.  This definition does not include gasoline powered devices, golf carts, or riding lawn mowers,

Permission: The Buffalo Grove Park District authorizes persons with mobility impairments to use Electronic Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs) in District facilities and sites subject to the following restrictions:

1. The operator of the device must be a person with a mobility impairment, and upon request by District officials, shall produce proof of such status within 24 hours;

2. The device, if used in a facility or in a park, is allowed in any area of the facility or park in which the general public is allowed, with the exception of employee only spaces, stairways, and identified hazardous areas;

3. The device, if used in a facility, must be controlled by the operator.  It:
    A. may not exceed 4 mph;
    B. shall be driven on the right side of the circulation route;
    C. is prohibited from carrying another person on the frame, or any object on the frame that may make the EPAMD less stable;
    D. must not be operated in a dangerous or reckless manner that jeopardizes the safety of the operator, Park District employees, or Park District participants.

4. The device, if used in a park or out-of-doors, must be controlled by the operator.  It:
    A. may not be operated between dusk and dawn;
    B. may not exceed 6 mph;
    C. may not be driven into wet or ecologically sensitive areas which are posted as prohibited areas by the Park District;
    D. shall be driven on the right side of the circulation route;
    E. is prohibited from carrying another person on the frame, or any object on the frame that may make the EPAMD less stable;
    F. must not be operated in a dangerous or reckless manner that jeopardizes the safety of the operator, District employees, or District participants.

5. The District accepts no responsibility for storage of the device.

6. The District accepts no liability for damage to the device, or injury to the operator, whether caused by the operator, another visitor to a District facility or site, or any other circumstance.

7. The District accepts no liability for damage caused by the operator of the device, or injury to others caused by the operator of the device.

8. The District reserves the right to suspend the use of facilities or sites by the operator if doing so is in the best interests of the District and its participants.

9. The District reserves the right to change, modify, or amend this policy at any time, as it would any other ordinance.

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Section 1.16  Fires

No person shall light or make use of any fire on Park District property, except such portions thereof as may be designated for such purpose, such as in a grill, and then only under such regulations as are prescribed by the Park District.  No fire shall ever be left unattended.  Every fire shall be under the continuous care and direction of a compe­tent person 18 years of age or older from the time it is kindled until the time it is completely extinguished.  All fires must be properly and completely extin­guished prior to any person leaving the site of the fire.  No person shall throw or otherwise discard lighted or smoldering material in any manner that threatens or causes damage to, or results in the burning of, District property or park resources, or creates a safety hazard.

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Section 1.17  Fireworks

No person shall carry, discharge or cause to be exploded any fireworks or other fireworks of like construction or anything containing explosive substances in the park system unless by written permission of the Executive Director.

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Section 1.18  Firearms Missles & Weapons

No person shall bring, carry or fire any gun or pistol or other firearms of any kind in any Park District park system and/or facility.

No person shall throw, cast or shoot stones, or other missiles, nor shoot any bows and arrows, air rifle or air pistol, toss darts or spears in any Park District facility except at such places and times as the Board may designate for such purpose.

a) No person other than police officers shall bring, attempt to bring, carry, have in his vehicle, or use in any way, any gun or firearm or portion thereof upon District property, except designated shooting ranges.

b) No person shall bring, attempt to bring, carry, or have in his vehicle, or use in any way, any knife having a blade longer than 3 inches, any air gun, pellet gun, or sling shot on District property.

c) No person shall bring, attempt to bring, carry, have in his vehicle, or use in any way, any explosives, or ammunition

d) No person shall use or explode any toy pistol, toy cannon, toy cane, or toy gun in which explosives are used, or use or explode any blank cartridge, on District property except that starter pistols may be used for sporting or athletic events authorized by the District.

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Section 1.19  Fishing

No person shall fish or otherwise take aquatic life from Park District waters without a valid Illinois fishing license.  No person shall dig, scratch, or otherwise disturb Park District property in order to locate to take bait.  The provision of this section also applies to ice fishing.

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Section 1.20  Gambling

No person shall tell fortunes, gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance or use any gambling device in any part of the park system for money or other valuable thing, except for the benefit of bona fide not-for-profit purpose as may be when and where recommended by the Executive Director and approved by the Board of Commissioners, and if such activities are allowed by federal, state and local authorities.

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Section 1.21  Hindering Of Employees

No person shall interfere with, unreasonably disrupt, delay, or in any manner hinder any employee of the Park District while engaged in constructing, repairing or caring for any park property.

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Section 1.22  Indecent Conduct

No person shall enter, appear, be or remain anywhere in a state of nudity or in an indecent or lewd attire.  No person shall utter any lewd or offensive words within the hearing of another person.

No person shall expose any part of the body to the public in an indecent or lewd manner, nor speak or make advances in a profane or obscene way, or make any indecent or obscene gestures in any park.  Nor shall any person take, or attempt to take any immoral, improper or indecent liberties with any child or adult of either sex in any park.

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Section 1.23 Limitations On Smoking Within Parks & Other Property

Section 1:  Tobacco smoking prohibited within parks: It shall be unlawful to smoke tobacco within any Parks and other property under the jurisdiction of the Park District. “Smoking” means the act of inhaling the smoke from or possessing a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other form of tobacco or similar substance used for smoking. This includes electronic cigarettes (e-cigs or e-cigarettes), personal vaporizers (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or any other device that simulates tobacco smoking by producing an aerosol that resembles smoke.

Section 2:  Penalty For Violation:  Any person violating the provisions of Section Two hereof shall be given a warning.  A person found guilty of further violations shall be subject to revocation of any permit issued by the Park District and, in addition, shall be fined for any subsequent violations during the calendar year as follows:  1st offense:  Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00); 2nd offense:  not less than Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00); 3rd offense:  not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Seventy Five Dollars ($75.00); 4th offense:  not less than Seventy Five Dollars ($75.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).  The maximum fine shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for each such violation.

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Section 1.24  Loitering

No person shall loiter or remain on District property either alone or in consort with other persons in such a manner that: (1) unreasonably obstructs the usual use of entrances, hallways, corridors, stairways, or rooms designated for specific purposes; (2) impedes or disrupts the performance of official duties by District employees; (3) prevents the general public from obtaining the administrative or recreational services provided on District property in a timely manner; (4) restrict vehicular or pedestrian traffic or restrict free ingress to and egress from District property; after being requested to leave, move, or disperse by any employee of the District, or where the District has posted a sign or signs that prohibit loitering.

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Section 1.25  Minors

The parent or legal guardian of a minor defendant who resides with such parent or legal guardian shall be liable for any fine or condition of restitution or reparation imposed by a court upon a minor for violation of Sections 9.48.010 and 9.48.040 through 9.48.060 of the Village of Buffalo Grove Municipal Code; provided that the minor has not paid the fine or made restitution or reparation within the time ordered by the court; and further provided, that said parent or legal guardian has been served with summons or notice to appear in the original cause and all proceedings thereafter as provided by law.

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Section 1.26  Noise

It shall be unlawful to use or operate a sound amplification device on any property owned and controlled by the Park District unless a written permit from the Park District has been issued setting forth the conditions for use.  For the purposes of this Ordinance, this includes any sound amplification device whether powered by battery or other power source.  The Park District Executive Director shall cause a sound amplification permit form to be promulgated in accordance with the terms of this Ordinance setting forth the days and hours during which the device may be used and the maximum allowable decibel level.  Upon submission of the completed application, the Executive Director shall approve or deny the permit based on the standards set forth herein.

The conditions prescribed for a sound amplification permit may be waived or modified in the case of a special Park District sponsored or co-sponsored community-wide event.

Sound amplification devices may be used on any Park District property only during the following hours:

8 am until 10:30 pm               Sunday through Thursdays
8 am until 12:01 midnight        Friday, Saturday and holidays.

In no case shall any sound amplification device produce more than 70 decibels (A-scale slow meter response) at the Park District property line adjacent to a residential community. (adopted July 2003)

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Section 1.27  Offering Articles For Sale

No person shall offer or exchange for sale any article or thing, or do any hawking, peddling or soliciting, or buy or offer to buy any article or thing, or take up any collection or solicit or receive contributions of money or anything of value in the park system, except when authorized to do so by permit form or contract with the Board of Commissioners.

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Section 1.28  Permit Or Pass (Display Of)

Every person shall produce or display a permit or pass when requested to do so by any authorized person for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any federal, state, local, or Park District law, ordinance, rule, or regulation, when such permit or pass is required to engage in an activity on Park District property.

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Section 1.29  Picnics

Persons or companies wishing to hold a picnic in any of the designated picnic areas must first obtain a Picnic Permit from the office of the Buffalo Grove Park District and must meet all requirements as requested in the permit.  This permit is valid only on the day and times shown and must be signed by an authorized representative of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

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Section 1.30  Public Assemblage & Meeting

No person, group of persons, associations or corporations shall call or hold any public meetings or assemblage or give or conduct any concert, performance or public exhibition or entertainment of any kind in any of the parks or public places under the jurisdiction of the district without first applying to the Board of Commissioners or the Executive Director for permit to do so, setting forth the purpose of the proposed meeting or assemblage, the place and time sought and the approximate number of participants and spectators expected to be involved. Upon receipt of such application, the Board of Commissioners or the Executive Director may grant or refuse to grant the same, in whole or in part and no such meeting shall be held except in accordance with the permission so granted.

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Section 1.31 Public Use, Hours

The parks of the district shall be closed to the public each day at 10 pm for non-lighted parks and 11 pm for lighted parks.  All parks of the park system shall open each day at 6 am unless otherwise posted by the Buffalo Grove Park District.

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Section 1.32  Restricted Parts Of The Park District

No person shall enter upon any portion of the park system where entry is prohibited by the Park District by sign or other suitable notice.  No person shall enter or attempt to enter any building area or facility in the park system which is closed to the public, or is under construction in an unfinished state, or scheduled for a specific group or activity unless invited to same; nor shall any person not invited or not having paid an admission fee, when such is charged, enter an area, building or place when it has been rented or otherwise reserved.

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Section 1.33  Restrictions Applicable To Specific Recreational Activities

(a)  Golf
No Person shall play or practice golf on Park District Property.  No person shall hit a golf ball into, in or from any park nor play golf in any park, nor bring any golf ball or golf club into any park other than any facility or area designated by the Board of Commissioners.

(b)  Field Usage
Emmerich East Park football fields are scheduled for use by permit only between July 15 and December 15 of each year.  Violators will be asked to leave the premises. No organized league games or league practice sessions will be permitted at Canterbury Park.  (Village of Buffalo Grove Ordinance P.U.D. #88-76).

(c)  Games & Sports
No person shall engage in any game, sport or amusement in the park system without the proper permit request submitted and approved by the Park District and then only under such rules and regulations as may be proscribed. No person shall engage in any activity in a manner so as to endanger, injure, or damage persons or property in the park system.

    (1)  No person shall engage in softball or baseball games except in those parks, which have estab­lished
diamonds and backstops constructed for that purpose, or such other areas as may be specifically designated by the Park District;

    (2)  In those parks having established softball or baseball diamonds, partic­ipation in softball or baseball
in areas other than established diamonds is limited in accordance with signs or notices posted by the Park District;

    (3)  In those parks having established softball or baseball diamonds, the type of recreation on said
diamonds shall be in accordance with posted signs or notices posted by the Park District.

(d) Private Use Of Picnic Shelters, Play Fields, Tennis Courts, Baseball Fields And Soccer Fields
No areas shall be reserved except picnic shelters and areas designated as play fields, such as but not limited to soccer fields, baseball, basketball, football, volleyball courts, bocce courts and tennis courts; which shall be authorized by permit only issued by the Park District.

No reservation shall be made for any organization known to the Park District to discriminate against persons on account of sex, skin color, race or national origin or disability provided that this provision shall not prevent a reservation on behalf of a church league or other religious organization.

No area shall be reserved exclusively for any one league or organization.  In scheduling the times, staff will take into account the hours at which there is a demand for the use of the area and divide the hours of greater demand among various organizations.  Managers or coaches of organized team practices or games may be asked to produce a permit upon request.

Written public records shall be kept of all reservations.  The general public, organizations or teams can complete a permit application at the Park District Administrative Office, 530 Bernard Drive.

The provisions of this ordinance are separable, and the invalidity of any part of this ordinance shall not affect the validity of the rest of the ordinance.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall be fined not less than twenty-five ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.

(e) Tennis Court Rules Of Usage
Persons, age 14 and over, have priority for tennis play after 7:00 PM on weekdays.  Players must give up courts every hour on the hour or make arrangements with those waiting.  Players must hang a tennis racquet to reserve a court.

(f)  Skate Park/Inline Rink Rules & Regulations

No person shall be allowed in the Skate Park or in the inline rink, except by permit, after dusk or before dawn unless otherwise posted or authorized by the Park District.

No person shall bring upon or ride upon the premises of the Skate Park or inline rink, except by permit, any bicycle or other vehicle.

Any person violating the bicycle and vehicle provision shall be given a warning.  A person found guilty of further violations shall be fined as follows:  1st offense: Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00); 2nd offense:  not less than Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00); 3rd offense:  not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Seventy Five Dollars ($75.00); 4th offense; not less than Seventy Five Dollars ($75.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).  The maximum fine shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for each such violation.

(g)  Picnics
Picnics requiring fires shall be held only in those areas where fireplaces, stoves, grills, or pits have been provided for that purpose and upon issu­ance of a permit by the Park District.

The Park District may designate areas for preparing, consuming, and dispensing food, beverages and other products.  Persons holding a permit and dispensing any of such products ­may do so only in the area designated in the permit.  In the event the dispensing of the permitted­ products is by sale, the person must also comply with Section 1.10 2 of this Ordinance.  No person may dispense, prepare, consume, sell or otherwise use products, items or things otherwise prohibited in this Ordinance or any other federal state, local, or Park District law, rule, regulation or ordinance.

(h) Classes, Camps & Lessons
No person shall bring or cause to be brought onto Park District property any class, play class, day camp, group lesson or similar organized group activity of any kind unless a permit allowing such use or activity has first been obtained from Park Services.  No person shall conduct any private lesson or instruction for a fee on Park District property unless a permit allowing such use has first been obtained from the Park District.  Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in this Section 1.31(h), Buffalo Grove Park District classes, lessons and other similar organized activities are allowed without a permit on tennis courts, which will be designated by appropriate signage, provided that a person may use either of those tennis courts in order of priority established by a “rack system” under which a person wishing to use a court places his or her racquet in order on a rack provided for that purpose.
Kendrigan Field Use – Wear rubber sole gym shoes only.  Cleats of any kind are not allowed.  Do no chew gum on the field or in the dugouts.  This field is for baseball only.  No other activities are permitted. 

(i) Tournaments, Leagues, Or Other Organized Recreational Activities
No person shall utilize any Park District property, including without limitation playing fields and other Park District facilities, for tournaments, leagues, or other organized recre­ation­al activities and outings unless a permit allowing such use or activity has first been obtained from the Park District.  This section does not apply to normal or scheduled District programs or activities.  Where a conflict between normal or scheduled District programs or activities and a requested activity occurs, District programs and activities shall take precedence.

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Section 1.34  Restrooms, Washrooms, & Locker Rooms

(a)  No person shall deposit objects of any kind, other than human waste and toilet tissue, in the toilets or plumbing
fixtures of a rest room, washroom or locker room facility on Park District property.

(b)  No person of the age of seven (7) years or older may enter or use rest rooms, washrooms or locker rooms on Park
District property designated for the opposite sex.

(c)  No person shall use:
1.   Any still camera, television or movie camera, camcorder, video recorder or transmitter or any other device capable of recording, filming or transmitting visual images; or
2.  Any cellular telephone, into any restroom, locker room or washroom facility anywhere on Park District property.

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Section 1.35  Skating, Ice

No person shall skate upon any natural ponds, lakes, creeks found upon Park District property.  Skating is only allowed in areas designated by the Park District.  No person shall engage in any such activity in a reckless manner that endangers, injure or damage persons or property in any way or others or at a speed greater than is safe and proper under the circumstances.  All persons engaged in skating must adhere to rules established by the Park District.

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Section 1.36  Sledding

No person shall sled or toboggan in any parks unless designated as a sledding area by the Buffalo Grove Park District.  No person shall engage in any such activity in a reckless manner that endangers, injure or damage persons or property in any way or others or at a speed greater than is safe and proper under the circumstances.  All persons engaged in sledding must adhere to rules established by the Park District.

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Section 1.37  Traffic/Parking

No person shall set or place or cause to be set or placed, any goods, wares or merchandise or property of any kind so as to obstruct travel in the park system.

Unless authorized by the Park District Executive Director, no person shall operate any motor vehicle except upon the established roadways.

No person shall operate or park any motor vehicle except in accordance with the laws of the Village of Buffalo Grove.

No person shall operate motorbikes, go-carts, snowmobiles, or other motor driven vehicles, except for authorized Park District vehicles, in any parks of the park system except when necessary by Park District staff for an integral program or activity sponsored by the Park District.

No person shall park any vehicle in any park, driveway or parking area of a park between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, unless otherwise posted, nor shall any person leave any vehicle anywhere in a park more than 24 hours because of mechanical failure, nor shall any person fail to notify and obtain the services of a tow truck for any vehicle that has failed to function within one hour of such failure.  Parking in all parking lots owned and maintained by the Buffalo Grove Park District is only allowed in designated, striped parking stalls.

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Section 1.38  Use Of Playground Equipment By Adults

No adult person shall in any manner use any of the playground apparatus or devices meant exclusively for the use of children.

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Section 1.39  Vandalism

Unless authorized by a written agreement with the District or otherwise expressly permitted by the District, no person shall while in or on District property:

a) Deface, disfigure, break, cut, tamper with or displace or remove in or from any District property or building or other part thereof, any playground equipment, table, bench, fireplace, coping, lamp post, fence, wall, paving or paving material, water line or other public utility or parts or appurtenances thereof, or sign, notice or placard whether temporary or permanent, equipment, facilities or other District property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal;

b) Destroy, cut, break, injure, disturb, sever from the ground or remove any sod, soil, earth, rock, stone, timber, wood, material, or growing thing including but not limited to any plant, flower, flower bed, shrub, tree, growth, or any branch, stem, fruit, or leaf thereof; bring into or have in his/her possession in or on District property any tool or instrument intended to be used for the cutting thereof, or any garden or agricultural implements or tools which could be used for the removal thereof;

c) Set fire to any trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, grass, plant growth or living timber, or allow any fire upon land to extend into District property;

d) Cut, break or in any way injure, deface, destroy or alter any building, fence, monument, sculpture, bridge, or other structure or property contained therein;

e) Allow any animal under the person’s ownership or temporary care to injure or deface any tree, plant, shrub, lawn or grassplot in any manner whatsoever.  An animal is under a person’s temporary care if the animal was brought upon District property by the person or by a minor under the person’s temporary or permanent care;

f) Deface, destroy, cover or otherwise make unreadable any traffic warning or prohibitory sign or symbol in or on District property;

g) Mark, carve, bend, cut, paint, deface, breakdown, destroy, damage, alter, change, sever, uproot, excavate or otherwise remove, or attach or suspend any rope, wire or other material or contrivance to or from any District property.

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Section 1.40  Waters, Use Of

No person shall swim in any of the lakes, ponds, or creeks found in the park system unless permitted to do so by the Park District. 

No person shall operate any type of water vehicle in, on or upon any waters of the park system.

No person shall have in his possession or take or attempt to take any fish in any waters of the park system, except in designated areas and subject to such rules as may be promulgated by the district and subject to such rules set by the district from time to time.

No person shall be allowed to ice fish on any lakes, ponds, or creeks found in the park system.  No person or company shall be allowed to pump water from any of the park systems lakes, ponds or creeks unless given permission by the Park District. (Refer to Section 1.19)

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Chapter 2 - Enforcement

Section 2.01  Enforcement

The police force of the district shall consist of all officers of the district. The officers of the district shall be conservators of the peace of the park system, it shall be their duty and they shall have the power to make arrests on the view of an offense, or upon warrant for the violation of any of the penal ordinances of the district or for any breach of the peace committed in the park system.

No person shall resist any commissioner or police officer of the district in the discharge of his duty, or fail or refuse to obey any lawful command of any such commissioner or police officer or in any way interfere with or hinder or prevent any such commissioner or police officer from discharging his duty, or in any manner assist or give aide to any person in custody to escape or to attempt to escape from custody, or rescue or attempt to rescue any person when in such custody.

No person shall falsely represent or impersonate any police officer or pretend to be a police officer.

Pursuant to Ordinance No.71-6, Police Officers of the Village of Buffalo Grove are authorized to police these parks and issue citations to persons for violations of these ordinances; and whereas, the Buffalo Grove Park District wishes to have the Village prosecutor for the Village of Buffalo Grove act as its prosecutor when the matters of the ordinance violations are presented in court.

Penalties

Any person violating any clause or provision of any section of this ordinance shall be fined not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00), nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), for each offense upon conviction thereof.

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Appendix A - Separability

It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Board of Commissioners that the several provisions of this ordinance are separable, in accordance with the following:
a.  If any court of competent jurisdiction shall adjudge any provision of the ordinance to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect any other provisions of this ordinance not specifically included in said judgment.

All ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its passage and publication as required by law.   This ordinance may be published in pamphlet form.

It is declared to be the intention of the Board that the sections, subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and words of these Ordinances are severable.  If any sections, subsections, paragraph, sentences, clause or word is declared unconstitutional or otherwise invalid by the lawful judgment or decree of any court or competent jurisdiction, its unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect the validity of any of the remaining sections, subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and words of these Ordinances, since the sections or parts of sections would have been enacted by the Board without and irrespective of any unconstitutional or otherwise invalid section, paragraph, sentence, clause or word being incorporated into these Ordinances.

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