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CHAPTER 26 PARKS AND RECREATION


Article I. Rules and Regulations, Facilities

Sec. 26-2. Enforcement of rules and regulations.
The park department is authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to provide for regulations, as required, for the safe, healthful, and orderly use of recreation areas; to prevent the misuse of such areas; and to protect the peace, health, safety and welfare of the general public and park resources as the director and staff of the park department determine to be necessary. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-3. Citations.
The park director, any assistant park director, any park superintendent, any assistant park superintendent, any park ranger I, any park ranger II, any park ranger IV and any agent employed or contracted for to provide lifeguard services are public officers as identified in Penal Code section 836.5, specifically authorized to enforce the laws and ordinances necessary for the orderly use of parks and recreation areas, for the protection of public property, and the health, safety and property of park visitors while within property owned or leased by the county, or over which the county has an easement or dedication for recreation purposes, or over which the county exercises responsibilities for recreation by arrangement with the owner. Such public officers are authorized to issue citations requiring an appearance to answer charges whenever the officer has reasonable cause to believe that a person has committed an act or offense within the officerís presence which is a violation of this chapter, or is a public offense, within or in the immediate vicinity of and which affects the use, benefits and/or enjoyment of property owned or leased by the county; or over which the county has an easement or dedication for recreational purposes; or over which the county exercises responsibility for recreation uses or services by arrangement with the owner. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-7. Ejection of violators.
The county director of parks, any of his assistants, employees or deputies, and any park ranger, shall have the authority to eject from any county recreation area any person who is in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or of any use or entry restrictions applicable to the area, or where necessary to protect safety or property. A person ejected may not return to the recreation area for a minimum of twenty-four hours next following the ejection. The director of parks, any assistant director of parks and any park superintendent and any assistant park superintendent may extend the time during which a person ejected may not return to the recreation area. It shall be unlawful for any person who has been ejected from a county recreation area to return to that recreation area in violation of the provisions of this section or within the time limits provided, or that may be provided pursuant to this section. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-8. Confiscation of property.
The county director of parks and any of his assistants, deputies and any park ranger shall have the authority to seize and confiscate or impound any property, vehicle, thing or device in the park used or maintained in violation of this chapter. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-9. Reserved or special use areas.
The county director of parks is authorized to provide for reservations of special permits for portions of county recreation areas as the director may specify. No person shall obstruct or interfere with the use of those specified areas by the person or persons to which a reservation or special permit has been issued. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-10. Park hours of operation.
County park facilities will be open for public use no later than 8:00 A.M. in the morning and will be closed at sunset. The county director of parks is authorized to establish such other hours of operation as may be determined appropriate by the director of parks. It shall be unlawful for any person to use parks facilities outside of the hours of operation posted within or at the entry of a county park. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)  [Editor's Note]  There are no posted hours at Goleta Beach County Park - the only posted restriction is sleeping in vehicles between the hours of 9pm and 6am is prohibited.

Sec. 26-11. Prohibited area.
The personnel of county park department may declare an area within a county recreation area to be a restricted area, not open to public use, not open for vehicle use, or may close facilities, to protect against contact with sanitary hazards, construction activities, maintenance activities, dangerous or unsafe conditions; to protect recreational features or facilities; to conserve resources; or for other cause. It shall be unlawful for a person to enter an area signed, posted or marked as restricted, not open to public use, closed to public use or closed; or to operate a vehicle within an area in violation of posted restrictions. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-12. Vandalism prohibited.
No person shall commit any act of vandalism, defacement or malicious mischief in any portion of any county recreation area, including, without limitation, defacing or damaging any vegetation, equipment, signs, vehicles, buildings, landscaping features, or other public or private property. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-13. Disorderly, offensive conduct prohibited.
(a) No person shall use any loud, boisterous, abusive, insulting, threatening or indecent language or gesture, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to be a breach of the peace within the county recreation area.

(b) No person shall display, possess, furnish, use or bring within any county recreation area, any drug, substance or object restricted under any provision of the California Penal Code, California Health and Safety Code or California Business and Professions Code unless properly licensed or authorized for such possession or activity.

(c) No person shall urinate or defecate or dispose of garbage, trash or other unsightly or offensive material within a recreational area other than in appropriate facilities provided for such purpose. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-14. Interference with public use of restrooms prohibited.
No person shall occupy or use any public restroom within any county recreation area for a period of time in excess of thirty minutes during any consecutive three-hour period. No person shall accost, annoy or solicit another person in any recreation area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-15. Trespassing.
No person shall enter or remain in any portion of a county recreation area which is posted within signs stating "No Entry," "Keep Out," "No Trespassing," "Closed" or other prohibition of entry. No person shall enter or remain in any portion of any county recreation area outside of the hours of operation posted at or in such recreation area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-16. Soliciting prohibited.
No person shall solicit, sell, hawk, offer or provide in a commercial context, any goods, wares, services, merchandise, liquids or food; or advertise or distribute any written or printed material within any county recreation area except by concession agreement or upon the specific authorization of the county director of parks or deputy. No person shall offer, conduct or deliver lessons, services or amusements within any recreation area except by concession agreement or authorization of the county director of parks or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-17. Sale or use of alcoholic beverages.
(a) No person shall sell or offer in a commercial context any alcoholic beverage in any county recreation area except by concession agreement or written authorization from the county direction of parks or deputy.

(b) No person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years shall use or possess any alcoholic beverage within any county recreation area.

(c) The board of supervisors may, by resolution, designate any county recreation area as an area in which the possession of any open container or use of alcohol is prohibited. Upon passage of such a resolution, the park director shall cause signs to be posted in the area subject to the prohibition. After the posting of signs, no person shall use or possess an open container of alcohol in a county recreation area designated pursuant to this section.

(d) The board of supervisors may, by resolution, designate any county recreation area as an area in which the possession of an open container or use of alcohol without a permit is prohibited. Upon passage of such a resolution, the park director shall cause signs to be posted in the area subject to the prohibition. After the posting of signs, no person shall use or possess an open container of alcohol in a county recreation area designated pursuant to this section except by permit.

(e The park director, or designee, may establish conditions and issue event permits for the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by designated persons within areas designated pursuant to subsections (c) and (d).

(f) Violation of Chapter 26-17(c) or (d) is an infraction, the fine for which shall not exceed one hundred dollars. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1: Ord. No. 4560, § 1)

Sec. 26-18. Interfering with park employees.
Threatening, resisting, intimidating, or interfering with a park employee in the performance of his official duties is unlawful. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-19. Discharge of fireworks prohibited.
No person shall discharge or set off within any portion of any county recreation area, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket, fireworks, or other pyrotechnic device of any kind. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-21. Restriction on audio devices by park personnel.
After once being notified to restrict or reduce the use of, or refrain from the use of any audio device of any nature within any county recreation area by any park department employee, it shall be unlawful to use, maintain or employ the use of such device except in conformity with the restriction imposed. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-22. Landing aircraft.
No person shall land, launch or operate any aircraft, including, without limitation, any balloon designed to carry passengers, airplane, hang glider, ultralight airplane, or glider on or within any county recreation area except in case of emergency or with the prior written permission of the county director of parks or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-23. Construction prohibited without permit.
No person shall construct any structure, conduct any excavation, or place any device or fixture, in any permanent or temporary fashion within any county recreation area without the consent of the director of parks or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-24. Guy wires prohibited.
No guy wire, guy rope or exterior brace or support shall be connected, fastened or maintained between any permitted tent or structure or part thereof, and no person shall maintain any structure, stake, rock or object outside of any permitted tent, lodge, shelter or structure within any county recreation area. No person shall use any stakes, spikes or other device which must be pounded into the surface of the earth within any lawn area within any county park or county beach. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-25. Picking flowers, injuring trees, etc., prohibited.
No person shall pick flowers, foliage, berries, herbs or fruit, or cut, break, dig up or in any way mutilate or injure any tree, shrub, plant, fern, grass, turf, landscaping, natural feature, railing, seat, fence, equipment, structure or other object or device within any county recreation area, except by permit of the county director of parks, or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-26. Injuring, killing or molesting animals.
No person shall injure, take, kill or molest any bird, mammal, reptile or other animal or disturb its habitat in any county recreation area except by permit of the county director of parks, or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-27. Campfire limited to fire ring.
No person shall build, use or maintain any open fire within any recreation area outside of a fire ring or stove provided by the county department of parks. No person shall build, maintain or use any fire within any county recreation area during a period of time declared to be a time of high fire hazard by park department personnel, except as specifically permitted by the director of parks, or deputy. Public notices of high fire hazard shall be posted within the recreation area when applicable. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-28. Removing materials.
No person shall dig up or remove any dirt, stones, sand, rocks or other materials or substance whatever, or make any excavation, quarry any stone or lay or set off any blast or explosion or cause or assist in doing any such activity within any county recreation area without the prior written permission or license of the director of parks, or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-29. Littering prohibited.
No person shall dump or deposit any trash, refuse, garbage, litter or other kind of waste materials in any county recreation area except in approved containers specifically placed and designated to receive such waste material. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-30. Water pollution prohibited.
No person shall contaminate or pollute the waters of, or introduce any noxious, flammable, hazardous, poisonous or offensive substance within any lake, slough, creek, stream or other body of water within or adjoining any county recreation area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-31. Garbage containers for park use.
No person shall bring waste material or garbage or other offensive or surplus material onto the premises of any county recreation area for the purpose of dumping it, leaving, placing or abandoning it within the recreation area without the express consent of the county director of parks, or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-32. Abandoned vehicles prohibited.
No person shall bring, place or leave any vehicle or equipment or other personal property within a county recreation area for a period exceeding seventy-two hours, or for the purpose of disposing of it, or to abandon it. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1

Sec. 26-33. No wastewater, oil or sewage on ground.
No person shall permit or cause to be placed any wastewater, sewage, effluent, discharge from sinks or toilets or other plumbing fixtures, oil, fuel or other hazardous, obnoxious or offensive substance upon or into the ground or water within any county recreation area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-34. Use of restrooms.
No person shall deposit any bodily waste within any county recreation area except into receptacles provided and suitable for the deposit made. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-35. Posting of signs prohibited.
No person shall post, place or erect any paper, notice, advertising material, sign or similar structure or publication within any county recreation area without the specific consent of the county director of parks, or deputy. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-37. Firearms, weapons, etc.
Except as may be required of peace officers, no person shall bring any firearm, air-powered, gas- or spring-propelled weapon, slingshot, bow, cross-bow, blowgun or other device designed, intended or customarily used to harm, threaten or damage any person, animal or thing into any county park or county beach. Cutlery, utensils, saws and hatchets, properly used in context with the preparation of food, shall be excepted from this prohibition. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-38. Camping prohibited.
No person shall camp; conduct any housekeeping; or stay overnight in any county recreation area except in designated camp sites in accordance with the rules, regulations and entry requirements required for said campsites. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)
 

Article V. Special Use Area and Beach Regulations

Sec. 26-69. Buoy lines to mark special use areas.
The county park department shall be responsible to establish, maintain, and police buoys or floats to designate a special use area. No person shall use any motor powered boat, jet ski, or other powered sled or plane within any area designated and marked as a "special use area." (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-70. Enforcement.
Any peace officer and any employee designated in section 26-3 may enforce the rules, regulations and restrictions of a special use area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-71. Violations; penalty.
Violations of the restrictions within special use areas under this article shall be punished by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars for a first violation; a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars for a second violation within one year of the first violation; and a fine not exceeding the sum of two hundred fifty dollars for each additional violation within one year. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-72. Operation within two hundred feet of swimming beach.
No person shall operate a motor powered boat, jet ski, or other powered sled or plane in excess of five miles per hour within two hundred feet of a designated swimming beach or within one hundred feet of a swimmer. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-73. No power boats within buoy line.
No person shall operate or conduct a motor powered boat, jet ski, or other powered sled or plane within a buoy line marking or designating a special use area. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)
 

Article VI. Regulations Applicable to Certain Recreation Areas

Sec. 26-75. Rabies vaccination.
No person shall bring any dog, cat or other pet of a species susceptible to rabies without proof of the animalís current rabies vaccination. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)
Division 2. Goleta Beach

Sec. 26-76. Pier--No mooring to pier.
No person shall moor or attach any commercial vessel to the Goleta Beach Pier except in an emergency. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-77. Pier--No mooring within two hundred feet.
No person shall moor or anchor any commercial vessel within two hundred feet of Goleta Beach Pier except in an emergency. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-78. Pier--No equipment, vehicles.
No person shall operate, maintain or place any motor vehicle, bicycle or jet ski on the Goleta Beach Pier. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-79. Pier--No boat within one hundred feet.
No person shall operate any boat within one hundred feet of the Goleta Beach Pier except for the purpose of loading, unloading, launching or removing such boat. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-80. Pier--No large vessels launched from pier.
No person shall launch any vessel weighing in excess of eight thousand pounds or longer than twenty-two feet from the Goleta Beach Pier. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-81. Pier--No large vessels on pier.
No person shall lift any vessel in excess of eight thousand pounds or longer than twenty-two feet onto the Goleta Beach Pier. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-82. Pier--No diving, swimming, etc., near pier.
No person shall dive from the Goleta Beach Pier or swim, surf or jet ski within one hundred feet of the Goleta Beach Pier. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-83. Pier--No fishing areas.
No person shall fish on, from, or while standing on those portions of the Goleta Beach Pier which are posted "No Fishing." (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-84. Pier--No overhead casting.
No person while on or using the Goleta Beach Pier shall cast fishing poles, tackle, or other fishing equipment overhead or use any fishing pole, tackle or other equipment in a manner which endangers, annoys or threatens other pier users. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)

Sec. 26-85. Flying kites prohibited in Goleta Beach County Park.
No person shall fly any kite, balloon, model plane or glider within the Goleta Beach County Park in any area west of the pier. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1)


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