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  Item # 4.b.       
Meeting Date: 12/03/2014  
Requested by: Kristy Diaz-Trahan
Submitted By: Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Parks and Recreation
Department: Parks and Recreation  

Information
SUBJECT:
PUBLIC HEARING:  ORDINANCE NO. (O)14-16, AMENDING TOWN CODE 16-1-2 PARK OPERATIONS
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval of amending Town Code 16-1-2 (A) and (B) as presented.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Town Code Section 16-1-2 Park Operations notes the following:

A. Hours
B. Closing of Parks
C. Oro Valley Aquatic Center Hours of Operation

This code amendment recommendation is to provide the Parks & Recreation Director the discretion to modify normal hours for parks to meet the needs, demands, and season as it relates to the times a park can open and/or close. 

The organized sports teams, who are the typical park user staying till 10:00 p.m., generally finish their fall season after Thanksgiving and generally start back up in March.  As a result, the sport field lights are not on, which means the parks are fairly dark with virtually no patron use in the late cool winter evenings.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
Town Code 16-1-2 Park Operations notes the following:

16-1-2 Park Operations
A.    Hours. No person shall trespass upon or be on the grounds, of any municipal park between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Saturday, unless such person has received written permission from the Town. All activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Town of Oro Valley are exempt. However, the park in question will close immediately upon completion of the activity. The total number of people admitted for any usage shall not exceed the capacity of the facility involved as determined by an official designated by the Parks and Recreation Director or the Fire District.
B.    Closing of Parks. Any park or portion of a park may be declared closed to the public by the Town or any agent of the Town, including the Police Department at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise), and either entirely or merely to certain users, as the Town shall find reasonably necessary; no person shall enter any closed area of a park if such entry is prohibited; nor shall any person utilize any portion of a park if such utilization is prohibited.
C.    Oro Valley Aquatics Center Hours of Operation. The Oro Valley Aquatics Center shall be open to the public from the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director shall have discretion to modify these normal hours for all programs and/or special events held at the Oro Valley Aquatics Center.

The intent of item B is to have the flexibility to allow for temporary closures for repair and maintenance; special events and festivals, etc.  This was not intended to allow for seasonal closures or any other closure that would last several weeks or months in duration. 

This request is to provide the Parks & Recreation Director the discretion to modify the normal park hours to address longer periods of time where the park could close earlier.

Seasonality is the primary reason to make this change.  During the cool, dark, winter months when sport fields/lights are not in use, the parks are normally empty.  Yet, personnel are required to be on duty so that the restrooms are locked at or shortly after 10:00 pm (park closure).  Providing the Parks & Recreation Director the discretion to close, at 9:00 pm for example, is a cost savings over three months.
FISCAL IMPACT:
Closing the parks one hour early from December 1 through February 28 totals 90 hours at $12.50/hr., resulting in savings of $1,125.
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to (approve or deny) Ordinance No. (O)14-16, amending Town Code 16-1-2 Park Operations.
Attachments
(O)14-16 Amending Section 16-1-2
Exhibit "A"


    

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