Parks rules and regulations
Below, you can find the official rules and regulations for public parks and other public places, including boundary roads and parkways, under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
No person shall, in or upon the Common, Public Garden, or other public grounds of the City, walk, stand, or sit upon the grass, or upon any land planted or prepared for planting or upon a fountain, monument, or statue, or a bandstand, wall, fence, or other structure, or within the basin of a pond otherwise than upon ice, or stand or lie upon a bench or sleep thereon, except that the Mayor may from time to time by proclamation and order permit walking, standing, and lying upon the grassed land of the Common or designated part thereof, or the grassed land of any other public grounds or any other designated part thereof, except the Public Garden, for such days or parts of such days as he shall specify; and he may in like manner by proclamation and order permit sleeping on such days as he shall specify, on any of the benches and any of the grassed lands of the Common or other public grounds, except the Public Garden. Nothing contained in this subsection or in Subsection 16-19.4 of this section shall be held to prohibit the doing of any act in the reasonable performance of his work or employment by any person acting under the authority or direction of any Board or Officer in charge of any of the places described in this subsection. (CBC 1975 Ord. T14 § 340; Ord. 1977 c. 11)
No person shall, in any of the public grounds, use any device intended to amplify or broadcast sound using a megaphone, loud speaker, or any other amplification device, expose for sale goods, wares, or merchandise, erect or maintain a booth, stand, tent, or apparatus for purposes of public amusement or show, except in accordance with a permit from the Mayor, providing, however, that such permit shall be in addition to any other license or permit required by law, and that when such use is for commercial purposes, or where admission to an event, show, exhibition, amusement or the like is restricted to those making a payment of consideration, which shall include payment, donation or contribution of money or a thing of value, or surrender of a ticket, voucher, token or the like, obtained by purchase, for value, or as result of a donation or contribution, or the like, the fee shall be that specified in Subsection 18-1.16(35) hereof, and provided that when the portion of the public ground to be used is within the Common, the Public Garden, or, more than five hundred (500) persons are expected to view or attend the same simultaneously and the same is within one thousand (1,000) feet of any dwelling house, such permit shall be invalid unless approved by the City Council. (CBC 1975 Ord. T14 § 341; Ord. 1977 c. 10; Ord. 1982 c. 40 § 2)
No person or organization shall hold or sponsor a demonstration, as herein defined, upon park land unless a permit therefore has first been obtained from the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. The Commissioner shall honor all requests for such permits, except that the Commissioner may specify the time, place and manner of the demonstration in order to accommodate competing demands for public use of park land and to protect the public safety and convenience. The permit shall require that the permittee be responsible for restoration, rehabilitation and cleanup of the park land which is the subject of the permit. The term “demonstration” shall include demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding of vigils and all other like forms of conduct which involve the communication or expression of views or grievances engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to attract a substantial crowd of onlookers or participants. The term “demonstration” shall not include casual park land use which does not have the intent and propensity to attract a substantial crowd of onlookers or participants.
As a condition of permit issuance, the Commissioner shall require in the nature of a fee the filing of a bond with a satisfactory surety payable to the Department of Parks and Recreation in an amount sufficient, as determined by the Commissioner, to cover costs of restoration, rehabilitation and cleanup of the park land which is the subject of the permit. In lieu of a bond, the permittee may elect to deposit cash equal to the amount of the required bond. Any amount not actually used to restore or rehabilitate the park land shall be returned to the permittee. Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of three hundred ($300.00) dollars, and shall be liable for the cost of restoration, rehabilitation and cleanup of the park land used for the demonstration and the reasonable costs of collection of the fee.
(Ord. 1983 c. 26 § 1)
No person shall, in the Common, Public Garden, or other public grounds of the City, annoy another person; or utter profane, threatening, abusive, obscene, or indecent language or loud outcry; or do any obscene or indecent act; or have possession of, drink, or be under the influence of, intoxicating liquor; or play any game of chance or have possession of any instrument of gambling; or dig up, cut, break, deface, defile, ill-use, handle, take or remove any turf, flower, plant, bush, tree, rock, sign, fence, structure or other thing or part thereof belonging to the City; or cut, break, or remove the ice in or from a pond; or drive an animal, or suffer an animal in his charge to feed or go at large, except dogs on the Common; or propel any vehicle, except a vehicle pushed or drawn by hand and designed to convey children; or throw a stone or other missile; or injure or have possession of a fish, bird, or wild animal; or injure or disturb a bird's nest or eggs; or set a trap or snare; or drop or place and suffer to remain paper or other refuse, except in receptacles designated therefor.