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Chapter 15.08


It is unlawful for any person to do or to allow or permit any of the acts prohibited by this chapter in any park in Salt Lake City or in any property, within or without the city limits, now or hereafter set aside or used as a park under the jurisdiction of the division of parks and public lands.

For purposes of this chapter, "park" shall mean any park described in chapter 15.04 of this title, any city owned land or trail under lease or management agreement with parks and public lands, and any city owned land under the jurisdiction of the division of parks and public lands.


A.    All parks shall be closed to the public between the hours of eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning, with the exception of:

1.    Lee Charles Miller Bird Refuge And Nature Park, which shall be closed to the public between the hours of nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning;

2.    Pioneer Park, which shall be closed to the public: a) from May 1 through September 30, between the hours of eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning; and b) from October 1 through April 30, between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. the following morning, except that in connection with events or activities at Pioneer Park for which a permit has been issued under title 3, chapter 3.50 of this code, the director of public services, or his or her designee, shall, at the request of the sponsor of such event or activity, allow Pioneer Park to remain open until eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. for not to exceed three (3) consecutive days during which the event or activity is occurring;

3.    Donner Trail Park and East Bench Preserve, each of which shall be closed to the public between the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning; and

4.    With the exception of City Creek Park, which shall be closed to the public between the hours of eleven o'clock (11:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning, all parks of the city five (5) acres or less in size, whether or not specifically named or described in this title, which shall be closed to the public between the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. and five o'clock (5:00) A.M. the following morning.

B.    The Memorial House in Memory Grove shall be closed to public use at twelve o'clock (12:00) midnight; outdoor activities on the leased south lawn shall be closed at eleven thirty o'clock (11:30) P.M.; and the Memorial House shall be locked and vacant no later than two o'clock (2:00) A.M. Between twelve o'clock (12:00) midnight and two o'clock (2:00) A.M., use of the Memorial House shall be limited to employees cleaning the premises after an activity.

C.    No person or persons shall be permitted in said parks, either on foot or on or in any type of vehicle, during such hours unless for the express purpose of traveling directly through the park on a public street that passes through the park.


Provided, however, that section 15.08.020 of this chapter, or its successor section, shall not apply to a person or persons who are in the park in conformity with a function or activity for which a permit has previously been authorized pursuant to the provisions of section 15.08.080 of this chapter.


Subject to the provisions of title 3, chapter 3.50; title 5, chapter 5.65; and title 14, chapter 14.38 of this code, no person shall distribute any handbill or circulars, or post, place or erect any bills, notices, papers or advertising device or matter of any kind, except such advertising on seats placed on city owned golf courses as may be authorized in writing by Salt Lake City Corporation. (Ord. 49-15, 2015)


It is unlawful for any person to consume beer or any alcoholic beverage, or to have in his or her possession any beer or alcoholic beverage within any park, provided that this provision shall not apply to those parks in which the city has expressly granted a concessionaire operating in the park a license to sell beer. In Memory Grove Park, alcohol may be served and consumed only on the leased Memorial House premises, including the south lawn area, subject to provisions of any lease agreement which the city may enter into. Sacramental wines may be consumed in conjunction with permitted activities such as weddings in the chapel in the Memorial Grove Park or as otherwise specified in an agreement with the city for management of the Memorial House operations.


Subject to the provisions of title 3, chapter 3.50; title 5, chapter 5.65; and title 14, chapter 14.38 of this code, no person shall practice, carry on or conduct or solicit any trade, occupation, business or profession, without written permission of the mayor.


A.    Unlawful Acts: No person shall annoy, injure, release from confinement, feed other than with city provided appropriate food at designated locations, or in any manner interfere with any swan, duck, goose, bird, or animal on the property of the city.

B.    Unleashed Dogs:

1.    Except as set forth in subsections B2 and B3 of this section, no person shall suffer or permit any dog to enter or remain in a park unless it be led by a leash of suitable strength, not more than six feet (6') in length.

2.    Dogs shall be permitted to run off leash only in areas of parks specifically authorized by city ordinance, specifically designated by the director of public services as "off leash areas", and clearly identified by signage as such. Said areas shall be as follows:

                                a.    Designated areas of Memory Grove Park known as the Freedom Trail section,

                                b.    Herman L. Franks Park, except for the fenced youth baseball diamonds and playground area,

                                c.    Designated areas of Jordan Park,

                                d.    Designated areas of Lindsey Gardens,

                                e.    Designated areas of Parleys Historic Nature Park, as set forth in chapter 15.10 of this title, or its successor,

                                 f.    Designated areas of Cottonwood Park,

                                g.    Designated areas of Pioneer Park, and

                                h.    Experimental areas referred to in subsection 8.04.390C of this code.

3.    While in such areas dogs shall at all times remain under control of the dog's owner or custodian. "Under control" means that a dog will respond on command to its owner or custodian.

C.    Animals To Be Controlled: No person shall ride or drive any horse or animal not well broken and under perfect control of the driver.

D.    Livestock And Animals: No person shall lead or let loose any cattle, horse, mule, goat, sheep, swine, dogs, or fowl of any kind.

E.    Tethering Animals: No person shall hitch or fasten any horse or other animal to any tree or any other place or structure not especially designated and provided for such purpose.

15.08.080: CAMPING:

A.    No person shall camp, lodge, make a fire or pitch a tent, fly, lean to, tarpaulin or any other type of camping equipment in any park except:

1.    In cases of local emergency as declared by the mayor of the city.

2.    By permit issued to youth groups the majority of whose members' ages are at least eight (8) years of age, but no more than seventeen (17) years of age, under the following conditions:

                                a.    The youth are accompanied by adult leaders in the ratio of two (2) adults for every ten (10) youth at all times while the youth are camping.

                                b.    The youth group provides adequate police and fire security to ensure the safety of the campers and garbage removal and cleanup. The sponsor shall submit a plan along with an application for a special events permit to the city that shall be reviewed and approved by the public services department director, the fire and police chiefs, or their designees, who will forward a recommendation to the mayor as to whether or not the request for camping should be granted. Application for the special events permit shall be made directly to the special events coordinator who shall forward all accompanying information to the appropriate departments.

                                c.    The youth group files a bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to compensate the city for any damage to the park caused by the youth group during its camping activities.

                                d.    The youth group files a certificate of insurance in the aggregate amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00), which names the city as an additional insured.

                                e.    No camping is allowed in any one park for more than forty eight (48) continuous hours in any thirty (30) day period.

                                f.    The youth group shall comply with all applicable ordinances and park regulations.

                                g.    No more than sixty (60) people shall be allowed to camp at one time.

B.    The public services department director shall issue rules and regulations for the use of parks and parking lot areas for camping and parking of vehicles. Said rules shall specify in which parks camping will be allowed by permit only, wherein the location camping may be allowed and restrict activities of campers with regard to noise, fires, attaching structures to the ground, and specifying qualifications for security personnel.

15.08.090: FIRE MAKING:

No person shall make or kindle a fire for any purpose other than charcoal in city installed barbecue grills.


No person shall carry or discharge any firearms, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, powder, or any other fireworks or explosives.

15.08.110: GAMBLING:

No person shall play or bet at or against any game which is played, conducted, dealt or carried on with cards, dice, slot machine, wheels or other device, for money, chips, credit, cigars, candy, merchandise or any other thing representative of value, or maintain or exhibit any cards, dice, table, wheel, machine or other instrument or device for betting, gambling or gaming.


No person shall hunt in any park. No person shall fish unless in areas of the park specifically designated by the city.

15.08.130: LITTERING:

No person shall throw or deposit any bottles, tin or tin cans, broken glass, nails, tacks, crockery, wire, paper, clothes, scrap or sheet iron, boxes, boards, lumber or stone, or any rubbish or garbage.


No person shall play or engage in any game, excepting at such place as shall be specially set apart for that purpose.


A.    Trees, Shrubs, Buildings: No person shall cut, break, injure, deface or disturb any tree, shrub, plant, rock, building, cage, pen, monument, fence, bench or other structure, apparatus or property; or pluck, pull up, cut, take or remove any shrub, bush, plant, or flower; or mark or write upon any building, monument, fence, bench or other structure.

B.    Removal Or Destruction Of Property: No person shall cut, remove, injure or destroy any wood, turf, grass, soil, rock, sand or gravel.


No person over eight (8) years of age shall enter or use any water closet or restroom designated for members of another sex in a park.


Subject to the provisions of title 3, chapter 3.50; title 5, chapter 5.65; and title 14, chapter 14.38 of this code, no person shall sell or offer for sale any merchandise, article or thing whatsoever, without the written consent of the mayor within any park, or within a distance of sixty feet (60') of any boundary line of any park.


No person shall swim, bathe or wade in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake or stream not set aside for the purpose of swimming, bathing or wading, or pollute the waters of any fountain, pond, lake or stream.


No person shall conduct, carry on or participate in any special event in any park except pursuant to the provisions of title 3, chapter 3.50 of this code.


A.    Use Of Roads Or Drives: Unless authorized by the city, no person shall ride or drive any horse or other animals, or propel any vehicle, cycle or automobile other than on the roads or drives provided for such purposes, and never on the footpaths.

B.    Excessive Speed: No person shall ride or drive any animal or vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding that indicated on traffic signs erected on any parkway.

C.    Business Vehicles: No person shall drive or have any dray, truck, wagon, cart, perambulator, motor vehicle or other traffic vehicle, carrying or regularly used or employed in carrying gifts, merchandise, lumber, machinery, oil, manure, dirt, sand or soil, or any article of trade or commerce, or any offensive article or material whatsoever upon any road or drive, except such as may be specially provided or designated for such use.


The mayor or the mayor's designee may adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this chapter.

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