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Park Rules and Policies

This page contains sample parks and recreation rules and policies from cities, counties, and special districts in Washington State. It also addresses community athletics program nondiscrimination policies and park code enforcement.

General Park Rules and Regulations

This section includes examples of general park rules and regulations from Washington local governments.

City Provisions

  • Bellingham Municipal Code Ch. 8.04 - Parks, Cemeteries, and Public Places - General Provisions - Regulations for parks, greenways, and open spaces
  • Grandview Municipal Code Ch. 12.20 - Park Code - Example from a smaller jurisdiction
  • Kent Park Rules and Signs - Includes standard and special park rules that apply to specific pars, parks shelter use rules, open space rules, and athletic court rules
  • Lakewood Municipal Code Ch. 8.76 - Park Code - Rules address administration, facility use - infractions and misdemeanors, and penalties
  • Renton Park Rules and Regulations - Brochure lists general rules and civil and criminal violations
  • Seattle Municipal Code Ch. 18.12 - Parks Code - Rules address park property, animals, weapons, prohibited acts, watercraft and vehicle, and park uses
    • Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Rule/Policy Number: P 060 7.21.00, Code of Conduct, Effective 04/01/2010
  • Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Policies - Includes county and city updates, park fees, existing policies, and supporting documents

County Provisions

  • Kitsap County Code Ch. 10.12 - Park Code 
  • Pierce County Park Rules and Policies - Includes link to county park code, general rules, regulations, and policies, and watercraft regulations

Special District Park Rules

  • Key Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District Parks Rules and Regulations (Kitsap County) - Rules for various district parks, including skate park and conservation area
  • Metro Parks Tacoma Conduct in Our Parks - Park hours, ADA information, and rules. Also subject to Tacoma Municipal Code Ch. 8.27

Community Athletics Program Nondiscrimination Policies

In 2009, the State Legislature adopted Ch. 467 Laws of 2009, to help better ensure non-discrimination with regard to community athletics programs. The legislation is codified at RCW 49.60.500 and RCW 49.60.505, and RCW 35.21.910 (for cities), and RCW 36.01.280 (for counties). The basic requirements are clearly spelled out in RCW 49.60.505. The legislation requires a nondiscrimination policy, which must be published and disseminated.

Legislative Background

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal statute created to prohibit sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal financial assistance. Nearly every educational institution is a recipient of federal funds, and therefore is required to comply with Title IX. In 1975 Washington adopted its own Title IX legislation in RCW 28A.640.010, which prohibits inequality in the educational opportunities afforded women and girls at all levels of public schools in Washington State. This legislation, Ch. 467 L09, was needed to extend the protection of Title IX to opportunities in community athletic programs. For additional detail, see the Washington Human Rights Commission Guide, Community Athletic Programs and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, Ch. 49.60 RCW .

Local Government Policies

The following are a few sample nondiscrimination policies from Washington jurisdictions.

Park Code Enforcement - Exclusion of Violators

This section includes examples of park code enforcement and exclusion of violators from certain public parks.

  • Seattle
    • Seattle Municipal Code Sec. 18.12.278 - Park Exclusion
    • Seattle Municipal Code Sec. 18.12.279 - Trespass in Parks—Definition—Punishment
  • Federal Way Municipal Code Sec. 4.05.050 - Expulsion from parks 
  • Monroe
  • Vancouver Municipal Code Ch. 7.06 - Public Facility—Criminal Activity Exclusion Orders

Last Modified: December 20, 2016