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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 17

Meeting Date: August 14, 2001

Subject/Title: Skate Park Rules

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Prepared by: Ken De Silva, Park Services Manager

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager



RECOMMENDATION 

Discuss and approve rules and enforcement procedures at the Skate Park.

PREVIOUS ACTION

The Council Park and Recreation Sub-committee held a community meeting on September 16, 1999, to discuss the possibility of building a skate park in Brentwood. The City Council passed Resolution No. 99-225 on October 12, 1999, amending the 1999-2004 Capital Improvement Program to include construction of a skate park in Brentwood (CIP #No. 522-5213) and directing the Director of Parks and Recreation to return to City Council for the award of the construction contract. The Park and Recreation Commission and Youth Commission held a joint special meeting on October 18, 1999, to consider forming a task force for the development of a skate park. The City Council approved the establishment of a Skate Park Task Force on October 26, 1999. The City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a professional services agreement with Land Image on January 11, 2000, for the design of the City of Brentwood Skate Park. On April 11, 2000, City Council approved the Park and Recreation Commission recommendation to approve the Brentwood Skate Park preliminary site master plan and related budget (CIP Project #522-5213). On September 26, 2000, City Council directed staff to have one additional community meeting with the architect and then put the project out to bid. The final community meeting was held on November 13, 2000, with the project being put out to bid on January 22, 2001. Bids were opened on February 20, 2001, with consideration of the bids by the Park and Recreation Commission on February 22, 2001. City Council awarded the bid for construction of the Skate Park (CIP No. 522-5213) to A.J. Vasconi General Engineering on February 27, 2001. The first reading of Ordinance 673 was read at the City Council meeting on June 26, 2001 with the final reading was on July 10, 2001. This ordinance added Section 9.48.075 to the municipal code requiring the wearing of safety gear at the Brentwood Skate Park. Ordinance 673 went into effect on August 9, 2001.

BACKGROUND

As a result of City Council action of June 26, 2001, a subcommittee was established to discuss appropriate rules, and how they would be enforced, for the City’s new Skate Park. Park and Recreation staff, as well as Police Department staff, reviewed existing rules from the Cities of Alameda, Antioch, Livermore, San Leandro, San Ramon, Petaluma and Pleasanton. Certain guidelines for posting rules were also required by our Municipal Risk Management Authority. From this discussion a draft set of rules were established and reviewed by our City Attorney Dennis Beougher. 

A letter was sent out to everyone that participated on the Skate Park Task Force regarding a meeting to discuss these rules. The meeting was held on August 1st, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. Several minor changes were made to the presented rules. The attached document reflects these changes and the agreed upon rules. 

One of the areas of most concern was related to the hours of operation. It was suggested that staff post hours of operation on a monthly basis reflecting a starting time of 7 a.m. and a closing time consistent with that of sunset. The actual hour of sunset will be posted (i.e., 7 p.m., etc.).

Enforcement of the rules was a highly discussed topic. It was agreed that Park and Recreation staff would be the first contact. If individuals would not conform to our request we would summon the Police Department for assistance. As it is important to have clear consequences for users who continue to refuse to abide by the rules, Park & Recreation and Police staff are continuing to work with the City Attorney on a policy for enforcement. As the City Attorney has been unavailable for the past week, staff will present a recommendation to Council at the meeting, which may include a proposed revision to Ordinance 673. 

Staff will be discussing proposed rules and regulations, hours of operation, placement of signs/surveillance camera, and enforcement strategies for City Council discussion and direction. Staff will also be giving an up-to-date schedule as to the progress of the skate park construction.

Attachments:

Letter to Skate Park Task Force
Skate Park Rules
Hours of Operation



“Providing excellence in care and service for the people, issues, and resources of our community.”

July 27, 2001

To: Skate Park Task Force Members
City Council
Park & Recreation Commissioners
Youth Commissioners

Re: City of Brentwood Skate Park


A meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to discuss the rules for the new Skate Park. At this meeting, there will be opportunity for public discussion and comment of these rules. If you wish to preview the rules before the meeting, copies can be obtained at the Parks & Recreation Department office located at 730 Third Street beginning Monday, July 30th.

We appreciate your interest in the Skate Park. If you have any questions regarding the skate park or this meeting, I can be reached at (925) 516-5375.

Sincerely,
Ken DeSilva
Park Manager 

cc: Craig Bronzan, Director 
Sue Barry, Recreation Services Supervisor
Brian Strock, Brentwood Police Department


CITY OF BRENTWOOD SKATE PARK RULES


1. ALL USERS SHALL WEAR HELMETS, KNEE AND ELBOW PADS.

2. SKATEBOARDS AND IN-LINE SKATES ONLY – NO BICYCLES OR SCOOTERS ALLOWED.

3. PROTECT YOUR SKATE PARK -- VANDALISM AND GRAFFITI WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. USE OF PROFANITY IS NOT PERMITTED. PARK WILL BE SUBJECT TO CLOSURE SHOULD INCIDENTS OCCUR. 

4. SKATE PARK HOURS ARE POSTED AND SHALL BE OBEYED.

5. ALL USERS SHALL PLACE TRASH IN RECEPTACLES PROVIDED. NO GLASS, FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN SKATE AREA.

6. ADDITIONAL OBSTACLES OR OTHER MATERIALS (RAMPS, JUMPS, ETC.) ARE NOT ALLOWED IN SKATE PARK.

7. DO NOT USE FACILITY IF A HAZARDOUS CONDITION EXISTS. REPORT ANY DAMAGE, VANDALISM OR HAZARDOUS CONDITION TO THE CITY (516-5444).

8. ALL ORGANIZED EVENTS OR FORMAL CONTESTS SHALL HAVE PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL FROM THE CITY.

9. THE CITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY PERSON FROM THE FACILITY IF HE/SHE IS ACTING IN AN INAPPROPRIATE MANNER OR IS DISOBEYING THE RULES.

10. NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED.

11. VIOLATORS OF THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CITATION.


WARNING!

· ANY USE OF THIS FACILITY IS AT YOUR OWN RISK · 

· NO ATTENDANT ON DUTY ·

· THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES OR THEFT ·

· THIS FACILITY IS UNDER 24-HOUR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ·


IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL THE BRENTWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCH AT 778-2441.

CITY OF BRENTWOOD ORDINANCE NO. 673

HOURS OF OPERATION FOR BRENTWOOD SKATE PARK

JANUARY
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
MARCH
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
APRIL
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MAY
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
JUNE
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
JULY
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
AUGUST
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SEPTEMBER
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
OCTOBER
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
DECEMBER
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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