Sammamish Parks Municipal Code Updates

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Summary

The City of Sammamish is updating rules across the City’s park system to encourage positive behavior in parks and trails, keep public places safe and welcoming, and maintain the high quality of maintenance and cleanliness for all park properties. Since the City's incorporation there have been few updates to the City Code related to park use, and as a result, the City has been facing difficulties with responding to issues that impact our parks which we see today.

In order to make these changes, the City is clarifying and modernizing existing laws, adding new rules to address current and unforeseen issues, and removing regulations and language that are no longer relevant. The changes would repeal and replace the current rules with a new section in the City Code (SMC Title 7A: Parks and Recreation) and include 21 new chapters arranged by topic. Through this process the City worked with staff across multiple departments, researched examples from other cities, and solicited feedback from the citizen Parks and Recreation Commission in order to understand what changes are meaningful, manageable, and critical for creating a safe and enjoyable environment for Sammamish residents across the City’s park system. Residents also have the opportunity to provide feedback that will help City staff evaluate and consider changes being made to City park rules. More information about the City’s efforts in updating park rules can be found in the public meeting summaries of the Parks and Recreation Commission:


Proposed new park rules as of February 16, 2021 (SMC Title 7A: Parks and Recreation)

Below are the new, updated rules that are being developed for the City’s park system. Please click on a category for details.

Chapter 7A.01: Definitions

Chapter 7A.02: Hours and Conditions of Operations

Chapter 7A.03: Permits for Individuals, Community Groups and Special Use

Chapter 7A.04: Use of Park Facilities and Buildings

Chapter 7A.05: Controlled Substances

Chapter 7A.06: Park Safety

Chapter 7A.07: General Rules

Chapter 7A.08: Speed and Travel

Chapter 7A.09: Vehicles

Chapter 7A.10: Electric and Small Motorized Devices

Chapter 7A.11: Trail Use

Chapter 7A.12: Boating and Watercraft

Chapter 7A.13: Camping

Chapter 7A.14: Fishing

Chapter 7A.15: Pets and Animals

Chapter 7A.16: Waste, Refuse and Litter

Chapter 7A.17: Swimming

Chapter 7A.18: Damage to City Property and Wildlife

Chapter 7A.19: Penalties

Chapter 7A.20: Enforcement

Chapter 7A.21: Miscellaneous Provisions


Summary

The City of Sammamish is updating rules across the City’s park system to encourage positive behavior in parks and trails, keep public places safe and welcoming, and maintain the high quality of maintenance and cleanliness for all park properties. Since the City's incorporation there have been few updates to the City Code related to park use, and as a result, the City has been facing difficulties with responding to issues that impact our parks which we see today.

In order to make these changes, the City is clarifying and modernizing existing laws, adding new rules to address current and unforeseen issues, and removing regulations and language that are no longer relevant. The changes would repeal and replace the current rules with a new section in the City Code (SMC Title 7A: Parks and Recreation) and include 21 new chapters arranged by topic. Through this process the City worked with staff across multiple departments, researched examples from other cities, and solicited feedback from the citizen Parks and Recreation Commission in order to understand what changes are meaningful, manageable, and critical for creating a safe and enjoyable environment for Sammamish residents across the City’s park system. Residents also have the opportunity to provide feedback that will help City staff evaluate and consider changes being made to City park rules. More information about the City’s efforts in updating park rules can be found in the public meeting summaries of the Parks and Recreation Commission:


Proposed new park rules as of February 16, 2021 (SMC Title 7A: Parks and Recreation)

Below are the new, updated rules that are being developed for the City’s park system. Please click on a category for details.

Chapter 7A.01: Definitions

Chapter 7A.02: Hours and Conditions of Operations

Chapter 7A.03: Permits for Individuals, Community Groups and Special Use

Chapter 7A.04: Use of Park Facilities and Buildings

Chapter 7A.05: Controlled Substances

Chapter 7A.06: Park Safety

Chapter 7A.07: General Rules

Chapter 7A.08: Speed and Travel

Chapter 7A.09: Vehicles

Chapter 7A.10: Electric and Small Motorized Devices

Chapter 7A.11: Trail Use

Chapter 7A.12: Boating and Watercraft

Chapter 7A.13: Camping

Chapter 7A.14: Fishing

Chapter 7A.15: Pets and Animals

Chapter 7A.16: Waste, Refuse and Litter

Chapter 7A.17: Swimming

Chapter 7A.18: Damage to City Property and Wildlife

Chapter 7A.19: Penalties

Chapter 7A.20: Enforcement

Chapter 7A.21: Miscellaneous Provisions


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  • Chapter 7A.11: Trail Use

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    7A.11.010 Motorized vehicles.
    No motorized vehicles may be allowed on City of Sammamish trails. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.11.020 Non-motorized use.
    Regional trails, local trail corridors, and paved pathways are open to all non-motorized users unless otherwise designated and posted. Park users must obey all trail restrictions for non-motorized use posted at park entrances, trailheads or individual trails. The following provisions in the Sammamish Municipal Code are adopted by reference, now in effect and as subsequently amended: SMC 7A.08.010 and SMC 7A.08.020.

    7A.11.030 Traffic control devices.
    Every person traveling on a City of Sammamish trail must obey the instructions of any official traffic control device or police officer. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.11.040 Interference with trails.
    No person may place, deposit, or otherwise cause any structure, device, thing or item to threaten or endanger any portion of a City of Sammamish trail. It is unlawful to obstruct or create a hazard that establishes a danger for a person traveling on a trail in any manner. This section shall not apply to employees of the City of Sammamish in the performance of their duties or to persons acting pursuant to written direction of the Director. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.11.050 Soft surface trails, sensitive areas and boardwalks.
    Pedestrians and equestrians are permitted on all maintained soft surface trails unless otherwise posted and designated. No person may use or operate a bicycle of any kind, electric personal mobility device, motorized foot scooter, toy motorized cars or trucks, or any electric or small motorized device on a maintained soft surface trail, in a sensitive area, or on a boardwalk. The following provisions in the Sammamish Municipal Code are adopted by reference, now in effect and as subsequently amended: SMC 7A.08.010 and SMC 7A.08.020.

  • Chapter 7A.12: Boating and Watercraft

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    7A.12.010 Boating regulations.
    The following provisions in the Sammamish Municipal Code are adopted by reference, now in effect and as subsequently amended: SMC 12.05.010.

    7A.12.020 Occupancy and overnight moorage.
    Continuous occupancy of a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area by mooring, anchoring, docking, or berthing a boat or other object by the same person or group is limited to park hours. No person shall moor, anchor, dock or berth a boat or other object overnight in a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area unless the area has been designated for such use or permitted by the Director. In addition to the penalties in Chapter 7A.20, now in effect and as subsequently amended, any boat found to be in violation of this chapter may be removed at the owner’s expense. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.030 Anchorage.
    No owner or operator of any vessel or watercraft may anchor, moor, or otherwise secure such vessel or watercraft to the bed of any waters. Exceptions include moorage to a public dock in a manner consistent with any posted regulations, anchorage or moorage necessary because of an emergency situation, or when given prior written permission by the Director. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.040 Operating watercraft in swimming areas.
    Operating any watercraft is prohibited in designated swimming areas. This section applies to, but is not limited to: canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and row boats. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.050 Designated areas for landing, launching, docking or operating.
    In the interests of safe navigation and the protection of life and property and consistent with SMC 12.05.010, now in effect and as subsequently amended, boat launching is permitted in designated areas only. No person may land, launch, dock or operate any motorized watercraft in any City park area or associated marine area except in locations specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose and consistent with this code. This section shall not apply to the transportation of injured persons, evacuees, medical personnel, or public officials in the event of an accident, disaster, or emergency. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.060 Tandem moorage.
    No more than three boats or other objects may be tied or rafted together when docked or berthed adjacent to a dock in a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.070 Moorage in swimming areas.

    No person or persons may moor, dock, or berth a boat or other watercraft, whether motorized or nonmotorized, to a log boom or float line which delineates a swimming area in a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area except that watercraft, whether motorized or non-motorized, may moor, dock or berth on the southern side of the south dock at Sammamish Landing Park and on either side of the north dock at Sammamish Landing Park, consistent with this code. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.080 Commercial watercraft.

    Use of associated marine areas by commercial watercraft is prohibited. For the purpose of this rule “commercial watercraft” means watercraft used for any commercial purpose. This section shall not apply to commercial watercraft operated within the terms of a concession lease approved by the Director. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.12.090 Use of marine heads.

    No person may use or flush any marine head which when flushed emits its contents directly into the waters of a lake, river, or any other water area. No person may cause any human or animal waste to be dumped into the waters when docked or berthed adjacent to a dock in a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

  • Chapter 7A.13: Camping

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    7A.13.010 No camping allowed.
    No person may camp in any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

  • Chapter 7A.14: Fishing

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    7A.14.010 Game fish.
    All laws, rules and regulations of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife relating to season, limits, and methods of fishing are applicable to fishing for game fish in City of Sammamish park areas and associated marine areas. No person may fish for or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boat launch, or beach, which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.14.020 Shellfish and food fish.
    All laws, rules and regulations of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife relating to season, limits, and methods of taking are applicable to the taking of shellfish or food fish in City of Sammamish park areas and associated marine areas, and in addition to such laws, the Department may, upon its finding and for good cause, close certain City of Sammamish park areas and associated marine areas to the taking of shellfish for specific periods of time. Such closed areas shall be posted with appropriate signs. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.14.030 Posted fishing rules.
    Parks users must obey all posted rules for fishing in City of Sammamish park areas or associated marine areas. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.14.040 Fishing pots.
    No person may secure or attach a fishing pot used for the harvest of shellfish or fish to a park dock within a City of Sammamish park area or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

  • Chapter 7A.15: Pets and Animals

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    7A.15.010 Pets allowed in park facilities.
    Dogs, pets or domestic animals are not permitted on any designated swimming beach, athletic field, picnic shelter area or play area in any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, facility or associated marine area unless specifically permitted by posting of the Department. This section shall not apply to service animals. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.020 Dog leash requirements.
    (1) It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any animal under their control to run at large in any park or enter any designated swimming area located therein. Provided, dogs may be allowed off-leash in designated off-leash dog parks, or in specific portions of parks designated as off-leash, or in designated parks during park hours that have been specifically designated as off-leash hours, so long as the dog is under control of the owner or handler.

    (2) In permissible areas only, dogs, pets or other domestic animals must be kept on a leash no greater than 16 feet in length and must be under control at all times.

    (3) This section shall not apply where the dogs are engaged in lawful competition sanctioned by a nationally recognized body, working dogs engaged in sanctioned search and rescue activities, or are in city-designated off-leash dog parks.

    (4) No person may permit any dog or other pet to enter into a City of Sammamish open space, trail, or park area designated and posted by the Director as a preserve or place prohibited to dogs or pets.

    (5) Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.030 Animal waste removal.
    Any person whose dog or other pet is in any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associate marine area is responsible for the conduct of the animal and for disposing feces in designated receptacles. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.040 Dog park rules.
    Dog owners and handlers must obey any posted rules for dog parks, including but not limited to: weight and size requirements, behavior, vaccinations, licenses, number of dogs, and health requirements. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.050 Damage and disturbance by dogs, pets or domestic animals.
    No person may allow their dog, pet, or domestic animal to capture, tease, annoy, harass, disturb, strike, mutilate, injure or damage any park user, pet, domestic animal or wildlife. No person may permit his or her dog or other pet or domestic animal to bark continuously or otherwise disturb the peace and tranquility of any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.060 Horseback riding.
    Horses are permitted on City trails unless otherwise posted and designated. Horses may be permitted in other City of Sammamish park areas that are specifically posted to permit such activity. Horses are not be permitted in any associated marine area, designated swimming area, or picnic area. No person may allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied. No person may ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that could cause physical harm to any person. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.15.070 Animal control.
    The followings provision in the Sammamish Municipal Code are adopted by reference, now in effect and as subsequently amended: SMC 11.05.

  • Chapter 7A.16: Waste, Refuse and Litter

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    7A.16.010 Littering.
    No person may leave, deposit, drop or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, food, waste paper, cans, garbage, refuse, waste or rubbish in a City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area, except in a garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purposes. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.16.020 Outside, household or commercial waste.
    No person may deposit any outside, household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste, or rubbish which is brought in from any private property. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.16.030 Waste from vehicles.
    No person may drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper, automobile, or other vehicle, except in designated disposal areas in any City of Sammamish park area or park facility. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.16.040 Dumping in water.
    No person may pollute or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing any waste or refuse of any kind, including human and bodily waste, into any stream, river, lake or other body of water running in, through, or adjacent to, any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility, or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

  • Chapter 7A.17: Swimming

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    7A.17.010 Obey rules.
    Swimmers must obey all rules. All persons using City park areas, associated marine areas, beaches and water resources must obey all posted beach rules, lifeguard rules, dock rules, instructions of lifeguards, and/or instructions from other City employees. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.17.020 Designated areas only.
    Designated swimming areas are marked with buoys, log booms, signs, or other markers clearly designating the boundaries of such areas. Swimmers are prohibited from swimming into or out of designated swimming areas when lifeguards are on duty. Swimming is only permitted within designated swimming areas at City park areas, associated marine areas and beaches. Swimming is allowed in Sammamish Landing Park only on the south dock. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.17.030 Floatation devices.
    Floatation devices are allowed only at lifeguards’ discretion in the shallow end of a designated swim area. No floatation devices are allowed in the deep end of a swimming area. Swimmers must stay within designated swimming areas when using floatation devices. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.17.040 False alarm of drowning prohibited.
    False alarm of drowning is prohibited. No person may give or transmit a false signal or false alarm of drowning in any manner. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.17.050 Swimming, sunbathing and scuba diving in boat launches prohibited.
    No person may swim, sunbathe or scuba dive in any designated boat launching areas. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

    7A.17.060 Interfering with lifeguard duties.
    Activities in any City of Sammamish park areas, associated park areas, or beaches are prohibited if they endanger other beach users or interfere, distract or obstruct lifeguards from performing their responsibilities. When circumstances can safely permit games, such games will be conducted only with the consent of a lifeguard or other Department employee. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

  • Chapter 7A.18: Damage to City Property and Wildlife

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    7A.18.010 Damage to park facilities or properties.
    No person, except a duly authorized Department employee in the performance of his or her duties, or other person duly authorized pursuant to law, may remove, move, relocate, change position, destroy, deface, or damage any City material, equipment, or other property which is under the jurisdiction of the Department. This section applies to any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.18.020 Damage to plant life.
    No person, except a duly authorized Department employee or authorized city volunteer in the performance of his or her duties, or other person duly authorized pursuant to law, may remove, move, relocate, change position, destroy, deface, mutilate, injure, or damage any City vegetation, living or dead, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department. This section applies to any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, facility or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.18.030 Damage to wildlife.
    Except for authorized fishing and shellfishing in authorized areas and subject to rules promulgated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, no person in any manner may capture, tease, annoy, harass, disturb, strike, mutilate, injure or damage any animal within any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, facility or associated marine area. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.18.040 Mechanical trapping devices.
    No person, except a duly authorized Department employee in the performance of his or her duties, or other person duly authorized pursuant to law, may use a mechanical trapping device within any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility, or associated marine area. For the purpose of this section, a “mechanical trapping device” shall be defined as any device that shuts suddenly upon contact by an animal or kills or inflicts physical pain and injury upon a captured animal. This section includes, but is not limited to, snares or machines. The act of capturing an animal, by other than lawful means, is prohibited. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a criminal misdemeanor.

    7A.18.050 Feeding animals.
    It is unlawful for any person in any City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area to feed wildlife, except that this prohibition does not include licensed fishing or shellfishing activity in designated areas. Any person violating provisions of this rule shall have committed a civil offense.

  • Chapter 7A.19: Penalties

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    7A.19.010 Civil offenses, criminal misdemeanors, separate offenses, and nuisances.The following provisions in the Sammamish Municipal Code are adopted by reference, now in effect and as subsequently amended: SMC 1.10. The provisions of this Title are not exclusive and may be used in addition to other applicable provisions of the Sammamish Municipal Code or other applicable law or regulation.

    7A.19.020 Administrative sanctions.
    Subject to the discretion of the Director, in addition to any prescribed penalty, any person failing to comply with any provision of SMC Title 7A, now in effect and as subsequently amended, may be subject to the loss of park or recreation facility use privileges and ejection from the City of Sammamish open space, trail, park area, park facility or associated marine area.

  • Chapter 7A.20: Enforcement

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    7A.20.010 Responsibilities.
    Park safety is the responsibility of both the Department and City of Sammamish Police Department. Specific responsibilities include the following:

    (1) Department.

    (a) Enforcing rules of conduct set forth in this Title for which Department personnel have been designated authority.

    (b) Developing and implementing public awareness programs regarding the purpose of the park facilities and the rules governing their use.

    (c) Encouraging voluntary compliance with rules based on awareness.

    (d) Training department personnel in the appropriate use of administrative sanctions as a means of park rule enforcement.

    (e) Notifying law enforcement officers who have primary jurisdiction in a particular geographic area whenever Department personnel observe violations of park rules requiring further law enforcement authority or other violations of local, state, or federal laws. This section shall include whenever there is an emergency requiring law enforcement assistance or whenever they need assistance in executing their responsibilities pursuant to this chapter.

    (2) City of Sammamish Police Department.

    (a) Deputizing and training of personnel authorized to issue citations for infractions and misdemeanor offenses.

    (b) Providing supplementary patrols in City of Sammamish open spaces, trails, park areas, park facilities, or associated marine areas jointly determined by the Director, City Manager and the City Police Chief as described in any interlocal cooperation agreements, contracts, service agreements, or any other contractual documents between the City and external agencies.

    (c) Responding, as appropriate, to requests from Department personnel for assistance.

    7A.20.020 Enforcement methods.
    The provisions of this Title are not exclusive and may be used in addition to other applicable provisions of the Sammamish Municipal Code or other applicable law or regulation.