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City Requiring Permits for Group Events

Groups of 26 or more people soon will be required to obtain a city permit to participate in organized activities, such as baseball or soccer games, at local parks or schools.

The City Council last week unanimously approved the new rule, which takes effect in a month. Violations will be considered infractions or misdemeanors.

City officials said the permits are needed because of the rising number of groups using public athletic fields. The increased activity has resulted in increased litter, noise complaints, loitering and parking problems, according to the ordinance.

The law states: “No company, society, organization or group of individuals of more than 25 persons shall hold or conduct any organized activity including . . . picnics, celebrations, services, exercise or athletic event at any public park or school district property . . . without first obtaining a permit.”

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Permit fees have yet to be determined.


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