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tesser
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Park Hours for night caching Reply with quote

I would like to get a list going of parks which are open after dark. Nightcaching is illegal in far too many parks that close "1/2 hour after sunset." Winter is a tough time to cache those parks.

I am searching municipal codes and main parks websites.


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Albert Lea: 5 am to 10:30 pm
Andover: 6 am to 11 pm
Anoka (City): 6 am to 11 pm
Apple Valley: 7 am to 10 pm
Bayport: 7 am to 9 pm
Birchwood: 6 am to 9:30 pm
Blaine: 5 am to 10 pm
Bloomington: 1 hour before sunrise to 10 pm
Brooklyn Center: 6 am to 10 pm
Brooklyn Park : 6 am to 10 pm
Burnsville: 5 am to 10 pm
Carver County: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm or sunset, whichever is later
Columbia Heights: 6 am to 11 pm
Coon Rapids: Community parks, athletic complexes and parks with lighted tennis courts - 5 am to 12 am. Neighborhood parks: 5 am to 10 pm.
Cottage Grove: 7 am to 10:30 pm
Crystal: sunrise to 10 pm - Baker Park until 11 pm
Dakota County: sunrise to 10 PM.
Duluth: 6 am to 10 pm, except the lake walk, open until midnight I believe.
Eagan: 5 am to 11 pm
Edina: 6 am to 12am (no parking) or as posted (lots of rules! http://www.ci.edina.mn.us/CityCode/L5-01_CityCodeSect1230.htm - rule F says you can't throw a stone!)
Elk River: 6 am to 10:30 pm
Falcon Heights: 6 am to 10 pm
Fridley: 5 am to 10 pm
Forest Lake: 4 am to 10 pm
Golden Valley: 6 am to 10 pm
Ham Lake: 6 am to 10 pm
Hugo: 6 am to 11 pm
Inver Grove Heights: 8 am to 10 pm
Kandiyohi County (including public water accesses): 6 am to 10:30 pm
Lake Elmo: see below for exception.
Lake Wobegon Trail: 24 hours unless restricted by city law
--> St. Joseph: 9 am to 10 pm
--> Albany: 6 am to midnight
--> Freeport: 6 am to 11 pm
Lakeville: 6 am to 10 pm
Lauderdale: 8 am to 10 pm
Lino Lakes : 7 am to 10 pm
Mahtomedi: 5 am to 10 pm
Maple Grove: 6 am to 11 pm
Maplewood: 5 am to 10 pm ****New longer hours***
Meeker County: 6 am to 10 pm
Mendota Heights: 6 am to 10 pm
Minneapolis: 6 am to 12 am, except undeveloped areas only until 10 pm.
-->Dog parks are open 6 am to 10 pm
Moundsview: 6 am to 10 pm
New Brighton: 5 am to 11 pm
North St. Paul: 7 am to 11 pm.
Princeton: sunrise to 10 p.m.
Richfield: 5am to 10 pm except Augsburg, Donaldson, Taft, Veterans Memorial, Washington Park, and Wood Lake Nature Center are open until 11 pm
Robbinsdale: 6 am to 10 pm
Rochester: 5 am to 11 pm - unless otherwise posted
Roseville (Posenville): 5 am to 10 pm unless otherwise posted (Reservoir Woods closes after sunset)
St. Anthony Village: 5 am to 10 pm
St. Cloud: 6 am to 10 pm
St. Louis Park: 5 am to 11 pm
St. Paul: daylight until 11 pm, unless otherwise posted
St. Paul Park: 7 am to 10 pm
Savage: 7 am to 10 pm
Shoreview: 6 am to 10 pm
South St. Paul: 8 am to 11 pm, except DNR boat launch 4 am to 12 am, and 8 am to 10 pm for Kaposia Park, Veteran's Field, Lorraine Park, McGuire Field and McMorrow Field
Spring Lake Park: 5 am to 10 pm
Stearns County: 6 am to 11 pm
Stillwater: 6 am to 10 pm except Teddy Bear Park - 8 am to 8 pm (or dusk whichever is earlier)
Three Rivers Park District: 5 am to 10 pm **NEW LONGER HOURS!!
West St. Paul: 6 am to 10 pm except Haskell Park (5 am to 9 pm)
White Bear Lake: 5 am to 11 pm.
Woodbury: 6 am to 10 pm

Hall of shame: Sad
30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset unless otherwise noted:


Anoka County: 6 am to 30 minutes after sunset
Arden Hills
Circle Pines sunrise to sunset *see post on 11/6/08 for details
Lake Elmo: sunrise to half hour after sunset, or until 10pm if park has operational lighting and posted.
Little Canada: except tennis courts until 11pm
McLeod County: 7 am to sunset
Newport: 7 am to dusk
Oakdale
Ramsey County (Parks Director John Moriarity REALLY means it!)
Sherburne County: dawn to dusk
Vadnais Heights
Washington County 7:00 am to 1/2 hour after sunset.
White Bear Township: unless otherwise posted



AS SUGGESTED: I am editing this post to add in the new ones. I am
alphabetizing the jurisdictions as well.

Don't see your town here, check: http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/ordinance.html

Edit by PH to make sticky


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest editing your first post to incorporate new information so folks don't need to scroll through all of the posts to find what they are looking for.

Duluth parks are open 6am to 10pm, except the lake walk which is open until midnight I believe.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dakota County Parks sunrise to 10PM.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

City of Anoka
6am to 11pm
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent idea!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm, how would you define the park rules for Mahtomedi?

"10.14 B. It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, loaf or idle in, remain in, or leave any vehicle in any park or upon any parkway, or pathway between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise of the following day. Nothing in this section shall apply to persons traveling, without delay, upon established pathways or parks or upon parkways.

C. The provisions of Subsection B of this section do not apply to anyone in certain areas such as lighted tennis courts, softball fields, ice skating areas, organized sports, and/or activities as recognized by or under by Community Services"

As long as we keep moving we can stay in the park? But we can't leave our cars? Are we an organized sport?

If I were a park officer, I would say we would fall under the get out by 30 minutes past sunset. I dunno.

*updated new hours for Mahtomedi!

10.02 HOURS OF OPERATION.
1. Parks will be open for public use from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m., unless posted otherwise.
2. It shall be unlawful for any person other than authorized City personnel to loiter, idle, remain in, or leave any motor vehicle in any park or upon any parkway or pathway when the park is not open to the public.
3. The provisions of subsection two of this Section do not apply to anyone in designated areas such as lighted tennis courts, softball fields, or ice skating


HEEEHEEEE! Here are Stillwater's rules:

Sec. 48-5. Prohibited hours for certain acts.
Subd. 1.Prohibited hours for certain acts generally. It is unlawful for any person to be present in or upon the public parks within the city between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when that person does loiter or make undue noise by shouting or yelling, or when that person otherwise disturbs the peace and quite of the city.

Does that mean Stillwater parks are 24/7 if we are quiet? (or "quite" as the case might be)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kandiyohi County (including public water accesses): 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
McLeod County: 7 a.m. to sunset
Meeker County: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sherburne County: dawn to dusk

Princeton: sunrise to 10 p.m.
St. Cloud: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lake Wobegon Trail: 24 hours unless restricted by city law
--> St. Joseph: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
--> Albany: 6 a.m. to midnight
--> Freeport: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

City of Savage, MN
Parks open 7am to 10pm
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:14 am    Post subject: Ramsey County Parks Hours Reply with quote

Although it is already included in Tesser's list at the top of this thread, I'll mention it again. John Moriarty from Ramsey County Parks has asked me to get the word out that their parks officially close one half hour after sunset. If you are in one of their parks after that, you are technically breaking the law.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
technically breaking the law


Is that like technically being pregnant???
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

It's inaccurate to use the parking odinance to define hours of Minneapolis Parks as most parks are 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. And even if a park were open later all undeveloped areas are open by ordinance from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Ramsey County, I think that John Moriarty is in charge of Planning and Natural Resource and someone named Mack is the Director.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that it's dark early again, I started looking more of these up. It's good to give this one a bump up too. Added: Blaine, Ham Lake, Circle Pines.

Here is the Circle Pines ordinance:

703.02 Hours. No person, except authorized City
employees, police, and fire personnel shall enter or remain
in any public park or grounds between sunset and sunrise.
Participants in approved, organized recreational activities
may be in City parks until 10:00 p.m. Pedestrians may
traverse park property during restricted hours, as long as
they stay on maintained pathways and not loiter.

I guess that if you place a cache adjacent to a trail, and make it not too hard to find as to be considered loitering, it could be a 24/7 cache Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to help out with Rochester...but...

Some close at Dusk...a couple close at 9pm...a few close at 10pm...while others close at 11pm...

Sorry...nothing standard...most all have signs at the entrance for when they close...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This cache may be located in a public park with posted hours. It is your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to any hours of operation. Logs indicating caching outside of those hours will be deleted.

Enough said.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grey Wolf and Wild Rice wrote:
This cache may be located in a public park with posted hours. It is your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to any hours of operation. Logs indicating caching outside of those hours will be deleted.

Enough said.


A slap on the hand is good. Changing the log is good. But a log delete?
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