New ordinance would give Lander City Council more ‘flexibility’ to adjust rules at municipal parks, rec facilities

The Lander City Council approved an ordinance on first reading this week modifying the process for implementing rules at municipal parks.

The change gives the city council more “flexibility” to adjust the rules at various parks and recreational facilities, city attorney Adam Phillips explained.

Currently, those rules are “spelled out” in municipal code, Phillips said, so any changes need to be approved by ordinance in three separate readings.


The proposal the council considered this week would instead allow park rules to be modified via resolution, which only requires one vote to pass, he said.

h/t City of Lander

Councilmember John Larsen said the change will make it easier for the council to develop rules “on a park-by-park basis” – for example, allowing camping in certain areas at City Park, but not in other parks in town.

“Absolutely,” Phillips said. “That’s the whole reason for the ordinance.”

The proposed ordinance also indicates that park rules will be posted at each facility, he added.


City clerk Rachelle Fontaine said the city council can pass resolutions setting the new park rules after this week’s ordinance passes on third reading.

That’s when the council will likely discuss “camping at City Park” again, Councilmember Julia Stuble pointed out.

For more information call the City of Lander at 332-2870.


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