EUGENE — Visitors would no longer be able to drink a beer or glass of wine at any Eugene city park or city-owned open space unless the drinking occurs at a city-permitted gathering, under a proposal out for public review and comment.

The proposed changes to park rules also would further restrict amplified sound and vehicle parking and would ban the assembly and disassembly of bicycles at city parks — a step aimed at curbing bike thieves and their chop shops.

The proposed rules also would end the longtime ban on commercial photography and filming at two of Eugene’s most picturesque parks and would prohibit large dogs in the section of the Amazon Park dog park reserved for small canines.

Residents have until 5 p.m. today to comment on the proposed rules.

The city already bans drinking beer, wine and hard liquor at more than 20 of the most visited parks in the city system. But drinking is not banned at scores of other city parks and natural areas. The city has 70 parks and more than 3,700 acres of open space.

Even in parks where the city now allows alcohol use, visitors are not supposed to drink within 25 feet of a playground, sports field, tennis court or parking lot.

City parks spokeswoman Kelly Darnell said restricting alcohol use at all parks would simplify what has been a “complicated maze” of regulation.

“It’s extremely confusing to the public,” she said.

Under the proposal, the city could authorize drinking at any park for an event, such as a wedding, family reunion, community event or other social gathering. To receive such a permit from the city, the applicant would have to buy host liquor liability insurance that costs about $200 for a gathering of 30 people. The permit would be available only for groups of at least 20 people.

Visitors who wanted to play amplified music at city parks for any length of time would need a permit to do so under the proposed rules. The permit would cost $40. Under current rules, a visitor can play amplified music — a step above playing a boom-box or a speaker-equipped digital music player — for up to two hours without a permit.

The assembly, disassembly and distribution of bicycles and their parts would be prohibited at city parks and open spaces. The proposed ban would not apply to cyclists who need to fix a flat or make another repair to a bicycle.

Visitors who violate the proposed rule changes, once enacted, could be asked to leave the park or receive a violation notice, punishable by a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Bike thieves frequently take apart stolen bicycles and sell the parts. Illegal campers in city parks and along the Willamette River sometimes set up bike chop shops that city workers clean up at public cost.

Another proposed change would make permanent a rule that prohibits unauthorized vehicles and trailers in a park after closing and that allows the violator’s vehicle to be towed at the owner’s expense. The rule doesn’t apply to the authorized car camping at Alton Baker Park run by St. Vincent de Paul.

The city put that restriction in as a temporary rule in March, but it is set to expire in September.

Another proposed rule requires vehicles occupy only one parking stall unless the city gives written permission for an exemption.

Darnell said some drivers park vehicles sideways and take up more than one parking stall.

The proposed changes would end the ban on filming and commercial photography at the Owen Memorial Rose Garden and Hendricks Park rhododendron area. Photographers and videographers would need a obtain a permit to do so, if the proposed rule took effect.

Current rules allow photographers and videographers to shoot photos and video at city parks and open spaces, with a valid city permit. But the current rule excludes those two picturesque areas.

Under the current rule, there’s a $15 application fee for the permit. A commercial photographer must pay $75 per event. A movie-filming permit costs $75 per hour, up to a maximum of $750 per day.

Finally, the city would ban dogs heavier than 25 pounds from using the small dog off-leash area known as Lola’s Park at Amazon Park.

Darnell said dog owners have complained about bigger dogs using the area.

Lola’s Park opened in November 2011 through a community effort. The park is named after an 11-pound dog who was attacked and killed by a larger dog at the Amazon Park dog park.

After the comment period closes, Public Works Director Kurt Corey, whose department oversees city parks and open spaces, can adopt the rules as proposed or modify them in response to the feedback.

Visitors who violate the proposed rule changes, once enacted, could be asked to leave the park or receive a violation notice, punishable by a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Violators can face arrest if they refuse to leave a park or open space when directed or disregard a previously issued violation notice that excluded them from use of the parks system.

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