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A. It shall be unlawful for any person to camp in any park or preserve, or in any building, facility, or parking lot or structure, or on any property adjacent thereto, that is owned, possessed and controlled by the City, except as permitted in paragraph C below.

B. For the purposes of this section the term "camp" means to use real property of the City for living accommodation purposes such as sleeping activities, or making preparations to sleep, including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping, or storing personal belongings, or making any fire, or using any tents or shelter or other structure or vehicle for sleeping or doing any digging or earth breaking or carrying on cooking activities. The above-listed activities constitute camping when it reasonably appears, in light of all the circumstances, that the participants, in conducting these activities, are in fact using the area for living accommodation purposes regardless of the intent of the participants or the nature of any other activities in which they may also be engaging.

C. The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department may, in accordance with the Parks and Recreation Department’s established procedures, issue special use permits or reservations to authorize youth organizations to camp or park vehicles overnight in a park or preserve. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit camping or overnight parking sponsored by the City of Phoenix. (Ord. No. G-3552, § 1; Ord. No. G-4660, §§ 1, 2, 2004)

Cross reference—Parks and recreation, ch. 24.