Only two parks in Lemon Grove will be allowed to have those big, bright commercial inflatable jumpers and bounce houses favored for kids’ birthday parties.
Starting July 1, the city will begin enforcing new rules about the jumpers at Berry Street Park and Lemon Grove Park. Those parks were chosen because they include restrooms, playgrounds, cookout sites and park benches and also have enough open turf and spacing to safely accommodate jumpers, city staff told the City Council at the May 21 council meeting.
The city will limit the specific areas in both parks where the jumpers may be located and staff will create an overhead map of those places.
Lemon Grove also will keep a list of pre-qualified vendors that a resident may choose from. City staff said it would contact Lemon Grove inflatable jumper companies with active business licenses in the county and ask them to apply for a city business license in Lemon Grove. Companies interested in working with the city would also need to provide proof of insurance.
If a resident wishes to use a vendor not on the list, that vendor must acquire a business license and provide the insurance requirements prior to the event.
Lemon Grove will mirror the permitting and application process that Poway uses because the application is easy to read, simple to fill out and includes all applicable insurance requirements, a staff report said.
It will charge residents and non-residents a flat $40 fee for an inflatable jump permit, allowing the city to recover the costs of running the program. Comparably, La Mesa charges $50, which includes pavilion access and a park use permit; Santee and Poway charge $38; and San Diego, $22.
In March, the city decided to take a look at regulating the inflatables after receiving complaints about residents having trouble finding quiet, open, green areas in the parks on weekends because of the growing popularity of the large structures. There have been 10 or more at a single park on some afternoons.
The structures take up a lot of room as they are typically 15 feet by 15 feet and can weigh anywhere from 200 to 250 pounds. Secured by 18-inch steel stakes, they are also noisy because of the generators that run them.
A city report said that the inflatables have resulted in some harm to the parks — beyond turf and grass damage. Irrigation heads and sprinklers in the park have been run over by people driving private vehicles that unload and set up the jumpers for the event, and later re-load the jumpers into the vehicle and drive them away. The stakes that secure the jumpers have pierced water lines, causing leaks.
The city plans to enforce its permitting process through its park ranger, who patrols the parks from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The staff report also said that the Sheriff’s Department will serve as a backup to the park ranger and city staff should a park patron be unwilling to comply with the new inflatable jumper policy.
The city will be updating its website with the new policy information, and will kick off a campaign to inform all guests of the new policy during the summer.
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