There is a fellow in Baytown who is constantly stirring up trouble with the city officials and really believes he is an advocate for the people. He has tried repeatedly over the years to get me to right some wrong by using my newspaper column to strike the heart of some wrong doing. Here is his latest effort:
From: Concerned citizen
Subject: Geocaching-Is it legal in Baytown Parks?
Dear Mr. Johnson, According to Baytown's Code of Ordinances, litter is prohibited in Baytown Parks: Sec. 70-10. Litter.It shall be unlawful for any person within any public park, parkway, playground or any other public place for public recreation to dump, deposit or leave any litter, including but not limited to paper boxes, cans, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse, brush, leaves, tires or any other trash. How does this affect geocaching? Note the attached Oct. 04 article from the Baytown Sun states that citizens are depositing geocaches in city parks. Is this legal? Please advise. Thanks. Concerned citizen
Yes, Geocaching is legal in Baytown Parks. There are many hidden caches in our parks and a lot of people, many from out of town, go to our parks and look for the caches. The people that hide geocaches do a very good job of camouflaging the prize. Unless you are looking for that specific item, you’re not going to see it. I agree, litter is a major issue for the entire country, not just Baytown but I don’t consider hiding a prize as litter. Generally, people that are involved with geocaching are park friendly and leave the area better than they found it. Many times entire families are involved in the high tech game of hide and seek. Anyway we can get people, young and old, outside and enjoy the outdoors is a good thing and geocaching is one of those ways. I recommend that you contact Baytown Bert and I would bet that he would be happy to let you tag along on one of his geocaching adventures. Scott Johnson - City of Baytown - Parks Superintendant
Edited by Baytown Bert, 11 October 2013 - 02:51 PM.