Post By Tom_in_CA
May 25, 2012, 06:44 PM
Is metal detecting allowed in Bastrop city parks?
I'm going to Fisherman's park and Ferry park in Bastrop saturday morning. I'm bringing my detector, but I couldn't find any sort of rules for the park or any park in Bastrop. Does anyone know if metal detecting is allowed in Bastrop city parks? Since I couldn't find anything I figured it would be okay unless someone stopped me, but if anybody knows any rules that I should know about before I go metal detecting there, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, I'll probably be fine just going with it unless someone says something and I have to leave (which I hope won't happen! ).
May 25, 2012 06:44 PM
May 25, 2012, 08:53 PM
Hello Ryan, I don't know about detecting, but if I remember right, a few months ago, a homeless man found a bag of money in a city park by a river. The city kept the money because it was found in a city park. Just keep it in mind.
And by the way, welcome to Tnet.
May 25, 2012, 09:07 PM
Thanks for the welcome Bill! Yes, I did hear about that, and that's part of the reason I asked (other than the fact that it is already banned in Austin city parks). I'm not expecting to find anything like the homeless man did, so since I didn't see any rules posted hopefully no one will mind if I find a few coins.
May 25, 2012, 09:49 PM
OK, I was playing around on Bastrop's website, and looking at the city ordinances, in chapter 8, if they want to be picky, you can be charged if you are digging or participating in earth breaking activities in a public area that is not designated as a camping area. It also says you have to obey park regulations. Can't find any park regs on their website, just after hours contact numbers. All that being said, the parks should have signs posted which outline prohibited activities. If Johnny Law stops you, just be nice and polite, and tell them you tried to find out the rules,but their website is the pits, then offer them a share of the loot.
Just kidding. I would like to see pictures of what you find, so please post!!
Best of luck,
May 26, 2012, 12:05 PM
Thanks for finding that out. I tried by the riverbank and only found trash. If I had time I would have tried the playground (I should ahve looked there first) but next time I'll try there. If I find anything next time I will definitely post pictures!
May 26, 2012, 10:17 PM
Glad you were able to get out for a little while. Next time it might be silver and gold!!!
May 27, 2012, 08:00 AM
May 27, 2012, 07:25 PM
" ...... digging or participating in earth breaking activities ....."
Whenever I see verbage like this, in city park rules, (and things like "vandalism", "defacement", "alteration" and so forth), I do not consider them to apply to metal detecting. Because think of it guys: Every one of those words specifically implies an END result, do they not? So if you've left no sign of your presence when done, then by logical deduction, you have not "altered", "defaced" and so forth, RIGHT?
If you think otherwise (that these phrases automatically are equivalent to md'ing), then you've lost the battle already. Becuase I can gaurantee you: every single park in the USA (city, county, state, and fed level) all have verbage dis-allowing the alteration, destruction, vandalism, and so forth. Give it up and stick to private property, or pick another hobby.
Just be a little discreet, pick off-low-traffic times, use a little common sense (don't be hunting when busy-body lookie lous are studying you), etc....
Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!
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