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Old 03-29-2020, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hey there.
I live in Snohomish County (Everett) and I have found that R/C models of any kind are illegal to operate in any of the "city" parks.
Apparently King County is the same.
For as long as I've been in this hobby, (35+ years) I have never seen this kind of blatant crap.
So much for going to the nearest open field to run your cars or fly airplanes.
Now unless you own several acres, you have to join a club or buy a "limited use permit". Or you can try your luck.
How many other cities or counties in this state are like this?
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:21 PM   #2
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I'm down south. Not much problem here other than skate parks and such.

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Old 04-04-2020, 08:27 PM   #3
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Hey there.
I live in Snohomish County (Everett) and I have found that R/C models of any kind are illegal to operate in any of the "city" parks.
Apparently King County is the same.
For as long as I've been in this hobby, (35+ years) I have never seen this kind of blatant crap.
So much for going to the nearest open field to run your cars or fly airplanes.
Now unless you own several acres, you have to join a club or buy a "limited use permit". Or you can try your luck.
How many other cities or counties in this state are like this?
Who cares... do it anyway BECAUSE THIS ISN’T EAST BERLIN. That’s the liberals being bored & they’re more concerned with nitro. I crawl anywhere & everywhere.

There comes a point when you just don’t comply. BTW, I’m out on the Olympic Peninsula. Great trailing & ‘some’ spots for rock crawling. And no one bugs you; in fact they are fascinated (if they do). It’s the same when I’m taking pictures or capturing video with my levitating R/C camera (drone lol).

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Old 05-04-2020, 02:59 PM   #4
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Hello. So, I'm in the area too and am a stickler for interpretations of laws and codes... Everywhere I've looked and found rules, in Snoho Co at least, they have something similar to this:

"It is unlawful to operate any remote control and/or motorized model aircraft, rocket, watercraft or similar device in any park, or to launch or land any hang glider or hot air balloon, except at places set apart by the parks director for such purposes or as authorized by a permit from the parks director."

I don't see RC cars listed, but it does state "similar device". What's "similar" is what's open to interpretation - RC cars aren't similar to any of those listed as they have wheels and are land only (unless you're bashing ), but they are similar in that they're RC. Wouldn't want to argue that with a police officer, but may be a good point if harassed by other park-goers.

Have you been given any grief from local law enforcement, or were you just checking? I've been called out for model rockets before, long ago, but never for cars.

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Old 05-04-2020, 03:56 PM   #5
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This doesn't necessarily apply to state parks where y'all are since I'm in Texas. And I have no idea what the "laws" are here BUT I will say that just like with a lot of what's enforced or not... it's sometimes more about how you conduct yourself. I'd expect some scrutiny if I were running a nitro car... loud and fast... maybe tearing up grass, doing donuts, endangering people/ pets, causing a scene. But when I run my crawlers/ trailers at my local state parks, I'm very respectful of what's around me and do my best not to damage anything... including no rock placement. If they ever make a fuss about it then I guess I'll leave and they get to keep my entrance fee but yeah... I always try to blend in and not give police, rangers, etc a reason to hassle me. Anyway... good luck out there. We certainly all need places to play.
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:29 PM   #6
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Over in Kitsap everyone just says "how cool". Never had any issues so far.

However I did drive the whole "new Dungeness Lighthouse" trail with my SCX10 II, when I was back at the parking lot a ranger asked if I was driving it, then he said it wasn't allowed. I told him the sign didn't say anything about it, just drones weren't allowed. That's when he said, not even joking, "just cause its not on there, doesn't mean its allowed". wtf? I just said okay and walked away. I drove my 10 beach miles and wasn't planning on going back anyway.
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