Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 101 Acceptance of Property of Trustees of Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 1]
The Borough of Doylestown accepts the conveyance of all the real and personal property of the trustees of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool, in trust, as set forth in the Decree of the Orphans' Court of Bucks County aforesaid.

§ 102 Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool Named.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 2]
The swimming pool shall henceforth be known as the "Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool."

§ 103 Authority of Board of Managers of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 3]
The management and operation of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool shall be vested in a board to be known as the "Board of Managers of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool." The Board shall have authority, subject to approval by Borough Council:
1. 
To employ and discharge supervisors, caretakers, instructors, guards and other personnel necessary or proper to conduct a swimming pool and provide swimming and aquatic instruction.
2. 
To fix the salaries of all employees.
3. 
To establish admission charges.
4. 
To promulgate and enforce reasonable and proper rules for the use of the pool and the grounds surrounding it and formerly owned by the Trustees in order to ensure the health and safety of the public and the conduct of the program of instruction.
5. 
To establish a schedule of hours when swimming shall be permitted.
6. 
To purchase supplies and to maintain the grounds, buildings and equipment of the pool, subject, however, to the restrictions set forth in § 106 of this Part 1.

§ 104 Membership of Board of Managers.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 4; as amended by Ord. 1974-4, 3/18/1974, § 1; by Ord. 1974-5, 4/15/1974, § 1; by Ord. 2007-10, 10/15/2007, § 2; and by Ord. 2009-5, 11/16/2009]
The Board of Managers of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool shall consist of not more than nine nor less than seven regular members who shall serve for terms of three years, or until their successors are appointed by resolution of Borough Council and one student member to be appointed by resolution of the Borough Council. No regular member of the Board of Managers shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms and thereafter shall be ineligible to serve for an interval of at least one year.
Every member of the Board of Managers, including the student member, shall be a resident of the Borough of Doylestown or of a municipality within the Central Bucks School District; provided, however, that at all times the majority of the regular members of the Board of Managers shall reside within the Borough of Doylestown.
All members of the Board of Managers shall serve without compensation. The regular members of the Board of Managers shall elect a Chairman, Secretary and any other necessary officers who shall serve until the 31st day of December next following their election.
The student member so appointed shall, at the time of appointment, be between 15 and 18 years old and shall at all times be a resident of the Borough of Doylestown and be enrolled in and actively attending an accredited high school program and be in his/her freshman, sophomore or junior year in such high school program. The student member so appointed shall serve for a term of one year extending, if appointed as a freshman from the month of May in his/her freshman year through the month of April in his/her sophomore year, if appointed as a sophomore, from the month of May in his/her sophomore year through the month of April in his/her junior year or, if appointed as a junior, from the month of May in his/her junior year through the month of April in his/her senior year. The student member shall be permitted to attend all meetings of the Board and shall be permitted to participate fully in those proceedings, except that he/she shall not be afforded the right to vote or be permitted to attend executive sessions of the Board of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool.

§ 105 Special Fund Established.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 5]
All funds transferred to the Borough of Doylestown by the Trustees of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool, all funds hereafter received by gift, devise or bequest for the benefit of the swimming pool and all receipts from the operation of the pool shall be held in a separate account by the Borough Treasurer to be known as Doylestown Borough Trustee of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool. The funds in said account shall be used solely for the instruction program and the operation, maintenance and improvement of the swimming pool, its grounds, equipment and buildings.

§ 106 Receipts and Disbursements.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 6]
Receipts from the operation of the swimming pool shall be deposited by the Borough Treasurer in the Trustee Account of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool. All disbursements from the said Account shall first be approved by Borough Council in the same manner as other funds of the Borough are disbursed.

§ 107 Annual Budget, Report and Statement.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, 47]
The Board of Managers of the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool shall, on or before the 31st day of December of each year, submit a proposed budget for the following calendar year to Borough Council for its approval. On or before the 31st day of December of each year the Board shall also submit a brief written report of the operation of the swimming pool to the Secretary of the Borough and a statement of proposed changes in methods of operation for the approval of Borough Council.

§ 108 Effect on Authority of War Memorial Commission.

[Ord. 10/15/1956, § 48]
Nothing contained in a resolution adopted by Borough Council on November 19, 1945, appointing a Committee, now known as the War Memorial Commission, and giving such Committee authority to supervise and maintain the athletic fields and playgrounds of the Borough of Doylestown shall be construed to affect the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool. To the extent and only to the extent that said resolution would otherwise confer any jurisdiction in said Committee over the Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool or any of its activities it is hereby repealed.

§ 201 Short Title.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 1]
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Doylestown Ordinance Regulating Conduct in Public Parks and Recreation Areas."

§ 202 Definitions.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 2]
For the purposes of this Part 2, the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Doylestown.
MANAGER
The Borough Manager, the person immediately in charge of any park area and its activities, and to whom all park attendants of such area are responsible.
PARK
A park, reservation, playground, recreation center or any other area in the Borough, owned or used by the Borough, and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
VEHICLE
Any wheeled conveyance, whether motor powered, animal-drawn, or self-propelled. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the Borough of Doylestown.

§ 203 Park Property.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 3]
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Buildings and Other Property.
A. 
Disfiguration and Removal. Wilfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, or displace or remove, any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, fences, paving or paving material, water lines or other pubic utilities or parts of appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts, or other boundary markers, or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
B. 
Restrooms and Washrooms. Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the restrooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
C. 
Removal of Natural Resources. Dig, or remove any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, down-timber or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting, or other means or agency.
D. 
Erection of Structures. Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon, or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
2. 
Trees, Shrubbery, Lawns.
A. 
Injury and Removal. Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant. Nor shall any person attach any rope, wire, or other contrivance to any tree or plant. A person shall not dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
B. 
Climbing Trees, etc. Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, fountains, railing, fences or guncarriages or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
C. 
Hitching of Animals. Tie or hitch a horse or other animal to any tree or plant.
3. 
Wild Animals, Birds, etc.
A. 
Hunting. Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal or bird.

§ 204 Sanitation.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 4]
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Pollution of Waters. Throw discharge, or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer, or drain flowing into such waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
2. 
Refuse and Trash. Have brought in or shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, or refuse, or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided; where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.

§ 205 Traffic.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 5]
No person in a park shall:
1. 
State Motor Vehicle Laws Apply. Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the state motor vehicle traffic laws in regard to equipment and operation of vehicles together with such regulations as are contained in this and other ordinances.
2. 
Enforcement of Traffic Regulations. Fail to obey all traffic officers and park employees, such persons being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic whenever and wherever needed in the parks and on the highways, streets or roads immediately adjacent thereto in accordance with the provisions of these regulations and such emergency regulations as may be issued subsequently by the Manager.
3. 
Obey Traffic Signs. Fail to observe carefully all traffic signs, indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping, or parking, and all others posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
4. 
Speed of Vehicles. Ride or drive a vehicle at a rate of speed exceeding 15 miles an hour, except upon such roads as the Manager may designate, by posted signs, for speedier travel.
5. 
Operation Confined to Roads. Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas, or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the Manager.
6. 
Parking.
A. 
Designated Areas. Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions and with the instructions of any attendant or police officer who may be present.
B. 
Night Parking. Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night except in a legally established parking area.
C. 
Emergency Procedure. Fail to immediately notify an attendant or police officer of an emergency in the nature of a breakdown requiring the assistance of a tow-truck, mechanic or other person.
D. 
Double-Parking. Double-park any vehicle on any road or parkway unless directed by a park official.
E. 
Muffler Required. Fail to use a muffler adequate to deaden the sound of the engine in a motor vehicle.
7. 
Bicycles.
A. 
Confined to Roads. Ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose. A bicyclist shall be permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or on any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.
B. 
Operation. Ride a bicycle other than on the right-hand side of the road paving as close as conditions permit, and bicycles shall be kept in a single file when two or more are operating as a group. Bicyclists shall at all times operate their machines with reasonable regard to the safety of others.
C. 
Designated Racks. Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is a space available.
D. 
Immobile. Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, or set against trees, or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by them.
E. 
Night Operation. Ride a bicycle on any road between one hour after sunset or before one hour before sunrise without an attached headlight plainly visible at least 200 feet in front of, and without a red taillight or red reflector plainly visible from at least 200 feet from the rear of such bicycle.

§ 206 Recreational Activities.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 6]
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Bathing and Swimming.
A. 
Designated Areas. Swim, bathe, or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor, and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designed for the purpose of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat when such activity is prohibited by the Manager upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
B. 
Certain Hours. Frequent any waters or places designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated by the Manager for such purposes for each individual area.
C. 
Costume. Allow himself to be so covered with a bathing suit as to indecently expose his person or call forth merited criticism. No person shall appear in bathing costume at any place in the parks except within the limits of designated bathing places or areas, and all bathing costumes shall conform to commonly accepted standards.
D. 
Bath-Houses. Dress or undress on any beach, or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose.
2. 
Fishing.
A. 
General Prohibition. Fish in any waters, whether by the use of hook-and-line, net, trap, or other device, except in waters designated by the Manager for that use and under such regulations and restrictions as have been or may be prescribed by the Manager.
3. 
Hunting. Hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time. No person shall use, carry, or possess air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
[Amended by Ord. 2015-2, 1/26/2015]
4. 
Picnic Areas and Use.
A. 
Regulated. Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants and Borough police shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
B. 
Availability. Violate the regulation that use of individual fireplaces together with tables and benches follows generally the rule of "First come, first served."
C. 
Non-exclusive. Use any portion of the picnic areas or of any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
D. 
Duty of Picnicker. Leave a picnic area before any fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
5. 
Camping. No person shall camp in or set up tents, shacks, or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as house-trailer, camp-trailer, camp-wagon, or the like.
6. 
Games. Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation or at booths set up at fairs with the approval of the Manager. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football, baseball and quoits is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Roller-skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such pasttime. Provided, however, that not to exceed four persons may play "catch" with a baseball or football at such distance from other persons that no one else can be struck by the ball or otherwise endangered by such activity.
7. 
Horseback Riding. Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails. Where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with due care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub.

§ 207 Behavior.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 7]
No person in a park shall:
1. 
Intoxicating Beverages.
A. 
Prohibition. Bring alcoholic beverages to or consume alcoholic beverages at any time in the park.
B. 
Drunkenness. Enter any park while under or be under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
2. 
Fireworks and Explosives. Except at public exhibitions under the supervision or with the approval of the Manager, bring or have in his possession, or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket, or other fireworks or explosives or inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such area from land or highway adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture, or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints.
3. 
Domestic Animals. Except at shows or exhibitions for which a permit has been granted, have been responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas other than automobile parking concourses and walks immediately adjacent thereto, and in such other areas as may be clearly marked by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Permitted in This Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet in length.
4. 
Dress. Appear at any place in other than proper clothing. With the exception of the restricted bathing areas, "properly clothed" shall be construed to prohibit the wearing of trunks or clothing that does not cover the upper portion of the body; provided, that the upper portion of the male body may be uncovered during games or exercises.
5. 
Fires. Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Manager.
6. 
Closed Areas. Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use, or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
7. 
Gambling. Engage in gambling.
8. 
Going Onto Ice. Go onto ice on any of the waters except such areas as are designated as skating areas, and provided a safety signal is displayed.
9. 
Loitering and Boisterousness. Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats, or benches, or other areas, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to a breach of the public peace.
10. 
Exhibit Permits. Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Manager he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
11. 
Interference with Permittees. Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area, or participating in any activity, under the authority of a permit.
12. 
Smoking. Possess or use any lit tobacco product, including, but not limited to, pipes, cigars, and cigarettes.
[Added by Ord. 2012-3, 6/18/2012]

§ 208 Park Operating Policy.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 8; as amended by Ord. 1979-13, 7/23/1979, § 1]
1. 
Hours. Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information.
2. 
Closed Areas. Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Manager at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Manager shall find reasonably necessary.
3. 
Permit. With the exception of regularly scheduled educational or recreational activities under the active supervision of the Central Bucks School District, no activity shall be scheduled or held in a park or recreation area which will or may involve the attendance of more than 50 persons without first obtaining a permit for such activity from the Manager which shall first be approved by Borough Council and issued subject to the following regulations:
A. 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Manager. The application shall state:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant;
2. 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any;
3. 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired;
4. 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired;
5. 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance and the basis, if any, for the estimate;
6. 
The activity or activities which will occur or be carried on;
7. 
Whether those whose attendance is anticipated reside within the Borough, within the Central Bucks School District or outside of such School District;
8. 
The type or types of transportation which those in attendance will use;
9. 
The anticipated requirements of those expected to attend for water, toilet facilities, food, lodging, medical or emergency care or facilities and any other services or facilities which will be required or which can reasonably be anticipated;
10. 
What structures or facilities (such as tennis courts, football or baseball fields, bleachers, lights, etc.) now in existence the applicant desires to use or to make available for the use of those expected to attend;
11. 
What structures (such as fences, lights, public address systems, chemical toilets, electrical power outlets and lights) not now available the applicant will require and the name of the companies or persons furnishing such services or facilities;
12. 
The anticipated number of automobiles for which parking will be required, the location of such parking and the names of those who will act as parking attendants;
13. 
The number of police or other peace officers which will be required for traffic, parking and crowd control and the names of any officers to be used for any of such purposes in addition to the members of the Doylestown Police Department; and
14. 
Any other information which the Manager believes to be reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue hereunder.
B. 
Standards for Issuance. No permit shall issue except with approval of Borough Council. A permit shall be issued when Borough Council finds:
1. 
That the proposed activity or use of the park or recreation area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the area;
2. 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation;
3. 
That the proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
4. 
That the proposed activity will not entail unusual or burdensome expense to the Borough and its taxpayers;
5. 
That there is adequate parking space available for the probable number of automobiles which will be present;
6. 
That there is no substantial likelihood of damage to existing structures, facilities or equipment;
7. 
That the applicant is able to and will provide such additional facilities, service and equipment as will be required for those expected to attend;
8. 
That the number of police available will be adequate to ensure public safety, not only at the park or recreation area but throughout the Borough (the Manager shall consult with the Chief of Police and forward his recommendation to Borough Council);
9. 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application;
10. 
That liability insurance, endorsed to insure the Borough as well as the applicant and any sponsoring institution, with coverage limits not less than $500,000 for each person, $1,000,000 for each accident and $1,000,000 property damage has been provided and the endorsements duly exhibited to the Manager;
11. 
In the case of War Memorial Field, that the Central Bucks School Board has approved such use so long as it maintains said Field or that Doylestown Borough Council has directed the issuance of a permit for such Field.
C. 
Appeal. Within five days after the next meeting of Borough Council after receipt of an application, the Manager shall apprise an applicant in writing of Council's reasons for refusing a permit or that a permit has been granted and any conditions which have been imposed by Council in granting it.
D. 
Effect of Permit. A permittee shall be bound by all park and recreation rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
E. 
Liability of Permittee. The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. Likewise, the permittee shall repair all damage and restore the property used to the same condition it was in prior to the use by the permittee, regardless of the cause of the damage or loss.
F. 
Revocation. The Manager shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance; subject, however, to the right of the permittee to appeal such revocation to Borough Council within three days after it occurs.

§ 209 Enforcement.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 9]
1. 
Officials. The Manager, Borough police and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this Part 2.
2. 
Ejectment. The Manager, Borough police and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this Part 2.

§ 210 Penalties.

[Ord. 1971-2, 3/15/1971, § 10; as amended by Ord. 1984-1, 2/23/1984]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 2 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300; and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.