Borough of Northvale, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale: Art. I, 6-22-1977 as Ord. No. 429 (Ch. A90, Art. III, of the 1969 Code); Art. II, 5-27-1981 as Ord. No. 482. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 65.
Animals — See Ch. 72.
Noise — See Ch. 127.
Unlicensed vehicles — See Ch. 193.
[Adopted 6-22-1977 as Ord. No. 429 (Ch. A90, Art. III, of the 1969 Code)]

§ 135-1 Purpose.

This Article is enacted to establish rules and regulations for the protection, care and control of the John L. Hogan Memorial Park, Veterans Park, playgrounds or municipal properties in the Borough of Northvale and to regulate the conduct of persons on or within such parks, playgrounds or municipal properties or using the facilities thereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 79 adopted 11-3-1937, amended 9-12-1973 by Ord. No. 388, which created the John L. Hogan Memorial Park, and other ordinances creating and dedicating parklands are on file in the office of the Borough Clerk.

§ 135-2 Misuse or destruction of property.

No person shall:
A. 
Cut, break, deface, defile or misuse any building or playground equipment, fence, tree, bush, plant or turf or other thing belonging to the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties or any part thereof.
B. 
Destroy, remove or carry away or have possession of any building or playground equipment, fence, tree, bush, plant, turf or other thing belonging to the parks or playgrounds or other municipal properties or any part thereof.
C. 
Cut into, destroy or remove any of the curbing, roadways, sidewalks or paths within the parks or playgrounds or municipal properties without written permission from the Public Works Department.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 135-3 Use of vehicles.

A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle in any parks or athletic field except upon a path or paved area nor in such a manner as to interfere with another's enjoyment of the facilities of the parks or playgrounds.
B. 
No person, except an authorized member or employee of the Department of Recreation or Department of Public Works, shall drive any motor vehicle, wagon or cart upon paths, driveways or roadways within any parks, playgrounds or municipal properties.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
C. 
No person shall coast with a sled, cart or other vehicle in the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties except in places especially designated therefor by the Department of Recreation.

§ 135-4 Domestic animals and fowl. [1]

No domestic animals or fowl shall be allowed to run at large on or within the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties. Any person who takes a dog into the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties shall hold it with a leash and shall not permit the dog to commit a nuisance by defecating anywhere within the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 72, Animals, § 72-4.

§ 135-5 Refuse.

No person shall drop, place or throw any paper or other refuse anywhere in the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties except in a receptacle provided for refuse.

§ 135-6 Tents, stands or other structures.

No person shall erect or occupy any tent, stand or other structure in the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties or sell or give away from any such tent, stand or other structure any food, drink or other thing without the written permission of the Mayor and Council.

§ 135-7 Hours.

Both parks will close 30 minutes after sundown and open 30 minutes after sunrise.

§ 135-8 Disorderly conduct; gambling.

A. 
No person, on or within the park, playground or municipal properties, shall annoy another person or utter any profane, threatening, indecent or abusive language or act in a disorderly manner.
B. 
No person shall play any game of chance or have possession of any instrument or device for gambling.

§ 135-9 Fires.

No person shall make any fire within the parks, playgrounds or municipal properties except at such places as may be designated by the Department of Recreation and only under such conditions and restrictions as may be prescribed by said Department.

§ 135-10 Other prohibited acts.

No person on or within the aforementioned parks, playgrounds or municipal properties shall:
A. 
Throw a stone or other missile.
B. 
Sell, expose for sale or give away goods, wares or circulars or post or display any sign, placard or advertising device.
C. 
Play, engage or take part in any game or competitive sport for money or other valuable thing without authorized permission by the Mayor and Council.
D. 
Unless authorized by law, discharge or have possession of any firearm.
E. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose without the written permission of the Mayor and Council.
F. 
Individually or as part of a group, preach or make any harangue, sing, play a musical instrument or conduct a civic parade, drill or procession without written permission of the Mayor and Council.

§ 135-10.1 Closing of parks or recreational facilities; lightning risk warnings.

[Added 5-14-2014 by Ord. No. 937-2014]
A. 
The Borough may act to temporarily close or limit the use of parks, and recreational facilities, including (but not limited to) municipal and Board of Education fields and lots, whenever, in the judgment of any of the appropriate enforcing authorities, as defined in Chapter 135 of the Code of the Borough of Northvale, such action is deemed necessary or desirable for the protection of public health or safety.
B. 
As used in this section, the term "lightning risk warning" shall mean notice to the Borough of a lightning risk, the activation of the lightning warning system siren or strobe or the happening of any event deemed by any of the appropriate enforcing authorities to be a risk to health and safety due to lightning.
C. 
If a lightning risk warning occurs, all parks and recreational facilities will be closed, including (but not limited to), municipal and Board of Education fields, lots and other areas.
D. 
If a park or recreational facility is closed, as provided in this chapter:
(1) 
All activities within such park or recreational facility shall immediately cease until the lightning warning system provides the all-clear sound or any of the appropriate enforcing authorities authorizes the facility(ies) to re-open; and
(2) 
All persons within the park or recreational facility when the lightning risk warning occurs shall immediately exit the park or recreational facility and not return until the lightning warning system provides the all-clear sound or any of the appropriate enforcing authorities authorizes the facility(ies) to re-open. "All persons" shall include all employees of the Borough of Northvale, volunteers, coaches, team members and their families and umpires/referees as well as all members of the public.
E. 
Organized activities.
(1) 
The person or persons seeking issuance of such a permit shall be responsible to ensure all coaches, umpires, referees, and/or coordinators shall sign the Borough of Northvale lightning safety policy.
(2) 
The umpire, coach, coordinator or adult in charge is responsible to ensure that their group follows the lightning safety policy. Disregarding the policy subjects the umpire, coach, coordinator and adult in charge to a suspension, up to and including a lifetime suspension, from all Northvale recreation activities and privileges, including using the fields and parks for organized activity.
F. 
Unorganized activities. Members of the public informally using the parks, fields, lots or other facilities are also subject to the terms of this chapter.
G. 
Nothing in this chapter is intended to negate the authority of the appropriate enforcing authorities, as defined herein and in Chapter 135 of the Code of the Borough of Northvale, to take such action as deemed necessary or desirable for the protection of the public's health or safety.

§ 135-11 Exemptions.

The provisions of this Article or any other ordinances shall not be deemed to affect the rights of those persons availing themselves of the rifle range facilities or ice-skating rink located at John L. Hogan Memorial Park.

§ 135-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-10-1994 by Ord. No. 675-94; 5-14-2014 by Ord. No. 937-2014]
A. 
If the Code of the Borough of Northvale provides for the licensing or permitting of any person or entity who/which violates the terms of this chapter, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale reserves the right to revoke such permit or license.
B. 
Any person or entity found guilty of violating this chapter of the Code of the Borough of Northvale shall be subject to a penalty consisting of a fine not to exceed $500.

§ 135-12.1 Enforcing authorities.

[Added 5-14-2014 by Ord. No. 937-2014]
Members of the Police Department of the Borough of Northvale, members of the Northvale Fire Department, designated agents of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor and Council shall be the "enforcing authorities" authorized to enforce he terms of this chapter.
[Adopted 5-27-1981 as Ord. No. 482]

§ 135-13 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIELD MAINTENANCE CHARGE
An annual fee collected by the Recreation Committee and paid by it to the Treasurer of the Borough of Northvale, which fee shall be such amount as is determined by the Mayor and Council herein and by any subsequent amendments to this Article, as is directly related to the increased costs incurred as a result of the regular recreational use of the athletic fields.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
The athletic fields located at John L. Hogan Memorial Park and Veterans Park.
REGULAR USER
Any person or persons, firm, corporation or other entity that makes use of the recreational facilities of the Borough of Northvale on a scheduled basis during a given season, such schedule having been authorized and approved by the issuance of a permit by the Recreation Committee of the Borough of Northvale.

§ 135-14 Field maintenance charge.

A field maintenance charge in the amount of $7.50 per team, per scheduled game, is hereby imposed upon all regular users of the recreational facilities of the Borough of Northvale for softball purposes. Such charge shall be paid by the regular user at the beginning of the season at the time that the permits are issued and the schedule is approved by the Northvale Recreation Committee.

§ 135-15 Permits.

A. 
The Mayor and Council hereby authorize the Northvale Recreation Committee to issue permits to all regular users of the recreational facilities for the purpose of softball games. Such permits shall be in a form approved by said Recreation Committee and shall indicate thereon the dates and times that the applicant is permitted to utilize the recreational facilities.
B. 
No regular user, defined herein, shall utilize the recreational facilities of the Borough of Northvale for the purposes of softball competition after the effective date of this Article unless they have first obtained a permit from the Northvale Recreation Committee.

§ 135-16 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person or persons, firm or corporation who or which violates any provision of this Article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalties.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.