[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wrightstown by Ord. No. 1978-6 (Sec. 3-11 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person in a public park and recreation area shall:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railing, pavings or paving materials, water lines or other public utilities or parts or 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.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
Dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, stones, trees, shrubs or plants or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick flowers or seed of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird; nor shall he remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest, or young of any reptile or bird. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes, known to be deadly poisonous, or deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
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 water, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of the waters.
Have brought in or shall dump in, 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 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.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas by the Borough Council.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions thereat and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
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.
No person shall carry or possess firearms of any description or air-rifles, spring-guns, bow-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.
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate that activity 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.
Violate the regulation that use of individual fireplaces together with tables and benches follows the generally accepted rule of "first come, first served."
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
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 except in those areas designated by the Borough Council for those purposes.
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.
While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular, no person shall:
Bring alcoholic beverages, drink same at any time nor shall any person be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park.
Have in his possession, or set or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways 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. At the discretion of the Borough Council, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated park areas.
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by the Borough Council by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Prohibited 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.
Occupy any seat or bench, or center into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Borough Council for use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Borough Council. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within any park or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
Go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas as are designated as skating fields, and provided that a safety signal is displayed.
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 breach the public peace.
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Borough Council 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.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall he station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Borough Council.
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year during the designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Borough Council at any time and for any interval of time, either temporary or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Borough Council shall find reasonably necessary.
Permits for special events in parks shall be obtained by application to the Borough Council in accordance with the following procedure:
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Borough Council stating:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
Any other information with the Borough Council shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
Standards for issuance of a use permit by the Borough Council shall include the following findings:
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or distract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the borough.
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
Within five days after the receipt of an application, the Borough Council shall apprise an applicant in writing of its reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to a hearing before the Borough Council by serving written notice thereof on the Borough Clerk within five days of the refusal.
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in the permits.
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all 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. The Borough Council shall have the right to require any permittee to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amounts as may be from time to time determined by the Council prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
The Borough Council shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance, or upon good cause shown.
The Borough Council and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
The Borough Council and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
The Borough Council and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park, or used, in violation of this chapter.
No owner or driver shall cause or permit his vehicle to stand outside of designated parking spaces, except for a reasonable time to take up or discharge passengers or equipment. No motor vehicle shall be parked in the park areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.
The Borough of Wrightstown reserves the right with respect to any or all of the public park and recreation areas, and any facilities located therein to enter into any agreement with the Board of Education of the Township of New Hanover concerning the control and use thereof and, anything contained in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, any use of the premises or facilities by the Board of Education pursuant to any agreement with the Borough Council heretofore or hereafter entered into shall be free and exclusive from any control or supervision of or by the Borough Council.
[Amended 9-9-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-15]
Any person who shall violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter or who shall commit or do any act or thing in this chapter prohibited shall, upon conviction thereof before the municipal court judge or other judge authorized to hear and determine the matter, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any park damage and imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or shall forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or any combination of said penalties or all of said penalties, at the discretion of the municipal court judge or other judge pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5, as amended. In default of any fine imposed hereunder, any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter may, in the discretion of the judicial officers aforesaid, be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days.
This chapter is in addition to and not in derrogation of any other ordinance involving or effecting any of the subject matters contained in the within section.