Township of Mansfield, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield 7-24-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recreation Committee — See Ch. 5, Art. V.
Fees — See Ch. 182.

§ 249-1 General prohibitions.

A. 
No person in a public park or recreation area shall:
(1) 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines 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.
(2) 
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.
(3) 
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.
(4) 
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.
(5) 
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.
(6) 
Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, fountains, railings or fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
(7) 
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant while unattended.
(8) 
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw objects at any animal, 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.
(9) 
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 said waters.
(10) 
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.
(11) 
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads. The Recreation Committee may, on occasion, specifically designate parking areas or such other areas as temporary parking areas. No park road, parking area or temporary parking area shall be utilized for the purpose of conducting commercial driver school education or private driving instruction including, but not limited to, practice driving or the operation and driving of motor vehicles and motorcycles.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
(12) 
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area or operate a vehicle contrary to clearly marked instructions where the same are designed to protect the public safety and welfare of those using the recreation area. Parking areas, one-way streets or other traffic control regulations shall be clearly identified with signs in appropriate locations.
(13) 
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in park areas. All public parks and recreation areas shall be officially declared closed between the hours of 30 minutes after sundown and 30 minutes before sunrise. All reference to nighttime, after hours, dark, before opening, after closing, etc., shall refer to the closing hours of those public parks and recreation areas as described in this subsection. Permission to use the public parks and recreation areas after designated closing hours may be granted at the discretion of the Recreation Committee upon specific request.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
(14) 
Ride a bicycle, skateboard or scooter 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 any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.
(15) 
Ride a bicycle, skateboard or scooter other than on the right-hand side of the road paving as close as conditions permit; bicycles shall be kept in single file when two or more bicyclists are operating as a group. Bicyclists shall at all times operate their machines with reasonable regard for the safety of others, signal all turns, pass to the right of any vehicle they are overtaking and pass to the right of any vehicles they may be meeting.
(16) 
Ride any other person on a bicycle that is not equipped to accommodate such additional person or persons.
(17) 
Leave a bicycle, skateboard or scooter in a place other than in a bicycle rack or designated area when such is provided and there is space available.
(18) 
Leave a bicycle, skateboard or scooter lying on the ground or paving or set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over it and be injured as a result.
(19) 
Ride a bicycle, skateboard or scooter on any road or bicycle path between 15 minutes after sunset and 15 minutes before sunrise.
B. 
In areas of parks and public lands designated as recreation areas, no person shall:
(1) 
Be permitted to utilize more than one fishing rod, fishing pole or handheld line per person at any one time in those areas in which fishing is permitted by the Recreation Committee, or to 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 designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing when such activity is prohibited by the Recreation Committee upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
(2) 
Swim or wade in any waters adjacent to any public parks or recreation areas except those areas specifically designated for such purposes.
(3) 
Fish in any waters except in waters designated by the Recreation Committee for that use. No ice fishing is allowed without the specific permission of the Recreation Committee. All fishing shall be limited to catching fish by hook and line, and no nets or other mechanical devices are permitted.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
(4) 
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
(5) 
Hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time. No person shall use, carry or possess firearms of any description, or 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.
(6) 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants 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.
(7) 
Violate the regulation that the use of individual grills, together with tables and benches, follows generally the rule of the first-come, first-served.
(8) 
Use any portion of the picnic areas or 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 areas and facilities for an unreasonable length of time if the facilities are crowded.
(9) 
Leave a picnic area before the 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.
(10) 
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 a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like.
(11) 
Take part in or assist the playing of any games involving stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes, model rockets, except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation.
(12) 
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.
(13) 
No person shall throw, discard or place trash, garbage or untreated sewage generated around or in their private or rented domicile or place of business, in any trash containers, drums, dumpsters, cans, barrels or any other receptacles within the park system or the Township, or any public place within the Township, in an effort to avoid or circumvent their regular municipal trash pickup system.

§ 249-2 Proper and orderly conduct.

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:
A. 
Bring alcoholic beverages or drink the same at any time; nor shall any person be under the influence of any intoxicating liquor in a park or recreation area. Permission to serve and consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner and within legal guidelines at group functions held on or in the public park or recreation areas may be granted upon specific request and at the discretion of the Recreation Committee. Said specific request must be made in writing to the Recreation Committee, and, if approved, a special permit will be issued to the applicant, specifying the date and time which said permit will cover.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
B. 
Have in his possession or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecracker, rocket or other fireworks or explosive of flammable material or discharge them or throw them into any such areas 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. At the discretion of the Recreation Committee, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated areas.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
C. 
Be 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 as permitted in the Township of Mansfield ordinances. All dog or animal waste shall be removed from the municipal park and properly disposed of by the owner.
D. 
Occupy any rest room seat or bench, or enter into or loiter or remain in any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Recreation Committee for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children less than six years of age.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
E. 
Appear in any place in a manner that violates public decency laws.
F. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
G. 
Build or attempt to build a fire, except in those areas specifically designated using the proper facilities that are provided. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park area or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.
H. 
Enter an area that is posted as closed to the public, nor shall any person use or assist in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
I. 
Gamble or participate in or support any game of chance.
J. 
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.
K. 
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 be a breach of the public peace.
L. 
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Recreation Committee he claims to have upon the request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule. Failure to produce such permit may result in penalties as provided herein.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
M. 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
N. 
Conduct, organize, or schedule any celebration or occurrence in a public park or recreation area without having first received a permit to do so from the Mansfield Township Recreation Committee. The permit required herein shall be in addition to any other permit required to be obtained by solicitors or vendors under any other Township ordinance.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
O. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatsoever; nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatsoever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.

§ 249-3 Hours.

[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
A. 
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 and shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Recreation Committee.
B. 
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Recreation Committee at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular stated intervals (daily or otherwise), and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Recreation Committee shall find reasonably necessary.

§ 249-4 Permits for special events.

A. 
Permits for special events in parks shall be obtained by application to the Recreation Committee in accordance with the following procedure:
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
(1) 
A person seeking the issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Recreation Committee prior to its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, stating:
(a) 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
(b) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(c) 
The days and hours for which the permit is desired.
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
(e) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
(f) 
Description and purpose of the event.
(g) 
Any other information which the Recreation Committee shall find reasonably necessary to reach a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue hereunder.
(h) 
Proof of liability insurance.
(2) 
Standards for issuance. The Recreation Committee shall issue a permit hereunder when it finds that:
(a) 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(b) 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere or detract from the promotion of the public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(c) 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(d) 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Township.
(e) 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
(3) 
Appeal. Within 30 days after reviewing an application, the Recreation Committee shall apprise an applicant, in writing, of its reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal, within five days in writing, to the Township Committee, which shall consider the application under standards set forth in Subsection A(2) hereof and sustain or overrule the Recreation Committee's decision within five days. The decision of the Township Committee shall be final.
B. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances as fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
C. 
The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatsoever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued.
D. 
When the Township grants permission for any individual, organization or corporation to utilize a park or municipal recreational facility and reserves a park or other municipal recreational facility for that entity, in addition to all other requirements established by the Township for the use of a park or recreational facility, the fees as set forth in Chapter 182, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Mansfield, shall be paid to the Township for each day of use, unless said fees have been expressly waived as a condition of said permit at the discretion of the Recreation Committee. (See chapter for specific fees.)
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
E. 
Revocation. The Recreation Committee shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon finding a violation of any rule, ordinance, or condition of the permit, or upon good cause shown.
[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]

§ 249-5 Enforcement.

[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
A. 
The Recreation Committee and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this article.
B. 
The Recreation Committee and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this article.
C. 
The Recreation Committee and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park used in violation of this article.

§ 249-6 Use of facilities by nonresidents.

[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
Whenever entry and use of the recreational facilities (not financed with Green Acres funding) or activities are restricted to Township residents pursuant to this article or the regulations of the Recreation Committee, any person obtaining identification, membership or entry into such facilities (not financed with Green Acres funding) or activities through the use of falsification of a Township address or by another subterfuge shall be in violation of this article and shall be subject to the penalties contained in § 249-7 of this article.

§ 249-7 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-16]
This article shall also be enforced by the Mansfield Township Police Department, and any person convicted of violating the provisions of this article relating to conduct in public parks, or any regulation or rule promulgated hereunder, shall be subject to punishment as provided in § 1-17 of the Code of the Township of Mansfield.

§ 249-8 Applicability of statute.

The provisions of Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey are hereby made applicable to municipally owned parks located in the Township of Mansfield, County of Warren, State of New Jersey.

§ 249-9 Park and recreation area closings.

A. 
Except as set forth above, all parks and recreation areas and bikeways shall be officially declared closed between the hours of 30 minutes after sundown and 30 minutes before sunrise, except for the following: Mansfield Recreational Fields located at Port Murray Road between the Municipal Building and Mansfield Elementary School.
B. 
Recreational fields equipped with lights may be utilized beyond the official hours of operation for scheduled events and activities.
C. 
Kensington Municipal Parks No. 1 and 2 located at Airport Road, and also Winchester Road shall be officially declared closed between the following hours:
(1) 
Monday through Saturday: 30 minutes after sundown and 9:00 a.m.
(2) 
Sunday and legal holidays: 30 minutes after sundown and 11:00 a.m.

§ 249-10 Erection of speed limit signs.

Speed limits within any park area as posted by speed limit signs shall be enforced by the Mansfield Township Police Department under the provisions of Title 39, New Jersey Statutes.

§ 249-11 Towing of vehicles.

Any vehicle parked or standing so as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exit ways, loading zones, fire hydrants, oil fills or any grass area or pedestrian walkway or present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by the Police Department by having the vehicle towed at the owner's or operator's expense.