Township of Deptford, NJ
Gloucester County
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§ 9-1
GENERAL REGULATIONS. 

§ 9-1.1
Purpose of regulations. 

§ 9-1.2
Regulations for use of public parks and playgrounds. 

§ 9-1.3
Enforcement. 

§ 9-2
CHARLES "CHUCK" FASOLA RECREATIONAL PARK. 

§ 9-2.1
Intent; applications. 

§ 9-2.2
Incorporation of provisions; hours; prohibitions. 

§ 9-2.3
Definitions. 

§ 9-2.4
Swimming pool fees. 

§ 9-2.5
Enforcement. 

§ 9-3
VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES. 

§ 9-1 GENERAL REGULATIONS.

§ 9-1.1 Purpose of regulations.

[Ord. No. 0-25-75; 1967 Code § 45A-1]

It is hereby declared to be for the best interest, health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Township that regulations be promulgated for the control of public parks and playgrounds in the Township.

§ 9-1.2 Regulations for use of public parks and playgrounds.

[Ord. No. 0-25-75; Ord. No. 0-18-78; 1967 Code § 45A-2; New]
a. 

Requirements concerning use of grounds and facilities. Each person, firm or corporation using the public parks and playgrounds shall:

1. 

Clean up all debris, extinguish all fires when such fires are permitted, and leave the premises in good order and the facilities in a neat and sanitary condition.

2. 

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 regulations.

3. 

Obtain the written permission of the Manager before bringing any buses or charter groups over 20 people into park premises.

4. 

Comply with insurance requirements as required by the Township Manager.

b. 

Prohibited acts. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation using such parks and playgrounds to either perform or permit to be performed any of the following acts:

1. 

Property. No one shall:

(a) 

Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any building, 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 or playground property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.

(b) 

Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any 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 the waters.

(c) 

Bring in or 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 playground or be 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 or playground by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.

(d) 

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 anyone 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 ways injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.

2. 

Animals. No one shall:

(a) 

Cause or permit any animal owned or in one's custody or under one's control to go or become at large.

(b) 

Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw stones or any missiles at or give of offer any poisonous food to any animal, reptile, bird or the eggs of same, except that the foregoing shall not prohibit the killing of any deadly animal.

3. 

General conduct. No one shall:

(a) 

Bring in or upon, have brought in or upon or cause to be brought in or upon the park or the grounds thereof any alcoholic beverage, nor sell, purchase, consume or drink any alcoholic beverage at any time in the park. Any person entering the park or found within the park to be under the influence of alcoholic liquor shall be immediately removed.

(b) 

Bring in or cause to be brought in or have in his or her possession or set off or otherwise cause to be exploded, discharged or burned any firecracker, torpedo, rocket or other fireworks or explosive or flammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any area of the park upon the land adjacent thereto. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the park grounds or facilities thereon may be used for a scheduled fireworks program under permit.

(c) 

Build or attempt to build a fire, except in a fireplace designated and constructed for such purposes and under such regulations as may be adopted by the Township Council or Recreation Board. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigars or cigarettes, tobacco or any other flammable material within the park.

(d) 

Enter upon ice, except such ice designated for skating purposes, provided that a safety signal is so displayed on the ice or displayed on an adjacent area.

(e) 

Engage in any disorderly conduct or any behavior tending to cause a breach of the public peace. No person shall disturb or otherwise interfere with any other person or group of persons occupying any area or engaging in any organized activity.

(f) 

Sell or offer for sale any object or merchandise or any other thing within the parks or playgrounds or place any other equipment or apparatus within the parks or playgrounds, except by permit or as may be permitted by rules and regulations in accordance with the requirements set forth in this Code.

(g) 

Remove or open permanent or temporary barriers, signs, directionals, gates or fences.

(h) 

Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose.

(i) 

Endanger the safety of any person by any conduct or act.

(j) 

Prevent any person from using any park or playground, or any of its facilities, or interfere with such use in compliance with this chapter and the rules applicable to such use.

(k) 

Fail to obey, nor shall any person interfere with, an officer in the proper performance of his duties.

(l) 

Leave any motor vehicles overnight.

(m) 

Leave bicycles, except in racks provided.

(n) 

Ride bicycles or other vehicles without regard to the safety of others.

(o) 

Ride a horse, except in areas provided in undeveloped parts of parks during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(p) 

Gamble.

(q) 

Change clothing anywhere but in a bathing house.

(r) 

Sleep on park benches.

(s) 

Camp, except with the written permission of the Township Manager.

(t) 

Solicit alms or contributions, except with the written permission of the Township Manager.

(u) 

Carry firearms or other weapons.

(v) 

Bring any concession trucks or otherwise sell any food or beverages in park areas or 500 feet from park entrances without the prior written permission of the Township Manager.

c. 

Hours of operation.

1. 

Public parks and playgrounds shall be open for any use by any person every day of the year during the hours designated as set forth below:

(a) 

November 1 to March 31: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or 1/2 hour after completion of any scheduled special activities for which a Township permit has been issued.

(b) 

April 1 to October 31: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., or 1/2 hour after completion of any scheduled special activities for which a Township permit has been issued.

2. 

Signs setting forth the hours that the parks and playgrounds will be open will be posted at least two locations setting forth thereon the following language.

PARKS AND PLAYGROUND HOURS:
November 1 to March 31: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
April 1 to October 31: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED
ACCORDING TO LAW
3. 

The Township Manager may, in his discretion, extend the hours of operation for a particular park or playground, if he finds that such extension will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of the public health, welfare, safety and recreation of the residents of the Township or deprive the adjacent property owners of the quiet use and enjoyment of their premises. The Township Manager shall have the authority to revoke such an extension, upon a finding of violation or any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.

d. 

Permits for use beyond regular hours.

1. 

Any organization or group of persons desiring to utilize any public park or playground for any special activities extending beyond the posted hours of operation shall be first required to obtain from the Township Manager a permit, which application for permit shall be made at least five days in advance of such activity.

2. 

Issuance of the permit shall be made according to the following procedure:

(a) 

The Township Manager shall issue such permit upon completion of an application, on forms to be supplied by the Township Clerk, in which the applicant shall set forth the organization and/or group of persons making the request, the days and time extension required, the public park or playground where the activities are to take place, the purpose for which the permit is requested and an estimate of the anticipated attendance.

(b) 

The Township Manager shall not unduly withhold issuance of any permit, unless he finds and determines that the proposed activity or activities for which a permit is sought would probably result in, at the time proposed for scheduling, the depriving of adjacent property owners of the quiet use and enjoyment of their premises or could not be conducted without jeopardizing the public health, safety and welfare of those for whom the permit is sought or other citizens of the Township or adjacent thereto, or would result in a public nuisance or disturbance.

(c) 

In the event of a denial of a request for a permit, the Township Manager shall apprise the applicant, in writing, of his reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal, in writing, to the Township Council within 10 days from receipt of such denial. The Township, in reviewing any such appeal, may make an independent determination of the facts, but shall at all times apply those legal standards set forth in paragraph d,2(b) hereof in the rendering of such determination.

(d) 

In the event that the denial of a request for permit results in a hearing date beyond that requested in the application for permit, the applicant shall be permitted to amend his application on appeal to request another date beyond the hearing set by the Township Council.

(e) 

The permit holder shall be bound by all park and playground rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in the permits.

(f) 

The Township Manager shall have the authority to revoke a permit, upon finding a violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.

§ 9-1.3 Enforcement.

[Ord. No. 0-25-75; Ord. No. 0-18-78; 1967 Code § 45A-3]
a. 

The Township Manager shall, in connection with his duties, enforce the provisions of this chapter, and in furtherance of those duties may designate such enforcement to the Recreation Commission or such other persons employed or appointed by the Township.

b. 

The Township Manager, or those he shall designate, including the members of the Department of Public Safety, shall have the authority to eject from the parks and playground areas any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.

c. 

The Township Manager, or those he shall designate, shall have the authority to seize, confiscate, hold and/or retain, subject to the constraints of due process of law, any property, thing or device used in violation of this chapter in any public park and/or playground.

d. 

The Township Manager shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations to implement this chapter, which shall become effective seven days after filing with the Township Clerk. The rules will be posted in a conspicuous place.

§ 9-2 CHARLES "CHUCK" FASOLA RECREATIONAL PARK.

§ 9-2.1 Intent; applications.

[Ord. No. 0-14-78; 1967 Code § 45A-7]

In addition to the provisions of this chapter hereinafter set forth to specifically apply to the Charles "Chuck" Fasola Recreational Park, all the regulations governing the use of public parks and playgrounds and the enforcement of the regulations and the provision of penalties for the violation thereof as set forth in Section 9-1 of this chapter, or as amended, are hereby incorporated herein, it being the intent of this section to supplement Section 9-1 as herein provided.

§ 9-2.2 Incorporation of provisions; hours; prohibitions.

[Ord. No. 0-14-78; 1967 Code § 45A-8' New]
a. 

All regulations contained in Section 9-1 of this chapter are hereby incorporated.

b. 

Park and facility hours.

1. 

General park grounds hours shall be as designated by the Township Manager.

2. 

General public swimming hours shall be as designated by the Township Manager.

3. 

Individuals paying a daily use charge for entry into the swimming pool will be admitted for the 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. shift or the 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. shift.

4. 

Tennis court hours will be the same as general grounds hours, subject to rules promulgated by the Township Manager.

c. 

Prohibited acts. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation using the Charles "Chuck" Fasola Recreational Park to either perform or permit to be performed any of the following acts:

1. 

Swimming or wading in the natural pond located in the park.

2. 

Attempting to gain entry to the swimming pool or tennis courts without paying the proper fee.

3. 

Attempting to use any playing field or other area which has been reserved for use by some other person, firm, corporation or group.

4. 

Attempting to gain entry to a special event without paying the required admission fee.

§ 9-2.3 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 0-14-78; 1967 Code § 95A-9]

As used in this section:

FAMILY POOL MEMBERSHIP
Includes husband and wife and all minor children under age 18.
HANDICAPPED MEMBERSHIP
Includes all persons handicapped according to N.J.S.A. 52:32-6b, generally one confined to a wheelchair or who walks with difficulty or who has a hearing, sight, coordination or perception deficiency.
INDIVIDUAL POOL MEMBERSHIP
One person.
MEMBER OF HOUSEHOLD
Includes all children over age 18 living at home and anyone else residing at the home on a full-time basis. This category is available only in conjunction with family membership.
NONRESIDENT
Any individuals in the above categories who are not residents or taxpayers of the Township.
RESIDENT
Includes all families or individuals who have either paid property tax in the Township or are actual residents in the Township.
SENIOR CITIZEN POOL MEMBERSHIP
Includes all individual senior citizens as defined in N.J.S.A. 55:141-3a (age 62 or over) and spouses.

§ 9-2.4 Swimming pool fees.

a. 

The following fees shall be charged for annual pool membership:

1. 

Full season membership sold up to July 1. Family:

(a) 

Resident: $150.

(b) 

Nonresident: $300.

(c) 

Each additional member of household: $25.

2. 

Single:

(a) 

Resident: $100.

(b) 

Nonresident: $200.

(c) 

Persons age 65 and over: 1/2 daily fee. Children age five and under — free.

b. 

Annual members shall pay their fees once each year and will not pay any daily usage charge.

c. 

Senior citizens and handicapped members will pay 1/2 of the appropriate fee for their category.

d. 

The following fees shall be charged for daily use of the pool:

1. 

Resident: $2.

2. 

Nonresident: $4.

3. 

Children under eight years: free.

e. 

Daily use fees will entitle the person to entry into the pool for either a 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. shift or 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. shift.

f. 

Senior citizens and handicapped individuals will pay 1/2 of the appropriate daily use charge for their category.

§ 9-2.5 Enforcement.

[Ord. No. 0-14-78; 1967 Code § 45A-12; Ord. No. 0-10-89 § 4]
a. 

The Township Manager shall, in connection with his duties, enforce the provisions of this section and, in furtherance of those duties, may designate such enforcement to the Recreation Commission or such other persons employed or appointed by the Township.

b. 

The Township Manager or those he shall designate, including the members of the Department of Public Safety, shall have the authority to eject from the parks and playground areas any person or persons acting in violation of this section.

c. 

The Township Manager or those he shall designate shall have the authority to seize, confiscate, hold and/or retain, subject to the constraints of due process of law, any property, thing or device used in violation of this section in any public park or playground.

d. 

The Township Manager shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations to implement this section, which shall become effective seven days after filing with the Township Clerk and which will be posted in a conspicuous place.

§ 9-3 VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

[Ord. No. 0-10-89 § 5; New]

Any person or persons found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the General Penalty established in Section 1-5 of this Code.