Township of Potter, PA
Centre County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Potter 3-16-1998 by Ord. No. 2-1998 (Ch. 16, Part 1, of the 1998 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Tri-Municipal Parks and Recreation Board — See Ch. 60.

§ 141-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
PARK or PARKS
Unless specifically limited, shall be deemed to include all parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, tennis courts, beaches, recreation structures and facilities, and also entrances and approaches thereto, and all other land or property or structures under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Board, now or hereafter owned or acquired by the Township for park or recreational purposes.
PERSON
Any natural person, corporation, organization of persons, company, association or partnership.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Any rules and regulations hereby or hereafter promulgated by the Recreation Board under the authority herein conferred.

§ 141-2 Park hours.

All parks shall be opened daily to the public at such hours as the Recreation Board may from time to time designate, but in no event shall any person be permitted to be in attendance in any park between 9:00 p.m. and sunrise, unless special permission be granted by the Recreation Board.

§ 141-3 Prohibited conduct.

No person in attendance at a park shall:
A. 
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, sings or fixtures or any property of the Township located within the park.
B. 
Litter any area of the park with garbage, paper, bottles, cans or other waste material; nor dispose of the same in any way except in receptacles designated for such purpose.
C. 
Kindle or maintain any fire in the park except in fireplaces or areas specially designated for that purpose and located by authority of the Recreation Board.
D. 
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Recreation Board.
E. 
Injure, deface, destroy or remove any notice, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Recreation Board; nor shall nay notice or placard be posted within the park other than by authority of said Board.
F. 
Set up any booth, table or stand for the sale of any article or service whatsoever within the limits of the park without permission of the Recreation Board; distribute, sell, service or rent any services or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Recreation Board.
G. 
Operate, stop or park any vehicle, bicycle or other means of conveyance except in areas where permitted or designated by proper authority of the Recreation Board, or operate the same in a reckless or negligent manner or in excess of any posted speed limit or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other area users.
H. 
Operate commercial vehicles, unless providing authorized services.
I. 
Bring onto the premises, possess or consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs of any kind; nor person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
J. 
Carry or discharge any firearms, slingshots, firecrackers, fireworks or other missile-propelling instruments or explosives or arrows, or other dangerous weapons which have such properties at to cause annoyance or injury to any person or property, unless permission has been granted by the Recreation Board in designated areas; police officers in the performance of their duties will be exempt from these provisions.
K. 
Play ball, swim, golf, pitch horseshoes, engage in archery, camp or launch, dock or land any boat, engage in finding buried objects with special detectors, or participate in any other form of recreation, sporting endeavor or pastime, except in those areas which may be designated from time to time for that purpose by the Recreation Board.
L. 
Disrobe or change clothing except in buildings or facilities made available for that purpose.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
M. 
Disturb the peace by any conduct so as to annoy any other person using the park for recreational purposes.
N. 
Operate a snowmobile, minibike, motorcycle, or any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, except on designated roads, trails, or areas set aside for their use.
O. 
Use threatening, abusive, insulting, profane or obscene language or words.
P. 
Commit any disorderly or immoral acts.
Q. 
Hold any public meeting or rally with more than five persons or engage in any marching or driving as members of a military, political or other organization without permission of the Recreation Board, which requires a statement of information, including the name of the organization, its purpose, number of persons expected to be invited, expected duration and name(s) of person(s) in charge.
R. 
Disobey a proper order of a police officer or Recreation Board member, or disobey or disregard or fail to comply with any rule or regulation, warning, prohibition, instruction or direction given by an authorized person and posted or displayed by sign, notice, bulletin, card, poster, or when notified or informed as to its existence by the Recreation Board or an authorized person.
S. 
Hunt for, capture or kill, attempt to capture or kill, or aid or assist in the capturing or killing of, in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal of any description, either game or otherwise, and to that end, it is unlawful for any person to carry onto or possess in any park, a shotgun or rifle or pistol or firearm of any make or kind unless specific permission is granted for a designated area by authority of the Recreation Board.
T. 
Allow pets to run at large out of control.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 141-4 Fishing.

All laws pertaining to fishing in the commonwealth shall apply to fishing in parks and recreation areas, and provisions thereof are hereby incorporated by reference.

§ 141-5 Reservation for specific uses.

The use of all parks shall be on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise reserved:
A. 
By annual permission granted by the Recreation Board for the scheduling of various league games, etc.;
B. 
For school or college athletic games, practice, contests or exhibitions;
C. 
For regularly scheduled school district or municipal recreation programs;
D. 
By permission granted by the Recreation Board for a specific requested use.

§ 141-6 Authorization to promulgate additional rules.

The Recreation Board is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary and with approval of the Board of Supervisors.

§ 141-7 Authority to close areas. [1]

Recreation facilities which become hazardous for public use due to weather, water, fire or unforeseeable conditions may be closed only at the discretion of the Recreation Board.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 141-8 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).