[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Easttown 9-8-1998 by Ord. No. 312-98. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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, recreation structures and facilities, and also entrances and approaches thereto, and all other land or property or structures owned by or under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors, now or hereafter owned or acquired by Easttown Township for park or recreational purposes.
- Any natural person, corporation, organization of persons, company, association or partnership.
- RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Any rules and regulations hereby or hereafter promulgated by the Board of Supervisors under the authority herein conferred.
All parks shall be opened daily to the public at such hours as the Board of Supervisors may from time to time designate.
No person in attendance at the park shall:
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, signs or fixtures, or any other property of Easttown Township located within the park.
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.
Kindle or maintain any fire in the park, except in fireplaces or areas specifically designed for that purpose and located by authority of the Board of Supervisors.
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Board of Supervisors.
Injure, deface, destroy or remove any notice, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Board of Supervisors, nor shall any notice or placard be posted within the park, other than by authority of the Board of Supervisors.
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 Board of Supervisors; distribute, sell, service or rent any services or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Board of Supervisors.
Operate, stop or park any vehicle, bicycle or other means of conveyance, except in areas where permitted or designated by proper authority of the Board of Supervisors, 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.
Operate commercial vehicles, unless providing authorized services.
Bring onto the premises, possess or consume illegal drugs of any kind. No person shall enter the park who is under the influence of an illegal drug.
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 as to cause annoyance or injury to any person or property, unless permission has been granted by the Board of Supervisors in designated areas; police officers in the performance of their duties will be exempt from these provisions.
Play ball, golf, pitch horseshoes, engage in archery, camp, 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 Board of Supervisors.
Bring onto the premises, posses or consume any alcoholic beverages, unless a permit has been issued by the Township. No person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state.
Disturb the peace by any conduct so as to annoy any other person using the park for recreational purposes.
Operate a snowmobile, minibike, motorcycle or any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, except on designated roads, trails or areas set aside for their use. Bicycles are permitted on the drives and parking areas only. The use of skateboards and in-line skates are prohibited.
Use threatening, abusive, insulting, profane or obscene language or words.
Commit any disorderly or immoral acts.
Hold any picnic, party, public meeting or rally (with more than 20 persons) or engage in any marching or driving as members of military, political or other organization without a special permit, 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.
Disobey a proper order of a police officer 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 an authorized person.
Hunt for, capture or kill, or 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, rifle, pistol or firearm of any make or kind, unless specific permission is granted for a designated area by authority of the Board of Supervisors.
Pets or domestic animals must be kept on a leash, and the person accompanying the pet must clean up after the pet.
Any child under the age of seven years of age shall be accompanied by a responsible person of 13 years of age or older.
Special permits for the use of the park shall be issued by the Township Secretary upon application therefor. No charge shall be made for such permits. No permit shall be issued, however, unless an application therefor is made to the Township Secretary in writing at least 24 hours before an applicant intends to use the park. Any person to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person by reason of the negligence or fault to the applicant, his servants, agents or employees. Before issuing a permit, the Township Secretary may obtain the advice of the Chief of Police and the Park and Recreation Board.
The Park and Recreation Board is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary and with approval of the Board of Supervisors.
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 Board of Supervisors or the Chief of Police or Township Manager.
The police officers of Easttown Township are charged with enforcement of the provisions of this chapter (and of rules and regulations promulgated by the Park and Recreation Board).
[Amended 10-20-2008 by Ord. No. 387-08]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including reasonable attorneys' fees. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.