Borough of New Britain, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Britain 3-2-1976 by Ord. No. 155 (Ch. XVI of the 1973 Borough Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 295-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "New Britain Borough Park Rules and Regulations."

§ 295-2 Definitions.

Except where the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms as used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:
COUNCIL
The New Britain Borough Council and Recreation Board.
PARK SYSTEM
Any lands or facilities owned or leased by the Borough of New Britain and designated or used by the New Britain Borough Council for park purposes.

§ 295-3 Hours.

No person shall be permitted within the park system between sunset of any day and sunrise of the following day.

§ 295-4 Destruction of buildings, markers, monuments and other properties.

No person shall:
A. 
Destroy, deface, alter, change or remove any monument, stone marker, benchmark, stake, post or blazed trail, marking or designation of any boundary line or survey line.
B. 
Cut, break, mark upon or otherwise injure any building, equipment, bridge, drain, wall, fountain, lamp post, fence, gate, hedge, or other structure or installation.
C. 
Deface, destroy, or remove any placard, notice or sign, whether permanent or temporary, posted or exhibited within the park system.

§ 295-5 Destruction of plant life and natural surroundings.

No person shall:
A. 
Cut, remove, or destroy any tree, sapling, seedling, bush or shrub, whether alive or dead, or chip, blaze, box, girdle, trim or otherwise deface or injure any tree or shrub, or break or remove any branch, foliage, tree or shrub, or pick, gather, uproot, remove or destroy any flower, plant, or grass.
B. 
Remove or cause to be removed or to dig any sod, earth, humus, peat, boulder, rock, gravel, or sand.

§ 295-6 Fires.

No person shall:
A. 
Set or cause to be set on fire any tree, woodland, brushland, grassland, or meadow.
B. 
Build any fire, or employ any device employing an open flame or a heated element for any purpose whatsoever.
C. 
Drop, dump, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, ashes, burning cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, paper or other flammable material.

§ 295-7 Hunting and pursuing animals.

No person shall:
A. 
Pursue, catch, attempt to catch, strike, molest, wound or kill any bird, animal, or reptile, or any nest, lair, den, burrow, or the like of any animal.
B. 
Hunt, fish or trap.
C. 
Permit his dog, or other pet to pursue, catch, wound, or kill any bird, animal or reptile or to disturb the nests, dens, home or place of refuge of any other animal or bird.
D. 
Drive or pursue any wild bird or animal from the confines of the park, within the park system.
E. 
Hunt or pursue any wild bird or wild animal that had been wounded or injured outside the park and had taken refuge within the park, without being accompanied by a police officer of New Britain Borough within the park system.

§ 295-8 Fishing.

Fishing within the park system waters shall not be permitted under any circumstances.

§ 295-9 Contraband.

All game, animals, fowl, birds, fish, and other aquatic life hunted, killed, taken or destroyed, bought, sold, bartered, or possessed contrary to any of the provisions of §§ 295-6 through 295-8 of this chapter shall be declared to be contraband, and the same shall be subject to seizure and confiscation and shall be turned over to the Central Bucks Regional Police Department for disposal.

§ 295-10 Swimming, bathing, and wading.

No person shall swim, bathe, or wade in any of the watercourses, lakes, pools, ponds, or sloughs within the park system.

§ 295-11 Camping.

No person shall camp or picnic anywhere within the park system.

§ 295-12 Operation and parking of motor-driven vehicles.

No person shall:
A. 
Operate a vehicle or stop, stand or park said vehicle in any place within the park system.
B. 
Operate a vehicle and stop, stand or park such vehicle upon any roadway or in any parking area in such manner as to form an obstruction to traffic thereon.
C. 
Drive upon or park upon any lawn in any park.
D. 
Operate any type of minibike, trail bike, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or other vehicle that is not or cannot be registered for operation on the public highways.

§ 295-13 Horses and other beasts of burden.

No person shall ride or lead a horse or pony upon any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Council.

§ 295-14 Operation of bicycles. [1]

No person shall leave or park bicycles in walkways or active play areas, but should use appropriate racks when available within the park system.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 295-15 Trespass.

No person shall:
A. 
Enter upon any grounds that have been posted by the Council with "No Trespassing" or special wildlife signs or any sign that would indicate that the area is not open to the general public.
B. 
Enter any building that is not open to and regularly used by the public.
C. 
Enter upon or disturb any construction or equipment on park property except authorized personnel within the park system.

§ 295-16 Peddling and soliciting.

No person shall peddle or solicit business of any nature whatever or collect any fund for any service or charity, or to distribute handbills, or other advertising matter; to post unauthorized signs on any lands, waters, structures or property administered by or under the control of the Council or to use such lands, waters, structures, or property.

§ 295-17 Unlawful obstruction.

No person shall force, threat, intimidate, fence, enclose or by any other means, prevent or obstruct any person from entering, leaving or making full use of the park system unless under the jurisdiction of the Council consistent with the terms of this chapter and other applicable statutes, rules, and regulations, and then only by persons authorized to do so by the Council within the park system.

§ 295-18 Hindering employees.

No person shall interfere with, use profanity towards, or in any manner hinder any employees or agents of the Council who are performing their official duties within the park system.

§ 295-19 Drugs and narcotics.

No person shall possess or be under the influence of any drug or narcotic while in or upon any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Council.

§ 295-20 Alcoholic beverages.

No person shall possess or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage while in or upon any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Council.

§ 295-21 Personal conduct.

No person shall:
A. 
Engage in any violent, abusive, loud, boisterous, vulgar, lewd, wanton, obscene or otherwise disorderly conduct tending to create a breach of the peace, or to disturb or annoy others, while in or on any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Council.
B. 
Commit any indecent or immoral act tending to debauch the morals or manners of the public while in or on any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Council within the park system.

§ 295-22 Use of loudspeakers, radio, phonograph, tape recorders, television.

No person shall:
A. 
Use a loudspeaker, public address system or amplifier within or upon Borough property.
B. 
Play or cause to play any radio, phonograph, tape recorders, television, stereo to disturb or annoy any visitor.

§ 295-23 Fireworks.

No person shall fire, discharge or have in their possession any rocket, firecracker or other fireworks or any substance of an explosive nature within the park system.

§ 295-24 Hatchets, axes and chain saws.

[Amended 3-10-2015 by Ord. No. 363]
No person shall bring into or upon the properties of the Borough nor have in his possession any type of hatchet, ax or chain saw unless the item is to be employed under the direction of the Borough pursuant to a Borough property-maintenance program.

§ 295-25 Littering, dumping and pollution of waters.

No person shall discard, deposit, dump, litter or allow to blow away refuse of any kind or nature within the park system.

§ 295-26 Skating and coasting.

No person shall:
A. 
Use roller skates anywhere within the park system.
B. 
Skate, sled, snowshoe, walk or go upon any ice, or ski anywhere within the park system.
C. 
Coast with handsleds, bobsled, carts, or other vehicles on wheels or runners anywhere within the park system.

§ 295-27 Public exhibition.

No person shall exhibit any machines, animals, or indulge in any acrobatic exhibitions, nor shall any person carry on any performance or do anything whatsoever which shall cause persons to congregate so as to interfere with the proper use of such property by the general public, or to obstruct the passage of persons.

§ 295-28 Animals and birds.

No person shall:
A. 
Cause or allow any animal or fowl to run at large.
B. 
Bring, drive, or lead any animal onto the park system.
C. 
Bring, drive, lead, or carry any dog, animal or pet which is unleashed or on a leash more than six feet in length. Animals must be under immediate control of a competent person.
D. 
Permit his dog or pet to enter any public building.
E. 
Permit any horse or other animal to stand unattended unless in charge of a competent person.
F. 
Torture, ill-treat or neglect any animal or fowl.
G. 
Bring any pet or animal into any park area unless said pet or animal has been properly innoculated and has a current year's license, if so required.
H. 
Allow any pet or animal to enter into any water area.
I. 
Allow any pet or animal to run at large which is deemed after due consideration by the Borough police to constitute a threat to the public health and welfare; therefore, it shall be the responsibility of every Borough police officer to kill the animal if other means are not available or prove unsuccessful within the park system.

§ 295-29 Emergency powers.

Nothing in these rules shall:
A. 
Prohibit or hinder duly authorized agents of the Council or any police officers from performing their official duties.
B. 
Prohibit the Council from establishing rules and regulations required to protect the health, welfare, and safety of park visitors and property within the park system.

§ 295-30 Violations and penalties; arrests.

A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, for every such offense, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs thereof, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. All prosecutions shall be brought in the name of New Britain Borough. All fines shall be paid to New Britain Borough.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, without warrant, forthwith to arrest any offender against the provisions of this chapter, and to take the person so arrested before a Magisterial District Judge having competent jurisdiction.