Town of Bethlehem, CT
Litchfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Long Meadow Lake Management Committee — See Ch. 10, Art. VIII.
Parks and Recreation Commission — See Ch. 10, Art. IX.
Firearms — See Ch. 78.
Long Meadow Lake — See Ch. 93, Art. I.
[Adopted 5-13-1969]

§ 98-1 Allowable uses.

Allowable uses shall be as follows:
A. 
Regulation baseball of any age group, provided that the Babe Ruth Team is not scheduled for a game or practice.
B. 
Football by any age group after the regularly scheduled baseball season is completed.
C. 
Flooding for use as a public skating rink during the winter months.
D. 
Public events, such as Memorial Day services, Boy Scout camporees, firemen's carnivals, etc., except under conditions of § 98-2 in the nonuses of the field.
E. 
Archery, track and field events and, in general, any event that will not destroy the playing area.

§ 98-2 Prohibited uses.

A. 
No horses or ponies.
B. 
No golf.
C. 
No bicycles.
D. 
No vehicles other than construction or field maintenance equipment.
E. 
No softball, except short-duration exhibition games, such as mother-daughter/father-son benefit games once or twice a season or two softball games per year not to exceed seven innings.
[Amended 5-14-1985; 11-9-1988]
F. 
Prohibited to any event that would destroy the playing area during the baseball season.
[Adopted 3-14-1995]

§ 98-3 Applicability.

The provisions of this article shall apply to Town of Bethlehem owned parks, beaches and recreational facilities.

§ 98-4 Speed limit.

No vehicle shall be driven at a rate of speed too fast for the conditions nor greater than 15 miles per hour on any roads, paths or trails provided for such travel.

§ 98-5 Driving and parking of vehicles.

No person shall drive or park any vehicle except in areas provided for such purposes.

§ 98-6 Swimming; dressing and undressing. [1]

Swimming shall be permitted only in Long Meadow Lake and only in such areas that are designated by the Parks and Recreation Commission. These approved areas are marked by ropes and buoys. There shall be no dressing or undressing except in areas designated for such purpose.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 98-7 Prohibited activities.

The following activities are prohibited in all parks, beaches and recreational facilities:
A. 
Picking flowers or foliage; cutting, breaking or digging up any trees, shrubs, plants, grass or turf; cutting, carving, painting, marking, nailing or attaching to any tree, stone, fence, wall or other structure any bill, advertisement or inscription whatsoever.
B. 
Disturbing or injuring any animal within any park or recreational facility.
C. 
Disposing of garbage or litter, except in designated containers or areas.
D. 
Hunting, trapping or the discharge of any firearms.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 78, Firearms.

§ 98-8 Fires. [1]

No person shall light kindling or use any fire in any area except in areas which have been designated by the Parks and Recreation Commission and where appropriate signs have been posted. Any fires within these areas must be lit only in the facilities that have been provided by the Parks and Recreation Commission. All fires must be extinguished after use.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 98-9 Alcoholic beverages.

No person shall drink or possess any alcoholic beverage in any recreational facility.

§ 98-10 Liability.

Any person using the parks, beaches and/or recreational facilities shall, by that use, hold the Town of Bethlehem harmless from any claim or loss or damage to property and/or any personal injury arising out of the use of such parks, beaches and recreational facilities. In addition, any person using the parks, beaches and/or recreational facilities shall, as a condition thereof, hold the Town of Bethlehem harmless from any claims by any third party arising as a result of the person's use of the parks, beaches and/or recreational facilities.

§ 98-11 Removal of persons in violation.

Any police officer may request any person violating any provision of this article to leave any park, beach and/or recreational facility. Failure of said person to leave promptly upon direction of the police officer shall constitute a further violation of this article. Upon refusal of the person to leave when directed by a police officer, the police officer may use appropriate lawful means to remove said person from any park, beach and/or recreational facility.

§ 98-12 Penalties for offenses.

Any and all persons who shall violate any provision of this article or shall aid, assist or encourage the violation thereof shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $25 for each offense. Said fine shall be paid in person or by mail to the Town of Bethlehem. Each violation shall be considered a separate offense.