Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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§ 16-101 Definitions.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
As used in this part, 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, now or hereafter owned or acquired by the Township of Lower Southampton 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 Park Director under the authority herein conferred.

§ 16-102 Park hours.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
All parks shall be opened daily to the public at such hours as the Park Director may from time to time designate by resolution, 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 Park Director.

§ 16-103 Prohibited conduct.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; as amended by Ord. 465, 4/26/2000; and by Ord. 556, 10/26/2011]
No person in attendance at a park shall:
A. 
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, signs or fixtures, or any other 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 Park Director.
D. 
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Park Director.
E. 
Injure, deface, destroy or remove any notice, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Park Director; nor shall any notice or placard be posted within the park other than by authority of the Park Director.
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 Park Director; distribute, sell, service or rent any services or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Park Director.
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 Park Director, 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; no person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. The Board of Supervisors may approve permits to allow alcohol for special events with appropriate security.
J. 
Carry or discharge any 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 Park Director 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 Park Director.
L. 
Disrobe or change clothing except in buildings or facilities made available for that purpose.
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 Park Director, 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 the Park Director, 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 Park Director or an authorized person.
S. 
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 or rifle or pistol or firearm of any make or kind unless specific permission is granted for a designated area by authority of the Park Director.
T. 
Allow pets to run at large out of control.

§ 16-104 Fishing.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
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.

§ 16-105 Reservation for specific uses.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
The use of all parks shall be on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise reserved:
A. 
By annual permission granted by the Park Director for the scheduling of various league games, etc.
B. 
For school or college athletic games, practices, contests or exhibitions.
C. 
For regularly scheduled school district or municipal recreation programs.
D. 
By permission granted by the Park Director for a specific requested use.

§ 16-106 Authorization to promulgate additional rules.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
The Park Director is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary and with approval of the Board of Supervisors.

§ 16-107 Authority to close areas.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
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 Park Director.

§ 16-108 Enforcement.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
The police officers of the Township of Lower Southampton are charged with enforcement of the provisions of this part.

§ 16-109 Violations and penalties.

[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; as amended by Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this part continues or each section of this part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.