Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[See also, Chapter 2, Part 3, "Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Dogs in Township Parks."]

§ 16-101 Prohibited Acts.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 1]
1. 
The following acts by any person within the confines of Bellevue Memorial Park shall be, and the same are hereby, prohibited:
A. 
Climbing trees, cutting, breaking, injuring, defacing or disturbing any tree, shrub, plant, rock, building, monument, fence, bench or other structure, apparatus or property; plucking, pulling up, cutting, taking or removing any tree, shrub, bush, plant or flower; gathering or taking any fruit or nut; cutting, writing or marking upon any building, monument, fence, bench, table or other structure, apparatus or property.
B. 
Injuring, defacing or destroying any notice, rule or regulation posted for the government of the park.
C. 
Cutting or removing any wood, turf, grass, soil, rock, sand or gravel.
D. 
Making or kindling a fire for any purpose, except in places expressly provided therefor by the park management.
E. 
Indulging in riotous, boisterous, threatening, immoral or indecent conduct.
F. 
Using any abusive, threatening, profane, immoral, indecent or suggestive language.
G. 
Selling or offering for sale any merchandise, article or thing whatsoever except through duly authorized concessions.
H. 
Throwing or depositing any bottle, tin can, broken glass, paper, clothes, rubbish or offal of any description except in receptacles provided for that purpose.
I. 
Leading or permitting to run loose any animal or fowl of any kind.
J. 
Riding or driving, or propelling or causing to be propelled, any vehicle or automobile elsewhere than on the roads or drives provided for such purposes.
K. 
Starting, stopping, running or operating in any manner of any motorcycle, trail cycle, mini-bike or other similar vehicle within Bellevue Memorial Park.
L. 
Riding or driving any vehicle of any kind at a speed exceeding 15 miles per hour.
M. 
Parking of any vehicle shall be only in designated parking areas and shall be limited to patrons or persons using the facilities of Bellevue Memorial Park.
N. 
Parking of trucks or other commercial vehicles having a capacity of one ton or more, except for temporary parking related to loading or unloading within Bellevue Memorial Park.
O. 
Carrying or discharging firearms or fireworks within the limits of the park except by permit.
P. 
No person shall, for any purpose whatsoever, bring onto any part of the premises presently or hereafter used as a part of the Bellevue Memorial Park any intoxicating liquor or malt beverage of any kind whatsoever, nor shall any person while on any part of said premises consume or imbibe any intoxicating liquor or malt beverage of any kind whatsoever. Violation of this subsection or any part thereof shall make the offender liable not only for the penalties hereinafter provided for but shall subject such offender to permanent exclusion from the use of the facilities of the Park or any part thereof.

§ 16-102 Parking of Vehicles.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 2]
1. 
Parking of vehicles in Bellevue Memorial Park shall be governed by the following provisions:
A. 
Definitions.
MARKED PARKING AREA
As hereinafter used, shall designate the space marked by white lines or otherwise for the parking of one vehicle, whether on paved or unpaved parking space.
VEHICLE
As hereinafter used, shall include all automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, coaches, wagons, or the like which are customarily used for the transportation of persons or things.
B. 
Parking of vehicles is prohibited on all paved cartways within the limits of Bellevue Memorial Park, except upon the paved portion of same adjacent to the present bath house which shall be properly marked by signs indicating same as a parking area. Further, parking in any such manner as to interfere with or obstruct the ready flow of traffic upon such paved cartways is prohibited.
C. 
Within the paved parking area referred to in this paragraph .B, white lines or similar markings will be placed upon the paving in such manner as to permit one plainly marked block or space to be available for use for each vehicle parked therein. In similar manner, white lines or similar markings will be placed upon unpaved parking areas, and if such markings shall be placed thereon, the same shall be placed in such manner as to permit one plainly marked block or space to be available for use for each vehicle parked therein.
D. 
All unpaved parking areas within the limits of Bellevue Memorial Park shall be plainly designated by proper signs indicating that such areas are available for vehicular parking use.
E. 
The parking of a vehicle within a "No Parking" area, or in such manner as to cause any portion of the vehicle to be resting on or over a white line or similar marking designating a parking area shall be and the same is hereby expressly prohibited, it being the intention of the latter prohibition that such vehicle shall be parked exclusively within a single marked parking area.
F. 
For the purpose of expediting the proper handling of vehicular movement and parking within the limits of Bellevue Memorial Park, there will be designated what unpaved portions of the Park shall be "No Parking Areas." Upon its designation of same, "No Parking" signs will be erected thereon in such manner as to clearly indicate the area or areas in which parking is prohibited.

§ 16-103 Permit Required.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 3]
No company, society or organization shall hold or conduct any picnic, celebration, parade, service, or exercise without first obtaining a permit, and it shall be unlawful for any person to take part in any picnic, celebration, service, or exercise held or conducted contrary to the provisions hereof.

§ 16-104 Park Hours.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 4]
The Park shall be closed each night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and sunrise the following morning, and the loitering, lounging or being present in the Park at any time within said hours shall be deemed a violation of this rule. Special permits may be obtained to remain in the park until 12 midnight for valid reason given.

§ 16-105 Issuance of Permits.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 5]
All permits provided for hereunder shall be issued through the Borough of Bellevue Director of Administrative Services.

§ 16-106 Use by Nonresidents and Residents.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 6]
With the exception of the use of the swimming pool by nonresidents of the Borough of Bellevue, as per prior practice, the facilities of the Bellevue Memorial Park shall be limited to use by the residents of the Borough of Bellevue and those nonresidents whom the Borough of Bellevue, through its duly authorized agents, permits access to said facilities.

§ 16-107 Penalties.

[Ord. 1336, 8/27/1979, § 7; as amended by Ord. 1726, 10/14/1991, § 16-107; and by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 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 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 16-201 Hours.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Ross Township Municipal Center Park. The Ross Township Municipal Center park area shall be open to the public between sunrise and sunset. No person or persons shall be in, on or about the playground, fields or pavilions during the prohibited times. Excluded from the above are:
A. 
Persons going to or from scheduled events within the Municipal Center, meetings of the Board of Commissioners or any other board or agency of the Township or persons with needs, business or meetings for the Ross Township Police Department.
B. 
Individuals/organizations with a valid rental permit.
2. 
Evergreen Community Park. Unless otherwise specified, all Township parks and recreation areas shall be open to the public between sunrise and sunset. No person or persons shall be in, on or about the above premises during the prohibited times except for individuals and/or organizations with a valid rental permit.
3. 
Denny Park. Unless otherwise specified, all Township parks and recreation areas shall be open to the public between sunrise and sunset. No person or persons shall be in, on or about the above premises during the prohibited times except for individuals and/or organizations with a valid rental permit.
4. 
All Other Township Parks. Unless otherwise specified, all Township parks and recreation areas shall be open to the public between sunrise and sunset. No person or persons shall be in, on or about the above premises during the prohibited times except for individuals and/or organizations with a valid rental permit.

§ 16-202 Parking.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Motor vehicles may not be parked within the parks except in designated parking areas.
2. 
No vehicles shall be parked overnight without the approval of the Township.

§ 16-203 Grass Areas.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
Grass areas shall not be used for roadways, parking or for other purposes that may injure or destroy the turf or landscaping.

§ 16-204 Automobile and Vehicular Use.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Unauthorized motor vehicles, whether licensed or unlicensed, including motorbikes, motorcycles, minibikes, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, are not permitted within the Township's parks.
2. 
All vehicles are restricted to roadways except those used for maintenance or police work.
3. 
No person shall polish, paint, grease, lubricate or repair mechanically any vehicle or have any other work performed on it within the confines of the Township's parks except of a minor nature and then only in cases of emergency.
4. 
The Township shall regulate speed, traffic control and vehicular regulations on and about any roads, driveways, parking areas or other areas within any of the Township's parks. Such regulations will be prominently posted in the parks and will be strictly enforced by the police.
5. 
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in all Township parks shall be 15 m.p.h.

§ 16-205 Prohibited Activities.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
The following activities and uses are prohibited:
A. 
Camping.
B. 
Hunting.
C. 
Shooting.
D. 
Trapping.
E. 
Metal detecting.
F. 
The use or discharge of any firearms, air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slingshots, BB guns or rifles or darts.
G. 
Destruction of, or interference with, wildlife or their feeding grounds, nests or resting or breeding places.
H. 
Open burning.
I. 
Private gardens.
J. 
Moving, defacing or altering picnic tables.
K. 
Cutting, mutilating, removing or taking away of trees, shrubs, turf, plants, flower or other natural phenomena or the removal, defacing or damaging of any park or recreational area property, including, but not limited to, buildings, equipment, supplies or other property.
L. 
Defacing, littering or making unsanitary or inoperable any rest rooms, washrooms, or portable toilets or other facilities or preventing the proper drainage of any toilet, pipe or drain.
M. 
Organized team and/or league sports except under the authority of a permit granted by the Township.
N. 
The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Township's parks shall only be allowed under the authority of a permit granted by the Township.
O. 
Disorderly conduct as defined in statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
P. 
Possession, sale or use of non-prescribed drugs.

§ 16-206 Animal Control.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
The regulations of animals in Township parks shall be defined in Chapter 2, "Animals."

§ 16-207 Fires.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Fires may be built only in fireplaces provided or in grills brought to the park for this purpose.
2. 
All fires must be extinguished before leaving.
3. 
Campfires or fires for use in conjunction with scouting or social activities, which cannot be accommodated in existing fireplaces or grills, may be permitted upon application to and upon written approval from the Township.

§ 16-208 Financial Responsibility.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
Any person using a Township park, with or without a permit, shall be fully and financially responsible for any damages that person may inflict upon park property and equipment.

§ 16-209 Disposal of Waste.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
All forms of waste material, paper or rubbish shall be properly disposed of by either placing the waste materials in containers supplied for that purpose or by removing upon exit from the park for proper disposal.

§ 16-210 Picnics.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Picnics will be allowed only on locations provided for that purpose.
2. 
Persons holding picnics shall clean up and place all wastepaper and other refuse in receptacles provided for that purpose.
3. 
Permits are required for the preferential and exclusive use of picnic facilities located at Ross Township Municipal Center, Evergreen Community Park and Denny Park. Permits may be obtained from the Township Recreation Department.

§ 16-211 Amplification and Sound Systems.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Amplification or sound systems shall be only used between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
2. 
Noise levels that disturb the peace are not permitted.
3. 
The Township reserves the right to permit or recognize separate and specific memorandums of understanding that permit amplification and sound systems to be used outside the established permitted hours for specific locations, activities and events.

§ 16-212 Specific Regulations.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
The Township reserves the right to permit, restrict and/or prohibit certain enumerated activities, uses and/or conduct in any individual park, park area or facility. Location specific rules and regulations must be prominently posted at the entrance to any regulated park, park area or facility.

§ 16-213 Violations and Penalties.

[Ord. 2334, 9/3/2013, § 1]
1. 
Any person or other entity violating any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof before a justice, be fined $300, plus costs of prosecution, for each and every offense.
2. 
Each and every violation of any provision of the terms of this Part and each and every day a violation occurs shall constitute a separate and distinct offense under this Part, and each such offense shall be subject to separate and distinct penalties hereunder.
3. 
The penalties provided in this section shall not be the exclusive method of enforcing compliance with the provisions of this Part, but shall be in addition to all other legal and equitable remedies available.