Township of New Britain, PA
Bucks County
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§ 16-101 Use and Enjoyment of Public Parks and Recreational Facilities.

[Ord. 73-5-4, 5/9/1973; as amended by Ord. 2007-02-01, 2/12/2007]
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The authority to equip, supervise and maintain parks, recreation areas and facilities and to conduct recreational programs is hereby vested in the New Britain Township Park and Recreation Commission, subject however to the provision that any expenditure of funds for park and recreational purposes shall be made only with approval of the Board of Supervisors.
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In addition to the other powers given to it through this Part, the Park and Recreation Commission is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate a set of rules and regulations subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, to govern the use of Township parks and playgrounds that are presently in being, as well as any areas designated as such in the future. Such rules and regulations shall be posted in a conspicuous place or places at each official Township park and playground.
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The rules and regulations shall be amended, from time to time, by the Park and Recreation Commission so as to meet the needs of the community. The Board of Supervisors must adopt a resolution in order to give legal effect to the original rules and regulations as well as any amendments thereto.
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It shall be the duty of the Park and Recreation Commission to submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors, including among other things, an analysis of the community recreational areas, facilities and leadership, with particular reference to the extent and adequacy of the program and its effectiveness in view of the public expenditure involved and the public needs to be met.
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Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this Part or any of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto by the New Britain Township Park and Recreation Commission shall, 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, be sentenced to pay a fine of not 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 or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 16-201 Definitions.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015[1]]
Except where the content clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms used shall have the following meanings; in all other cases, the definition of common usage shall prevail:
FACILITY
All areas and amenities within the park system boundaries which are available for public use.
PARK SYSTEM
Any and all land or facilities owned or leased by the Township of New Britain and designated or used for park or recreation purposes.
PARK USE PERMIT
The original written authorization issued by New Britain Township granting permission for the use of a requested facility.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, partnership, association, unincorporated association, organization, individual, or collective representative(s) of any group(s).
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Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Part 2, Rules and Regulations for Parks and Playgrounds, adopted 12/2/2007 by Ord. 2007-02-01, as amended.

§ 16-202 Hours.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
The park system is open for public use from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted or authorized by the Township.

§ 16-203 Park Use Application and Permit.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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All persons must comply with all rules and regulations established by the Township of New Britain, whether or not a permit is required or obtained.
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All applications for park use permits shall be made upon the official forms designated by the Township and shall be accompanied by the required fees, when applicable. No other form shall be accepted. Applications are available at the Township office during normal business hours.
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Proof of insurance, listing New Britain Township as an additional insured, should be submitted along with the park use application and must be submitted prior to issuance of a park use permit by the Township. All groups and/or organizations applying for a park use permit are required to carry a minimum aggregate of $2,000,000 and $1,000,000 liability coverage for each occurrence.
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Any gathering or group of 15 or more persons shall be required to obtain a park use permit.
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Park use permits issued must be available for inspection by a Township employee or representative at all times during park occupancy.
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The Township will make park use permits available without discrimination as to race, creed, or gender. Permits will be issued as equitably as possible, so that all age and interest groups are afforded available playing time. It is the policy of the New Britain Township Board of Supervisors and the New Britain Township Park and Recreation Board to make its fields first available to groups and organizations representing Township residents, or with the greatest percentage of Township residents, and in consideration of the varied uses, age groups, and blending of uses.
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Except by special circumstance, facilities will not be reserved for teams or organizations based outside of the Township and which are primarily comprised of Township residents. The Township reserves the right to accept applications only from persons in good standing.
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All persons applying for a park use permit on behalf of a club, team, or organization must submit a roster with the club/team/organization member's full name, address, telephone number, and age, along with the proposed schedule of meetings, gatherings, games, tournaments, and/or practice times with their application.
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All persons applying for a park use permit on behalf of a club, team, or organization must submit a signed verification (on a form provided by the Township) stating that the club/team/organization is in full compliance with Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law and that all of the club/team/organization's employees, volunteers, board members, directors, agents, and contractors have obtained and will maintain all the clearances necessary to supervise and interact with children in compliance with Pennsylvania Law, including, but not limited to: the Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance, the Pennsylvania State Police criminal record check, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check.
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A person applying for a park use permit must be at least 18 years of age.
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Persons to whom park use permits are issued will be held responsible for the actions and conduct of all those associated with the permit holder and with the authorized facility use.
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Persons in receipt of a park use permit may not prevent other park system users from making use of available facilities.

§ 16-204 Destruction; Vandalism; Defacing Property.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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No person shall injure, deface or destroy any notice, sign, rule or regulation posted within the park system, nor shall any person post any notices or placards in the park system without first obtaining written permission from the Township.
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Cutting, mutilating, or taking away of trees, shrubs, and/or flowers or the removal, defacing, damaging, or vandalism of park system property and structures is prohibited.
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No person shall utilize park amenities or fixtures in a manner for which the said items are not designated or intended.
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No person shall remove or relocate any bench, table or other structure from any Township park.
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All water spigots must be turned off when not in use.
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The Township Building and Township equipment, including mowers, tractors, gas pumps, snow fences, etc., shall not be disturbed.

§ 16-205 Vehicle Operation; Parking.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Vehicles are to be driven and parked only in designated areas. Only vehicles authorized by the Township shall be permitted on bike/hike paths or grass areas.
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The designated speed limit within the Township park system shall be 5 mph, unless otherwise posted.
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Motorists shall, at all times, yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a designated crosswalk.
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Motorists shall refrain from obstructing traffic on any park system roadway or parking area.
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Horses and all unlicensed motor vehicles are prohibited anywhere within the park system.
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No person shall wash or perform mechanical work on any vehicle within the park system.

§ 16-206 Solicitation.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Unless authorized in writing by the Township, peddling or solicitation of any kind is prohibited within the park system.
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Unless authorized in writing by the Township, no person shall set up any booth, table, or structure within the park system.

§ 16-207 Fees and Charges.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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A nonresident fee of $10 for youth clubs/teams/organizations shall be required to be submitted with the park use application for each nonresident child within the club/team/organization that shall be using the facilities within the park system. Adult clubs/teams/organizations shall pay fees in accordance with the fee schedule approved by the New Britain Board of Supervisors. These fees may be changed from time to time. A club/team/organization's liability is not limited to the amount of this fee.
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The sponsors of any gatherings (not sponsored by the Township) which require police, maintenance, or other Township personnel and/or equipment shall be responsible for all associated costs, as determined by the Township. The Township may require a deposit in accordance with the fee schedule as approved by the New Britain Township Board of Supervisors prior to issuing any permits for such gatherings.

§ 16-208 Personal Conduct.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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No person shall conduct themselves in any violent, loud, boisterous, abusive, immoral, or otherwise disorderly fashion tending to create a breach of peace or disturbing or annoying others while within the Township park system.
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No person shall commit any indecent or immoral act tending to corrupt the morals or manners of the public while within the Township park system.
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No person shall operate any amplification equipment within the park system, unless otherwise authorized by the Township in writing.

§ 16-209 Archery Equipment; Hunting; Fireworks.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Archery equipment may only be used in special areas provided by the Township for such use.
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Trapping, injuring, killing, or otherwise disturbing any birds or animals in any Township park and the damaging, destroying or removal of any nest or habitat is strictly prohibited.
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The discharge or possession of any rocket, firecracker, or other fireworks or any explosive substance within the park system is prohibited unless authorized by a permit.

§ 16-210 Drugs and Alcohol.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
The possession, consumption or distribution of any alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance as defined by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States of America within the park system is prohibited.

§ 16-211 Fires; Smoking.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Unless otherwise authorized by a park use permit, open fires are prohibited within the park system.
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Fires are permitted in the Township-owned grill in Pavilion No. 1 or in patron-supplied charcoal/gas grills. (The patron shall be responsible for cleanup and removal of all ash, charcoal, etc.) No fire shall be left unattended at any time.
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Matches, cigarettes, cigars, and pipe ashes must be completely extinguished before discarding into appropriate containers.
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Smoking is prohibited in all wooded areas and areas specifically designated by the Township.

§ 16-212 Littering and Trash Disposal.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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The discarding, dumping, or littering of refuse of any kind is prohibited. All refuse shall be disposed of in trash containers provided for such purpose.
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Disposal within the park system of any type of trash, refuse or debris that did not result from park usage is prohibited, whether disposed of in receptacles or not.
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For safety reasons, glass containers are prohibited within the park system.

§ 16-213 Pets.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Dogs are permitted within the park system but must be kept on a leash no longer than eight feet and under control at all times.
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Persons with dogs shall be required to immediately clean up and dispose of all fecal material.
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Dogs are restricted from any playing field and areas specifically designated by the Township.

§ 16-214 Hindering Employees.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
No person shall interfere with, use profanity towards, or in any manner hinder any Township employee, official, or agent who is performing his/her official duties within the park system.

§ 16-215 Bicycles, Rollerblades and Skateboards.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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The use of bicycles and rollerblades is permitted within the park system except in areas specifically designated by the Township.
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Helmets and appropriate safety equipment are required at all times.
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The operation of bicycles or roller blades on any grass area is prohibited.
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The jumping of curbs, tables, and/or other objects is prohibited.

§ 16-216 Playgrounds.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Playgrounds shall be limited to use by preschool and school-age children.
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Supervision of all children shall be the sole responsibility of parents/legal guardians or a designated adult supervisor.

§ 16-217 Basketball Courts.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Basketball courts are available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Court time is limited to basketball activities only.
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All wheeled vehicles, including but not limited to bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, etc., are strictly prohibited from the basketball courts.
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Rubber-sole shoes must be worn at all times on basketball courts.
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Trash must be removed from court areas and placed in designated containers.
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At peak use times when individuals may be waiting, consideration shall be given and playing time limited.

§ 16-218 Township Authority.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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The Township has the right, as deemed necessary, to supersede all or any of the rules and regulations set forth herein in conjunction with any Township-sponsored event, maintenance activity, or emergency situation.
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Township-sponsored events shall take precedence over any approved or nonapproved use of the park system.
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The Township has the right to revoke and/or cancel any approved or nonapproved activity at any time.

§ 16-219 Penalties and Enforcement.

[Ord. 2015-09-07, 9/21/2015]
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Any person who violates any of the rules and regulations set forth shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before any District Justice, be liable for a fine or penalty not to exceed $300 for each and every offense. All prosecutions shall be brought in the name of New Britain Township, and all fines shall be paid to New Britain Township.
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The New Britain Township Police Department is hereby authorized to enforce these rules and regulations.
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Violations of any of the rules and regulations herein may result in the revocation of any permits or approvals granted for the use of any portion of the Township park system.
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Playing fields are to be used only for their intended purpose, and a permit holder may not transfer, set-over, or permit any other individual and/or user to make use of the rights and privileges afforded to the permit holder as a result of the issuance of the park use permit by the Township. Furthermore, no portable lights shall be utilized with the park system without the written approval by the Township. There shall be no installation of equipment or alterations to the existing playing fields without the specific prior written approval of the Township for these installations or alterations.