Township of Maidencreek, PA
Berks County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Maidencreek as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Open Space and Recreation Plan — See Ch. 138.
[Adopted 8-21-2003 by Ord. No. 194]

§ 143-1 Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this article shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
MOTORIZED VEHICLES
Includes any motorized vehicle and/or conveyance capable of carrying and/or transporting one or more human beings including motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheel vehicles, four-wheel vehicles and other "off-road" motorized vehicles. Motorized vehicles shall not include radio-control cars, boats, planes not capable of conveying and/or transporting human beings, and also does not include motorized wheel chairs for use by the physically impaired.
OPEN SPACE
Includes all property owned by the Township which is open for use by Township residents for recreational purposes, including any land and/or facilities leased by the Township for this purpose.
PARKS
Includes all facilities owned and/or leased by the Township for use by members of the public for recreational use and enjoyment, including all baseball and/or soccer fields and parks, including the Maidencreek Township Community Park.
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Any personal property or equipment not owned by the Township, intended for recreational use and shall include but not be limited to basketball nets, whether portable or fixed, hockey nets and/or goals and related equipment, basketballs, skateboard ramps and jumps, and any and all other personalty commonly used for sports or recreational activities.
STREET
All public roads, streets and/or thoroughfares to the full width of the traveled portion and/or paved portion thereof from curbline to curbline.

§ 143-2 Sports equipment.

A. 
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article to do any of the following:
(1) 
To use or employ sports equipment on any street;
(2) 
To use or employ any sports equipment on any private or public property closer than eight feet from the edge of any street as defined in this article;
(3) 
To place any sports equipment on or closer than eight feet to any street;
(4) 
For any property owner or tenant to allow any sports equipment to be placed on property owned or occupied by them on or closer than eight feet to any street;
(5) 
To place on private or public property any sports equipment in such a way that all or any portion of the playing field or play area is on any portion of a street as defined in this article;
(6) 
To block any sidewalk with or while using sports equipment.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any of the actions described above and violators shall be liable for the penalties set forth below.

§ 143-3 Motorized vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person to use, ride upon or employ any motorized vehicle on any Township open space or any Township park. Any person violating this prohibition shall be liable for the penalties set forth below.

§ 143-4 Open space and community park hours of operation.

No person shall enter upon or remain on any Township open space and/or Township park earlier than 1/2 hour before sunrise or later than 1/2 hour after sunset. At all other times, Township open space and Township parks are considered closed and entry upon and/or use of the open space and/or Township park during any period when the same is closed shall be a violation of this article. No overnight parking of vehicles shall be allowed without prior written approval of the Board of Supervisors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any open space or park containing Township-installed and approved artificial lighting that is intended to permit recreational activity after sunset shall remain open until the lights are extinguished at the end of any activity or event.

§ 143-5 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be subject to the general penalty provisions as prescribed in Article I of Chapter 1, General Provisions.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 143-6 Enforcement.

The terms of this article shall be enforced in accordance with the Second Class Township Code, Article XVI, Section 1601(c.1)(2)[1] by the Township Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Northern Berks Regional Police Department.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 66601(c.1)(2).
[Adopted 9-14-2006 by Ord. No. 206]

§ 143-7 Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this article shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
FIREARM
Includes any device capable of propelling a projectile, including the use of propellant such as gunpowder. The term includes, but is not limited to, a pistol, a rifle, a handgun and a shotgun.
MOTORIZED VEHICLES
Includes any motorized vehicle and/or conveyance capable of carrying and/or transporting one or more human beings including motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheel vehicles, four-wheel vehicles and other "off-road" motorized vehicles. Motorized vehicles shall not include radio-control cars, boats, planes not capable of conveying and/or transporting human beings, and also does not include motorized wheelchairs for use by the physically impaired.
OPEN SPACE
Includes all property owned by the Township which is open for use by Township residents for recreational purposes, including any land and/or facilities leased by the Township for this purpose.
PARKS
Includes all facilities owned and/or leased by the Township for use by members of the public for recreational use and enjoyment, including all baseball and/or soccer fields, tot lots, and Maidencreek Township Community Park.
PET
Includes any animal that is tamed or domesticated.

§ 143-8 Township open space and parks hours of operation.

A. 
No person shall enter upon or remain on any Township open space and/or park earlier than 1/2 hour before sunrise or later than 1/2 hour after sunset. At all other times, Township open space and parks are considered closed and entry upon and/or use of the open space and/or park during any period when the same is closed shall be a violation of this article.
B. 
No overnight parking of vehicles shall be allowed without prior written approval of the Board of Supervisors.
C. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, any open space or park containing Township-installed and approved artificial lighting that is intended to permit recreational activity after sunset shall remain open until the event lighting is extinguished at the end of any activity or event.

§ 143-9 Prohibited activities.

The following activities are prohibited in Township open space or parks:
A. 
The use of, riding on, or employing any motorized vehicle;
B. 
Loitering or littering;
C. 
Use of foul language;
D. 
Fires, except those in containers designed for cooking;
E. 
Camping;
F. 
Soliciting or peddling;
G. 
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages;
H. 
Possession or use of any substance prohibited under the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act[1];
[1]
Editor's Note: See 71 P.S. § 1690.101 et seq.
I. 
Possession or discharging of paint ball guns, pellet guns, bow guns; bow and arrows and/or cross bows, unless the person wishing to possess or discharge any of the foregoing obtains written permission from the Chief of Police or the Township Board of Supervisors prior to the activity;
J. 
Possession or discharging of firearms, unless:
(1) 
The firearm is being carried by a duly authorized law enforcement officer;
(2) 
The firearm is being carried by U.S. Armed Forces/U.S. Reserves as part of official duties and/or functions;
(3) 
The firearm is being carried by a person duly authorized by law and holding a valid and current permit for the same, issued by the Sheriff's Department of Berks County or other appropriate official; or
(4) 
The person wishing to possess or discharge a firearm obtains express written permission from the Chief of Police or the Township Board of Supervisors prior to the activity.
K. 
Posting signs, defacing and/or damaging property;
L. 
Immoral, indecent, and/or disorderly conduct; and
M. 
Horseback riding.

§ 143-10 Pets.

Pets are permitted in any Township open space and/or park, provided that any pet waste matter be immediately picked up and properly disposed of by the handler of the pet.

§ 143-11 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be subject to the general penalty provisions as prescribed in Article I of Chapter 1, General Provisions.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 143-12 Enforcement.

The terms of this article shall be enforced in accordance with the Second Class Township Code, Article XVI, Sections 1601(c.1)(2)[1] by the Township Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Northern Berks Regional Police Department.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 66601(c.1)(2).