City of Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of Latrobe 7-12-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-6. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Firearms — See Ch. 199.

§ 219-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD
The Latrobe Park and Recreation Board heretofore created by Latrobe Council, the members of which are appointed by Latrobe Council.
COUNCIL
The governing body of Latrobe, being Latrobe Council as presently constituted or at anytime in the future changed.
DIRECTOR
The person as designated from time to time by the Board.
LATROBE
Latrobe as defined by the municipal boundary lines as presently constituted or at anytime in the future changed.
PARKS or PARK
All parks, playgrounds and all other areas designated by the Council to be used as a park or recreational area or public area and designated to be under the supervision, direction and control of the Latrobe Park and Recreation Board.
POLICE
The members of the Latrobe Police Department, or any member of any duly constituted law enforcement agency of any local municipality or state or federal government.

§ 219-2 Care of park property; unlawful acts.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to write upon, cut, mutilate, deface or damage in any manner any building, structure, equipment or any other type of property or portion thereof in or upon any park.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in any park to remove any type of structure, equipment or portion thereof or to dig or remove any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants or in any way damage any of the same without the specific written permission of the Director of the Board.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in any park to construct or erect any building or structure of any kind, permanent or temporary, or to bring upon the surface of any park any type of equipment or to string any public service utility line in, upon or across any of the park surface except as permission may be granted on a permit for that purpose issued by the Director of the Board.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person at any place in a park to damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick the flowers or seeds of any tree or plant or to attach any rope, wire or other similar device to any tree or plant or to dig or in any way disturb grass areas or in any other way injure or impair the aesthetic beauty of any park.

§ 219-3 Animals.

A. 
Hunting. It shall be unlawful for any person in any park to hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill or in any other way disturb any type of wild or domestic animal, bird or fowl.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, injure, destroy or disturb any nest of any type of wild or domestic animal, bird or fowl within a park.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any type of wild or domestic animal into a park unless such animal is controlled by a leash or bridle or unless such animal is kept in a vehicle or suitably caged and kept in areas designated for the vehicles parked in areas designated.

§ 219-4 Dangerous projectiles.

[Added 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-13[1]]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, carry, transport or to use in any park or playground any type of dangerous projectile, any slingshot, any missile-throwing or rocket guided device or to carry, shoot or use any kind of bow and arrow or spear. By way of example and for illustration purposes only, the prohibited items in this section would include, but not be limited to, a pellet, BB or airgun, slingshot, spear, bow and arrow or rocket device or projectile propelled by explosive material.
B. 
Excepted from the provisions of this section shall be the following:
(1) 
Any firearm, or non-firearm (i.e., rifle or long gun) whose ownership, possession, transfer or transportation and usage are governed by the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act of 1995, 18 P.S. § 6101 et seq., and any other federal/state statute rule or regulation; provided, further, this exception shall not repeal, negate or conflict with the provisions of Chapter 199 prohibiting the discharge of a gun or firearm within the City of Latrobe, which provisions, as amended by Ord. No. 2003-13, shall remain in full force and effect and applicable to parks and/or playgrounds.
(2) 
Any item or projectile described in this § 219-4A, above which is brought to and used in a park or playground pursuant to an organized activity of the Greater Latrobe School District (District) and/or the Park and Recreation Board (Board), whose ownership, possession, transportation and usage are sponsored or approved by the District and/or the Board. By way of illustration but not intending to be all inclusive, this exception would include a spear or javelin used in track meets, pellet guns used in high school athletic competitions and archery instruction sponsored by and under the auspices of the Park and Recreation Board.
C. 
Any other person or entity who desires to possess, carry, transport or use in any park or playground and/or to use an item prohibited above shall, by letter petition, request a variance from the terms of this section by Latrobe City Council. The application shall be submitted to the Chief of Police at least 60 days prior to the intended date or dates of usage which shall then be submitted to Council with a recommendation by the Chief of Police. The standard of clear and convincing evidence, that the possession or transportation of a prohibited dangerous projectile, or the usage of the same, and/or the discharge of a gun or firearm shall not pose a threat to the health and/or safety to the citizens of Latrobe, shall apply in determining whether a variance will be granted.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 219-4, Firearms.

§ 219-5 Refuse and trash; pollution.

A. 
Refuse and trash. It shall be unlawful for any person in any park to dump, deposit, leave or in any way dispose of any type of refuse, trash, material or debris, whether organic or inorganic, anywhere on any portion of the surface of any park. All refuse, trash, debris or any other type of material shall be placed in receptacles provided for that purpose, and if receptacles are not provided in a particular area, then such refuse, trash, debris or other type of material must be carried from the park by the person using the park and disposed of elsewhere in compliance with all appropriate ordinances, rules and regulations.
B. 
Pollution. It shall be unlawful for any person at anytime and in any way to throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, swimming pool or in any other body of water in any park area any type of material, whether solid or liquid, at any time. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or in any other way allow to be discharged into any stream, storm sewer, sanitary sewer or drain in any park which in any way would cause pollution as defined by any rule or regulation issued by any governmental agency having control over any of the streams, tributaries or bodies of water within the limits of Latrobe.

§ 219-6 Fire.

It shall be unlawful for any person to start or maintain a fire in any park except in a fireplace erected at a site designated by the Director of the Board or in portable types of grills which may be brought into a park as a part of a function covered by a permit issued by the Director of the Board; and in all cases of permissible fires, it shall be unlawful for any person to leave the vicinity of the fire without seeing that the fire is fully extinguished; and it shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or scatter coals or hot ashes in any place in the park other than in the receptacles provided for that purpose; and it shall be unlawful for any person to burn any wood found in the park except wood provided by the board in designated containers for that purpose.

§ 219-7 Recreational use activities.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to use any area in any park which in any way violates the purpose designated for that particular area by the Director of the Board either on the permit granted for the use of the area to the person or by properly posted signs or other public notices designating the particular type of recreational use for a particular area.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to camp in any park except by written permit issued by the Director of the Board.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into any park or in any way use or attempt to use recreational vehicles designated as or similar to snowmobiles, dirt bikes and all-terrain type vehicles or motorized vehicles similar thereto. Motorcycles with current and displayed registration plates may be used on designated roadways or areas designated for vehicular parking.
D. 
Bicycles may be brought into any park but should be ridden only in areas designated for vehicular traffic or parking or on designated and marked "bicycle routes."
E. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in any park to ride a horse except on designated bridle paths or use-designated areas, and in those areas where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained and ridden with due care and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended and shall be hitched in areas designated by the Director of the Board or to a portable hitching device.

§ 219-8 Drugs; alcoholic beverages; disorderly conduct; dogs.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to bring into any park or in any way possess, consume or use any kind of drug (other than prescription drugs for medicinal purposes).
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to bring onto any park, playground or any other area designated by the Council to be used as park or recreational area or public area designated to be under the supervision, direction and control of the Latrobe Park and Recreation Board or in any way to possess or consume thereon any beer or alcoholic beverage of any kind.
[Amended 5-22-1986 by Ord. No. 1986-3]
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any type of conduct which shall be deemed to be "disorderly conduct" under any statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any ordinance in effect in Latrobe.
D. 
Dogs. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any dog or any other type of domestic animal into any park except when held on a leash or under the control of that particular person; and it shall be unlawful for any person to allow any dog or other type of domestic animal to be in any area of any park which the Director of the Board has designated as an area totally prohibiting any type of dog or domestic animal to enter.

§ 219-9 Signs.

It shall be unlawful for any person to erect any type of sign, display, placard, notice, advertisement, circular, handbill or anything similar thereto in any area of any park except as may be permitted by the permit issued by the Director of the Board.

§ 219-10 Commercial activity.

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale any type of article, merchandise, privilege or service in any area of any park except in carrying out a purpose authorized by a permit issued by the Director of the Board.

§ 219-11 Hours of use.

A. 
The hours of use by the public for any park or any area of any park shall be those hours as may from time to time be set by the Board and published by the Director of the Board either by posting the park or the area of the park concerned, by general publication or by notice on the permit issued by the Director of the Board.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to be in any park before the hour of 6:00 a.m., applicable time, or after the hour of 10:00 p.m., applicable time, except as may be permitted by written permit issued by the Director of the Board. This restriction shall not affect the right of the public to use pathways and roadways in and through park areas for the purpose of travel and shall not restrict the use of the walking path in any park.
C. 
The Board through the Director of the Board may designate any park or particular area of any park to be closed at any particular time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals, whether daily or otherwise, and either entirely or merely to certain uses as the Director of the Board finds necessary in the operation of parks. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter any park or area thereof designated as closed by the Director of the Board through posting to that effect.

§ 219-12 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

A. 
The Board, the Director of the Board or anyone working under the Director of the Board may enforce the provisions of this chapter for the use of park by ejecting from the park or any area thereof any person found to be violating any portions of this chapter and may refuse to issue permits to any such person violating any of the rules of this chapter for such times as the Board or the Director may determine appropriate.
B. 
All provisions of this chapter shall be enforceable by the police.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, before any District Justice having jurisdiction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment of fine and costs, be subject to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.