Borough of Pennington, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Pennington 8-5-1974 by Ord. No. 267. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 67.
Fees — See Ch. 98.
Littering — See Ch. 127.
Nuisances — See Ch. 136.

§ 143-1 Purpose.

It is in the intention of this chapter that the Borough of Pennington's parks, playgrounds and recreation areas be reserved to the residents of the Borough of Pennington and the residents of the surrounding area and that the use of said facilities shall have minimal necessary standards to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all citizens who may desire to use said facilities.

§ 143-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANIMALS
Includes dogs, cats, horses or any other domesticated living creatures.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Pennington.
PARK
Any park, playground or recreation area maintained by the Borough of Pennington.
PERMIT
Any written license issued by or under the authority of the Borough Council permitting a special activity or event on park property.
PERSON
Any natural person, corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, firm, copartnership or unincorporated association of individuals.
VEHICLE
Includes any motor vehicles, trailers, campers, go-carts, snowmobiles, motorcycles or motorbikes, or other vehicles propelled by other than muscular power.

§ 143-3 Prohibited uses of park facilities.

A. 
No animals shall be allowed to run at large within the parks of the Borough. Any animals being brought into the park facilities shall be restrained by appropriate leashes or otherwise under full control.
B. 
No person shall cut, injure, deface, remove or disturb any tree, shrub, building, fence, bench, barbecue or any other structure owned or erected by others in the parks of the Borough; nor shall any person pick, cut or remove any shrub, brush or flower nor mark, write, paint or in any way deface any building fence, bench or other structure within the park area, it being the expressed intention of this chapter that those persons who use the Borough parks leave them in the same condition in which they found them.
C. 
No person shall make or kindle an open fire in any area other than those set forth for barbecuing by the Borough or in containers or grills brought by the person to the park for the purpose of a barbecue.
D. 
No person shall bring any intoxicating liquors or beverages into the parks.
E. 
No organization (whether formal or informal) or group of people of 25 or more shall utilize the park facilities without first obtaining a permit as provided in § 143-4 hereof.
F. 
No person shall remain in any park between the hours of dusk and sunrise, except by special permit.
[Amended 6-5-1989 by Ord. No. 474]
G. 
No person shall sell or offer for sale any object or merchandise or any other thing within the park, without first obtaining a permit as provided in § 143-4 hereof.
H. 
No person shall operate any vehicle within the confines of any Borough park. Motor vehicles may be parked only in the designated motor vehicle parking area.
I. 
No person shall smoke or be in possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter which is lighted or burning for the purpose of inhaling the smoke; consume smokeless tobacco; or use an electronic nicotine delivery system.
[Added 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-13]

§ 143-4 Permits.

A. 
Permits shall be issued by the Borough Clerk upon written application and payment of the fees set forth herein. No permit shall be issued prior to the Clerk notifying the Pennington Borough Police Department of the permit application. Any appeal regarding the refusal to grant a permit shall be heard by the Borough Council after notice to all interested parties.
[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14]
B. 
Permits shall be issued upon the payment of the fee provided in Chapter 98 of this Code.
[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14; 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3; 4-5-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-5]
C. 
The Borough may set forth conditions with regard to the issuance of a permit if it feels that the intended use so warrants. All conditions of the permit approval must be adhered to and any violation of the terms and conditions, rules and regulations, or falsifications shall constitute grounds for revocation of the permit.
D. 
All permit applications must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the day for which the permit is sought.

§ 143-5 Posting of chapter.

A notice of this chapter shall be posted in a conspicuous place in each Borough park.

§ 143-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14]
Any person found guilty of a violation of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or a combination thereof.