Borough of Riverton, NJ
Burlington County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverton 2-10-1983 by Ord. No. 1-83. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The rules and regulations promulgated herein shall apply to all public parks, playgrounds and recreational areas.
The Borough Council may, from time to time, by resolution, adopt such regulations as it may choose to facilitate the effective operation and control of all parks, playgrounds and recreation areas under its jurisdiction.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person on Borough property, as contemplated by § 92-1 hereof, to:
(1) 
Use threatening, abusive or insulting language.
(2) 
Do any obscene or indecent act.
(3) 
Throw stones or other missiles.
(4) 
Play or practice golf.
[Amended 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(5) 
Interfere with, encumber, obstruct or render dangerous any public way, path, walk, bridge or public place.
(6) 
Do any act tending or amounting to a breach of the peace.
(7) 
Climb or stand upon any fence, shelter, seat, bridge railing or support, statue or other erection other than play structures.
[Amended 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(8) 
Introduce, carry or fire any firecrackers, torpedoes or fireworks.
(9) 
Engage in, instigate and/or encourage a contention or fight.
(10) 
Assault any person.
(11) 
Participate in betting, gambling, gaming or use or operate any slot machine or gaming table or other gambling instrument or sell fortunes.
(12) 
Solicit gifts or contributions for any purpose without permission of the Borough Council.
(13) 
Possess, use or be under the influence of intoxicating alcoholic beverages.
[Amended 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(14) 
Possess, use or be under the influence of drugs as defined and prohibited by the New Jersey Revised Statutes.
(15) 
Give entertainment of any kind or transact business of any kind or hold public meetings or assemblies without permission of the Borough Council.
(16) 
Occupy a camp or campground or sleep overnight without permission of the Borough Council.
(17) 
Sell, vend or give away any article of merchandise or other matter or distribute handbills or circulars without permission of the Borough Council.
(18) 
Kindle, build, maintain or use a fire except in fireplaces provided or in an approved container.
(19) 
Post, paint or affix or erect any sign, advertisement, banner or any other matter for attracting attention without permission of the Borough Council.
(20) 
Possess or use guns, knives, slingshots or other dangerous weapons.
(21) 
Possess or use any explosive materials that may cause an explosion when used either alone or in combination with some other material to produce rapid flaming combustion or administer a destructive blow to surrounding objects.
(22) 
Kill, injure or disturb any animal or bird or damage any grass, tree, shrub or plant or any building, sign structure or equipment upon any premises under the jurisdiction of the Borough.
(23) 
Ride, drive or bring any horse upon any Borough property as contemplated by § 92-1 hereof.
(24) 
Allow any dog or cat to run at large. In any area designated by the Borough to operate as a dog park, dogs only will be permitted off leash in the fenced-in area(s) specified as a dog run. Otherwise, dogs shall only be permitted at Borough parks and recreation areas provided that they are restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet in length and let or controlled by a person capable of controlling said dog. Dogs shall be prohibited on playground areas at all times and on athletic playing fields whenever they are in use.
[Amended 12-10-1998 by Ord. No. 12-98; 9-15-2020 by Ord. No. O-2020-07]
(25) 
Allow any dog under the ownership or control of such person to defecate without immediately removing such defecation and disposing of it in a refuse container or in some other sanitary manner.
(26) 
Drive or park any motor vehicle, including minibikes, snowmobiles or other power-driven equipment, on Borough property as contemplated by § 92-1 hereof without permission of the Borough Council. Borough maintenance vehicles and those of Borough officials and employees and emergency vehicles shall be permitted.
(27) 
Swim, wade or otherwise go into any body of water within the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas of the Borough of Riverton except in accordance with the rules and regulations relating to the use thereof. No power-driven boats of any type shall be permitted on any body of water within the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas.
(28) 
Utilize the public parks, playgrounds and recreational areas other than during daylight hours, with the exception of: previously approved youth sports organizations may bring in temporary lighting to be run off a generator during the months of September, October, November from the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Borough shall bear no cost, liability or responsibility of said temporary lighting fixtures. Individuals entering or using park facilities outside the lighted area of organized youth sports are in violation of this chapter.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95; amended 6-18-2019 by Ord. No. O-2019-04]
(29) 
Possess or break glassware, glass bottles or glass containers.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(30) 
Roller-skate, skateboard or in-line skate on areas such as tennis courts, basketball courts and on or about playground structures.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(31) 
Litter.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
(32) 
Erect tents or canopies without first having obtained the permission of the Borough Council.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
No parent, guardian or custodian of any minor shall knowingly permit or allow said minor to do any act prohibited by this chapter.
A. 
Organizations desiring to use park facilities on a group basis will make applications, in writing, to the Clerk 30 days prior to the date desired. Applications shall be available at the Borough Municipal Building.
B. 
Organizations utilizing facilities are responsible for the care of equipment and grounds utilized and the cleaning of the area at the completion of the event.
C. 
Organizations utilizing park areas must present proof of liability insurance covering injuries to participants during the period the facility is being used, in amounts as determined by the Borough Council based upon probable risk.
D. 
Organizations utilizing the park areas will be responsible for the coordination of traffic control and parking with the Borough Police Department.
E. 
The Borough Council shall have the right to refuse or cancel the use of any facility to organizations or individuals for reason of repair, construction or other reasons that may be detrimental to the care and upkeep of the area.
F. 
The use of baseball fields and fields designated for soccer use will be by approval of the Borough Park and Recreation Committee.
[Amended 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95; 5-14-2014 by Ord. No. 3-2014]
G. 
Organizations utilizing park areas shall be responsible for any and all damage to the park caused by the organization or its guests arising out of their event.
[Added 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
H. 
Organizations utilizing fields designated for soccer use and baseball fields shall be responsible to pay an annual usage fee as set forth in the enabling resolution, which is incorporated by reference. Said fee shall be paid prior to the commencement of any usage by these organizations on the aforesaid fields.
[Added 5-14-2014 by Ord. No. 3-2014]
I. 
Organizations using the tennis courts for pickleball play must adhere to the rules and regulations posted at the park and may be responsible for fees within the fee schedule.
[Added 6-18-2019 by Ord. No. O-2019-04]
The provisions, prohibitions and requirements of this chapter shall be enforceable by state and Borough police and supervisory personnel designated by the Director of Parks and Recreation.
The provisions of this chapter are in addition to and not in repeal of, except where inconsistent herewith, otherwise applicable requirements, prohibitions and provisions of law.
[Amended 11-9-1995 by Ord. No. 13-95]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days or any combination thereof in the discretion of the Municipal Judge.
[Added 9-15-2020 by Ord. No. O-2020-07]
A. 
Purpose. The designated dog park maintained by the Borough of Riverton shall be governed by the provisions of this section in the interest of the health and safety of all residents, visitors, public and the animals using the Borough's dog park.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DESIGNATED DOG PARK
Fenced-in dog run areas specified by signage within the Borough of Riverton, including but not limited to the dog park located at 700 Cedar Street.
DOG LICENSE
A current license issued by a governmental authority that represents that a dog has a valid, unexpired rabies inoculation.
HANDLER
An individual at least 18 years of age who is responsible for dog(s) while at the dog park. This individual may or may not be the owner of the dog(s).
C. 
Regulations to be adopted and posted for public inspection:
(1) 
Hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
(2) 
Use the dog park at your own risk.
(3) 
Dogs are the only animals permitted within the dog park. Dogs younger than four months are not permitted. All dogs must be spayed or neutered.
(4) 
Dogs must be leashed at all times except within the fenced in area.
(5) 
No spiked, pronged or choke collars are allowed.
(6) 
All dogs must wear a valid dog license and be current on vaccinations.
(7) 
Dog handlers are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dog at all times. No more than two dogs per handler allowed at one time.
(8) 
Handlers must be in control of their dog at all times. Do not leave your dog unattended.
(9) 
No aggressive dogs allowed. Dogs must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression.
(10) 
No ill dogs shall be admitted into the dog park.
(11) 
Handlers are required to clean up after their dog. Waste bags are to be supplied by dog handlers and disposed of properly in receptacles.
(12) 
No children under age eight allowed inside the fence. An adult must accompany all children.
(13) 
No food of any kind is permitted.
(14) 
No smoking is allowed.
(15) 
The Borough, without prior notice, may close the park for maintenance.
(16) 
All dog bites must be reported to the Riverton Police Department.
(17) 
Dog handlers who fail to comply with the above rules and regulations may at the discretion of the Borough be issued a nuisance summons in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-12.