Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Recreation Commissioners of the Township of Bloomfield 2-19-1969 (Ch. A361 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 122.
Animals — See Ch. 134.
Fireworks — See Ch. 245.
Handbills and advertising — See Ch. 290.
Noise — See Ch. 380.
Off-street parking — See Ch. 393.
Parks — See Ch. 399.
Rewards for curtailing and prevention of malicious or willful damage to property — See Ch. 404, Art. VI.
Weapons — See Ch. 562.
Animals and fowl (Board of Health)  — See Ch. 586.
Public swimming pools (Board of Health)  — See Ch. 664.
The Bloomfield Board of Recreation Commissioners does hereby adopt the following rules and regulations governing all lands, playgrounds and recreation places under its jurisdiction and governing the conduct of all persons while on or using the same.
As used in these rules and regulations, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMISSION
The Bloomfield Board of Recreation Commissioners or its duly authorized officers or employees.
COMMISSION PREMISES
Any park, parkway, playground or other premises under the control of the Bloomfield Board of Recreation Commissioners.
No person shall remove, cut, break, deface, defile, ill use or damage in any manner whatsoever any building, equipment, fence, plant, shrub, tree, turf, soil, signs or any other thing located on Commission premises.
A. 
No person on or within Commission premises shall have in his possession or use or employ any firecracker, torpedo, firework or explosive of any kind or nature whatsoever, or use or employ any bow or arrow, slingshot or weapon whose propelling force is a spring or air, without prior written permission from the Commission or its designated representative.
B. 
No person not duly authorized by law shall discharge or use or employ or have possession of any firearm.
No person shall sell, expose for sale or give away any comestibles, goods, wares or circulars without prior written permission from the Commission.
No person shall expose or post or display any sign, placard or advertising device without prior written permission from the Commission.
No person shall play, engage or take part in any game or sport for money or other valuable thing, nor shall any person wager or play or participate in any game of chance or have possession of any instrument or device for gambling; provided, however, that this shall not prohibit the awarding of trophies, medals or other nonmonetary prizes for competition in organized activities or sporting contests.
[Amended 6-17-1970]
No person not an employee of the Commission shall go within the shrubbery or climb a tree or sit or stand on a balustrade, wall or fence or stand, sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats, benches or other areas within the Commission premises, nor shall any employee of the Commission do any of the foregoing unless such act is done in the actual performance of his duties as such employee and in the furtherance of the business of the Commission.
No person or group on or within Commission premises shall conduct a public meeting or gathering or an entertainment of any kind or preach or make any harangue or conduct or move in a parade or procession without prior written permission from the Commission.
No person shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose without first obtaining a permit in writing from the Board of Recreation Commissioners.
No unauthorized person shall loiter in or be present on Commission premises except during the hours when said premises are open to the public; provided, however, that organized groups may be present during other hours only with the prior written permission of the Commission.
A. 
The Commission premises shall open daily from sunrise until one hour after sundown; however, the Commission or its duly designated representative may, by resolution or other appropriate action, extend the closing hours on such days and for such periods of time as it may deem to be in the public interest.
B. 
The Commission or its duly designated representative may also grant permits to individuals or groups for the use of park premises, facilities or sections thereof during the hours when the premises, facilities or sections thereof may otherwise be closed to the public.
No person shall bathe, wade or swim in any park, nor shall any person dress or undress or appear in bathing costume within the park premises, except at such times or in such places as may be designated by the Commission.
No person shall skate or fish in or on any park area or pond or place or use any boat, canoe or raft in such area or pond except at such times and in such places as may be designated by the Commission.
No person shall roller-skate or ride a bicycle on or within Commission premises except upon a path, roadway or other area designated by the Commission and in such a manner as not to interfere with another's enjoyment of Commission premises.
No person shall coast with sleds, carts or other vehicles except at such times and in such places as may be designated by the Commission, provided that in no event shall the coasting of motor vehicles be permitted.
A. 
No animals or fowl shall be allowed to run at large on or within Commission premises, and animals in said premises shall be restrained by a leash not more than six feet in length.
B. 
No person shall knowingly permit any animal in their care or custody to commit any nuisance in or upon any park or playground. For this purpose, animals shall be curbed.
No person not authorized by the Commission shall operate a motor vehicle on or within Commission premises except on those paths, roadways and places designated by the Commission; motor vehicles shall be operated at a moderate speed within Commission premises and in no event at a speed exceeding a limit prescribed by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey.
No person shall harm or interfere in any manner whatsoever with the wildlife in or on Commission premises, and hunting is expressly prohibited on said premises or any part thereof.
No person shall in any manner throw or drain any offensive substance into any waters on Commission premises or pollute the same in any manner whatsoever.
No person shall drop, place or throw any paper, refuse or other litter anywhere in or on Commission premises except in a receptacle provided for the reception of the same.
No person shall erect any tent, stand or structure in any of the parks or occupy any tent, stand or structure for the purpose of camping or sell or give away from any tent, stand or structure or vehicle any food, drink or any other thing without written permission from the Commission.
No person shall start or maintain a fire except in places provided for such purpose.
No person shall enter upon portions of the Commission premises in disregard of signs, barricades, posted notices or any other means of closing off Commission property.
All picnic parties, all assemblages of persons and all business and entertainments permitted shall occupy only those grounds or areas designated therefor by the Commission and shall be under the control and supervision of the Commission or its designated officers.
No person shall fly a model airplane in or on Commission premises except in areas designated by the Commission.
No person shall use loud, violent, obscene or profane language while on Commission premises or act in a disorderly or lewd manner.
No person shall polish, wash, service or repair a motor vehicle anywhere on Commission premises, provided that this shall not prohibit the making of emergency repairs.
A. 
No person shall have in their possession, display, bring or use or be under the influence of intoxicating liquors, barbiturates or narcotics on Commission premises.
B. 
Subject to the rules and regulations of the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission, alcoholic beverages may be used under certain circumstances if the Bloomfield Recreation Commission, in its discretion, issues a permit, in writing, for the use of same.
No person shall use or play with golf clubs or golf balls in any of the parks except on golf courses provided for the purpose and then only under rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Commission.
No person on or within Commission premises shall throw a stone or other missile.
A. 
The use of glass bottles, containers or other glass objects, including beverage containers, shall not be permitted on Commission premises without prior written consent of the Recreation Commission.
B. 
No person shall break or cause to be broken any glass or objects thereof on any Commission premises.
No person shall make or cause any loud or offensive noise to be uttered in or upon park premises.
[Amended 6-17-1970]
A. 
No athletic games or other group activity may be engaged in except in such areas and at such times as shall be designated by the Commission.
B. 
Permits. A permit shall be obtained from the Superintendent or his duly authorized representative for all organized sporting events or other group recreational activity.
(1) 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Superintendent or his duly authorized representative. The application shall state:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(c) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
(e) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
(f) 
Any other information which the Superintendent shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue hereunder.
(2) 
Standards for issuance. The Superintendent or his duly authorized representative shall issue a permit when he finds that:
(a) 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(b) 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(c) 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(d) 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Township.
(e) 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
(3) 
Effect of permit. A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations fully as though the same were Inserted in said permits.
(4) 
Liability of permittee. The organization, person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued.
(5) 
Revocation. The Superintendent or his duly authorized representative shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
[Amended 6-17-1970]
A. 
Enforcement. The Superintendent or his duly authorized representative shall, in connection with his duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of said rules and regulations.
B. 
Ejectment. The Superintendent or his duly authorized representative shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of these rules and regulations.
C. 
Seizure of property. The Superintendent or his duly authorized representative shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device used in the park in violation of these rules and regulations.
[Amended 11-19-1981]
No motor vehicle shall be parked overnight upon park premises or parking lots under Commission jurisdiction from 10:00 p.m. until sunrise, nor shall any motor vehicle be permitted on park premises or parking lots except during such hours as the parks are open. No motor vehicle shall be parked upon park premises or parking lots, except in such locations or areas as may be designated by the Commission or its duly designated representative. Violators will be issued summonses and/or towed.
No person shall use park premises for the purpose of instructing or learning to drive a motor vehicle.
The Commission may delegate to its authorized representatives the right or authority to grant or deny written permission for the performance of certain acts, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Commission.