[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton 3-18-1997 by Ord. No. 328. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Upper Southampton Township Park and Recreation Area Regulation Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide regulations for the preservation, protection, use, and enjoyment by the public of parks and recreation grounds owned and operated by the Township of Upper Southampton.
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 374; 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 409]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARK AND RECREATION AREA
- Land owned and regulated by Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and used as park ground and recreation area, including but not limited to the following properties:
The following activities shall be prohibited in any park and recreation area:
Fires. No person shall:
Set or cause to be set on fire any foliage within any park and recreation area.
Build any fire within any park and recreation area except within receptacles approved and designated by the Recreation and Park Board for such purposes.
Drop, dump, throw, or otherwise scatter lighted matches, ashes, burning cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, paper or other flammable material within any park and recreation area.
Leave authorized fires unattended at any time or to leave any fire not fully extinguished before being abandoned within any park and recreation area.
Alcoholic beverage or controlled substances. No person shall possess, sell, distribute, or consume any of the following:
Trespass. The Recreation and Park Board shall have the right with the consent and approval of the Board of Supervisors to create and post "No Trespassing" areas, whether temporary or permanent, within a park and recreation area. No person shall:
Enter upon lands that have been posted by the Recreation and Park Board with "No Trespassing" or special wildlife protection signs, or any sign that would indicate that the area is not open to the general public.
Build, erect, plant or cultivate upon lands within any park and recreation area, or otherwise use lands within any park area or the contents thereon for any structure, garden, compost heap or other personal usage without first obtaining written permission from the Park and Recreation Board.
Enter any building in any park and recreation area that is not open to and regularly used by the general public.
Enter upon or disturb any construction or construction equipment on any park and recreation area.
Littering, dumping and pollution of waters. No person shall:
Discard, deposit, dump, litter or allow to blow away any refuse of any kind within any park and recreation area except by placing said refuse in containers provided for such purposes.
With exception to Upper Southampton Township, bring into or dispose of any type of trash, refuse, or debris in or upon the park and recreation system, lands or waters, whether disposing of it in receptacles or not, if such debris or material did not result from usage within any park and recreation area.
Wash at pumps or drinking fountains or other water sources within any park and recreation area except as designated for such purposes.
Abusive or obscene language and behavior. No person shall:
Engage in any violent, abusive, loud or boisterous, vulgar, lewd, obscene or otherwise disorderly conduct tending to create a breach of the peace, or to disturb or annoy others while in or upon any property within any park and recreation area.
Commit any indecent or immoral act tending to debauch the morals or manners of the public while in or upon the property within any park and recreation area.
Noise. No person shall:
Use a loudspeaker, public address system or amplifier within any park and recreation area without first obtaining written permission from the Recreation and Park Department.
Play or cause to play any radio, phonograph, tape recorder, television, stereo, or like item in a loud or boisterous manner which tends to disturb or annoy any visitor within any park and recreation area.
Solicitation. No person shall peddle or solicit business of any nature whatever or collect any fund for any service or charity, or distribute commercial handbills or other advertising material, or post unauthorized signs on any lands, waters, structures or property within any park and recreation area without first obtaining written permission from the Recreation and Park Board.
Natural features. No person shall cut, mutilate, or remove or destroy in any manner whatever, any property within any park and recreation area. Persons working as employees or authorized under contract to the township are exempt from this in carrying out their duties.
Man-made features. No person shall:
Destroy, deface, alter, or remove any monument, stone marker, bench mark, stake, post, trail blaze or designation of any boundary line or survey line within any park and recreation area.
Cut, break, mark upon or otherwise damage or destroy any building, bridge, drain, wall, foundation, fence, gate, hedge, sign, or other installation or structure within any park and recreation area.
Deface, destroy, or remove any placard, notice or sign, whether permanent or temporary, posted or exhibited within any park and recreation area.
Weapons and equipment.
[Amended 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 409; 12-6-2011 by Ord. No. 411; 3-3-2015 by Ord. No. 428]
Motorized and self-propelled vehicles.
No person shall, with the exception of authorized township employees or agents:
Operate any motor vehicle within any park and recreation area, except in areas designated for motor vehicles.
Operate any vehicle and stop, stand or park such vehicle in any place marked as passenger or loading zone other than for the purpose of expeditious loading or unloading and delivery of materials.
Operate any vehicle and stop, stand, or park such vehicle upon any roadway, trail, or land or in any parking area within any park and recreation area in such a manner as to form an obstruction to traffic thereon.
In conjunction with and in addition to this section, the Motor Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania and the traffic ordinances of Upper Southampton township shall apply to all areas of the park and recreation areas.
Motor vehicles, except for Township-owned or Township-authorized vehicles, may not be parked in designated parking areas located in park and recreation areas between the hours of 11:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. daily. Such motor vehicle shall be removed, at owner's expense.
[Amended 12-6-2016 by Ord. No. 444]
Any motor vehicle left unattended, parked or abandoned in an undesignated area may be removed immediately, at the owner's expense.
All posted speed limits or traffic signs shall be strictly complied with by all persons using or entering a park and recreation area.
Trapping and fishing. Trapping and fishing are prohibited in any park and recreation area.
[Amended 3-3-2015 by Ord. No. 428]
Golf. The playing of golf or use of any golf equipment is prohibited in any park and recreation area.
Wildlife. No person shall:
Pursue, catch, attempt to catch, strike, molest, wound, kill, harm or injure any bird, animal, reptile, amphibian or any wildlife within any park and recreation area.
Destroy, remove, or alter any nest, lair, den, burrow, or habitat of any wildlife within any park and recreation area.
Drive or pursue any wildlife from the confines of any park and recreation area.
Swimming, bathing and wading. No person shall swim or wade in any body of water within any park and recreation area unless said area is specifically designated for such purposes.
Picnicking. No person shall picnic within any park and recreation area except in such areas as are provided and designated for such purposes.
Fireworks. No person shall fire, discharge or have in his possession any rocket, firecracker, or other fireworks and substances of an explosive nature within any park and recreation area, without first obtaining permission from the Board of Supervisors.
Dogs and other animals. Dogs are not permitted at the Community Center, Schaefer Field, Veterans Field, the Lions Grove area in Tamanend Park or the softball fields in Tamanend Park. In all other park and recreation areas, dogs and other domestic animals shall be permitted subject to the following restrictions:
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 374; 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 409]
Dogs and other domestic animals shall be tethered on a six-foot or shorter leash.
Dogs and other domestic animals shall not be permitted to defecate or urinate in any park and recreation area. If a dog or other domestic animal defecates, the owner or keeper shall immediately clean up and remove the feces and dispose of the same in a safe and sanitary manner.
Dogs and other domestic animals shall be strictly prohibited on all play areas, including but not limited to ball fields, practice areas, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds.
Permitted parties. Anyone intending to rent a specific recreation facility within any park and recreation area must apply to the Recreation and Park Board and, in so doing, must adhere to the following guidelines:
Application for a facility use shall be made upon the official form of the township and shall be accompanied by any required fee.
Application for a facility use shall be made at the Tamanend Park Office and approved by the Park and Recreation Director. Application and fee must be processed and approved two weeks in advance of the scheduled activity.
In the event that more applications for reservations are received than space available, such applications shall be considered in order received.
Applications for facility use from persons under the age of 18 years shall be countersigned by the applicant's parent or legal guardian indicating therein his or her responsibility for the conduct of the permit user.
The holder of an approved application issued by the township shall be held responsible for the actions and conduct of the other persons in the group.
All visitors to the park and recreation area must comply with all rules and regulations of the Township Board of Supervisors and the Park and Recreation Board while within the park or recreation area.
Smoking. No person shall be permitted to smoke any tobacco or smoke-producing product in any park and recreation area.
[Added 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 374]
Skateboards and bicycles. The use of skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and bicycles shall be expressly prohibited in playground areas, playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and associated spectator areas in all park and recreation areas.
[Added 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 409]
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 374]
No person shall enter or use any park and recreation area, except for the Community Center Complex, during the period of time between one hour after sundown and one hour before sunrise unless: the area is lit for a specific recreation activity, or the area is posted otherwise, or the area is being rented.
No person shall enter or use the Community Center Complex between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily.
[Added 3-18-2003 by Ord. No. 356]
General scope. The subject matter of this section is the regulation of public gatherings in that area of Tamanend Park known as the "Lions Grove."
Permit required. It shall be unlawful for any person, corporation or entity to hold or conduct a public gathering of more than 50 people without first having obtained a permit from the Township Manager.
The application for the permit shall be filed in writing with the Township Manager on a form provided by the township not more than 30 days prior to the scheduled gathering. The permit application shall state:
The application shall be accompanied by a fee established by resolution of the Township Board of Supervisors. Upon the filing of a complete application, the required application fee, and a showing that requirements of Subsection D of this section have been met, a permit shall be promptly issued to the applicant.
Conditions of use. The applicant shall demonstrate compliance with the following conditions prior to the issuance of a permit:
The applicant must provide a certificate of insurance showing Upper Southampton Township as an additional named insured on both the general liability and automobile policies of the organization. The amount of the general liability and automobile policy shall not be less than $100,000 each.
All gatherings shall commence after 10:00 a.m. and conclude before 10:45 p.m.
The applicant must present a parking permit for the use of the Klinger Middle School parking lot during the time of the scheduled gathering. Parking on Tamanend Park grounds is prohibited.
The applicant, upon notification by the township of adverse field conditions, shall cancel the gathering and take all steps necessary to notify all prospective attendees of the cancellation. If the applicant had secured a permit at the time of cancellation, the event may be rescheduled without the filing of any additional application or fee, provided that a new parking permit for Klinger Middle School is secured at least seven days prior to the scheduled gathering.
Recreation facilities which become hazardous for public use due to weather, water, fire or unforeseeable conditions may be closed only at the discretion of the Recreation and Park Board, the Board of Supervisors or their designee.
The Recreation and Park Board is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary and shall only become effective if reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors.
[Amended 3-18-2003 by Ord. No. 356; 6-19-2012 by Ord. No. 414]
Any violation of this chapter shall be enforced by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues, or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated, shall constitute a separate offense. For purposes of this section, the doing of any act or thing prohibited by any provision of this chapter, or the failure to do any act or thing as to which any provision of this chapter creates an affirmative duty, shall constitute a violation of this chapter punishable as herein stated.