[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Linwood 5-14-2003 by Ord. No. 12-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas - See Ch. 197.
The Linwood Board of Recreation, hereinafter “Rec Board,” is recognized as an existing Board of the City of Linwood. The Rec Board is hereby authorized and empowered to act for the betterment of the City of Linwood as expressly provided herein. To the extent necessary, prior acts of the Rec Board consistent with its described authority are hereby ratified.
The Rec Board shall consist of five to seven Linwood resident members, each of which shall be appointed by the Mayor. Board members shall serve without compensation. Terms on the Board shall be for five years, to be established in such a manner that the term of at least one member and not more than two members shall expire in each year.
The Rec Board is hereby granted all reasonably necessary powers and responsibilities and is authorized to act to fulfill the following purposes:
To improve, maintain, manage, control, regulate and otherwise operate and supervise public parks, playgrounds and athletic fields in the City of Linwood, subject to the advice and consent of Council, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:61-1 et seq. The power to acquire, exchange or sell property is specifically reserved to Council;
To create, promote, coordinate and run community and recreational events for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of Linwood including but not limited to the Memorial Day Parade and Essay Contest, Halloween Parade, the Country Fair, the Easter Egg Hunt/Passover Event, Miss Linwood, Citizen of the Year and the Christmas Tree Lighting; and
To act as the designee of Linwood City Council for oversight of Linwood sports organizations, subject to the advice and consent of Council, and in so doing promote recreation, good sportsmanship and citizenship of participant children and adults, limited to the following specific areas of authority:
To consider, approve and endorse applications by nonprofit sports organizations for use of Linwood fields and facilities, including making decisions on competing applications;
To establish reasonable rules and procedures to effectuate the providing of uniform and reasonable commonly accepted procedures by and of Linwood sports organizations, together with the providing of reasonable public availability and disclosure of certain documents in an acceptable form, specifically copies of bylaws, rules and regulations, written membership and voting qualification procedures, proof of the existence of a grievance procedure, annual financial statements and budgets, minutes of organizational meetings and proof of liability insurance; and
To hear appeals of grievances from individual sports organizations on issues of general public importance where the grievance has first been properly submitted to the individual sports organization. Authority shall remain with the individual organizations.
The Rec Board shall have authority over such public parks, playgrounds and athletic fields as are now or hereinafter designated by Council, specifically including the grounds and facilities at Memorial Field. The Rec Board shall also act as the designee of Council for issues of maintenance or operation which may arise for grounds or fields owned by the Linwood Board of Education, specifically including but not limited to the soccer and baseball fields located at the Poplar Avenue School and Seaview School properties.
The Rec Board shall be provided such funding as Council deems necessary to carry out the functions designed herein.