Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:650]
This Part 1A shall be known as the "Warminster Township Parks Rules and Regulations."
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:651; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
As used in this Part 1A, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DIRECTOR
The Recreation Service Administrator.
PARKS
All lands and waters under the control of the Department of Parks and Recreation or that may come under its control while this Part 1A is in effect.
PERSON
An individual person, groups or organizations that shall request use of the facilities as indicated in this Part 1A or who shall use such facilities.
[Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
It is the public's responsibility to be aware of all park rules and regulations that may or may not be posted in the parks or trails. Specific prohibited activities, park hours and other rules and regulations which are referred to in this Part 1A are printed and are available for inspection at the Township Building or Department of Parks and Recreation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Original §§ 16-103 through 16-114 were redesignated as §§ 16-104 through 16-115, respectively.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:652; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
1. 
Areas used during the day shall be opened between the hours 7:00 a.m. and sunset. No person shall be in the park areas when closed except by special permit obtained from the Director. The trails at Warminster Community Park, Munro Park and Kemper Park shall be open to the public from dawn to sunset.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
2. 
Areas used at night shall be opened as posted at such facilities or by permit obtained from the Director.
3. 
Any Township park or park facilities that become hazardous for public use due to weather, fire, water, construction or other unforeseeable conditions may be closed at the discretion of the Director. Whenever possible, 24 hours' notice will be given to persons holding facility permits for use of such facility.
4. 
There shall be no foot or bicycle traffic in unlighted areas after sunset.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:653; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
1. 
The Director shall schedule the use of group-use facilities, including sports fields and courts, special facilities, gardens, open areas and picnic pavilions. If such facilities are not scheduled, they will be available to the public.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
2. 
The following uses shall be permitted only in the areas designated for such use:
A. 
Picnicking.
B. 
Camping.
C. 
Building of fires.
D. 
Operating authorized motorized vehicles.
3. 
All camping shall be on a permit basis. Permits shall be secured from the Director at least 48 hours in advance of such camping.
4. 
Fires shall be permitted only in the fireplaces, grills or other equipment specifically provided therefor and shall be closely monitored and completely extinguished before the site is vacated at all times.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:654; as amended by Ord. 476, 8/28/1989; and by Ord. 510, 5/23/1994, § 1]
1. 
Respect the feelings of others and refrain from using indecent language or engaging in immoral, threatening or boisterous actions.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 16-105, Subsection 2, regarding hunting, trapping and the possession of firearms and other weapons, which previously followed this subsection, was repealed by Ord. No. 721, 1/22/2015; this ordinance renumbered the remaining subsections in this section accordingly.
2. 
Use or possession of alcoholic beverages or narcotics is prohibited. Persons actually or apparently under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs may be prohibited from entering or using the park.
3. 
Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet (1.829 meters) in length. No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog or other animal or pet shall cause, suffer, or allow such animal to soil, defile, or defecate on or commit any nuisance in any park unless any feces deposited by such animal be immediately removed and disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping, or in charge of any such animal in a healthful and sanitary manner.
4. 
All trash, garbage and litter shall be deposited in the refuse cans provided. Scattering, dropping, dumping or leaving any trash, litter or substance of any kind or polluting or dumping any matter into park waters and any portion of any park by any person is prohibited.
5. 
Tree climbing is prohibited.
6. 
Damaging, destroying, defacing, adding to or removing from any park property, including equipment, facilities and the natural environment, is prohibited.
7. 
The following acts are specifically prohibited:
A. 
Intentionally breaking, cutting down, removing or in any manner injuring or defacing, by writing on or otherwise, any ornament, tree, plant, shrub, fern, flower (except violets, buttercups, daisies, dandelions), flower bed, turf or any of the buildings, fences, bridges, equipment or other construction within a park.
B. 
Removing, disturbing, interfering with or taking any of the blossoms growing upon any tree, shrub or bush in the park.
C. 
Misusing equipment with intent to damage or destroy.
D. 
Injuring, defacing or destroying any notices, rules or regulations posted or in any other manner permanently fixed.
E. 
Digging for fishing worms or excavating in any manner.
F. 
Disturbing water flow in the streams, pools, ponds or basins.
G. 
Disturbing bird nests or eggs in any part of the parks.
H. 
Erecting or building any temporary or permanent structure (such as tree houses or platforms, clubhouses, goal posts, fences, etc.) without the written authorization of the Director.
I. 
Modifying, adapting, changing, adding to or deleting from any present structure or facility without the express written authorization from the Director.
J. 
Entering or leaving a park except by the entrances provided for that purpose or causing or creating additional entrances or exits (except in the case of emergency).
K. 
Entering a toilet set apart for the use of the opposite sex.
L. 
Willful damage to property adjacent to the parks.
M. 
The playing of golf, striking of golf balls with golf clubs or any other similar objects at any time.
N. 
The touching, harming or otherwise disturbing of wildlife.
[Added by Ord. 604, 10/9/2003, § I]
O. 
The operating of motorized vehicles, including, but not limited to, motorcycles, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and the like, except on designated driveways and parking areas.
[Added by Ord. 604, 10/9/2003, § I]
P. 
Smoking prohibited. Smoking is prohibited on all sport fields, play areas, pavilions and all posted natural areas.
[Added by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
Q. 
The operation of radio/remote-control devices (i.e., cars, planes, helicopters, boats, etc.) or rocket launchers is prohibited unless prior approval is given for a completed permit submitted to the Director of Parks and Recreation.
[Added by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:655]
1. 
Operating or parking any vehicle while on park property in an unauthorized, reckless or negligent manner, in excess of the posted speed limit, or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other park users is prohibited.
2. 
The following shall be defined as operating in an unauthorized manner:
A. 
Operating in excess of 10 miles per hour (16.09 kmh) on any park roadway unless otherwise posted. (This restriction shall not apply to the vehicles of the Fire and Police Departments, nor to ambulances or vehicles used by physicians when actually responding to emergency calls.)
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
B. 
Operating on areas other than cartways especially designed and constructed for vehicular traffic. (This shall not apply to vehicles of the Township and authorized emergency vehicles.)
C. 
Parking on shoulders or roadways, on grass or on any other area of park property where specific parking space has been provided is prohibited unless indicated otherwise on notices posted by the Director.
D. 
Road testing of any vehicle or driver instruction shall be forbidden in all parks.
E. 
Washing, repairing or servicing of vehicles is prohibited in the parks. A flat tire may be replaced. Abandonment of such vehicles is prohibited; if mechanical disablement occurs in a park, immediate steps must be taken for removal.
F. 
All other laws pertaining to motor vehicles in general shall be valid and enforced by Warminster Township police officers on park property.
3. 
All nonlicensed motorized recreational vehicles are prohibited in all park areas. Horses, ATVs and snowmobiles are specifically prohibited and barred from any and all park properties. Licensed motorcycles, motorbikes and motor vehicles are restricted to posted parking areas.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:656; as amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
Commercial traffic, the posting of signs, the distributing, selling, servicing, or renting of any commodity whatsoever or soliciting for any purpose is prohibited on park grounds.
A. 
No soliciting of any kind, including but not limited to the sale or vending of any goods, wares, merchandise, liquids or food, on Township-owned properties, parks, facilities, and Township-sponsored programs or activities is permitted without a daily, seasonal or annual permit issued by the Township Parks and Recreation Department.
B. 
Use of any Township property, park, facility, or program for commercial or profit-making activities without a seasonal or annual permit issued by the Township Parks and Recreation Department is prohibited. This includes conducting class instruction for a fee and the taking of photographs and/or videos for commercial use.
C. 
Posting signs, posters, advertising, decoration, notices or anything similar may not be affixed to any tree, shrub, fence, railing, post, or structure within any park without prior written permission from the Director.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:657]
1. 
No gathering or meeting of any kind assembled through advertisement shall be permitted in a park or playground without the express written consent of the Director.
2. 
No person shall have priority over any other person for use of unscheduled facilities. Reservation of group-use facilities and requests for special equipment shall be processed through the Director.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:658; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
1. 
Permits are available from the Director for the following:
A. 
Reservations of group-use facilities.
B. 
Use of night facilities.
C. 
Camping.
D. 
Erection of temporary or permanent structures.
E. 
Modification of present facilities.
F. 
Use of special equipment.
G. 
Posting of signs.
H. 
Sale of refreshments.
I. 
Planting of trees and shrubs.
J. 
Practice and play of sports activities in other than designated areas.
K. 
Any other activities requiring permits or authorization.
2. 
Fees for permits as determined and approved by the Board of Supervisors shall be posted in the Township office, and a copy shall be provided with each permit request. These fees may consist of a deposit or bond against damages, a fee for electricity, night lighting, special services or equipment or facility rental fees.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
3. 
A summary of the rules and regulations as set forth in this Part 1A shall be provided to each applicant with his approved permit.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
4. 
Issuance of a permit does not exempt any person from any of the rules and regulations as set forth in this Part 1A.
5. 
Issuance of a permit in no way states, implies or guarantees that the Director may not close down a park or facility that becomes hazardous or questionable for public use due to weather, fire, water, construction or other unforeseeable conditions as set forth in § 16-104.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:659]
1. 
Erection of temporary backstops, goal posts, crowd-control fences and barriers is allowable by permit with the following restrictions:
A. 
Permits must be secured no later than 48 hours prior to the erection of said structures.
B. 
Specific dates must be included in the application for both the installation and removal of said structures.
C. 
Temporary structures shall not be in place for a period of time greater than specified on the permit and shall be removed no later than 48 hours later than the date given for removal on the permit. Structures not removed as aforesaid shall be removed by the Director, and the charge for such removal shall be payable by the person making the application for the permit.
D. 
All temporary structures shall be kept in good repair and shall be repaired, replaced or removed by the applicant within 48 hours of any reported damage.
E. 
Permits for the erection of temporary structures shall be granted based on their intended use, the function or use of the area where requested, their compatibility with the area and their impact on the use of the park and public safety. Permits for erection of temporary structures shall be approved by both the Director and the Park Maintenance Supervisor prior to issuance.
2. 
Erection of permanent facilities and structures, modification of present facilities, the planting of trees, shrubs, sod, and any other action with permanent or lasting impact on the park is allowable by permit with the following restrictions:
A. 
All permanent additions or alterations shall be considered in light of future development plans for the area intended and in the Comprehensive Plan for the park system of Warminster Township.
B. 
Permanent structures shall conform to all Township, county, state or other prevailing codes applicable.
C. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 2C, which stated that all plans for permanent improvements shall be reviewed by the Park and Recreation Board for its consideration and approval, was repealed by Ord. No. 761, 3/5/2020.
D. 
Recommendations shall also be presented from the Director and from the Park Maintenance Supervisors on the proposed facilities or improvements.
E. 
Inasmuch as all park properties are public property and are maintained for the use and enjoyment of all residents, it shall not be permissible for any person or group or organization to erect or maintain the use of any facility and/or structure for restricted usage. All improvements shall become the property of and come under the control of the Board of Supervisors. In the event a private party or organization wishes to make substantial investments in the improvement of a park facility or construction of an approved structure, arrangements can be made to give priority in scheduling the use of that facility or structure to the donor for a period of time not to exceed 12 calendar months. This priority scheduling for use of such facility and/or structure can be renewed for additional twelve-month periods by the approval of the Board of Supervisors. At the conclusion of the approved priority period, and in the event of the failure to renew the priority by the Board of Supervisors, said donor shall relinquish any claim for priority in scheduling the use of the improved area and shall be subject to the same scheduling sequences and priorities as all other applicants. The terms for priority scheduling shall be agreed to in writing prior to the commencement of any improvements.
[Amended by Ord. No. 761, 3/5/2020]
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:660]
1. 
Permits for the following are available:
A. 
Sales of refreshments and food during games, practices and other park-centered activities.
B. 
Admission tickets.
C. 
Chances for fund-raising purposes by the person or organization using such facilities.
D. 
Ball rental.
E. 
Shoe rental.
F. 
Racquet rental.
G. 
Rental of any other sports-related items.
2. 
Such permits are subject to the following restrictions:
A. 
Permits will not be issued to sell any item (other than chances for fund-raising) which is not primarily used or consumed at the park on the same day as the sale. These permits are intended primarily as a service to users of the parks and are not intended to place parks in the position of being retail outlets.
B. 
The applicant shall supply all merchandise and shall absolve, release, indemnify and hold harmless the Township against any and all loss, damage, cost, and expenses, which Township may hereafter suffer, incur, be put to or pay by reason of any claims made against the Township relative to the food service and retailing permit issued by the Township to the applicant, and further, the applicant agrees to pay and discharge, on demand of the Township, each and every debt, obligation or claim which shall be made, assigned or apportioned against the Township by reason of any such claim arising under the food service and retailing permit issued hereunder.
C. 
The applicant shall provide the Director with satisfactory evidence that foodstuffs retailed are safe for human consumption and have been prepared in an acceptable and sanitary manner.
D. 
The applicant assumes the responsibility for maintaining the food storage, preparation and service areas in a clean and acceptable manner. Failure to do so shall constitute grounds for the revocation of the permit.
E. 
A fee may be charged for the cleaning of the facility over and above the fee for the permit as provided for in the fee schedule issued by the Township from time to time.
F. 
Issuance of a permit by the Director in no way absolves the applicant from procuring any additional licenses or permits or conforming to regulations as required by the Township, school district, Department of Health, the county or any other governing bodies having jurisdiction in the retailing of food or merchandise.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
G. 
The applicant shall furnish the Township with proof of insurance coverage as required by resolution the Board of Supervisors. The form of the proof of insurance shall be as required by the Township at the time of the submission of the application.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:661; as amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017; and by Ord. No. 761, 3/5/2020]
The general park system contains a number of specialty areas, including, but not limited to, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, classrooms and gymnasium space, a dog park, a labyrinth garden, a fitness trail, sport fields, concession stands, natural areas, trails, playgrounds, swimming and boating areas, fishing areas, gazebos and pavilions, each requiring specific regulations concerning proper use of that individual facility. This Part 1A shall in no way restrict the Director from formulating and posting restrictions for these specific areas in addition to the general restrictions in this Part 1A.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:662; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
The Director and the Supervisor of Park Maintenance, their full-time staff and the Township Police Department shall enforce this Part 1A and shall exercise general supervision over persons occupying or using the parks. This section shall not be construed to limit enforcement of the regulations set forth herein by any other authorized Township enforcement agency.
[Ord. 321, 3/28/1977, § 2:663; as amended by Ord. 578, 6/13/2002, § 1]
1. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 1A, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part 1A continues or each section of this Part 1A which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
2. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 2, which stated that the Park and Recreation Board, in lieu of or in addition to the above penalties, may impose restrictions or limitations on the permit granted to such person, was repealed by Ord. No. 761, 3/5/2020.
3. 
Any person who violates any of the foregoing rules and regulations to the injury of Township property or to the person or property of any other person shall be liable for such injury in addition to payment of the fines and penalties set forth in this section. This section shall not be construed to limit such liability in any manner.