[Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield 5-13-1997 as §§ 2.101 and 2.102 of the 1997 Code; amended July 2007. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of these regulations shall be to protect the parks and parkways and appurtenances thereto in the Town from fire, abuse and desecration; to provide for the recreational use of these areas; to control and regulate traffic and maintain general order therein; and to further the safety, health, comfort, morals and welfare of all persons while within the limits of the parks and parkways.
Presence prohibited when closed. All public parks and public playgrounds in the Town shall be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. No person shall be within the Town parks between these hours.
Exemption. The Town Board may grant permission to any group wishing to use a specific public park or public playground during closed hours beyond 10:00 p.m. Permission shall be given in writing and shall contain the name of the group, the name of the responsible person in charge of the group, the extended closing time, and the date for which permission to use the specific public park or public playground beyond the closed hours is granted.
No person shall scatter, drop, or leave any pieces of paper, rags, tin cans, plastic, glass, peanut shells, melon rinds, banana peels, or other garbage, dead flowers, or other rubbish in any portion of the parks or parkways except in the receptacles provided for that purpose. All trash created by the person using the parks shall be removed from the premises by said person.
No person shall deposit, dump, throw or place any earth, rubbish, dust, manure, paper, garbage or other refuse matter or any sand, stone, lumber or building material or any substance in the water, grounds, or roadways of any park or parkway without permission of the Town Board.
Burning of garbage or other rubbish in barrels is prohibited.
Special events. The person in charge of a special event is responsible for removal of all garbage from the grounds after the event.
The Town will provide containers for all recyclables which will be clearly marked and displayed.
Auto radios, portable radios, CD players, recording devices and television sets must be turned low at all times so as not be heard from a distance beyond 50 feet from the instrument. No portable radio or television set shall be operated within any building unless specifically permitted in connection with a public gathering or a temporary exclusive use for which a permit has been granted. No bands or DJs are allowed to set up and perform outside without written approval by the Town Board.
No person shall sell, keep or offer for sale any tangible or intangible article, merchandise or thing, or solicit for any trade, occupation, business or profession, or for alms, within any park or parkway, without the written permission of the Town Board.
No person shall distribute, post, affix or display any card, handbill, sign, placard, target, banner, flag (except the United States or State of Wisconsin), or advertisement of any kind within any park or parkway, or upon any of the gates or enclosures thereof without the permission of the Town Board.
No person or group shall sell or offer for sale any fermented malt beverage in a Town park in conjunction with a picnic or other special event without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Town Board. Such permit may be issued by the Town Board upon receipt of such information as it may require from the applicant. Permits shall be valid for that period of time to be specified by the Town Board.
No person shall in any manner disturb, harass or interfere with any person or party holding a written permit as indicated previously, nor with any of their equipment or property.
Permits for the exclusive use of any picnic or play area for any specified date or time may be granted at the discretion of the Town Board, and no person shall in any manner disturb or interfere with any person or party occupying the ground under such a permit, nor with any equipment or property.
No person shall carry, fire, or discharge any gun, pistol or firearm, nor any rocket, torpedo or any other fireworks of any description, nor shall any person hunt with a bow and arrow within any park or parkway. The word "gun" shall include air gun.
No person shall throw stones or missiles or hit golf balls in or into any park, parkway or waterways.
No person shall make or kindle a fire for any purpose except in places provided therefor, and then subject to such regulations as may be prescribed.
The use of charcoal burners and grills in designated picnic areas shall be permitted, provided lawns and other vegetation are not damaged, and provided further that all unburned coals or ash is disposed of in a manner as to prevent fire or damage to any park property.
No booyah kettles or other similar cooking utensils are allowed with an open fire unless placed on a raised steel platform with a minimum of four inches of air space between ground surface and platform.
No person shall operate a motor vehicle or any other vehicles or ride a horse or walk in any part of the property in a Town park except upon facilities provided therefor.
No person shall kill, injure or attempt to injure, or unnecessarily disturb any waterfowl or other birds or animals, wild or domestic, including ponies, within any of the parks or parkways, nor shall any person rob or disturb the nest or eggs of any bird or other animal therein.
No person shall climb any tree, or pluck any flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, defile or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, fountain, ornament, statue, building, fence, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign, bridge, structure or other property within any park or parkway.
No person in any park or parkway shall remove any device for the protection of trees or shrubs, nor shall any person fasten a horse or other animal next to any tree, shrub or grass plot which may become damaged by the animal.
Parking and driving of any motorized vehicles are prohibited on nonpaved areas in Town parks or parkways. This shall not apply to vehicles engaged in construction, maintenance or operation of the parks or parkways, nor to vehicles making deliveries to parks or parkways, nor to emergency vehicles.
It will be necessary to reserve the shelter and/or the ball field for both special events and league play. Reservations will be scheduled by the Town Board and will be on a first come, first served basis. Fees will be reviewed on a yearly basis and will be determined on costs incurred during the season for the maintenance, lighting, and other operating expense.
The responsible person in charge of a special event or softball league will receive specific regulations on proper closing procedures prior to each event.
Any person violating this chapter shall be fined not less than $75 and not more than $1,000 for each offense, plus the costs and disbursements. In default of payment of the above forfeiture plus costs and disbursements, the person convicted shall be confined to the county jail until such forfeiture plus costs and disbursements have been paid, not to exceed 30 days.