Township of Canton, PA
Washington County
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§ 16-101 Creation of Township Parks and Recreation Board.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
1. 
The Canton Township Parks and Recreation Board shall consist of seven members. Members shall be appointed by the Canton Township Board of Supervisors. Members shall serve a term of six years, with two members being appointed/reappointed in each calendar year, except that in every third year, three members shall be appointed/re-appointed.
2. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall meet in the first week of each calendar year to organize/re-organize to nominate and elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Recording Secretary.
3. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall meet, at a date/time established by the Parks and Recreation Board and approved by the Township Board of Supervisors, no less than one time per each calendar month of every year.
4. 
Terms shall commence on January 1 in the year appointed; however, a member shall hold his or her office until his or her successor is appointed and confirmed.
5. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall establish by-laws, submit said by-laws to the Board of Supervisors and, once approved by the Board of Supervisors, operate in accordance with the approved by-laws.
6. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall propose an annual Parks and Recreation budget to the Board of Supervisors no less than 45 days prior to the end of the calendar year to cover projected expenses for the subsequent calendar year. Also, the Parks and Recreation Board shall provide a detailed accounting of all expenditures for parks and recreation programs/activities/facilities/materials and advertising for current calendar year.
7. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall plan, coordinate, advertise and/or recruit, for recreation programs for the benefit of Canton Township residents, and shall pursue joint municipality recreation projects with neighboring municipalities in the interest of Township residents.
8. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall plan, coordinate, direct and/or assign and implement recreational programs at all Township facilities including both indoor and outdoor facilities owned or leased by Canton Township.
9. 
Any activity, program, material, supplies, advertising, etc., that involves expending public funds shall be proposed to the Canton Township Board of Supervisors and duly authorized by that governing body prior to the extending and/or commitment of public funds.
10. 
Agreements between a public and/or private entity and the Canton Township Parks and Recreation Board shall be reviewed by the Township Manager and/or Township Solicitor, presented to the Board of Supervisors for review/approval before being accepted by the Township. These agreements, once reviewed and approved as described herein, may be signed by the Township Manager.
11. 
Except as provided in Subsections 1 through 10, the Parks and Recreation Board shall be organized, operate and perform such functions as provided for in the Second Class Township Code.

§ 16-102 Purpose.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
The purpose of this Part is to establish the operational guidelines, procedures of the Canton Township Parks and Recreation Board and to regulate the use of the facilities and property under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Board. The term "park" as used in this Part shall include all parks and other such facilities and property under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Board.

§ 16-103 General Restrictions.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
1. 
No person or group using a park or any Township recreation facility shall perform or permit others under their custody or control to perform any of the following acts:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any trees, plants or other natural features, buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, signs, monuments, stakes, posts or other markers, other structures, equipment, facilities, improvements or park property or parts or appurtenances, either real or personal.
B. 
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, river, bay or other body of water or on the ice in or adjacent to any park, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of the waters.
C. 
Engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which such conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance.
D. 
Endanger the safety or damage the property of any person by any conduct or act.
E. 
Violate any rule for the use of the park established by the Parks and Recreation Board.
F. 
Prevent any person from using any park, or any of its facilities, or interfere with such use which is in compliance with this Part and the rules applicable to such use.
G. 
Dogs are not permitted on Township property commonly referred to as a "ballfield" or "court." In a "park," dogs are not permitted within 50 feet of a "ballfield," "court" or defined "playground." Dog owners are responsible to pick up and dispose of excrements left by their dogs on all Township properties.
H. 
Adult males, ages 15 and above, are prohibited from using the ballfield located on Jefferson Avenue (State Route 844) for the purpose of playing softball. Individuals over the age of 12 years are prohibited from using the ballfield located on Jefferson Avenue (State Route 844) for the purpose of playing baseball.

§ 16-104 Hours of Operation; Use of Township Park and Recreation Facilities.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
1. 
The Township Parks and Recreation Board shall determine priority for use and issue permits for use to all organizations using Township parks and recreation facilities. The Parks and Recreation Board shall set use fees, determine the amounts of security deposits required for facility use, and shall publish a schedule for use of all recreational facilities. The Parks and Recreation Board shall consequently determine the amount of security deposit to be returned after inspecting said facility for damage and shall maintain the authority to revoke use permits or deny permits to be issued to any group, organization or individual found to be abusing or damaging Township property or violating any part of this Part.
2. 
All parks shall be closed to the general public from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. No person or group shall occupy or be present in any park during hours in which the park is not open to the public, except where a special permit or permission in writing has been granted by the Parks and Recreation Board designee for a group to conduct an activity or use specific facilities or buildings for an activity which extends beyond the regular closing hours.
3. 
Any park or part thereof may be declared closed to the public by the Parks and Recreation Board designee at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals, No person shall enter or be present in any park or portion which has been closed to the public.
4. 
No person or group shall bring in, dump or deposit any broken glass, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash in any park or leave any such materials therein. Park garbage, refuse, etc., is to be disposed of in the receptacles provided for this purpose. No glass beverages bottles of any kind shall be allowed in any Town park at any time, including the shelters and picnic grounds area.
5. 
No refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters or on the ice in or contiguous to any park but shall be placed in the proper receptacles.
6. 
Charcoal residue is to be left in the fireplace or grill or placed in a charcoal disposal container when provided.
7. 
Where receptacles for rubbish are not provided, all wastes shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence.

§ 16-105 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 16-105, Firearms and Bow, was repealed 8/10/2017 by Ord. 5-2017.

§ 16-106 Horses.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
No person shall bring a horse into or ride a horse in any of the Town parks.

§ 16-107 Motor Vehicles.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
1. 
No person shall drive or park a motor vehicle in any park except on such roads or parking lots specially designated for the use of motor vehicles.
2. 
Unless otherwise posted, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
3. 
No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a reckless or imprudent manner or in any manner which may tend to create a disturbance or endanger the safety of person using the parks or property therein.

§ 16-108 Snowmobiles.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
1. 
Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park except on trails specially marked and designated for the use of snowmobiles.
2. 
Snowmobiles shall not be operated at a speed in excess of 35 miles per hour except where other speed limits are posted.
3. 
On trails that have been marked and designated for one-way traffic, snowmobiles shall be operated only in the direction so designated.

§ 16-109 through § 16-118. (Reserved)

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]

§ 16-119 Additional Rules and Regulations.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
The Parks and Recreation Board is authorized to adopt additional rules and regulations as may be necessary for the management of parks and the uses thereof and may implement and enforce the same.

§ 16-120 Noise.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
No person shall use or operate any radio, phonograph, musical instrument or other mechanical, electrical sound making, reproducing or amplification device in a park or parkway so as to be heard at a distance greater than 50 feet from the above described instrument or device, radio or phonograph.

§ 16-121 Penalty.

[Ord. 2-2002, 5/15/2002, § 1]
Except as otherwise provided, any person found in violation of this Part or nay order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to the penalty provided in this Code of Ordinances.