Township of Lower Paxton, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Paxton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-11]
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this article to ensure the preservation of public park lands, recreation facilities and conservation areas for the residents of the Township, to regulate activities within these areas consistent with the enjoyment of unspoiled natural settings or park facilities and to prevent any nuisances to the residents of the Township in the use of such public park lands, recreation facilities and conservation areas or in the enjoyment of private property adjacent to such areas.
For purposes of this article, the following words/terms shall have the meanings herein indicated.
BUSINESS ACTIVITY
Offering an article, thing, or service for sale or hire.
GAMBLING
To play a game for money or property.
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
An organization whose service or purpose is not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit.
VENDOR
An individual, partnership, business, company, group of individuals, or other entity that has a product, information or service for sale or distribution to others.
No persons except those authorized by the Township and conducting Township business shall, in recreation, park or conservation areas:
A. 
Injure, deface, disturb, befoul nor in any manner destroy or cause to be destroyed any part of any recreation, park or conservancy site owned by the Township, nor any building, sign structure, equipment, utility or other property found therein.
B. 
Remove, injure or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or growing thing or any rock or other mineral.
C. 
Kill, trap, hunt, pursue or in any manner deliberately disturb or cause to be disturbed any wild bird or animal within the recreation, park and conservancy sites owned by the Township, except as permitted in § 132-7C.
D. 
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake or other body of water or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which may result in the pollution of such waters, nor dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, pet waste, garbage, refuse or trash anywhere within the park and conservancy sites owned by the Township, but rather make use of proper receptacles where these are provided; and where receptacles are not so provided, all such materials shall be carried away from the park by the person or persons responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
A. 
Hours of operation. Recreation, park and conservation areas shall be open daily to the public from official sunrise to official sunset, except for lighted courts and fields which shall be open from official sunrise until 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time; and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, other than Township personnel conducting Township business therein, to occupy or to be present in such park during any hours in which the park is not open to the public. Permits must be obtained for use after official sunset or 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time closing times for specific activities. Any section or part of the recreation, park and conservation areas may be declared closed to the public any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals. During such periods of time, it shall be unlawful to enter upon or occupy such areas or portions thereof contrary to posted regulations.
B. 
All individuals or groups who desire to reserve Township owned park facilities are required to obtain a permit for such use and to carry the permit at the facility during the effective dates and times. The following Application Procedure shall be followed to obtain a permit.
(1) 
An appropriate application along with the rental fee and deposit required shall be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department in order to obtain a permit for such use in the designated park area. Appropriate permit applications are:
(a) 
Park pavilion reservation.
(b) 
Park ball field/court reservation.
(c) 
Heroes Grove Amphitheater reservation.
(d) 
Special event permit application.
(e) 
Park vending permit application.
(2) 
All applications shall be reviewed by Township staff and upon approval, a permit shall be issued as confirmation of the reservation. Use of the facility shall be restricted to the terms specified on the permit issued to the individual or group.
(3) 
Refundable cancellations are those requested more than two weeks in advance of the reserved time; cancellations within two weeks of the reserved time are non-refundable. In case of inclement weather, a reservation may be rescheduled based upon availability by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department. A rain date may be scheduled in advance along with the appropriate fee.
C. 
All individuals or groups who receive a permit to reserve Township owned park facilities are required to adhere to the following general guidelines.
(1) 
All posted rules and regulations of the park facility shall be applicable to the permittee. All Township ordinances within the Lower Paxton Code of Ordinances, Chapter 132, Parks and Recreation, along with all amendments and resolutions shall be applicable to the permittee.
(2) 
A security deposit may be required for the use of Township park facilities, as determined by Manager of Parks and Recreation.
(3) 
All persons using Township park facilities shall be responsible for cleaning the facility before leaving. Tables shall be wiped off and placed in the locations in which they were found. If necessary, floors shall be swept. All refuse shall be gathered and placed in the proper containers.
(4) 
Any additional equipment (such as entertainment systems, animals, carnival and water activities, etc.) to be brought onto park property in conjunction with a reservation shall be pre-approved, in writing, by the Parks and Recreation Department and noted on the permit. A signed certificate of liability insurance, naming Lower Paxton Township as an additionally insured and carrying a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence, may be required for reservation approval and permit issuance.
D. 
Facilities and areas in Township recreation, park or conservancy sites shall be used only for the purposes designated or implicit in their character. Special activities including flying model airplanes and drones, games, picnics, the operation of motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts, snowmobiles and similar vehicles shall be permitted only at locations or trails specifically designated for such use and at times established.
E. 
Licensed motor vehicles shall be permitted only on designated roadways. The speed limit for such vehicles on such roadways shall be 15 miles per hour. Motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts and snowmobiles shall not be permitted on roadways designated for licensed vehicular traffic, unless licensed for travel on the public roads of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All vehicles shall be parked in areas or places so provided and designated. Parking in places contrary to posted regulations and times is prohibited, and such vehicles may be removed by the Township at the owner's expense. All parking is prohibited after regular closing time. It shall be unlawful to clean, wash, repair or do any work whatsoever on private vehicles within recreation, park and conservation areas, except for emergency repairs.
F. 
Fees shall be set by separate resolution, from time to time, of the Park and Recreation Board.
The sale of articles, items, or things by the Township or nonprofit organizations, including private vendors working as a subcontractor to/working with the Township or nonprofit organizations to further the mission of said organizations, shall be permitted if approved through a park vending permit. Nonprofit athletic organizations shall, with the approval of the Parks and Recreation Manager, be permitted to utilize municipally owned concession stands for the sale of articles or things.
A. 
Signs, banners, and other forms of recognition of private businesses shall only be permitted in accordance with the Township's policy on advertising, sponsorship, and naming rights.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. II, Sponsorship and Naming Rights, of this article.
B. 
One freestanding scoreboard is permitted per playing field, provided that it shall not exceed 200 square feet in area and 20 feet in height at the top. Commercial messages shall only be permitted in accordance with the Township's policy on advertising, sponsorship, and naming rights. The face of a scoreboard, including any attached commercial signs and panels, shall be permanently oriented toward the recreation and spectator area.
A. 
Fires shall not be built or allowed anywhere in recreation, park or conservation areas, except in stoves, fireplaces or designated areas provided for that purpose.
B. 
Fireworks shall be prohibited on recreation, park and conservation lands. Fireworks displays may be permitted with the approval of the Board of Supervisors after receiving recommendations from the Manager of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for owners of domesticated animals to allow same within recreation, park or conservation areas without being controlled by a leash not more than six feet long, except within a designated dog park. A permit shall be obtained for the training and/or exhibition of animals in designated areas. It shall be unlawful to bring any dangerous animal into any recreation, park or conservation area.
D. 
Gambling is prohibited on recreation, park and conservation lands.
E. 
Private, for-profit business activities, separate from an approved fundraising event of the Township or a nonprofit organization, and signs, banners, and other forms of business recognition that are not conducted in accordance with the Township's policy on advertising, sponsorship, and naming rights are prohibited.
F. 
Private, for-profit business activities shall not be announced, advertised or called to the public attention in any way except in accordance with the Township's policy on advertising, sponsorship, and naming rights.
G. 
It shall be unlawful to post, fasten, paint, write, carve, or affix any notice, sign, advertisement or any inscription whatever upon any structure, tree, stone, fence, thing or enclosure within any recreation, park or conservation area or on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to any recreation, park or conservation area, except in accordance with the Township's policy on advertising, sponsorship, and naming rights.
H. 
It shall be unlawful to land a private or commercial airplane or helicopter on recreation, park and conservation lands.
I. 
Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, etc. are not permitted on the park's ballfields, ball courts, pavilions, benches and tables, or Heroes Grove Amphitheater.
J. 
Smoking, vaping, juuling and the use of any other form of e-cigarettes is prohibited on any recreation, park and conservation lands, including, but not limited to the Friendship Center.
[Amended 3-5-2019 by Ord. No. 19-02]
K. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in any recreation, park or conservation area to:
(1) 
Disturb the peace or use profane or obscene language.
(2) 
Endanger the safety of any person by any conduct or act.
(3) 
Commit any assault, battery or engage in fighting.
(4) 
Carry, possess or drink any alcoholic beverages.
(5) 
Violate any rule for the use of the park made or approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
(6) 
Prevent any person from using any park or any facilities, or interfere with such use in compliance with this article and the rules applicable to such use.
(7) 
Act in an unlawful, disorderly or disruptive manner or against the best interest of the areas or other people.
The Township Manager and agents designated by him, primarily the Manager of Parks and Recreation, shall administer the provisions of this article, including the establishment and collecting of fees, preparation of application forms, issuance and revocation of permits, promulgation of rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this article and all other decisions relative thereto. When acts or conduct of individuals or groups is determined to be in violation of this article or rules and regulations promulgated by the authority of this article or not to be in the best interests of the recreation, park and conservancy area, or when such acts of conduct endanger other people, private or public property, or when such acts are deemed to be disruptive to the surrounding neighborhood, the Township Police, Manager of Parks and Recreation or his agent assigned to such area or program shall have the authority to cause such acts to be terminated or to expel the perpetrators of such acts from the area or to call the Township Police to arrest and detain such individual or individuals or to file a complaint for the violation of this article with a District Magisterial Judge.
This article 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 or which violates or permits the violation of this section shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 6-20-2017 by Res. No. 17-26]
A. 
Lower Paxton Township may seek to establish revenue streams that will enhance its ability to deliver services and facilities to the community beyond the core levels funded from the Township's General Fund. This support shall further the Township's mission by providing monetary or in-kind support of the Parks and Recreation Department and its facilities in a manner that respects the noncommercial nature of Township properties and services.
B. 
In appreciation of such support, it is the policy of Lower Paxton Township to provide sponsors with suitable acknowledgement of their contributions. However, such recognition shall adhere to the aesthetic values and purposes of the Department's parks, facilities, and services. In addition, acknowledgement does not constitute an endorsement by the Township or its Parks and Recreation Department of the sponsor, its organization, products, or services.
C. 
This policy is not applicable to gifts, grants, or unsolicited donations in which no benefits are granted to the donor and where no business relationship exists between the donor and the Township.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADVERTISING
The activity of attracting the public's attention to a particular product or service.
COMMUNITY EVENT
Programs, activities, or functions that are held in facilities or on properties owned or leased by Lower Paxton Township for parks and recreation.
DONATIONS
The provision of in-kind goods and/or money for which no benefits are sought.
LOGO
A symbol or name that is used to brand an organization.
NAMING RIGHT
A type of sponsorship in which an individual, corporation, or other entity purchases the exclusive right to name an asset or venue (i.e., athletic field, sports complex, parks and recreation amenity, or community facility) for a fixed period of time. Usually, naming rights are considered in a commercial context, in which the naming right is sold or exchanged for significant cash and/or other considerations under a long-term agreement.
SPONSORSHIP
Financial or in-kind support from an individual, corporation, or other entity for a specific Township service, program, facility, park, or event in return for certain benefits.
SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
The legal instrument that sets forth the terms and conditions the parties have agreed to.
TOWNSHIP
Lower Paxton Township.
A. 
The Board of Supervisors of Lower Paxton Township shall approve all sponsorships meeting the following criteria:
(1) 
Sponsorships of $10,000 or more.
(2) 
Naming rights.
(3) 
Agreements that exceed three years in term.
B. 
The Friendship Center Operating Board shall approve all sponsorships related to the Friendship Center, provided that approval by the Board of Supervisors is not otherwise required.
C. 
The Parks and Recreation Board shall approve all sponsorships related to the following, provided that approval by the Board of Supervisors is not otherwise required:
(1) 
Sponsorships less than $10,000.
(2) 
Community events.
A. 
Sponsorship agreements may be negotiated for community events.
B. 
All proposed sponsorship agreements shall be considered on a case-by-case basis, and shall be consistent with the Township's vision, mission, and strategic plan.
C. 
Ineligible sponsorships include, but are not limited to, any potential sponsor whose primary products or services are the sale of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, sexually explicit materials, or inappropriate materials.
D. 
A sponsorship agreement shall not obligate the Township to any single entity, product or service nor imply the Township's endorsement of same.
E. 
Sponsorship shall not confer or transfer any right of control, decisionmaking, or influence over the Township or its facilities.
F. 
All funds accepted shall by the Township be administered in accordance with the Township's financial management policies and procedures.
G. 
Sponsorship agreements shall not limit the Township's ability to seek other sponsors.
H. 
Recognition benefits to be offered shall not compromise the design standards and visual integrity of Township property, as determined by the Parks and Recreation Board or the Friendship Center Operating Board.
A. 
In recognition of a sponsor's contribution, preference shall be given to providing an off-site form of recognition that may include one or more of the following:
(1) 
A thank you letter.
(2) 
Publicity through the Township's website, newsletters, media releases and/or other promotional materials.
(3) 
Events, such as a press conference, photo opportunity, ground breaking or ribbon cutting ceremony.
(4) 
Acknowledgement at a televised Board of Supervisors public meeting.
(5) 
Commemorative items, such as a framed picture or plaque.
(6) 
Inclusion on a sponsorship recognition board/wall at municipal offices.
(7) 
Inclusion on a register of sponsors that is accessible to the public online.
B. 
Where on-site recognition is to be provided, types of recognition may include:
(1) 
Temporary signs, which may include logos, acknowledging a sponsor during the construction or restoration of a particular park facility or during an event.
(2) 
Permanent (permanency is limited to the life of the asset) plaque or paver, if applicable.
(3) 
Signs or banners used for nonprofit, youth sports organizations' fundraising at recreation and sporting facilities may be permitted provided that the following criteria are met:
(a) 
Signs shall be on the interior walls or fence of an open stadium or field and shall be designed to be viewed from the inside of the stadium only. They shall be removed at the end of each sports' season.
(b) 
Signs shall not be greater than 32 square feet in size.
(c) 
Signs shall not be illuminated.
(d) 
Signs shall have a green background with white lettering.
(4) 
Scoreboards within Township parks shall adhere to the following criteria:
(a) 
Scoreboards shall not exceed 200 square feet in area, and the top of the scoreboard shall be not more than 20 feet above ground level.
(b) 
Commercial messages, including logos, shall not exceed 30% of the front face of the scoreboard.
(c) 
The face of all scoreboards, including any attached commercial signs and panels, shall be permanently oriented toward the recreation and spectator area.
(d) 
Any digital display shall not exceed 30% of the total scoreboard area.
(5) 
The on-site recognition referenced in this section shall not possess logos or verbiage that reference or promote the sale of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, sexually explicit materials, or inappropriate materials.
C. 
Naming of an asset or venue in a Township park or the Friendship Center, as per the Naming Rights Guidelines, as stated in § 132-16 of this article.
Potential sponsorship opportunities that are more interactive than those described above may also be permissible for certain facilities or services under this policy. These sponsorship opportunities shall be subject to the approval of Township management staff, provided that a higher level of approval is not required by this policy. Other potentially acceptable sponsorship opportunities include, but are not limited to:
A. 
Giveaway items, coupons, or other sponsorship related marketing materials.
B. 
Event booth space.
C. 
Contest, drawings, or other activities that request a response.
A. 
Attributing naming rights to a community facility shall be undertaken in a well-thought-out manner to ensure that the name, facility function, and reputation of all complement each other and do not detract from the public perception and use of the facility.
B. 
Naming rights agreements shall be approved by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
C. 
Naming rights for a community property or facility shall only be considered where a "significant" contribution has been offered toward the procurement or construction of a property or facility, or ongoing operating expense of same.
D. 
All naming rights shall be approved for a specific term as determined by the Township.
E. 
Naming rights term renewals, extensions, and incumbency rights shall be subject to the mutual agreement of all parties, as established in the original agreement.
F. 
The naming rights entity shall have ongoing responsibilities to adhere to the standards set forth herein and in the naming rights agreement, which shall have termination provisions in the event of the failure to comply therewith.
G. 
Naming rights opportunities shall be solicited using an open and competitive process. If a request for proposal (RFP) or competitive bid is issued, it shall be subject to the normal approval processes of the Board of Supervisors.