[1999 Code § 12.12.010; New]
Supervision. All parks and recreational areas in the Township shall be operated and maintained under the supervision of the Director of Parks and Recreation and the Director of Public Works.
Employees. The Director of Public Works shall have supervision over all employees concerned in the maintenance of such parks and recreational areas, and they shall perform their duties under his or her supervision.
Enforcement of Ordinances. The Director of Parks and Recreation shall see to the enforcement of all ordinances relating to the parks and recreational areas. He or she shall enforce all rules relating to the use of the park.
Compliance with Regulations Required. It is unlawful for any person to violate any regulation governing conduct in the Township parks or recreational areas which regulation has been approved by the Council of the Township.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, D]
Whenever any group, association or organization desires to use the park facilities for a particular purpose, such as picnics, parties or theatrical or entertainment performances, a representative of said group, association or organization shall first obtain a permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation for such purposes.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, D]
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall grant the application if it appears that the group, association or organization will not interfere with the general use of the park or recreational area by the individual members of the public and if the group, association or organization meets all other conditions contained in the application. The application may contain a requirement for an indemnity bond to protect the Township from any liability of any kind or character and to protect the Township property from damage and shall contain such a provision if the swimming pool is to be utilized by the group.
[1999 Code § 12.12.010, F]
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or organize any assembly or group of people or make any speeches or conduct any musical program or festivals in any park or recreational area unless a permit has been obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation, and unless such permit is carried by the person heading or leading such activity; provided, however, that the provisions hereof shall not apply to students' work when constituting a part of their educational activities under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities, nor to any governmental agency within the scope of its functions.
[1999 Code § 12.12.010, F]
Applications for a park permit shall be filed with the Director not less than twenty (20) days nor more than one hundred eight (108) days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct any such activity. Such application shall be sworn to and shall state:
The name of the person or organization wishing to conduct such activity;
If the activity is proposed to be conducted for, on behalf of or by an organization, the name, address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization and of the authorized and responsible head of such organization;
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the chairman of such activity and who will be responsible for its conduct;
The name, address and telephone number of the person or organization to whom the permit is desired to be issued;
The date when such activity is to be conducted;
The park, recreational area or portion thereof for which such permit is desired;
An estimate of the anticipated attendance;
The hour when such activity will start and terminate;
Whether such activity will include the sale or distribution by a nonprofit organization of alcoholic beverages pursuant to a valid special permit from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In the event that such activity will include the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages by a nonprofit organization, the applicant for a picnic permit shall pay (in addition to any other fees required to be paid) a nonrefundable fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars which shall be paid simultaneously with the picnic permit application. No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted unless the applicant shall first provide evidence that a valid special permit has been obtained from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Notwithstanding the above, the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages shall be limited to the confines of the following three (3) parks (excluding buildings situated thereon):
[1999 Code § 12.12.010, F]
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall grant and issue such park permit if:
The proposed activity or use of the park or recreational area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park;
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation;
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application;
The conduct of such activity will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic;
The conduct of such activity will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the Township to properly police such activity and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Township;
The conduct of such activity is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property or incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
Such activity is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods or event and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.
[1999 Code § 12.12.010, F]
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall act upon the application for a park permit within five (5) days after the filing of the same.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, A]
Each person, firm or corporation using the public parks, recreational areas and grounds shall clean up all debris, extinguish all fires when such fires are permitted and leave the premises in good order and the facilities in a neat and sanitary condition.
[1999 Code §§ 12.12.010, E,F; 12.12.020, B]
It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation using such parks or recreational areas to either perform or permit to be performed any of the following acts:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines or other public utilities, or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal;
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed, in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or recreational area or in any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of these waters;
Bring in or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park or recreational area or left anywhere on the grounds provided; where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park or recreational area by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere;
Disturb the peace or use any profane, obscene or blasphemous language;
Endanger the safety of any person by any conduct or act;
Commit any assault or battery or engage in fighting;
Carry, possess or drink any alcoholic liquor in any park or recreational area, other than in those three (3) parks identified in subsection 24-2.4 and only for nonprofit organizations who have obtained a special permit from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and have also obtained a picnic permit from the Director of Parks and Recreation pursuant to subsection 24-2.4;
Violate any rule for the use of the park or recreational area, or any of its facilities, or interfere with such use in compliance with this section and the rules applicable to such use;
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park or recreational area, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereafter adopted;
Appear in bathing costume at any place in the parks, except within the limits of designated bathing places or areas, and all bathing costumes shall conform to commonly accepted standards;
Dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose;
It is unlawful for any person to engage in ballplaying or the use of a frisbee or an activity of like kind which may endanger the safety of others, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 15 to September 30 of each year, in any of the locations to be determined from time to time by the Director of Parks and Recreation. Signs shall be posted at each such location as follows: "No ball or frisbee playing from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 15 to September 30;"
Amusement for Gain. No amusement for gain or for which a charge is made can be conducted in a park or recreational area without the consent of the Governing Body of the park or recreational area, and such amusement must be conducted in accordance with any ordinance pertaining thereto.
It is unlawful to engage in special activities, including flying model airplanes, golf practice, ice skating, games and picnics, except at locations specifically designated for such activities by the park commissioners. Areas for such activities may be reserved by groups for use at specified times.
Automobiles and Other Vehicles.
It is unlawful to drive or park any automobile or motorcycle on a street, driveway or parking lot in any park or recreation area or to park or leave any such vehicle in any place other than one established for public parking.
It is unlawful to ride, drive or use a minibike or moped except on a street, driveway or path in any park or recreation area, except where otherwise designated.
It is unlawful to bring any dangerous animal into any park or recreation area, and it shall be unlawful to permit any dog to be in any park or recreation area unless such dog is on a leash not more than six (6) feet long.
It is unlawful to ride a horse except on designated bridle trails where permitted. Horses shall be thoroughly broken and ridden with due care and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall horses be hitched to any rack, tree or shrub.
Sales. It is unlawful for any person, other than employees and officials of this park district acting on behalf of this district, to vend, sell, peddle or offer for sale any commodity or article within any park or recreation area.
Alcoholic Beverages. It is unlawful for any person to have in his or her possession, custody or control any alcoholic beverage of any kind whatsoever.
Signs. It is unlawful for anyone to paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park or recreation area, provided that these provisions shall not apply to any properly authorized government official.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, C; New]
The park or recreational area shall be opened daily to the public during the hours of sunrise to sunset, except for those facilities and/or activities which require artificial lighting after sunset. Notwithstanding the hours of operation aforesaid, the playing of basketball shall be prohibited in any park or outdoor recreation facility prior to 9:00 a.m. on weekends and 8:00 a.m. on weekdays. It is unlawful for any person or persons, other than Township personnel conducting Township business therein, to occupy or to be present in said park or recreation area during any hours in which the park is not open to the public.
Any section or part of the park or recreational area may be declared closed to the public by the Parks and Recreation Director or Public Works Director at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, F; New]
The Director of Parks and Recreation may conduct or permit a winter ice skating program. In such event, the Director of Parks and Recreation may permit the park or recreation area to be open during reasonable hours.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, E]
No person in park or recreation area shall picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
No person in a park or recreation area shall use any portion of the picnic area or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, H]
The Township reserves the right, with respect to any or all of the public park and recreation areas and any facilities located therein, to enter into any agreement with the Board of Education of the Township concerning the control and use thereof and, anything contained in this section to the contrary notwithstanding, any use of the premises or facilities by the Board of Education pursuant to any agreement with the Township Council or the Department of Parks and Recreation.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, I]
In addition to the other provisions of this section the following use regulations shall apply specifically to the Skate Park:
The park is to open to skateboards, in-line skates and BMX bicycles only.
No skating, rollerblading or bike racing will be permitted when equipment is wet and/or icy.
The following safety equipment is required when using the facility: Helmets, Knee Pads, Elbow Pads — approved by national standards, must be worn at all times. Failure to wear such equipment shall be cause for immediate eviction from the facility.
Only equipment installed by the Township of Edison may be used within the facility.
Rules and regulations shall be posted at the entrance to the facility.
Additional rules and regulations may be promulgated by the Business Administrator as deemed necessary to ensure the safe and appropriate use of the facility.
[1999 Code § 12.12.020, B]
No person shall operate any roller skates, skateboard, scooter or razor scooter on any property open to the public or used by the public for roller skating, skateboarding or riding a scooter or in any public park, playground or recreational area unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened helmet which meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z90 4 bicycle helmet standard), the Snell Memorial Foundation's 1990 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard or other such standard, as appropriate.
A person who violates the provisions of paragraph a. above by failing to wear an approved helmet shall be warned of the violation by the enforcing official and directed to leave the public property. Any person who violates the provision of this section after having been warned may be fined a maximum of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the first offense and a maximum of one hundred ($100.00) dollars for a subsequent offense.
There shall be posted within each public park, playground or recreational area a sign which reads as follows:
"Roller skating, skateboarding, or riding a scooter or razor scooter without helmet on this property is a violation of State law and the Code of the Township of Edison. Violators are subject to a maximum fine of $100.00 dollars."
[1999 Code § 12.12.030; Ord. No. O.1569-2007; New; Ord. No. O.1623-2008§ 1; Ord. No. O.1669-2008§ I; Ord. No. O.1719-2009§ I; Ord. No. O.1797-2012; Res. R.212-032016; Res. R.134-022018; amended 12-11-2019 by Res. No. R.694-122019]
[1999 Code § 12.12.040]
Any person violating any of the provisions of Sections 24-1 through 24-5 or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park or recreation area property and shall be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5, and a period of community service as follows:
[1999 Code §§ 12.24.010 through 12.24.030; Ord. No. O.1569-2007]
Fees for use of the Municipal Boat Basin may be found in Section 24-4, Park and Recreation Fee Schedule.
[1999 Code § 12.24.040]
Fees are payable to the Supervisor of Licenses and Permits of the Township. Residents must show satisfactory proof of residence to the Supervisor of Licenses and Permits before the issuance of a resident municipal boat basin tag. The Supervisor of Licenses and Permits, upon receipt of the proper fee, shall issue an Edison boat basin tag which shall be firmly attached to the passenger side front of the boat trailer.
[1999 Code § 12.24.050]
In the further interest of providing adequate recreational facilities at the municipal boat basin, the Township may lease, rent or enter into contracts with private concessionaires for the selling of goods or services, all as may be permitted by law.
[1999 Code § 12.24.060]
Any person who violates the provisions of this section and any boat user or private concessionaire who makes use of the Edison municipal boat basin without first complying with the rules and regulations as established by this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5.
[Ord. No. O.1928-2016]
The Township, the Borough of Metuchen and Middlesex County together created an off-leash dog area for use by local residents at the existing Whitman Avenue Park located at 125 Whitman Avenue (Block 199.A, Lot 31.B1) in Edison (the "Dog Park").
In connection with the public's use and enjoyment of the Dog Park, the Township desires to adopt and implement a set of rules and regulations (the "Rules and Regulations"), which may be amended from time to time, and which will govern the use of the Dog Park.