[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Hartford 10-3-1973 by L.L. No. 2-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Added 8-20-1980 by L.L. No. 7-1980; amended 5-13-1998 by L.L. No. 5-1998; 6-13-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
This chapter shall apply to those lands owned by or under the control and supervision of the Town of New Hartford, dedicated or otherwise devoted to active or passive recreation and known as "Donovan Memorial Park," "Sherrillbrook Park," "Washington Mills Athletic Park," Recreation Center, "Veterans Memorial Park," "Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Trail," and any extensions thereof. Use of the term "park" in this chapter shall mean and include the above-referenced facilities.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
The Donovan Memorial Park, Sherrillbrook Park, and the Washington Mills Athletic Park shall be opened to the general public for pavilion rentals, field use permits and for normal passive recreational usage between May 1 and October 31 of each year following a daily opening and closing schedule as follows:
The Veterans Memorial Park and Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Trail shall be opened to the general public for normal passive recreational usage year round with no limited hours of usage.
All vehicles shall be operated or parked only upon clearly marked and designated roadways, and at no time shall any vehicle be operated at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour.
There shall be no willful damage or destruction of park property. Park property shall include, but not be limited to, appliances, buildings, trees, shrubs and amusement and convenience fixtures and appurtenances.
Fires are restricted to those receptacles furnished for general public use or, in the alternative, fireboxes owned by the users thereof. Any other open fire is forbidden at any time.
Organized groups of over 25 persons must obtain a permit from the Town Board.
Firearms, including any type of weapon, fireworks, explosives and dangerous instruments (as defined by the Penal Law), are forbidden within the park at any time.
[Amended 8-20-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997; 6-13-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
Domestic animals, including dogs, cats and horses, are to be leashed and under control of the owner, guardian or caregiver, at all times while within the park.
Exception. Dogs may be off leash while inside the dog park located at Sherrillbrook Park. All users of the dog park must have a valid registration on file with the Parks Office and with the Department of Animal Control.
All users of the dog park must adhere to the rules and regulations provided upon registration for a user ID card. The rules and regulations will also be posted at the entrance of the dog park and shall also be available at the park offices and animal control office. Violators will be subject to removal from the park, suspension of park privileges and subject to fines, as outlined in §§ 56-1A through E, 56-1.2A through F, 56-2, and 88-8 through 88-10 of the laws of the Town of New Hartford, in addition to the Oneida County Sanitary Code, Article XV, Section 2, Subsection 3h and i, along with Article 7, § 119, Subsections (a), (b) and (c), of the State of New York Agriculture and Markets Law; along with § 121 of the State of New York Agriculture and Markets Law; along with § 2145 of the New York State Public Health Law, Title IV, Article 21.
Sherrillbrook Dog Park.
Access; application; hours.
Entry to, and use of, the dog park is restricted to Town-approved applicants only.
Entry to the dog park is gained by proper use of a Town-issued magnetic access card.
Persons seeking an application to use the dog park can do so by contacting the Town Parks and Recreation Office located in Sherrillbrook Park; telephone: 724-0654.
Dog park rules and regulations.
Persons making use of the dog park do so at their own risk of injury to selves and dogs.
Persons making use of the dog park shall be responsible for injuries caused by their dogs to other persons and dogs. Persons responsible for any such injuries or property damage shall hold the Town of New Hartford harmless for same.
Persons making use of the dog park must be 18 years of age or older, and dogs must be at least four months old, properly licensed with the state, with proper vaccinations for rabies. Parvo/distemper and bordatella vaccinations are recommended.
No entry will be permitted without a park registration tag, dog license tag, and rabies identification tag attached to the dog collar.
Allowing other individuals to utilize a dog pass or to give access to unregistered dogs will result in immediate suspension of privileges.
No choke, prong or spike collars, as these can injure dogs during play.
The permit holder must have in his or her possession a mutt mitt (baggy) or some other form of equipment to clean up after his or her dog(s). All waste must be placed in a mutt mitt and placed in a waste receptacle provided at the park in accordance with § 56-1.2 of the New Hartford Code.
No animals other than dogs may be brought into the dog park.
Dogs must never be left unattended. The dog owner/permit holder must keep an eye on his or her dog(s) at all times and keep a leash available at all times.
Dogs must be leashed at all times when not in the dog park.
Dogs may not be brought into the park if they are less than four months old, sick or unhealthy, have a history of aggressiveness, have been adjudicated as dangerous by a court of law, or are females in heat.
If aggressive action is observed, the permit holder must leave the park immediately with the aggressive dog.
Children under 12 years of age must be closely supervised at all times. It is strongly urged that, for their own safety, young children not be brought to the dog park; if they are, the children must be close enough to hold an adult's hand at all times.
No food, treats, rawhide chews, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, strollers, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or toys will be allowed in the dog park area. Littering and smoking is prohibited.
No more than three beings (dogs and/or small children) per handler will be allowed.
Dog owners must immediately fill any holes their dogs dig; a shovel will be provided at the dog park entrance.
Professional dog trainers/behaviorists and dog walkers are not permitted to use the dog park to conduct their business unless they are participating in a park-sponsored program approved by the New Hartford Parks Department.
Dogs, permit holders and park users creating a disturbance or violating rules must immediately leave the off-leash area if requested by law enforcement personnel, park personnel or their designated agents.
No large dogs will be allowed in the small-dog area and vice versa.
All gates must be closed at all times after entering or leaving.
All dog bites must be reported to the New Hartford Animal Control Department at 733-6666. If a bite occurs, the dog's owner must exchange his or her name and phone number with the other dog owner.
The Town of New Hartford Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close the dog park area for maintenance and repairs.
Enforcement. Enforcement of the above rules and regulations is under the immediate supervision of the Town of New Hartford Animal Control Officer. Violators of dog park rules and regulations will be subject to one or more of the following:
Removal from the park;
Suspension of park privileges;
Revocation of dog park permit; and/or
A fine as outlined and provided in §§ 56-1A through E, 56-1.2A through F, 56-2, and 88-8 through 88-10 of the laws of the Town of New Hartford, in addition to the Oneida County Sanitary Code, Article XV, Section 2, Subsection 3h and i, along with Article 7, § 119, Subsections (a), (b) and (c), of the State of New York Agriculture and Markets Law; along with § 121 of the State of New York Agriculture and Markets Law; along with § 2145 of the New York State Public Health Law, Title IV, Article 21.
Alcoholic beverages of any type are not allowed within the park at any time.
Littering is specifically prohibited, and all refuse shall be deposited in receptacles placed at intervals about the park.
[Added 8-20-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997]
All nonmotorized bicycles, excepting town police bicycle patrols, shall be used only upon paved roadways within the town parks and specifically the Trail A section of the parks' hiking and trail system as so delineated.
All motorized bicycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV's) and/or snowmobiles are prohibited from the town parks.
[Added 4-9-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
All persons are prohibited from fishing at the Washington Mills Athletic Park from the Friday immediately preceding the first Saturday in June, beginning at 12:00 noon on that Friday, until 2:00 p.m. on the first Saturday in June. The only fishing allowed would be during the fishing derby by those participating with children under the age of 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the first Saturday in June.
Those persons within the boundaries of the park, whether using its facilities or not, are subject to the rules and regulations contained herein and may be ejected from the park in the event that they violate any rule or regulation.
[Amended 8-20-1980 by L.L. No. 2-1980]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.