[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Geddes 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 8-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 55.
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this chapter to ensure the preservation of outdoor public parklands, outdoor recreation facilities and outdoor playground areas within the Town of Geddes for the enjoyment of the residents of the Town of Geddes, to regulate activities within these areas consistent with the enjoyment of natural settings and park facilities and to prevent any nuisances to the residents of the Town of Geddes in the use of such public parklands, recreation facilities and playground areas or in the enjoyment of private property adjacent to such areas.
Each person, firm or corporation using the public parks 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. Each and every failure to conform to the provisions of this section shall be considered a separate violation of the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation using such parks, recreation or playground areas to either perform or permit to be performed any of the following acts:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, 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.
Remove, injure or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or growing thing or any rock or other mineral.
Kill, trap, hunt, pursue or in any manner disturb or cause to be disturbed any wild bird or animal within the recreation, park or playground sites.
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake or other body of water in 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 said waters; or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or trash anywhere within the park and playground sites owned or operated by the Town, but rather make use of proper receptacles where these are provided; where such receptacles are not provided, all such materials shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for their presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Commit any act which is defined as criminal conduct under the New York State Penal Law.
Fires may not be built or allowed anywhere in recreation, park or playground areas except in stoves, fireplaces or designated areas provided for that purpose.
It shall be unlawful to bring or cause to be brought any animal into any park, recreation or playground area, except for trained guide dogs for the blind, which are expressly exempt from all provisions of this chapter.
Gambling is prohibited on recreation, park or playground areas.
Recreation, park and playground areas shall be open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset, except as otherwise posted; and it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, other than Town personnel conducting Town business therein, to occupy or be present during any hours during which the park is not open to the public. Any section or part of the recreation, park or playground areas may be declared closed to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals, in order to serve the public interest as determined by the Director of Recreation.
Whenever any group, association or organization desires to use the Geddes Athletic Fields, or the pavilion located at Lakeland Park for a particular purpose, such as picnics, meetings, parties or theatrical or entertainment performances, a representative of said group, association or organization shall first be required to apply for and obtain a permit from the Director of Recreation for the specific use desired. The permit will be granted if it appears that the group, association or organization will not interfere with the general use of the park by the individual members of the public and if the group, association or organization meets all other conditions contained in the application as determined by the Director of Recreation. Fees for such permits shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board.
Whenever any group, association or organization desires to use the park or recreation areas in order to conduct organized sporting activities, including but not limited to Little League or adult league sporting events, said group, association or organization shall first be required to apply for and obtain a permit from the Director of Recreation for the specific use desired. The permit will be granted if it appears that the group, association or organization will not interfere with the general use of the park by the individual members of the public and if the group, association or organization meets all other conditions contained in the application as determined by the Director of Recreation, including but not limited to the payment of a reasonable use fee, said fee to be determined and set, from time to time, by resolution of the Town Board.
In accordance with Chapter 55 of the Town Code, no person shall possess, carry or transport any alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume the same in any open or unsealed container on any public lands as defined in that chapter, including parks and playgrounds owned by the Town, unless granted special permission by the Town Board of the Town of Geddes or its duly designated agent.
Facilities and areas in Town recreation, park or playground sites shall be used only for the purposes designated or implicit in their character. Special activities, including flying model airplanes, and the operation of motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts, snowmobiles and similar vehicles, shall not be permitted.
Licensed motor vehicles shall be permitted only on designated roadways. The speed limit for such vehicles shall be 15 miles per hour on such roadways. Motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts and snowmobiles shall not be permitted on the recreation, park or playground sites or roadways designated for licensed vehicular traffic unless licensed for travel on public roads of New York State. 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 Town 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 playground areas except for emergency repairs.
No person shall carry into and/or have possession of any glass beverages container in any recreation, park or playground site.
Any conduct which constitutes a violation of this chapter will be a violation, punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $250. Each such violation shall constitute a separate violation punishable under this section.
If any portion of this chapter should be declared unconstitutional by any court, the remainder of the chapter shall remain in full force and effect.