Township of Oxford, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council (now Township Committee) of the Township of Oxford 4-5-1976 by Ord. No. 76-5 (Ch. 72 of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alcoholic beverages – See Ch. 112.
Animals – See Ch. 118.
Loitering – See Ch. 208.
Mobile home parks and campgrounds – See Ch. 213.
Peace and good order – See Ch. 240.
Smoking in recreational facilities – See Ch. 268.

§ 234-1 Prohibited acts.

No person in a public park or recreation area shall:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any buildings, bridges, cables, benches, fireplaces, railing, pavings or paving materials, 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, whether real or personal.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms, washrooms and bathhouses in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms, washrooms and bathhouses designated for the opposite sex.
Dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, stones, trees, shrubs or plants or other wood or materials, or make any excavation.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick flowers or seed of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, planters, fountains, parking, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird; nor remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest, or young of any reptile or bird. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes known to be deadly poisonous or deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any swimming pool, fountain, pond, lake, stream or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
Deposit 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 left anywhere on the grounds thereof but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided. Where receptacles are not provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and in such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth, or may be hereinafter adopted; nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activities are prohibited upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
Frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated for such purposes for each individual site.
Erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach or bathing area any tent, shelter or structure of any kind unless there shall be an unobstructed view into said tent, shelter or structure from at least two sides, nor shall any guy wire, rope, or extension brace or support be connected or fastened from such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object outside thereof.
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.
Carry or possess firearms of any description, or air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
Picnic or lunch or consume food or beverages in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate 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.
Set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon, or the like, except in those areas designated for those purposes.
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, arrow, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games, such as football, baseball and lacrosse, is prohibited, except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Rollerskating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated.

§ 234-2 Additional prohibited acts.

While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and, in particular, no person shall:
Bring alcoholic beverages and/or drink the same at any time in a park or recreation area.
[Amended 6-21-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-05]
Possess, set or otherwise cause to explode, discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosive or flammable material or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that, in conjunction with any other substance or compound, would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints. Permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated parks or recreation areas.
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Prohibited in This Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet in length.
Occupy any seat or bench or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
Build or attempt to build a fire, except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco, paper or other flammable materials within any park or on any highway, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance, except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated.
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority of the governing body or its designee specifically permitting operation within a park or recreation area.
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.

§ 234-3 Use by certain organizations authorized.

[Added 8-12-1980 by Ord. No. 80-4; amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
The Oxford Township Committee, by resolution, may authorize any organizations operating solely for civic, religious, educational, charitable, fraternal, social or recreational purposes, and not for private gain, to use any Township public park or recreation area for a one-day picnic or similar group activity. Such resolution may include authorization for exclusive use of a picnic pavilion on the day set forth. Such resolution may include authorization for the serving of beer at no charge to members of the authorized group only. Such authorization shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Any group who obtains a beer permit from the Township for the park must also be responsible for all trash removal.

§ 234-4 Oxford Furnace Lake.

[Added 6-15-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-6]
The Township of Oxford shall establish a fee schedule, which may be amended by resolution from year to year, for the use of the recreation area at Oxford Furnace Lake. Said fee schedule shall include but not be limited to fees for daily and seasonal swimming for residents and nonresidents, reservation and use of gas grills, reservation and use of the pavilion, and reservation and use of picnic tables at the recreation area, and/or any combination thereof.
The Township of Oxford shall establish a procedure for reservation and use of all or a portion of the recreation area by organizations as set forth in § 234-3 of this chapter.
The Township of Oxford shall establish an operating schedule, which may be amended by resolution from year to year, for the recreation area, including the dates and times of operation.

§ 234-5 Enforcement.

The governing body, its duly delegated Recreation Commissioner, park attendants and any other duly appointed enforcement authority shall:
In connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Have the authority to eject from the park or recreation area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
Have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or used in violation of this chapter.
This chapter shall also be enforced by the Police Department of the Township.

§ 234-6 Parking regulations.

No owner or driver shall cause or permit his vehicle to stand outside of designated parking spaces, except for a reasonable time to take up or discharge passengers or equipment. No motor vehicle shall be parked in said park areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.

§ 234-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property or recreation area property and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days.

§ 234-8 Construal of provisions.

This chapter is in addition to and not in derogation of any other ordinance involving or affecting any of the subject matters contained in the within chapter.