[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Whiteland 8-1-1967 by Ord. No. 34-67. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "East Whiteland Park Ordinance."
Wherever in this chapter the term "park" is used, it shall be deemed to mean and include all parks, playgrounds and recreational areas owned by East Whiteland Township.
The following rules and regulations shall pertain to all parks belonging to the Township of East Whiteland.
No person shall enter or leave a park except by the entrances provided for that purpose.
No person shall enter a toilet set apart for the use of the opposite sex.
No intoxicating beverages shall be allowed within a park.
No intoxicated person shall be permitted in a park.
No gambling or any obscene or indecent act shall be allowed in a park.
No abusive, indecent or threatening language or any conduct that may annoy others shall be allowed in a park.
No person shall solicit alms or subscriptions in a park except by special permit.
No animals shall be allowed in a park except by special permit. If it determines that it is appropriate to do so, the Board of Supervisors may designate certain sections of park property as exercise and walking areas for dogs, subject to the condition that the owner or person then in charge of the dog must comply with the provisions of Chapter 54, Animals, Article I, Dog Control, of the Code of the Township of East Whiteland.
No person shall sell or expose for sale any tickets of any kind in a park.
No person shall sell or expose for sale any articles in a park except by special permit.
No person shall discharge any fireworks in a park authorized by the Board of Supervisors.
No person shall park an automobile or other vehicle in a roadway or section of ground except in spaces specifically allocated for parking purposes.
No person shall in any way damage or foul any building, equipment or water in a park.
No unauthorized person shall carry firearms in a park.
No person shall throw stones or other missiles in a park.
No person shall throw any dead animals or offensive matter or substance of any kind within the boundaries of a park.
No person shall scatter, drop or leave in any portion of a park, except in a receptacle provided for that purpose, any piece of paper, rag, garbage, dead flowers, glass, tin containers or other rubbish.
No person shall injure, deface or destroy any notices, rules or regulations for the government of a park posted within the limits of the same.
No placard, advertisement, public notice or personal card except park notices, rules and regulations shall be distributed, posted or affixed in any manner in a park unless authorized by the Township Park and Recreation Board.
No person shall annoy, strike, injure or kill any animals or birds in a park.
No person shall swim or bathe in any feature of a park that holds water, including but not limited to a stream, pond, or detention basin.
No person shall remove, disturb, interfere with or take any of the blossoms or fruit growing upon any tree, shrub or bush in a park.
No person shall climb any tree or break, cut down, remove, injure or deface an ornament, tree, plant, shrub, fern, flower, flower bed, turf, buildings, fences, bridges, equipment or other construction in a park; nor shall any person write on any building, structure, fence rock or stone in a park or pick or carry away any fern or flower.
No person shall light or permit a fire to burn in a park except in a fireplace or other equipment provided for such purpose. Any such fire must be completely extinguished before leaving. Anyone who discovers a fire is requested to report it promptly.
Speed in a park is restricted to 10 miles per hour.
No person, without a special permit, shall be allowed in a park except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Overnight camping may be permitted in a park, provided that a permit is secured. Campers under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a chaperon.
No groups or parties in excess of 25 persons shall occupy a park unless a permit has been secured for such occupancy.
Any person or group who does not live or work in the Township must apply for a permit and pay a fee to use a park. Said fee shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
Nonprofit organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or comparable section may conduct fund-raising activities in Township parks with a special permit.
All league or organized play on Township athletic fields or utilizing Township athletic facilities shall require a special permit, and the fee to be paid shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
No loud noise from radios, boom boxes, sound equipment or similar devices shall be permitted in a park. Sound amplification equipment shall be permitted in a park only by special permit.
No driving, hitting or putting of golf balls shall be permitted in a park unless a specified area is approved by the Board of Supervisors. Such area must be so located that there will be no danger of injury to a person or damage to property by the golf activity.
Permits required for the use of a park shall be issued by the Township Park and Recreation Board or its authorized agent. However, no permit shall be issued unless an application therefor is made in writing at least 24 hours before the time the applicant desires to occupy the park.
Special permits provided for in this chapter may be issued by the Township Manager or the Township Secretary, upon application being made, subject to:
Completion of the application form prescribed by the Township;
Demonstration that the permit will benefit a charity, fraternal organization, or similar organized group; and
Compliance with such regulations as the Supervisors shall, from time to time establish, upon recommendation of the Park and Recreation Board.
Special permits shall be acted upon within three business days after the date of submission of a completed application.
The Police Department shall enforce the rules and regulations hereinabove set forth and shall exercise general supervision over persons and property in all parks.
The Township Park and Recreation Board shall have general custody of all parks and all maintenance, repairs and replacement of property and equipment therein, and shall be chargeable with the duty of keeping the parks in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
The Township's Park and Recreation Board shall have the authority to establish such additional rules and regulations, from time to time, as approved by the Supervisors, necessary in its opinion for the proper governance of the parks. Such regulations shall become effective when approved by resolution duly adopted by the Supervisors, without the necessity of inclusion in this chapter.
[Amended 10-7-1997; 7-11-2007 by Ord. No. 196-2007]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense, and shall be subject to the payment of a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. Each provision of this chapter that is violated shall constitute a separate offense, each of which violations shall be punishable by a separate fine imposed by the District Justice of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, or upon default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. All fines and penalties collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to the Township Treasurer.