[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Yorktown 4-29-1975 as Ch. 64 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a chapter to regulate the hours and use of Town parks and recreation facilities for the protection and promotion of the public health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the Town of Yorktown, such chapter in all respects to apply to the special district known and designated as the "Mohegan Beach Park District."
[Amended 6-6-2017 by L.L. No. 9-2017]
The Town Board of the Town of Yorktown finds as a fact that the rapid growth of the Town has placed a burden upon the Town's parks, beaches and other recreational facilities and accordingly restricts the use of said parks, beaches and recreation facilities to the residents and/or taxpayers of the Town of Yorktown and their bona fide houseguests in such numbers as may from time to time be limited and under such circumstances as authorized by the Town Board, and each resident and/or taxpayer shall be required to display an authorized identification which may be obtained at the office of the Department of Parks and Recreation. A permit may be issued by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the fee for which shall be in an amount as set forth in the Master Fee Schedule.
Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall loiter or remain within any park in a vehicle or otherwise between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise or, except in an emergency, cause or permit any vehicle during any part of the period between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise to remain standing, except when its occupants are attending a gathering or function held under a permit or a function sponsored by the town. Persons utilizing after sunset the lighted Route 202 Ballfield No. 2 and the lighted tennis courts within Downing Park shall be permitted to remain in Downing Park up to 1/4 hour after the lights are turned off. On Sunday mornings only, ballplaying or other athletic activity shall be permitted at Hunterbrook Field prior to 11:00 a.m.
[Amended 8-2-1977 by L.L. No. 10-1977; 2-5-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991]
The hours during which swimming will be permitted in those areas designated by the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation as suitable for swimming shall be conspicuously posted, and no person shall use any swimming facility except at such times and places as may be designated by said Superintendent.
No person shall injure or destroy any building, equipment, sign or grounds owned and maintained by the Town of Yorktown.
Picnics and/or other food consumption will be permitted only in areas so designated by the Superintendent. Sponsors of organized picnics or parties must obtain a suitable permit from the Parks and Recreation Department prior to arrival at and use of the picnic area.
No person shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with or obey the lawful direction or command of any member of the Yorktown Police Department, the Yorktown Auxiliary Police, personnel of the Parks and Recreation Department or other duly authorized personnel or fail, neglect or refuse to comply with or obey any instruction, direction, regulation, warning or prohibition written, printed or displayed in any park, beach or other recreational facility. The directions of any posted regulations may be disregarded only on order of Town police officers, Yorktown auxiliary police officers or Park and Recreation Department personnel.
No person shall build a fire except in places so provided for by the Town. Any fire shall be continuously under the care of a competent person over 21 years of age.
[Amended 11-4-2010 by L.L. No. 12-2010]
No person shall ice skate, sled, walk or go upon any ice or snowshoe or ski on any Town property except at such times and upon such places as may be designated for such use and until such ice is declared by or under the authority of the Superintendent to be in safe condition.
No towing of persons on skis, sleds, ice skates shall be allowed.
No privately owned boats, rafts or other artificial means of support on water shall be allowed entry upon Town-owned waters and parks, except for emergency purposes.
Editor's Note: Former § 64-10, Disorderly conduct, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 1-6-1998 by L.L. No. 3-1998.
[Added 2-2-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
No person shall allow, permit or cause any firearms to be discharged in, over or into a Town park or recreational facility or within 500 feet of any Town park.
It shall not be a violation of this provision for a peace officer to discharge his/her weapon within the scope of his/her official duties, nor shall it be a violation of this provision to discharge a firearm within the scope of an official ceremonial function.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or by a fine not exceeding $250, 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.