Township of Andover, NJ
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Andover 3-8-1977 (§ 6-26 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 20.
Littering — See Ch. 82.
Loitering — See Ch. 86.
Noise — See Ch. 96.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 107.

§ 103-1 Applicability.

The rules and regulations promulgated in this chapter shall apply to public parks and recreational areas and, where applicable, to other lands owned or controlled by the Township and devoted to public use or purpose. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or hereafter shall be adopted.

§ 103-2 Prohibited activities.

No person in a public park and recreation area shall:
A. 
Ride or drive an authorized vehicle except on established roads and ways and then only at posted speeds.
B. 
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions thereat and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
C. 
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park area.
D. 
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
E. 
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided, or ride a bicycle in other than designated areas.
F. 
Have animals in any area except those designated by the Recreation Commission.
G. 
Hitch a horse or other animal except where rails or posts are provided for such purpose.
H. 
Allow any dog or animal to run at large in the parks. Any dog or animal found in any park shall be deemed to be running at large unless the owner of such dog or animal carries him or leads him by a leash, strap or rope.
I. 
Kill, injure or disturb any animal or bird, or have in his possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest, or young of any reptile or bird; or damage any grass, tree, shrub, plant, soil, rock, sand or any building, sign, structure or equipment upon any premises under the jurisdiction of the Township, except during a controlled deer hunt running concurrent with the State of New Jersey firearm deer seasons.
[Amended 11-28-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-15]
J. 
Carry or use firearms or explosives, fireworks, air rifles, bows and arrows, sling shots or any weapon.
[Amended 11-28-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-15; 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-11]
K. 
Fish, except in such places and at such times and circumstances that the Recreation Commission shall direct and control.
L. 
Use or ride legally licensed and insured motorcycles, minibikes, or snowmobiles, or any motorized vehicle except in those areas designated by the Recreation Commission.
M. 
Scatter litter or any form of waste material; or break, throw, or place any glass on lawns, walks, roads, benches, tables, wooded or other areas on any park property.
N. 
Throw, discharge, or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any pond, lake, stream or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or tributary system, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which shall or may result in the pollution of the waters.
O. 
Coast with hand sleds, bobs, skis, carts or other vehicles on wheels or runners, except in places designated.
P. 
Throw, cast, catch, kick or strike any baseball, football or basketball or any other object prohibited except in places designated.
Q. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations and hours as are herein set forth or shall be hereinafter adopted.
R. 
Ice skate, ice boat or ice fish on the ice of any of the waters except such areas as designated, and provided a safety signal is displayed.
S. 
Bring into or operate any boat, raft or other such water craft upon any waters, except at places designated for boating. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or hereafter shall be adopted.
T. 
Navigate, direct or handle any boat in such a manner as to annoy, frighten, or endanger, unjustifiably or unnecessarily, the occupant if any other boat.
U. 
Use a gasoline motorized boat on Township waters.

§ 103-3 Rules of conduct.

While in a Township park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner and, in particular, no person shall:
A. 
Occupy any grounds for picnic parties, assemblages, business or entertainment, or occupy a camp upon the grounds, except when permitted by the Recreation Commission.
B. 
Sell, vend or give away in or upon any of the parks or drives, any articles of merchandise whatever without the express permission of the Recreation Commission.
C. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
D. 
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Recreation Commission.
E. 
Have alcoholic beverages in one's possession except as allowed under park hall contract and written permission of the Recreation Commission and the Township; nor shall any person in the park be under the influence of intoxicating beverages at any time.
F. 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
G. 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose.
H. 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be disposed of properly elsewhere.
I. 
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulation as may be designated. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within any park, or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
J. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to the park, except in areas designated by the Recreation Commission.
K. 
Utilize designated athletic fields in Hillside Park and Goodale Park between December 1 and April 1. This period of prohibition of use of the athletic fields may be extended by the Supervisor of Public Works as weather conditions dictate.
[Added 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-11; amended 6-9-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-10]
L. 
Smoking.
[Added 12-9-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-15]
(1) 
Smoke within the boundary of any of the parks, playgrounds or recreational areas which are property of the Township of Andover, aside from designated smoking zones. To the extent possible, "Smoke Free Area" signs shall be clearly, sufficiently and conspicuously posted at properties where smoking is prohibited by this chapter. The signs shall feature the words “Smoke Free Area” in lettering that is not less than two inches in height and shall contain the international no smoking sign.
(2) 
This subsection excludes the forty-foot perimeter surrounding the two recreation banquet halls at Hillside Park, 150 Lake Iliff Road. However, smoking is prohibited inside the recreation banquet halls, as prescribed by N.J.S.A. 26:3D-58.
(3) 
Notwithstanding the above, smoking shall not be prohibited within the parking lots or vehicular access lanes to such parks, playgrounds and/or recreational areas unless prohibited by other applicable law.

§ 103-4 Open times and closing of parks.

A. 
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, the park shall be open to the public every day during the designated hours and months. The opening and closing hours and months for the park shall be posted therein for public information.
B. 
Any section or part of the park may be declared closed to the public at any time, and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals, daily or otherwise, and either entirely or merely for certain uses.

§ 103-5 Enforcement.

A. 
Enforcement by Recreation Commission; park attendants. The Recreation Commission and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Confiscation of property. The Recreation Commission and any park attendants shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park, as used in violation of this chapter.
C. 
Ejection from park. The Recreation Commission and any park attendants shall have the authority to eject from the park area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
D. 
Enforcement by police. This chapter shall also be enforced by the Police Department.

§ 103-6 Proscribed behavior.

No person or persons shall engage in behavior proscribed by § 107-18 of this Code.

§ 103-7 Violations and penalties.

Penalties for violations of this chapter shall be in accordance with Chapter 1, Art. II, General Penalty, of this Code.