[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 10-26-1995 by Ord. No. 26-1995 as Sec. 4-16 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of this chapter relate to the parks, streams, lakes and recreational areas within the jurisdiction of the Township of Washington, hereinafter referred to as "park areas," and to all persons who enter upon or use these areas.
It shall be unlawful for any person in a park area to:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any tree, plant, building, bridge, table, bench, fireplace railings, paving, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments or other structures or equipment, facilities or Township property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal, without the authorization of the Mayor/Council.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public utility into, upon or across such lands without the authorization of the Mayor/Council.
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, pursue, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw any missile at any animal or bird, or to remove or have in his/her possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest or young of any animal or bird; provided, however, that it shall be lawful to trap for muskrats in areas designated for such purpose by the Mayor, in such lawful manner as may be permitted by the State of New Jersey.
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream or other body of water in or adjacent to any part of any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water, any substance, matter or thing, liquid, solid or gas which will or may result in the pollution of such waters, including, but not limited to, those materials designated as hazardous waste by state statute.
Dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash, and no such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to park areas, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided, and where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from park areas by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the park roads or designated parking areas or leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in park areas.
Ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose, or leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, or set against trees, or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by them.
Bring any animal into any park area with the exception of duly designated dog parks.
[Amended 5-22-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008
Indecently expose his/her person, or dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place in park areas.
Swim, bathe or wade in any lake, stream or other body of water in park areas, except as may be authorized.
Launch, dock or operate any boat of any kind or character in the waters aforesaid, except as may be authorized.
Use, 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, except devices for trapping muskrats in accordance with the provisions of Subsection C above. Shooting into park areas from beyond the border thereof is forbidden.
Picnic in a place other than those designated for that purpose, or violate the regulation that use of individual fireplaces, together with tables and benches, follows generally the rule of "first come, first served," unless reservations are approved in advance.
Use any portion of the picnic areas or of any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, paper, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Ride a horse, except on designated bridle trails. Where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub.
Lakes, streams and other bodies of water in park areas which are suitable for fishing shall be available to the residents of the Township for public fishing at lawful times, and in such lawful manner as may be permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
The Township Council may curtail or strictly prohibit any or all fishing privileges authorized hereunder which it deems necessary for the conservation and preservation of fish or any other reasonable cause in which the best interest of the Township is in any manner involved.
While in park areas all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular no person shall:
Possess alcoholic beverage in park areas or consume the same while there, or be under the influence of intoxicating liquor while there.
Enter into, loiter or remain in any part, structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated for the use of the opposite sex. Exceptions made for children under six years of age.
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 inflammable material within park areas or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices, including, but not limited to, parking in areas designated for the handicapped.
Gamble or participate in or abet any games of chance.
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to a breach of the public peace.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall any person station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such articles or things, without prior written consent.
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, except as may be authorized.
Cook, grill or otherwise prepare any whole animals or animal heads. The foregoing prohibition shall include any meat products, such as beef, lamb, pork, or any other animal. Cooking and grilling of poultry (without heads), fish and prebutchered or prepackaged meats shall be allowed.
[Added 6-27-2018 by Ord. No. 11-2018]
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, park areas shall be open to the public every day of the year during daylight hours.
Park areas, or any section thereof, may be declared "Closed to the Public" by the Mayor or the Council 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 to certain uses, as shall be reasonably necessary.
[Amended 10-12-2000 by Ord. No. 23-2000]
Police officers, park rangers, Parks and Recreation Department staff, in connection with their duties imposed by law, shall diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Police officers and park rangers shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this chapter.
Police officers and park rangers shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park used in violation of this chapter.
Court appearance may be waived for the above violations, provided that the fine is paid prior to the date stated on the summons issued.