Town of Bel Air, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Town Commissioners of the Town of Bel Air 3-11-1980 by Ord. No. 310 as Ch. 14, Art. 9 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements — See Ch. 128.
Animals — See Ch. 134.
Fireworks — See Ch. 198.
Itinerant merchants, vendors and solicitors — See Ch. 272.

§ 334-1 Applicability.

[Amended 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 715-08]
These provisions shall apply in and upon the following Town park lands and facilities: Shamrock Park, not including the William Humbert Ampitheater, Aquilla Scott Park, Rockfield Park, Alice Anne Park, Plumtree Park, Homestead Park and Majors Choice Park.

§ 334-2 Permits.

A. 
Permits for exclusive use of any park facility may be issued by the Director of the Department of Administration. Permits for reserving the ball fields can be obtained from the Bel Air Parks and Recreation Office. No permit shall be issued for exclusive use of Rockfield Playground. The William Humbert Ampitheater is used exclusively for Town and Parks and Recreation events.
[Amended 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 715-08]
B. 
Application for permit shall be made on a form furnished by the Director of the Department of Administration.
C. 
No permit shall be issued to anyone under the age of 18 years.
D. 
The holder of a group permit issued by the Department of Administration shall be financially responsible for the destruction of park property by any person or persons covered by the permit.
E. 
All permits shall be displayed upon the request of the Department of Public Works personnel or law enforcement agencies with enforcement duties within the Town of Bel Air.
F. 
In addition, the Director of Administration shall have the authority to revoke or suspend any license or permit of any person violating any of these provisions.

§ 334-3 Destruction of property.

No person shall deface, alter, injure or disturb any monument, boundary line, physical structure, land, trees, shrubs or gardens, installation notices, signs, or historical or prehistorical site.

§ 334-4 Fires.

A. 
No person shall build or cause to be built any fire except within designated areas nor leave any fire unless attended by a responsible person.
B. 
Permits for bonfires may be issued by the Director of Administration. No bonfires shall be built without a permit.

§ 334-5 Animal protection and control.

A. 
No person shall pursue, catch, molest, or kill any wildlife or disturb the nest, den or burrow thereof.
B. 
No person shall permit any domesticated animal to create a nuisance or to run at large unless posted to the contrary.
C. 
Pet owners shall not allow a dog to soil, defile, defecate or commit any other nuisance upon any property.
D. 
Pet owners must take immediate steps to eliminate any such nuisance, as cited in this section, including feces caused by a dog, in an appropriate and sanitary manner.

§ 334-6 Swimming.

No person shall swim in any park waters or pools, except at such times and places as may be designated for such purpose.

§ 334-7 Operation and parking of motor-driven vehicles.

A. 
No vehicle shall block or partially block any trail or road. This subsection shall not apply to law enforcement officers or Public Works Department employees in the discharge of their official duties.
B. 
No person shall operate any type of minibike, trail bike, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or other vehicle that cannot be registered for operation on the public highways.
C. 
No person shall operate any vehicle of a class eligible for registration for operation on public highways, except upon roadways or within areas otherwise designated by the Chief of Police or his designee.

§ 334-8 Horses.

A. 
No one shall ride a horse in a negligent manner.
B. 
No person shall ride a horse, pony or other animal on park property, unless designated by the Director of Administration or his/her designee.

§ 334-9 Trespass.

A. 
No persons shall remain upon park property at any time between sunset of any day and sunrise of the following day, unless under permit issued by the Director of the Department of Administration.
B. 
No person shall remain upon park property after a lawful command to leave the area is issued by any law enforcement officer or by the Director of Public Works or his authorized representative.

§ 334-10 Peddling and soliciting.

No person shall peddle or solicit business of any nature. No person shall collect any funds for any service or charity, distribute handbills or other advertising matter, or post any signs on any park lands, waters, or structures unless authorized to do so by the Department of Administration in writing.

§ 334-11 Hindering employees.

No person shall interfere with any employee or agent of the Town in the performance of any official duty.

§ 334-12 Use of loudspeaker, public address system or amplifier.

No person shall use a loudspeaker, public address system, or amplifier within or upon park property unless permitted as part of a Town-approved special event.

§ 334-13 Firearms.

No person shall have in his possession any firearm, hunting equipment or bow/arrows while upon park property. This section shall not apply to any persons authorized by law to carry firearms in the discharge of their official duties.

§ 334-14 Littering.

A. 
All litter shall be discarded in the container provided for such purpose.
B. 
Only refuse that is a result of use within park property shall be discarded in the container provided.

§ 334-15 Skating and coasting.

A. 
No person shall skate, sled or walk on any ice, or ski, except when and where designated by the Department of Public Works.
B. 
No person shall skate, sled or coast in a negligent manner.
C. 
Skateboards, in-line skates, roller blades, roller skates or other similar devices are prohibited in any playground or parkland. Violation of this restriction is subject to penalties specified in § 450-38 of the Bel Air Town Code.

§ 334-16 Public exhibition.

No person shall indulge in any exhibitions or carry on any performance which interferes with the proper use of the park by the general public without first having a permit from the Department of Administration.

§ 334-17 Fees and charges.

No person shall use any facility, land or area for which a fee or charge has been established by the Town without payment of such fee or charge.

§ 334-18 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Except where otherwise provided herein, any person violating this chapter will be issued a civil citation and shall be fined as provided in Chapter 1, Article II of this Code. Each offense shall be treated as a separate infraction. It shall be a municipal infraction to violate any regulation or rule stated herein.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
B. 
In addition, the Director of Administration shall have the authority to revoke or suspend any license or permit of any person violating any of these provisions.