Township of East Hempfield, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Hempfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recreation Commission — See Ch. 66.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 12-29-1993A; amended in its entirety 8-4-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]

§ 183-1 Short title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Park and Public Property Ordinance of 2010."

§ 183-2 Definitions.

For the purpose and within the meaning of this article, the following definitions shall pertain:
AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE
The Township Manager or other employees or officials authorized by the Board of Supervisors of the Township to administer and enforce the provisions of this article.
PARK
Parks, park reservations, playgrounds, recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, watersheds and all other areas of the Township of East Hempfield devoted to active or passive recreation by the public within the Township of East Hempfield.
PUBLIC PROPERTY
All other lands owned by the Township of East Hempfield and devoted to uses other than those listed above.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of East Hempfield.

§ 183-3 Regulations.

A. 
All structures, equipment and facilities owned by the Township in Park and Public Property are to be used in an appropriate fashion for the activities for which they are designed and intended.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to do any of the acts hereinafter described within the limits of any Township Park or Public Property:
(1) 
To engage in any conduct which interferes with the peaceable use of park or public property by other people, including but not limited to the throwing of stones, sticks or hard objects in the vicinity of other people and the use of lewd, vulgar or sexually suggestive language or behavior in the presence of other people.
(2) 
To permit any owner's dog, livestock or other pet or animal under the owner's control to run at large. An owner is responsible for cleaning up any waste from his or her animal and properly disposing of it in containers provided for the same or in the owner's trash collection receptacles.
(3) 
To hunt for, shoot at, harass, catch, or intentionally injure or kill or attempt to shoot at, harass, catch, or intentionally injure or kill, with or without dogs, any bird or animal.
(4) 
To commit any public nuisance.
(5) 
To possess, drink, or be under the influence of malt or brewed beverages, spirituous liquors or wine, except in areas of the Four Seasons Golf Course designated for consumption of malt or brewed beverages, spirituous liquors or wine, and provided same have been purchased on the premises of the Four Seasons Golf Course.
(6) 
To post or erect any bills, notices or advertising matter of any kind without authorization, provided this shall not apply to notices placed by employees of the Township engaged in the performance of their duties, or to "issue signs" as defined and erected in accordance with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance[1] in appropriate areas at and immediately adjacent to the Township offices at 1700 Nissley Road and the entrance drive thereto. Such "issue" signs shall not be placed on or immediately adjacent to lands meeting the definition of park above.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 170, Zoning.
(7) 
To sell or barter or offer for sale or barter any merchandise, article or thing whatsoever without authorization, provided this shall not apply to authorized concessionaires.
(8) 
To have any musical, theatrical, or other entertainment therein without authorization.
(9) 
To discharge firearms, bows and arrows, air or spring rifles or slings, except in authorized areas.
(10) 
To swim, wade or bathe at any place except in a public swimming or wading pool.
(11) 
To injure, deface or destroy any posted or permanently fixed signs or notices.
(12) 
To break, cut, deface, disturb, injure or take any flower, fruit, plant, tree, shrub, bench, building, fence, monument, or other structure, apparatus or property.
(13) 
To violate any posted rules for, or misuse any picnic area, camp area, play field, swimming pool or other recreational area.
(14) 
To gather or remove any wood, turf, grass, soil, rock, sand or gravel.
(15) 
To make or kindle fire except in picnic stoves or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
(16) 
To engage in camping, archery and hitting of golf balls, except on such grounds or place specifically designated for such purpose.
(17) 
To smoke in areas where prohibited by sign.
(18) 
To discard tobacco or any tobacco by-products in any park area or public property.
(19) 
To throw or deposit cans, bottles, broken glass, paper or rubbish of any description except in containers provided for the same.
(20) 
To discard any dead animal or offensive matter or substance of any kind.
(21) 
To stand or park any vehicle except in those areas designated therefor.
(22) 
To congregate in any area which will hamper the free movement of pedestrians.
(23) 
To operate unlicensed motor vehicles.
(24) 
To operate any vehicle or bicycle at any place other than roadways or special areas designed for operation of such vehicles.
(25) 
To use or operate skateboards or in-line skates on any structures not designed for the same or for general pedestrian and vehicular travel. Without limitation, the structures upon which skateboarding or in-line skating is prohibited include those designed or used for bocce ball, basketball, tennis and children's playground facilities such as swings, climbing apparatus, seesaws, merry-go-rounds and similar items.
(26) 
To operate snowmobiles, mini-bikes, go-carts or any device which utilizes burning fuel, explosive gas or compressed gas as a propellant at any place except in authorized areas.
(27) 
To wash, polish or repair any motor vehicle, except for emergency repairs.
(28) 
To abandon any vehicle within the limits of any park, public property or roads abutting said park or public property.
(29) 
To exceed a speed limit of 15 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted, on all roadways, driveways, parking lots and other areas intended for motorized vehicular traffic.

§ 183-4 Closing time.

All public parks and playgrounds owned, operated, maintained or supported by the Township of East Hempfield shall be closed between the hours of sunset and sunrise. No person, other than authorized supervisors, police, guards, or similar personnel, shall occupy, frequent or use the parks and playgrounds between such hours, except when such parks and playgrounds are being used for special events, entertainments, athletic contests or similar affairs which have been authorized. In such cases, the closing time of the park and playground where such event is being held shall be 1/2 hour after the event has ended, but no later than 12:00 midnight.

§ 183-5 Authorization.

A. 
Whenever authorization is required by this article, such shall be sought from the Township Manager or other employee or employees authorized by the Board of Supervisors from time to time and shall be subject to rules and regulations adopted from time to time. Any such authorization shall be subject to such rules and regulations as fully as though the same were inserted in the specific authorization granted to permit the proposed use.
B. 
Any person or persons who have received such authorization, by reservation or otherwise, shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person or to any Township property by reason of the negligence or intentional conduct of the person or persons to whom the authorization was granted or by such person's agents, employees or invitees.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person receiving authorization to use the park or public property of the Township to make an alteration to such authorization.
D. 
Specific portions of this article or of any rules and regulations adopted under it may be waived only upon written approval of the Board of Supervisors.
E. 
The Board of Supervisors may from time to time, by separate resolution, establish reasonable fees and deposit arrangements for the use of the parks and facilities therein and may adopt reasonable rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this article.

§ 183-6 Penalties.

Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with the provisions of this article or any regulations adopted by the Board thereunder is guilty of a summary offense and upon conviction thereof shall before a District Justice be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $300, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.

§ 183-7 When effective.

This article shall become effective five days after adoption.

§ 183-8 Repealer.

This article is intended as a modification and general restatement of Ordinance No. 093-5, adopted December 29, 1993. Such ordinance is repealed only to the extent that this article materially differs from Ordinance 093-5.