Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 4-2-1985 by Ord. No. 85-43. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 57.
Basketball regulations — See Ch. 63.
Firearms — See Ch. 107.
Litter — See Ch. 136.
Noise — See Ch. 142.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 153.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 155.
Skateboarding — See Ch. 177.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 201.
Zoning — See Ch. 211.

§ 151-1 Purpose.

[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the use of parks and park property owned and maintained by the Township in order that all persons may enjoy and make use of such parks and park property and to protect the rights of those owning property adjacent to such parks. Certain conduct and behavior not specifically included within this chapter are subject to prosecution under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 and/or other state law as applicable. Such conduct may include, but shall not be limited to, offensive language, endangering or disturbing others and public intoxication.

§ 151-2 Definitions.

A. 
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
AMPLIFIED SOUND
Music or speech projected or transmitted by artificial means, including but not limited to amplifiers, loudspeakers or any similar device.
DEPARTMENT
The Township Department of Recreation.
DIRECTOR
The Director of the Department of Recreation.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Any member of the Police Department authorized to enforce all criminal and traffic laws and ordinances within the Township.
PARK
Any public park, beach or recreation or playground area, or building or facility thereon, within the Township of Stafford owned and maintained by the Township as a public park, beach or recreation or playground area, whether or not such areas have been formally dedicated to such purpose.
PARK GUARD
Any employee of the Township under the supervision of the Director and authorized to enforce all criminal and traffic laws and ordinances within park boundaries.
PARKING AREA
Any designated park or any park road, drive or special area contiguous thereto that is set apart for the standing or stationing of vehicles and is marked accordingly.
PERMIT
The written permission that must be obtained from the Township Clerk or his designated agent to carry out a given activity in a park.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
POLLUTION
The contamination or other alteration of the physical, chemical or biological properties of park waters, including changes in the temperature, taste, color, turbidity or odor of the water or such discharge of any liquid, gas, solid, radioactive or other substance into any park waters that will or is likely to create a public nuisance or render such water harmful, detrimental or injurious to the public health, safety or welfare or to the domestic, recreational or other beneficial uses or to wild animals, birds, fish or other aquatic life.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Stafford.
VEHICLE
Includes any wheeled device of conveyance, whether propelled by motor, animal or human power. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any kind, size or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the Township.
VESSEL
Includes any device of conveyance on the water, whether propelled by motor, wind or human power. The term includes, but is not limited to, any boat, yacht. cruiser, canoe, raft or other watercraft.

§ 151-3 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 151-3, Use by residents and taxpayers, was repealed 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62.

§ 151-4 Vehicle and traffic laws.

All applicable state and local vehicle and traffic laws and ordinances shall continue in full force and effect in any park and shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer or park guard.

§ 151-5 Direction of traffic.

All law enforcement officers and park guards shall direct traffic whenever needed in a park or on highways, streets or roads immediately adjacent to a park in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or any other applicable laws and ordinances.

§ 151-6 Vehicle operation within parks.

A. 
No person shall operate a vehicle in a park except upon designated paved or improved park roads or driveways or in and upon designated areas or trails set aside for use by such vehicles, unless directed by a law enforcement officer or park guard to do so or by official signs or markings.
B. 
Where a public road, street or highway crosses a park, such road, street or highway shall be open to all through traffic normally permitted on any road, street or highway, but such traffic shall conform to park traffic regulations, and vehicles not otherwise permitted to operate within a park shall not stop along such road, street or highway except in an emergency.
C. 
No person shall operate a vehicle in a park in such a way that traffic is obstructed. In the event that a vehicle must be stopped or parked along a park road or driveway because of an emergency for more than 30 minutes, the operator shall notify a law enforcement officer or park guard of the location of the vehicle and of its description.
D. 
No person shall operate a vehicle within the park in excess of 15 miles per hour, except upon those roads or driveways where official signs or markings designate a different speed limit.
E. 
No person shall operate any vehicle on any recreational fields.

§ 151-7 Use of vehicles other than automobiles.

A. 
The Township may, in its reasonable discretion, set aside or designate areas, paths, trails or roads in a park where operating bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, scooters and minibikes shall be allowed.
B. 
Bicycles and tricycles shall be operated on the right-hand side of a roadway, as close to the edge of the paving as conditions permit. When two or more such vehicles are operated in a group, they shall keep in a single file.

§ 151-8 Parking.

A. 
No person shall park a vehicle on park property other than in areas designated for parking that type of vehicle, unless there is an emergency or unless directed to do otherwise by a law enforcement officer or a park guard. Parking shall conform to officially posted signs or markings unless other instructions are given by a law enforcement officer or a park guard.
B. 
No vehicle shall be left standing or parked at night within a park without lights clearly visible, front and rear, for at least 200 feet, except in designated parking areas.
C. 
No vehicle shall be left parked on park property after park closing hours without obtaining a permit from the Director.
D. 
No park employee shall accept any gratuity for any service concerning the parking of a vehicle.

§ 151-9 Restricted activities.

No person shall, in any Township park, do or cause to be done any of the following without first obtaining a permit from the Township:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface or injure in any manner or displace, remove or tamper with any park building, bridge, table, bench, fireplace, railing, paving or paving materials, water line or other public utility or parts thereof, park sign or marking, whether temporary or permanent, monument stake, post or other structure or equipment, facility or park property of any kind.
B. 
Willfully dig, cut, move or remove from any park or park area any sand, wood, turf, grass, gravel, shrub or other material or make any excavation by hand, tool, equipment, blasting or any other means.
C. 
Construct or erect any building or structure of any kind, whether permanently or temporarily, or run or string any public utility into, upon or across a park.

§ 151-10 Vegetation.

No person shall, in any Township park, do or cause to be done any of the following without first obtaining a permit from the Township:
A. 
Willfully pick, saw, chop, cut, carve, remove or injure any flowers, seeds, blooms, bark, branches, twigs or leaves of any tree, plant, shrub, vine, bush or any other vegetation.
B. 
Willfully drive any nail or staple or attach or fasten any wire, rope or other device to any tree or plant or tie or hitch any animal to any tree or plant.
C. 
Willfully dig in or disturb any grass areas or in any way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any park area.
D. 
Willfully climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon any monument, vase, fountain, railing, fence or any other park property not designated or normally used for such purposes.

§ 151-11 Protection of wildlife.

No person shall, in any Township park, do or cause to be done any of the following without first obtaining a permit from the Township:
A. 
Willfully capture, attempt to capture, hunt, molest, injure, trap or administer or set out any bait or harmful substance for any wild or domestic animal, reptile or bird, nor remove or have in his possession the young, eggs or nest of any animal, reptile or bird.
B. 
Willfully give or offer, or attempt to give or offer, to any wild or domestic animal, reptile, bird or fish any tobacco, alcohol or other potentially harmful substance.

§ 151-12 Disposal of certain articles.

No person shall, in any Township park, do or cause to be done any of the following without first obtaining a permit from the Township:
A. 
Willfully 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 park any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
B. 
Willfully have brought in or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash, but shall place the same in the proper receptacles when these are provided; when receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence, and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
C. 
Bring into the park glass bottles or containers of any kind.

§ 151-13 Conduct in beach areas.

A. 
No person in a park shall:
(1) 
Swim, bathe, dive or wade in any water or waterway in or adjacent to any park, except in such water or waterway as the Township may designate and in accordance with the terms of this chapter and any other regulations that the Township may promulgate.
(2) 
Frequent any water or places where swimming, bathing or wading is permitted, except during those hours that the Township has established for such activities.
(3) 
Change into bathing clothes from street clothes or from bathing clothes into street clothes, except in a bathhouse or other structure designated for such use.
(4) 
Fail to wear bathing clothes that cover the genitals and buttocks and, in the case of females that also cover the areolae and nipples.
B. 
The Township shall not designate any water or waterway for swimming, bathing or wading where such use of the water would be dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare.
C. 
In regard to freshwater beaches, the following regulations shall apply in addition to those already set forth herein:
(1) 
All freshwater beaches in the Township of Stafford shall be open for use only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day during the season.
(2) 
The Township Council shall determine the season or period of each year when each of said beaches shall be opened and closed.
(3) 
No person shall do any of the following things at, upon or in the immediate vicinity of any freshwater bathing beach:
(a) 
Dress or undress in a motor vehicle or use the same as a place for sleeping.
(b) 
Discard any paper, bottle, container, food, drink, garbage or other refuse upon any beach or in the water adjacent thereto.
(c) 
Litter, damage, destroy or disfigure any part of said beach or any public or private property thereon.
(d) 
Fish at or from any such bathing beach.
(e) 
Make or utter any loud noise, sound or music; play ball or any game or engage in any activity which may interfere with the quiet use and enjoyment of the beach by any other person.
[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144]
(f) 
Possess, consume or bring on the bathing beach or in the water adjacent thereto any alcoholic beverage, food or drink of any kind whatsoever.
(g) 
Take or permit an animal to be upon any bathing beach or in the water adjacent thereto.
(h) 
Go into or remain in the water of any bathing beach when directed by a police officer or some other authorized person to leave the same or when in an intoxicated condition.
(i) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C(3)(i), regarding molesting or disturbing any person in the peaceful enjoyment of any beach or bathing facility, was repealed 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144.
(j) 
Go beyond the water limits designated or authorized for bathing and swimming purposes.
(k) 
Refuse or neglect to obey the orders and directions of any police officer or other authorized person as to the time, place or areas for bathing.
(l) 
Use or permit the use of water skis or boats in any bathing area except for lifesaving or emergency purposes.
(m) 
Eat, drink or picnic in any area except those designated for such purposes.
(n) 
Peddle, vend, purvey, sell, distribute or otherwise dispose of any food, drink, goods, wares and/or merchandise on any bathing beach.
(o) 
Bathe with or otherwise use any soap, detergent or shampoo.
(p) 
No motorized watercraft, including but not limited to model power boats, shall be operated at any time on any municipally owned lake.
[Amended 11-11-1986 by Ord. No. 86-55]
(4) 
The freshwater bathing beaches operated by the Township of Stafford shall be used only by the residents and taxpayers of Stafford Township and their guests in accordance with the requirements hereinafter provided.
(5) 
If required by resolution of the Township, no person over the age of 12 years shall use any of said bathing beaches without first paying a license fee as set by the Township for each year, for which there shall be issued to him a badge. Said badge at all times shall be worn by any person using any of the bathing or beach facilities and shall be displayed and exhibited upon request by any police officer or by any other authorized person.
(6) 
Each resident or taxpayer shall be entitled to apply for and obtain 10 badges for use by members of his immediate family, which, for the purposes of this chapter, shall mean the resident or taxpayer and his parents and children. In addition, each resident or taxpayer shall be entitled to apply for and obtain two guest badges, except that in those cases where a house is rented or leased by the owner thereof, such owner shall be entitled to five guest badges for each such house. For the purpose of this chapter, a guest shall mean any person who is not a resident, taxpayer or member of his immediate family as hereinabove defined.
(7) 
The Township Council may, from time to time, adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the issuance of licenses and the supervision and control of said bathing beaches.
(8) 
No person shall lend, give, rent or sell any beach badge to any other person subsequent to the original issuance, except that guest badges obtained for use by tenants of a rented or leased house as hereinabove provided may be used by subsequent tenants of the same house during the season.
(9) 
The Township Council, its representatives, agents, officers and employees shall have the right to challenge and demand proof of the age of any child and to revoke a beach badge and all rights and privileges arising from the issuance thereof for any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, in which event, the fee paid for said badge need not be refunded.

§ 151-14 Boating.

A. 
No person shall bring into or operate any vessel upon any park waters except at places designated for boating activities by the Township. Boating shall be carried on in accordance with the terms of this chapter and other regulations that the Township may promulgate.
B. 
Vessels shall be operated in a manner that does not endanger the occupants of other vessels or persons in the water or on shore. Where motor-propelled vessels are allowed, they shall yield to unmotorized vessels, and all vessels shall yield to sailboats.
C. 
No person shall operate a vessel on designated park waters during park closing hours, nor shall any person remain on a vessel in designated park waters during designated park closing hours unless a permit is obtained from the Township.
D. 
The following regulations shall also apply to the operation of vessels on park waters:
(1) 
Motor-powered vessels shall not be operated without a competent person at the vessel's controls.
(2) 
Operators of any vessel shall be responsible for any damage caused by their vessel's wake.
(3) 
Overtaking vessels shall pass to the left side of the overtaken vessel.
(4) 
Vessels on opposite and parallel courses shall pass to the right of one another by keeping the other vessel to the left side.
(5) 
Whenever two vessels approach each other at an oblique or right angle and in such a manner that a risk of a collision is created, then the vessel which has the other vessel on its left side has the right of way and shall hold its course and speed. The vessel which has the other vessel on its right side shall yield to the other vessel and shall not cross ahead of the other vessel.
(6) 
Vessels under way shall keep clear of vessels at rest or at anchor.
(7) 
Motor-powered vessels shall be fitted with an effective muffler, unless preparing to engage in or engaging in an approved competition.
(8) 
Every vessel shall have on board a minimum of one life preserver for each person on board.
(9) 
Gasoline tanks on vessels having inboard motors shall be vented overboard, and carburetors on inboard motors shall be fitted with flame arrestors.
(10) 
Airboats shall not be operated on park waters without a permit from the Director.
E. 
The use or operation of any ship, boat, raft, hydroplane or other like vehicle under power used in or upon the water, capable of being occupied by one or more persons, in or upon any of the lakes, rivers, streams or waterways west of State Highway Route No. 9 in the Township of Stafford without the prior approval and written consent of the Township Council, except as hereinafter provided, is prohibited.
F. 
An application may be made to permit a regatta, race, boat show or other like event, the duration of which will not exceed one day. Said application shall be in writing and shall state the reason or reasons for which a permit is requested and shall set forth the approximate number of ships, boats, rafts, hydroplanes or other like vehicles designed to be used or operated under power, which it is anticipated will participate, the starting and finishing times of said event and the precautionary measures being taken for the safety of the participants, spectators and the public.
(1) 
If satisfied that the proposed use or operation is not inimical to the public health and safety and does not create a dangerous or hazardous situation, then the Township Council may issue such permit, subject to any conditions which it deems necessary for the protection of the public health, safety and the general welfare.
(2) 
The Township Council may, by resolution, designate the Township Clerk or other municipal official to issue such permits and in said resolution shall establish such standards as the Township Council deems necessary to guide and direct said officer in the issuance of said permits.
G. 
No person shall launch a motor-propelled boat, jet ski or other vessel from Township park lands or beaches except from a Township-designated boat-launching ramp. If the Township provides a designated boat-launching ramp, it shall be marked by signs identifying the boat-launching ramp as a Township facility to be used for the launching of motor-propelled boats, jet skis or other vessels.
[Added 11-21-1989 by Ord. No. 89-69]

§ 151-15 Fishing.

A. 
No person shall engage in fishing for profit in park waters or shall buy or sell fish caught in park waters on park property.
B. 
No person shall fish in any park waters where swimming, bathing or wading is permitted and posted.

§ 151-16 Waterskiing.

A. 
No person shall water ski in park waters except at the locations and landings designated by the Township.
B. 
No person shall water ski in a way that endangers swimmers, other skiers or occupants of any vessel.

§ 151-17 Use of firearms, weapons and explosives.

A. 
No person, except an authorized Township employee, park guard or law enforcement officer, shall bring on to park property or have in his possession on park property any fire arm or ammunition, any explosive, dynamite cap, fireworks, airgun, pellet gun, spring gun, slingshot, crossbow, bow and arrow, any device by means of which a projectile can be propelled, any device which can be loaded with blank cartridges, any trapping device, any incendiary bomb or material, any smoke or stink bomb, any tear gas or other disabling chemical or agent, any acid or caustic substance or any inflammable liquid, except fuel contained in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle, vessel, lantern camp stove or camp heater and not more than one gallon of liquid fuel in a closed metal container.
B. 
No person shall discharge any of the weapons or instruments listed in Subsection A into any park from outside a park.
C. 
The Township may designate areas within a park where bows and arrows can be used or where firearms can be used. In such cases, the Township shall promulgate regulations for the safe use of such devices, and no person shall fail to abide by such regulations.
D. 
The Township may designate times and places where fire works can be used within a park. The Township shall promulgate regulations to assure that, in such cases, the fireworks are used in a safe manner.

§ 151-18 Picnicking.

A. 
The Township shall designate those areas of a park where picnicking is permitted. No person shall picnic other than in a designated area.
B. 
Individual fireplaces and tables in picnic areas shall be available on a first-come-first-served basis, except that a group of 25 or more persons must obtain a permit in advance for the use of picnic facilities. Applications for a permit shall be made at least two weeks in advance to the Township Clerk.
C. 
Picnickers shall not leave a picnic area before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers. cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse are placed in a disposal receptacle, where provided. If no trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.

§ 151-19 Camping.

A. 
No person shall camp in a park except in areas that have been designated for camping by the Township, if any. Camping shall be limited to tent camping, trailer camping or camping with other equipment designed specifically for camping and must obtain written approval from the Township Council.
B. 
No person shall camp in a park without first obtaining a camping permit from the Township or its designated agent.

§ 151-20 Fires.

A. 
No person shall start or maintain, in any park, any outdoor fire except in designated picnic or camping areas. Fires shall be limited to cooking fires or fires in camp lanterns or heaters.
B. 
Cooking fires shall be started and maintained only in a stove, fireplace or barbecue pit maintained by the Department, or in a portable camp stove. Fuels used in cooking fires shall not produce any noxious fumes or smoke.
C. 
No person starting or maintaining any fire in a park shall leave the area where the fire is located without first completely extinguishing the fire.

§ 151-21 Animals.

A. 
No person in a park shall:
(1) 
Ride a horse, mule, donkey or pony except on designated paths or trails. Where riding is permitted, the animals used shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with due care, and shall not be allowed to go unattended nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub. The Township may designate which trails or paths in a park, if any, can be used for riding.
(2) 
Have been responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas other than automobile parking concourses and walks immediately adjacent thereto and in such other areas as maybe clearly marked by signs bearing the words "Domestic animals permitted in this area." Dogs shall not be allowed to run loose, but shall at all times be restrained or kept on a leash not more than six feet in length.
(3) 
Allow any horse, mule, donkey, pony, dog or other domestic animal onto any recreational field.
(4) 
Abandon any animal in the park.
B. 
The prohibitions of this section shall not apply to:
(1) 
Horses or dogs employed by a law enforcement officer or park guard in the performance of his duties.
(2) 
Seeing Eye dog used by a visually handicapped person, provided that the dog is at all times kept under control.
(3) 
Animals or fowl kept by the Department or under its direction.

§ 151-22 Games.

No person in a park shall take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, kites or model airplanes, except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of organized games such as football, baseball and the like is prohibited except on fields, courts or areas designated for such use.

§ 151-23 Alcoholic beverages.

No person shall bring into, consume or sell alcoholic beverages in a park, except that:
A. 
Alcoholic beverages may be sold by persons operating under a concession from the Township, subject to the regulation and control of the Director. Sale of alcoholic beverages shall be by the individual drink only, and drinks shall only be consumed on the premises of the concession. The sale of beer and wine in unopened containers shall not be permitted.
B. 
Alcoholic beverages can be consumed at family or group of 25 or more picnics or functions, provided that a permit for such consumption is obtained. The Township may require that one or more law enforcement officers or park guards be present at such picnics or functions. In such cases, the expense shall be paid by the group having the picnic or function. For purposes of this section, a group picnic must consist of 25 or more persons.
C. 
Owners of vessels docked or moored at or in a park marina, if any, shall be permitted to transport alcoholic beverages across park property for use on board their vessels.

§ 151-24 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 151-24, Intoxication, was repealed 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144.

§ 151-25 Gambling.

No person shall conduct raffles or card games for money or drawings for prizes or participate in any other form of gambling within a park.

§ 151-26 Solicitations.

No person shall solicit contributions in a park for any purpose, except upon obtaining written permission from the Township Council.

§ 151-27 Rest rooms and dressing rooms.

[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144]
No person over the age of eight years shall enter or use rest room, bath or dressing-room facilities designated for the use of the opposite sex.

§ 151-28 Noise.

No person having the control of any device producing amplified sound shall operate or permit such device to be operated in any park so that the sound produced exceeds 105 decibels [db(A)] at a point 50 feet in front of the center point of the distance between the loudspeaker installations.

§ 151-29 Exhibition of permit upon request.

No person in a park shall refuse or fail to produce and exhibit any permit he claims to have, upon the request of any law enforcement officer, park guard or other authorized park employee who wishes to inspect the permit for the purpose of determining that the provisions of this chapter have been complied with.

§ 151-30 Merchandising and advertising.

No person in a park shall:
A. 
Expose or offer for sale or hire any article, thing or service nor station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any article, thing or service unless a permit has been obtained from the Township.
B. 
Announce, advertise or call the public's attention in any way to any article, thing or service for sale or hire unless done pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Township.
C. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise place any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription in a park or erect or cause to be erected any sign on any public lands, highways or roads adjacent to a park unless done pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Township.

§ 151-31 Activities requiring permits.

[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-22]
A. 
In addition to any other provision of this chapter that requires the obtaining of a permit prior to engaging in a given activity, no person in a park shall conduct, operate, present, manage or take part in any of the following activities unless a permit is obtained prior to the start of the activity:
(1) 
Any picnic, outing or gathering sponsored by any person or family composed of 25 or more persons.
(2) 
Any contest, exhibit, dramatic performance, play, motion-picture, radio or television broadcast, fair, circus, musical event or any similar event.
(3) 
Any public meeting, assembly or parade, including but not limited to drills, maneuvers, ceremonies, addresses, speeches or political meetings.
(4) 
Any use of any park facility by a certain person or group of persons to the exclusion of others.
B. 
In lieu of or in addition to a permit, Township may enter into a lease with a person for a given activity in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12-14.

§ 151-32 Permit application procedure.

A. 
A person seeking the issuance of a permit to carry on an activity in a park shall file an application with the Township. The application shall state:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person applying for the permit.
(2) 
If the use or activity is to be conducted for, on behalf of or by any person other than the applicant, the name, address and telephone number of that person.
(3) 
The exact nature of the use or activity for which the permit is being sought.
(4) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(5) 
The park and the portion of the park desired to be used to carry out the proposed use or activity.
(6) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
(7) 
Any other information that the Township finds to be reasonably necessary in order to determine whether to issue a permit.
B. 
Applications shall be filed not less than 14 days nor more than 60 days before the date of the proposed use or activity.
C. 
A person seeking issuance of a permit under this chapter shall file an application with the Township Clerk, together with an application fee of $25, on forms provided by the Township Clerk.
[Amended 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
D. 
Upon the submission of an application for a permit under this chapter, the Township Clerk shall review the application for completeness and shall verify with the Recreation Director that the park where the proposed event is to occur is available for use on the date requested. If the application is complete and the date is available, the Township Clerk shall forward said application to the Fire Prevention Official, the Construction Official, the Recreation Director and the Township Administrator for review, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]

§ 151-32.1 Review procedures.

[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
A. 
Approval of the Fire Prevention Official. The Township Clerk shall forward the application for a permit to the Fire Prevention Official. The Fire Prevention Official shall review the application to determine the need for any approvals or permits from the Fire Prevention Official with regard to fire prevention and safety, including, but not limited to, fireworks, fires, and any other use of the park which might create a risk of unreasonable harm. After the Fire Prevention Official has reviewed the application, he or she shall document the need for any inspections, approvals or permits from the Fire Prevention Official on the application and any other special conditions which may be required.
B. 
Approval of the Construction Official. The Township Clerk shall forward the application for a permit to the Construction Official. The Construction Official shall review the application to determine whether any construction permits would be required for any structures that may be considered for use during the event. The Construction Official shall note on the application any approvals, permits or special conditions which may be required by the Construction Official for the event.
C. 
Review by the Recreation Director. After the Fire Prevention Official and the Construction Official have reviewed the permit application, the Township Clerk shall forward the application to the Recreation Director. The Recreation Director shall review the application to determine any aspects of the application which require input from the Chief of Police or the Superintendent of Public Works. The Recreation Director shall review the application to ensure compliance with issues to include, but not be limited to, complaints, insurance, crowd control, parking and use of the parks. The Recreation Director shall note any special conditions which he or she believes are necessary for the issuance of a permit. The Recreation Director shall consult with the Township Administrator, and the approval of the Township Administrator shall be required for any special conditions.

§ 151-33 Permit requirements.

A. 
The Township Clerk shall issue a permit unless she finds:
(1) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park will unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public use and enjoyment of the park.
(2) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park will unreasonably interfere with or detract from the public health, safety or welfare.
(3) 
That the conduct of the proposed activity or use is reasonably likely to result in violence to persons or property, resulting in serious harm to the public.
(4) 
That the proposed activity or use will entail an extraordinary expense or operation by the Township.
(5) 
That the facilities desired have been reserved for another activity or use at the day and hour requested in the application.
(6) 
That the necessary approvals of the Fire Prevention Official, the Construction Official, the Recreation Director and the Township Administrator have been obtained.
[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
B. 
The Township may impose reasonable conditions or restrictions on the granting of a permit, including but not limited to any of the following:
(1) 
Restrictions on fires, fireworks, amplified sound, use of alcoholic beverages, dancing, sports, use of animals, equipment or vehicles, the number of persons to be present, the location of any bandstand or stage or any other use which appears likely to create a risk of unreasonable harm to the use and enjoyment of the park by others or of damage to park property.
(2) 
A requirement that the applicant post a reasonable deposit of security for the repair of any damage to park property or the cost of cleanup, or both.
(3) 
A requirement that the applicant pay a fee for the actual expenses of the cost of furnishing adequate security forces and/or additional staff supervision by the Department of Recreation at the proposed use or activity.
[Amended 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
(4) 
A requirement that the permittee furnish additional sanitary and refuse facilities that might be reasonably necessary, based on the use or activity for which the permit is being sought.
C. 
Permits shall not be transferable without written consent of the Township.
D. 
Within five days after receipt of an application, the Township Clerk shall apprise an applicant in writing of her reasons for refusing a permit or of any conditions attached to the issuance of a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal in writing within two days to the Township Administrator, who shall consider the application under the standards set forth in Subsection A and sustain or overrule the Township Clerk's decision within seven days.
[Amended 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
E. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in his permit.
F. 
The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury to any person or property whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit was issued.
G. 
The Township shall have the power to revoke a permit issued hereunder upon the violation of any of the standards of issuance as set forth in this chapter, upon the violation of any condition or restriction under which the permit was issued, or in the event of any circumstances endangering public health, safety and welfare or the violation of any Stafford ordinance or other applicable law.
[Amended 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]

§ 151-34 Hours.

[Amended 12-19-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-69]
As a general rule, Township parks shall be open to the public every day of the year from sunrise to dusk (sunset). In no case shall parks be open beyond 9:00 p.m. except for athletic events on lighted athletic fields and courts, which shall not extend beyond 11:00 p.m. The Township may in its reasonable discretion extend or contract these hours for any park or a portion of any park by resolution. No person shall enter, be or remain in any park after closing hours unless a permit has been obtained. Park closing shall be posted at park entrances.

§ 151-35 Closed areas.

Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Township 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 the Township shall find reasonably necessary.

§ 151-36 Rules and regulations.

The Director shall, with approval of the Township Council, have the power to make, from time to time, such reasonable rules and regulations as are necessary to manage, use, preserve and govern park property and activities.

§ 151-37 Skateboard park.

[Added 12-7-1999 by Ord. No. 99-79]
A. 
All skaters must skate responsibly.
B. 
All skaters must wear the following safety equipment at all times: helmet, elbow pads and knee pads.
C. 
A child under 12 years of age who wishes to utilize the park must be accompanied by an adult.
D. 
All participants 12 years of age and over must have a photo identification card on their person showing their name, current address and birth date.
E. 
The hours of operation for the skateboard park will be as follows:
(1) 
10:00 a.m. to dark on Saturdays and holidays.
(2) 
12:00 noon to dark on Sundays.
(3) 
2:00 p.m. to dark on weekdays during the school year.
(4) 
10:00 a.m. to dark on weekdays when school is not in session.
F. 
Any person attempting to use the facility during other times shall be subject to the penalties provided in this chapter.
G. 
The facility is for in-line skates and skateboards only. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted in or on the skateboard park at any time.
H. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection H, use of profanity or abusive language, was repealed 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-144.
I. 
No skating is permitted when surfaces are wet or icy.
J. 
No drug or alcohol use is permitted at any time.
K. 
Any individual caught vandalizing the facility will be subject to penalties provided for in this chapter.

§ 151-38 Arrest or ejection from park.

[Amended 12-7-1999 by Ord. No. 99-79]
Any person found violating any provision of this chapter shall either be arrested or ejected from the park.

§ 151-39 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-11-1986 by Ord. No. 86-55; 2-21-1989 by Ord. No. 89-22; 12-7-1999 by Ord. No. 99-79; 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-62]
A. 
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000, by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or by community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service as determined in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
B. 
The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.