Municipality of Murrysville, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville 5-4-1992 by Ord. No. 320-92.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Ch. 166, Parks and Playgrounds, adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 43-79, as amended.

§ 166-1 Applicability.

A. 
The regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply to each park, playground, conservation area, green space, pedestrian right-of-way, or other public recreation area owned by the Municipality of Murrysville. A copy of the regulations and the penalties prescribed in this chapter shall, to the extent practicable, be posted at a conspicuous place at each such park.
B. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting the development and management of park premises by the Municipality in accordance with its Recreation and Open Space Plan.

§ 166-2 Prohibited activities.

There is absolutely prohibited, within the premises of the parks set forth in § 166-1, hereof the following conduct:
A. 
Picking, disturbing, mutilating, transplanting or removing any plant.
B. 
Disturbing, harming or destroying any animal or the habitation thereof, with the sole exception of hunting by special permit as described in § 166-4A hereof.
C. 
Littering.
D. 
Use of motorized trail bikes, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.
E. 
Use of skateboards.
F. 
Destruction, alteration or vandalism of parkgrounds or improvements thereon.
G. 
Swimming.
H. 
Ice skating or ice fishing.
I. 
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.

§ 166-3 Conditionally permitted activities.

The following conduct is permitted within the parks only when the appropriate conditions described herein are satisfied:
A. 
Delivering, conveying or causing any domesticated animal to be in a park is permitted, provided that the animal is leashed or otherwise controlled so as not to disturb or damage park property, other occupants of the park or wildlife in the park. Such control includes the repair of any damage caused by such animal and the removal and proper disposal of all waste generated by such animal. Domesticated animals are not permitted in playground areas. Horses are not permitted on any playing field area.
B. 
Fire is permitted only in the permanent cooking grills provided by the Municipality or in accordance with a permit issued for camping under § 166-4B hereof.
C. 
Motorized conveyances or vehicles of any type are permitted only on established access roads and only for the purpose of ingress and egress to the park and only when operated in accordance with state law. Authorized park construction and maintenance vehicles are permitted.
D. 
Fishing is permitted only in accordance with state regulations.
E. 
Smoking is permitted unless a fire hazard notice is posted.

§ 166-4 Activities permitted only with special permit.

The following activities are permitted only upon the issuance of a permit by the Municipality stating the date, location, time period and approximate number of people participating in the activity. A fee for such permit may be required as set forth in Chapter 112, Fees. The Municipality may, in its sole discretion, require as condition for the grant of a permit a cash bond and/or other measures, such as evidence of insurance, to cover the cost of any damage or to provide for the health and safety of the public and/or for cleanup operations. Permits shall be issued by a designee of the Mayor only to applicants who provide evidence of responsibility for the safe and reasonable conduct of such activity.
A. 
Hunting with bow and arrow during specially prescribed periods in designated parks on posted dates only, and in accordance with state hunting regulations. Fee is $35 per hunter.
[Amended 7-5-2001 by Ord. No. 576-01; 9-3-2003 by Ord. No. 642-03; 12-3-2014 by Ord. No. 920-14; 11-4-2015 by Ord. No. 933-15[1]; 12-16-2015 by Ord. No. 938-15; 6-22-2016 by Ord. No. 950-16; 12-21-2016 by Ord. No. 959-16]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that Skena Reserve be added to the designated parks for hunting.
B. 
Camping, including the making of camp fires. A fifty-dollar bond shall be posted for such a permit.
C. 
Commercial activity. A fifty-dollar bond shall be posted for such a permit.
D. 
Occupation of a park before sunrise or after sunset. A fifty-dollar bond shall be posted for such a permit.
E. 
Exclusive use of a specific shelter or area within a park. A fifty-dollar bond shall be posted for such a permit.

§ 166-5 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate or cause there to be violated the regulations and/or prohibited conduct set forth in this chapter shall be punishable in a summary proceeding before any district magistrate of the County of Westmoreland by payment of the costs of prosecution and a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $300 for each violation and, in default of the payment thereof, imprisonment in the jail of the county for a period not exceeding 30 days for each such violation. Proceedings for the violation of this chapter shall be commenced in the name of the Municipality, by either summons or warrant, in the discretion of the officer before whom the action is commenced, and shall be directed to and served by a constable of the Municipality.

§ 166-6 Rewards.

Any person or group of persons who submits information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual for destruction, alteration or vandalism of parkgrounds or improvements thereon shall be eligible for receipt of a reward of $500. In the event that multiple individuals submit information relating to one incident of vandalism (involving one or more than one persons) or to one person, one reward of $500 shall be divided equally between the reporting individuals.