Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield: Article I, 7-10-1974 by Ord. No. 638; Article II, 10-14-1981 by resolution. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 21.
[Adopted 7-10-1974 by Ord. No. 638]

§ 59-1 Prohibited activities.

No person in a public park and recreation area owned or controlled by Springfield Township shall:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, pavings or paving materials, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
B. 
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick flowers or seed of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any park or recreation area.
C. 
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 or any tributary stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
D. 
Bring in or dump in, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided. Where receptacles are not 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.
E. 
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas by the Board of Commissioners or the Park and Recreation Board.
F. 
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions or with the instruction of any park attendant who may be present.
G. 
Allow a vehicle to stand or be parked overnight in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
H. 
Swim or bathe in any waters or waterways.
I. 
Bring into or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters in the park area, except a toy boat less than 18 inches in length.
J. 
Fish in any waters except in waters designated by the Park and Recreation Board for that use and under such regulations and restrictions as have been or may be prescribed by the Park and Recreation Board.
K. 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those places designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate these activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
L. 
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. Games such as football, baseball, golf and lacrosse are prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided expressly therefor.
M. 
Ride a horse in any township park or recreation area.
N. 
Bring alcoholic beverages or drink the same at any time, nor shall any person be under the influence or appear to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park or recreation area.
O. 
Bring a dog or domestic animal onto a public park or recreation area unless:
[Amended 6-11-1986 by Ord. No. 744]
(1) 
Said dog or animal is on a leash not to exceed eight feet.
(2) 
Such person shall carry and use a shovel, tool or other suitable device to remove any and all fecal deposits of said dog or animal.
P. 
Go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas designated as skating fields, and provided that a safety signal is displayed by the Park and Recreation Board.
Q. 
Become disorderly with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly create a risk thereof by engaging in fighting or threatening or in violent or tumultuous behavior; make unreasonable noise; use obscene language; make an obscene gesture; or create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.

§ 59-2 Opening and closing hours.

A. 
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks and recreation areas shall be open to the public every day of the year, from dawn until dusk. Any specified opening and closing hours for an individual park or recreation area shall be determined by the Board of Commissioners and shall be posted at the park or recreation area.
[Amended 9-13-2000]
B. 
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Board of Commissioners or the Park and Recreation Board at any time and for any interval of time, in order to convenience repairs or restoration to the area in question or for public health or safety reasons.

§ 59-3 Enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Springfield Township Police Department.

§ 59-4 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the Flourtown Country Club or other township-owned property which is not designated as a public park or recreation area.

§ 59-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-13-1988 by Ord. No. 756]
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs.
[Adopted 10-14-1981]

§ 59-6 Recreation Department.

A Recreation Department is hereby established by the Board of Commissioners to handle the function of recreation programs and activities and maintenance to parks, recreation areas and facilities; and the Township Manager is delegated to supervise the day-to-day operation of the Recreation Department, its Recreation Director and staff.

§ 59-7 Park and Recreation Committee.

A Park and Recreation Committee, comprised of seven members, is hereby established by the Board of Commissioners to serve in an advisory capacity in accordance with the following duties:
A. 
Recommend to the Board of Commissioners the overall philosophy and goals of the park and recreation program.
B. 
Recommend to the Board of Commissioners the annual objectives of the park and recreation program within the philosophy and goals already established by the Board of Commissioners.
C. 
Recommend to the Board of Commissioners the establishment of policies under which the Recreation Department should operate, including such areas as programs to be conducted, user fees and charges, recreation facilities and all aspects of the park and recreation program.
D. 
Elect its officers and adopt a constitution and bylaws for Committee operation.
E. 
Serve as a sounding board for the recreational needs of township residents and transmit to the Board of Commissioners for Board approval those plans not previously approved by the Board.
F. 
Investigate possible revenue sources to fund recreation programs.
G. 
Meet regularly to conduct its work, keep minutes of these meetings and transmit the same to the Board of Commissioners and Township Manager.