Township of Harmony, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony 4-5-1983 by Ord. No. 0:83-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 50.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 78.
Littering — See Ch. 113.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 156
Recreational vehicles — See Ch. 159.

§ 122-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide rules and regulations for the use, control and protection of and conduct in the parks and recreation areas of the Township of Harmony to ensure their orderly and safe use, to help assure their preservation, to promote minimum inconvenience to those people bordering them and to provide penalties for violators.

§ 122-2 Applicability.

This chapter shall apply in all parks and recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the committee or the governing body of the Township of Harmony, hereinafter called "township," unless expressly exempted. For the issuance of permits, temporary designations, authorization, granting of approval and other actions, the approving governing agency shall be the township or its designee for lands under its jurisdiction.

§ 122-3 Construal of provisions.

In the interpretation of this chapter and all succeeding park and recreation area ordinances, the provisions shall be construed as follows:
A. 
Any term in the singular shall include the plural.
B. 
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
C. 
Any requirements or prohibition of any act shall respectively extend to and include the causing and procuring, directly or indirectly, of such act.
D. 
No provisions hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer or employee of the committee or township in the line of duty or work as such or by any person or his agent or employee in the proper and necessary execution of the terms of any agreement with the committee or township.
E. 
Any act otherwise prohibited by law or local ordinance shall be lawful if performed under, by virtue of and strictly within the provisions of a permit so to do and to the extent authorized thereby.
F. 
The term "Township Police Department" shall refer to the Police Department established by the township or any other law enforcement agency of the State of New Jersey having jurisdiction in the absence of an established Township Police Department.

§ 122-4 Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicants.

No person shall be permitted within a township park or recreation area under the influence of intoxicating beverages, drugs or narcotics. No person shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics in any park or recreation area.

§ 122-5 Group use; assemblies.

A. 
No group of 100 or more persons shall use a township park or recreation area without first having obtained a group use permit not later than 30 days before the proposed date of use. Group use shall be limited to designated areas. Adult supervision of children's groups is required at all times.
B. 
No person shall call or hold any public meeting or give any concert or public entertainment of any kind within a township park or recreation area without first having obtained written permission in advance from the township no later than 30 days before the proposed date of use.
C. 
No person shall use loudspeakers, public address systems or amplifiers within a township park or recreation area without first having obtained written permission in advance from the township no later than 30 days before the proposed: date of use.

§ 122-5.1 Recreational site rental.

[Added 12-14-2010 by Ord. No. 10-15; amended 11-5-2013 by Ord. No. 13-5]
A. 
Any person wishing to use the recreational site located in the Township Park shall make a reservation through the Township Clerk's office. The fee to rent the site shall be as follows:
(1) 
For a Township resident: $25 per day.
(2) 
For a nonresident: $35 per day.
(3) 
For nonprofit organizations with proof of establishment: no fee.
B. 
Payment of the fee must be received within 48 hours of reservation and is nonrefundable. Nonpayment will result in cancellation of reservation.
C. 
The rental of the recreational site shall include use of the pavilion and bathroom facilities. The athletic fields may also be used if they are not already in use. This rental does not include the snack bar or any food preparation areas. Rules and regulations will be provided to the user by the Municipal Clerk's office.
D. 
Any person(s)/organization wishing to use the recreational site shall pay a refundable security deposit of $200 through the Township Clerk’s office. This deposit shall be held by the Township and returned upon confirmation that the site and its facilities are left in a satisfactory condition following a reservation. If the site is left in an unsatisfactory condition, the renter will be notified, in writing, of the reason all or a portion of his/her deposit is not being returned. Deposits are due at least seven days prior to the reservation.

§ 122-6 Leashing of animals.

Dogs and cats must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. No domestic animal shall be permitted to run at large within any township park or recreation area, either with or without a keeper, except in those areas designated for that purpose by the township.

§ 122-6.1 Animals prohibited.

[Added 8-4-1998 by Ord. No. 0:98-6]
A. 
No dogs, cats or other domestic animals shall be permitted upon the grounds comprising the Harmony Township Recreation site or Harmony Township Municipal Building.
B. 
The owner of any such animal who violates this prohibition by either permitting same to run at large or by walking same upon said grounds shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or both of the following penalties:
(1) 
A fine of not less than $100; or
(2) 
A term of community service not to exceed 90 days.

§ 122-7 Littering.

A. 
No person shall leave bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper or other rubbish within a township park or recreation area, except in a properly provided receptacle designated for that purpose.
B. 
No person shall throw or place any dirt, stone, rock, debris or foreign or waste substance upon any township park or recreation area.

§ 122-8 Preservation of natural and man-made features.

No person shall pick flowers, foliage, berries or fruit or cut, break, dig up or in any way mutilate or injure any tree, shrub, plant, fem, grass, turf, railing, seat, fence, structure or any other object within a township park or recreation area.

§ 122-9 Fires.

No person shall build, light or maintain a fire within a township park or recreation area, except in a camp stove or a fireplace provided, maintained or designated for such purpose by the township; excepting, however, that oil or gasoline camp stoves may be used in picnic areas where other stoves are provided.

§ 122-10 Hunting and fishing.

A. 
No person shall bear any weapon or firearms within or into a township park or recreation area. Firearms shall not be carried not be in possession of anyone in the township park or recreation areas. Carrying of and shooting with bow and arrow are prohibited in said areas.
B. 
No person shall molest, trap, capture, hold, remove, injure or kill any animal or disturb its habitat within a township park or recreation area.

§ 122-11 Commercial activities.

A. 
No person shall engage in any commercial enterprise, including but not limited to the offering of services, soliciting, selling or peddling any liquids or edibles for human consumption or distributing circulars or hawking, peddling or vending any goods, wares or merchandise within a township park or recreation area except within concession areas designed and leased by the township.
B. 
No person shall cut, carve, paint, mark, paste or fasten on any tree, fence, wall, building, monument or other object within a township park or recreation area any bill, advertisement or inscription; nor shall any person distribute, cast, throw or place any handbill, pamphlet, circular, advertisement or notice of any kind within a township park or recreation area.

§ 122-12 Use of vehicles.

A. 
No person shall use any portion of a township park or recreation area for the purpose of a way, except drives, parking areas, roadways, paths, walks and trails established for such purposes by the township; and footpaths or walks established for pedestrian travel shall not be used for vehicular travel. The use of mopeds or motorized bikes will be limited to roadways, drives and parking areas as established and opened to all other vehicular traffic and shall not be operated at any time within a township park or recreation area unless such mopeds or motorized bikes are registered, licensed and operated in accordance with applicable motor vehicle statutes of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road within a township park or recreation area any vehicle at a rate of speed greater than 10 miles per hour.
C. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road, parkway, drive or parking area within a township park or recreation area any motor vehicle in a reckless manner or in a manner to endanger the life, limb or property of pedestrians or the drivers or occupants of other vehicles or any other person within a township park or recreation area. The motor vehicle operator and the motor vehicle operated within a township park or recreation area shall be in compliance with New Jersey State Motor Vehicle license and Safety Laws.

§ 122-13 Hours of operation.

No person shall, without permission, enter into or remain within a township park or recreation area except during the posted hours the park or recreation area is open to the general public.

§ 122-14 Disorderly conduct.

A. 
No person shall harass, obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with any person lawfully within a township park or recreation area or shall resist, obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with any agent or officer of the township or law enforcement officer of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
No person shall remain within a township park or recreation area who does not abide by conditions adopted and posted by the township for the preservation of good order and the protection of property within a township park or recreation area and no person shall remain within a township park or recreation area who does not abide by the instructions and directions of duly authorized officers or agents of the township in the lawful performance of their duties. Any person directed by an agent or officer of the township to leave a township park or recreation area shall do so promptly and peaceably.
C. 
No person shall use threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language or gestures within a township park or recreation area, nor shall any oration, harangue, public demonstration or any nuisance be made.

§ 122-15 Permits for special events.

A. 
Permits for special events in parks and recreation areas shall be obtained by application to the township, filed at the office of the Township Clerk, in accordance with the following procedure:
(1) 
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application stating:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(c) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which the permit is desired.
(e) 
Any other information which the township shall find reasonably necessary to make a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
(f) 
Variances required from park rules and regulations.
(2) 
Standards for issuance of a use permit shall include the following findings:
(a) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not reasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(b) 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of the public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(c) 
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(d) 
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police supervision by the township or state law enforcement agency.
(e) 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use on the date and hour requested in the application.
B. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances as fully as though the same were inserted in said permit.
C. 
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. A permittee may be required to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amounts as may be from time to time determined prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.

§ 122-16 Enforcement.

A. 
The Township Police Department or any other law enforcement officer of the State of New Jersey having jurisdiction in the absence of an established Township Police Department shall have the authority to eject from the park or recreation area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
B. 
The Township Police Department or any other law enforcement officer of the State of New Jersey having jurisdiction shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or recreation area or used in violation of this chapter.

§ 122-17 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-7-1990 by Ord. No. O:90-15]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following:
A. 
A fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000.
B. 
A term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days.
C. 
A term of community service not to exceed 90 days.