Township of Upper Hanover, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover 2-11-2003 by Ord. No. 03-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 328-1 Applicability.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07; 8-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-06]
The Board of Supervisors of Upper Hanover Township hereby establishes the following rules and regulations which shall be applicable to Camelot Park, Centennial Park and Macoby Run Park.

§ 328-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PLAYGROUND
Township park, park areas or parklands where any piece of playground equipment is located and any surrounding areas up to and including 50 feet around such structures and Township park and recreation areas that are enclosed by any type of fencing.
PLAYING FIELD
Township park, park areas or parklands that are the actual required dimensions for active recreation programs, i.e., baseball, basketball, tennis, football, volleyball, softball, soccer, designated jogging or walking areas or other recreational programs under the jurisdiction of the Township and any area within 50 feet of those areas.
TOWNSHIP PARK, PARK AREAS OR PARKLANDS
A Township-owned lot, tract or piece of ground officially designated for the location of playground equipment, recreation and playing field areas.

§ 328-3 Opening and closing hours.

The parks of Upper Hanover Township are open throughout the year to all Township residents and their guests when accompanied by Township residents. Park areas are open between 7:00 a.m. and dusk. Only authorized persons may be in a park between dusk and 7:00 a.m.

§ 328-4 Injuring or defacing property.

No persons shall damage, injure, deface, remove, dig, cut or change any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, building, structures or fixtures therein or any property of the Township located within such parks.

§ 328-5 Removal of property.

No person shall remove any Township property from Township parks.

§ 328-6 Annoying conduct.

No conduct shall be permitted within any park which causes annoyance to any other person, nor shall obscene language be used, nor shall conduct of an immoral or indecent nature be permitted.

§ 328-7 Meetings; permit required; responsible person.

No person or organized group of persons shall hold any meeting or gathering assembled through advertisement or public notice or any gathering otherwise assembled and composed of more than five persons within the limits of any of the parklands without first having made an application to the Township Manager for a permit therefor. Such permit shall indicate the location where such gathering or meeting shall be held, and such gathering shall not be held in any other location within any of the park areas of the Township. The application for such permit shall be in the name of the person or organized group of persons who shall be responsible for seeing that all refuse left by the group shall be placed in proper containers before leaving the parklands.

§ 328-8 Insurance and indemnification.

A. 
Any person or group to whom a permit is issued must provide proof of insurance coverage for liability for personal injuries and property damages in the kinds and amounts established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
B. 
Any person or group to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any losses, property damage or personal injuries sustained to any person or property by reason of the conduct, acts or failure to act of the person or group obtaining the permit, its members, agents, employees or invitees.
C. 
Any person or group to whom a permit is issued shall indemnify and hold harmless the Township, its officers, agents and employees from and against all claims, damages, losses and expenses, including court costs and attorney's fees, arising out of or resulting from the activities being conducted upon Township park, park areas or parklands, including all losses resulting from any injury to property or persons occasioned by neglect, an accident or any other reason whatsoever during such activities.

§ 328-9 Unlawful sales booths; required consent.

No person shall sell or set up any booth, table or stand for the sale of any article or service within the limits of any of the park areas without the consent of the Township Parks and Recreation Department, which shall have authority to refuse such consent in any instance.

§ 328-10 Waste disposal.

No person shall dispose of any waste or garbage in the parklands except in a receptacle designated for the respective purposes, and all persons using such park areas shall dispose of all waste and garbage left in proper receptacle. No person shall dispose of any waste or garbage within a Township park when such waste or garbage is generated outside of park areas.

§ 328-11 Unlawful posting and tampering with notices.

No persons shall injure, deface or destroy any notice, rule or regulation posted any place within the park area, nor shall any person post any place within such parklands any notice or placard other than official signs and notices posted by and under the authority of the Park and Recreation Department or the Township.

§ 328-12 Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.

No persons shall bring any alcoholic beverage or any illegal drug into any of the park areas either for his own use or for the use of any other person. No person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

§ 328-13 Hunting; missile-propelling instruments and motor-powered model aircraft.

[Amended 3-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
No person shall engage in hunting or trapping within the limits of any Township park. Firecrackers, fireworks, motor-powered model aircraft, explosives, arrows, slingshots and other similar missile-propelling instruments are prohibited within the limits of any Township park.

§ 328-14 Motor-powered vehicles.

A. 
Lawful operation. No person shall operate any motor-powered vehicle within any of the parklands, except to enter or leave, and then only on the designated driving and parking areas.
B. 
Prohibited vehicles. No minibikes, motorbikes, go-carts, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles or any other like vehicle propelled by a gasoline internal-combustion engine or propelled by any other kind of fuel or battery shall be permitted in the park areas.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07]
C. 
Parking for washing or repairing prohibited. No person shall stand or park a motor vehicle upon roadways or parking lots within a Township park, park area or parkland for the principal purpose of washing or repairing such motor vehicle, except for repairs necessitated by an emergency.
D. 
Patron parking only. No person shall park a motor vehicle within any Township park, park areas or parklands unless such person is a patron who is actually using such areas for proper purposes during the time such motor vehicle is parked therein or thereon.
E. 
Hours for parking regulated. No person shall park a motor vehicle in or upon any Township park, park areas or parklands at any time other than during normal hours or lawful operation of the Township park, park areas or parklands.
[Amended 8-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-06]
F. 
Parking in designated areas only. No person shall park a motor vehicle in or upon any Township park, park areas or parklands except in designated parking areas.

§ 328-15 Bicycles, roller blades, skates and skateboards.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07]
A. 
Skateboards are prohibited.
B. 
Roller blades/skates are permitted.
C. 
Bicycles are permitted at Camelot Park and Macoby Run Park but are prohibited at Centennial Park.
[Amended 8-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-06]

§ 328-16 Fires prohibited; cooking grills prohibited; use of all tobacco products prohibited.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07]
No fire shall be made within any park area. The use of all cooking grills is prohibited. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited within all Township park areas, including the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and other like tobacco products.

§ 328-17 Gambling prohibited.

Gambling of any kind is not permitted within any park area.

§ 328-18 Restraint of pets; horses prohibited.

A. 
Pets to be leashed and not to annoy patrons. Pets must be on a leash, and such pets must not be permitted to annoy any person or other animal within a park area.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07]
B. 
Owners to comply with other ordinances. The owner of a dog or the person having custody or control of such dog shall be in compliance with all other ordinances and regulations pertaining to the conduct of such animals and must clean up after their pets.
C. 
Consent/permission of Director for noncompliance. The Park and Recreation Director shall have the authority to issue consent or permission for pets within park areas for educational purposes or recreational programs where the activities of such pets may not be in compliance with the provisions of this chapter or other pertinent provisions of the Code of the Township dealing with animals.
D. 
Exception for Seeing Eye dogs and dogs for the hearing impaired. Guide and/or hearing dogs for the blind or deaf or dogs used to accompany any other physically handicapped person may be permitted for such use within a park area.
E. 
Presence on playing fields prohibited. No person being the owner or person in charge or control of any animal shall allow such animal or permit such animal upon any playing field or playground area or within 50 feet of any Township property maintained as a playing field or playground area, other than for Township recreation program purposes.
F. 
Horses prohibited. Horses are prohibited from entering all Township parks.

§ 328-19 Certain knives prohibited.

No person shall be permitted to carry, whether concealed or unconcealed, a knife with a blade in excess of three inches in length, nor may any such implement be allowed within or to be used within any park area except as such implement may be required in connection with the preparation and consumption of food.

§ 328-20 Golfing, swimming and other activities.

No person shall be permitted to play or practice golf within or upon any Township park, park areas or parklands unless the area is specifically designated for that purpose. Swimming, the use of flotation devices, boating, pitching horseshoes, and the use of detectors to engage in finding buried objects are prohibited.

§ 328-21 Violations and penalties.

Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a criminal fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation, plus restitution for damages done, and imprisonment in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Enforcement of any such violations shall be by action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.