[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lancaster 4-28-1980 by L.L. No. 7-1980 (Ch. 112 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to preserve the public peace and good order in the areas located within the Village of Lancaster and operated as public parks, excluding any public parks owned and operated by the County of Erie, and to contribute to the safety and enjoyment of the users of the parklands by regulating the hours of use, the use of motorized vehicles and by prohibiting certain activities inimical to customary park recreation uses.
The parks shall be opened and closed at the time and/or hour designated by the Village Board of the Village of Lancaster. No person shall use the park at a time and/or hour other than that designated by the Village Board of the Village of Lancaster, and the use of the park at a time and/or hour other than that so designated is hereby prohibited and is declared to be a violation of this chapter. Opening and closing times shall be posted within the area of the park.
Editor's Note: A resolution passed 6-9-1980 provided that the hours of 9:00 a.m. to sunset be set as the opening and closing times for the Village parks known as Veteran's Park, Firemen's Park, Oxford Park, Mechanic Street Park and tennis courts, Richmond Avenue wading pool and West Drullard Avenue playground. The resolution further provided that the Department of Public Works post these hours and that they be made part of the Village Code.
The operation of any motorized vehicles such as automobiles, motorcycles, minibikes, snowmobiles and the like is prohibited within the area of parklands; provided, however, that the operation of licensed vehicles for the transporting of the public to and from the parklands is permitted on all improved roadways, and the parking of such vehicles is also permitted within designated parking areas.
Hunting, trapping or the discharge of any firearm, spring gun or air gun is prohibited within the area of any parklands.
The sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited within the area of any parklands regulated pursuant to the terms and conditions of this chapter unless such sale or consumption is specifically permitted by other provisions of the Code of the Village of Lancaster.
No person shall take into, carry through, leave in, throw, lay, drop or discharge into or on the parklands any tin cans, bottles, refuse, garbage, rubbish or waste. No person shall throw away or discard any match, cigar or cigarettes on or under any tree or underbrush or grass unless it is to deposit same in a suitable container provided for the reception thereof. Papers, cartons or any other type of litter shall be placed in receptacles provided for that purpose.
No person shall injure, deface, displace, remove, fill in, raise, destroy or tamper with any drive, path or walk; take up, remove or carry away any trees, shrubs, turf or any material or substance; or remove or destroy any structure, building or any appurtenances connected with the park.
No person shall utter loud and offensive or profane or indecent language; do any obscene or indecent act; throw stones or other missiles; annoy, obstruct, molest or interfere with any person, path, walk or public place; loiter or create a disturbance while criminally in possession of a controlled substance; introduce, carry or fire any firecrackers, torpedoes or fireworks; or engage in, instigate, aid or encourage a contention or fight.
The parks of the Village of Lancaster shall be under the supervision and control of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lancaster or such other person or committee as the Board of Trustees may designate from time to time.
The Chief of Police of the Village of Lancaster is hereby empowered and authorized to close any park for a period not exceeding 24 hours whenever, in his opinion, such closing is necessary to preserve the peace, safety and security of the park. Enforcement of this chapter shall be by the Village of Lancaster Police Department.
The violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be considered an offense, and any person, upon being convicted of such offense, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.