Township of Burlington, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington 2-27-1979; amended 3-26-1985; 5-27-1986; 12-23-1986; 12-22-1987; 2-12-1991; 2-27-1996; 5-25-1999; 12-11-2001; 2-26-2002; 3-12-2002 (Sec. 14:14 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Recreation — See Ch. 20, § 20-45.
Board of Recreation Commissioners — See Ch. 20, § 20-57.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 114.
Events — See Ch. 243.
Firearms — See Ch. 257.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 275.
Littering — See Ch. 337.
Noise — See Ch. 360.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 407.

§ 395-1 Prohibited acts.

No person in a public park and recreation area shall:
A. 
Wilfully 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. 
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person above the age of five years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
C. 
Dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, stones, trees, shrubs or plants or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
D. 
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
E. 
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick flowers or seed of any trees or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
F. 
Climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
G. 
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
H. 
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird, nor shall he remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs or nest or young of any reptile or bird. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes known to be deadly poisonous or deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
I. 
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.
J. 
Have brought in or shall 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 properly disposed of elsewhere.
K. 
Drive any vehicle on any area except on the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas.
L. 
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions thereat and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
M. 
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park area.
N. 
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
O. 
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
P. 
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving or set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.
Q. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereinafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activities are prohibited by the Board of Recreation Commissioners upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
R. 
Frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the days as shall be designated by the Board of Recreation Commissioners for such purposes for each individual site.
S. 
Erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach or bathing area any tent, shelter or structure of any kind unless there shall be an unobstructed view into said tent, shelter or structure from at least two sides, nor shall any guy wire, rope or extension brace or support be connected or fastened from any structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object outside thereof.
T. 
Allow himself to be so covered with a bathing suit so as to indecently expose his person.
U. 
Dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose.
V. 
Bring into or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters, except at places designated for boating. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or hereafter may be adopted.
W. 
Navigate, direct or handle any boat in such a manner as to unjustifiably or unnecessarily annoy or frighten or endanger the occupant of any other boat.
X. 
Launch, dock or operate any boat of any kind on any water between the closing hour of the park at night and the opening hour of the park the following morning, nor shall any person be on or remain on or in any boat during said closed hours of the park.
Y. 
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
Z. 
Carry or possess firearms of any description, or air rifles, spring guns, bow-and-arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
AA. 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than that designated for that purpose.
BB. 
Use any portion of the picnic area or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
CC. 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles, where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
DD. 
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrow, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation.

§ 395-2 Conduct.

While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular, no person shall:
A. 
Bring alcoholic beverages, drink same at any time, nor shall any person be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park.
B. 
Have in his possession or set or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints. At the discretion of the Board of Recreation Commissioners, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated park areas.
C. 
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
D. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
E. 
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within any park or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
F. 
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public" or "No Trespassing," nor shall any person use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
[Amended 5-8-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-012]
G. 
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Board of Recreation Commissioners.
H. 
[1]Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection H, which prohibited any person from going onto the ice except such areas designated as skating fields and provided a safety signal was displayed, was repealed 3-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-OR-005. This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsections I through L as Subsections H through K, respectively.
I. 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
J. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
K. 
Sell, offer or solicit for sale any goods or merchandise in the park, unless affiliated with the Board of Recreation Commissioners.
[Added 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-025]

§ 395-3 Opening and closing of parks.

A. 
Township-owned property utilized for parks or recreation and attendant areas, including but not limited to parking lots, shall be open from sunrise to sunset. Activities conducted under the auspices of Township-organized programs or areas specifically designated by Township Council may exceed these hours.
B. 
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporary or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise), and either entirely or merely for certain uses.

§ 395-4 Authority.

[Amended 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-025; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
The Board of Recreation Commissioners and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
The Board of Recreation Commissioners and park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
C. 
The Board of Recreation Commissioners and park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or used in violation of this chapter.
D. 
This chapter shall also be enforced by the Police Department of the Township of Burlington.

§ 395-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, and any person using the field without obtaining a permit shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.

§ 395-6 General policy.

[Amended 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-025; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Reservations for Green Acres and Burlington Township athletic field rentals may be made no earlier than seven calendar days in advance of the requested date for the use of the field. Only one date per application will be honored, and multiple dates will not be permitted. No more than a maximum of four dates per year will be issued to any specific group, league, association, etc. (Fees for the use of these facilities will be charged to individuals or teams that have no affiliation with the Burlington Township Recreation Commission or the Burlington Township School District.)
B. 
Resident/resident family shall consist of a person or family occupying or maintaining a place of residence within the Township. (See § 366-10, Definitions.)
C. 
All fees collected for use of the Green Acres Park and Recreational Facilities and Burlington Township Park and Recreational Facilities shall be remitted to the Treasurer.

§ 395-7 Fees for Green Acres Park and recreation facilities and Burlington Township Park and recreation facilities.

[Amended 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-009; 5-22-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-18; 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-028; 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 12-OR-005; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Pavilion/band shell rental. A fee of $100 for residents and $200 for nonresidents shall be charged for reserving a pavilion from the Saturday prior to Memorial Day until the last Sunday in September. The fee will be nonrefundable except in circumstances of extreme weather. The fee must be paid at the time of making reservations.
(1) 
Total group size is limited to 100 persons.
B. 
Tennis courts.
(1) 
Tennis courts shall cost according to the following:
(a) 
For residents: $2 per hour.
(b) 
For nonresidents: $4 per hour.
(c) 
After 5:00 p.m. for residents: $3 per hour.
(d) 
After 5:00 p.m. for nonresidents: $6 per hour.
(2) 
Tennis courts shall be free of cost between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to players under 18 years of age.
C. 
Racquetball courts.
(1) 
Racquetball courts shall cost $1 per court hour for players 18 years of age and over.
(2) 
Racquetball courts shall be free of cost to players under 18 years of age between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
(3) 
Racquetball courts shall cost $1 per court per hour for players under 18 years of age from 5:00 p.m. to dark.
D. 
Equipment fee. Users shall be charged $1 to use each set of equipment available.
E. 
Street hockey court rental.
(1) 
Court rental without lighting: $100, residents (not to exceed two hours).
(2) 
Court rental without lighting: $200, nonresidents (not to exceed two hours).
(3) 
Court rental with lighting: $150, residents (not to exceed two hours).
(4) 
Court rental with lighting: $250, nonresidents (not to exceed two hours).
F. 
Basketball court rental.
(1) 
Court rental: $100, residents (not to exceed two hours).
(2) 
Court rental: $200, nonresidents (not to exceed two hours).

§ 395-8 Fees for Green Acres and Burlington Township soccer and football field rentals.

[Amended 7-27-2004 by Ord. No. 04-OR-018; 4-22-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-007; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Field rental rates.
(1) 
Field rental without lighting: $100, residents (not to exceed two hours).
(2) 
Field rental without lighting: $200, nonresidents (not to exceed two hours).
(3) 
Field rental with lighting: $150, residents (not to exceed two hours).
(4) 
Field rental with lighting: $250, nonresidents (not to exceed two hours).

§ 395-9 Fees for Green Acres and Burlington Township baseball field rentals.

[Added 2-22-2005 by Ord. No. 05-OR-002; amended 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Field rental rates.
(1) 
Field rental without lighting: $100, residents (not to exceed three hours).
(2) 
Field rental without lighting: $200, nonresidents (not to exceed three hours).
(3) 
Field rental with lighting: $150, residents (not to exceed three hours).
(4) 
Field rental with lighting: $250, nonresidents (not to exceed three hours).
(5) 
To be considered for the resident fee, the group must consist of at least 50% plus one of the group who are residents.
B. 
Proof of insurance. Upon application being made, a certificate naming Burlington Township as an additional co-insured in the amount of $1,000,000 should be presented.
C. 
Application of policy and procedures. The general policy, procedures and insurance requirements outlined above shall apply to any group, league, association, etc.

§ 395-10 Sylvan Lake Facilities and Complex meeting room.

[Added 5-8-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-012; amended 3-22-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-005; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Sylvan Lake facilities registration.
(1) 
Resident/resident family shall consist of a person or family occupying or maintaining a place of residence within the Township. (See § 366-10, Definitions.)
(2) 
Resident family fee: $50.
(3) 
Nonresident family fee: $100.
(4) 
Daily fee 17 and under: $5.
(5) 
Daily fee 18 and over: $7.
(6) 
Daily fee, senior citizens 62 and over: N/C.
(7) 
Season pass, senior citizens 62 and over: N/C.
(8) 
Lake replacement badge: $5.
B. 
Sylvan Lake Complex meeting room. Nonprofit and civic organizations desiring to use the Sylvan Lake Complex meeting room shall make application on a reservation form which can be obtained from the Office of the Director of Recreation. The reservation forms shall be completed and submitted to the Recreation Department for review and approval. Organizations seeking the use of the Sylvan Lake Complex meeting room shall be subject to the policy and procedure regulations that will be provided with the reservation form and which are attached hereto as Schedule A and incorporated as part of the ordinance.[1] Future use of the meeting room by the organization will be determined based upon its adherence to the policies and procedures as set forth in the regulations. Failure to comply with those policies and procedures could preclude the organization from the opportunity of reserving the meeting room in the future.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Policies and Procedures for the Sylvan Lake Complex meeting room are available from the Township offices.

§ 395-11 Activities at Sylvan Lakes (Upper and Lower) and all other Township-owned bodies of water.

[Added 12-30-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-037; amended 4-12-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-007; 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-019; 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-OR-010; 4-15-2015 by Ord. No. 15-OR-007; 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
Any person boating, fishing and/or ice skating on or in municipally owned waters shall do so at their own risk.
B. 
Swimming in Township-owned lakes and all other Township-owned bodies of water is restricted to that area known as the "Sylvan Lake Swimming Beach" during its authorized hours of operation when lifeguards are present.

§ 395-12 Registration fees for in-house recreational programs.

[Added 12-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-OR-035]
A. 
A fee of $30 shall be charged for each resident participant per program, per season, which shall be paid upon registration for that program. No registration will be accepted or processed without payment in full; except for sports in which team membership is limited and determined by skill level registration, fees shall be paid upon a child being determined to have a satisfactory skill level to play for the team.
B. 
A fee of $60 shall be charged for each nonresident participant per program, per season, which shall be paid upon registration for that program. No registration will be accepted or processed without payment in full; except for sports in which team membership is limited and determined by skill level registration, fees shall be paid upon a child being determined to have a satisfactory skill level to play for the team. Nonresident participant registration shall be accepted only in the event there are an insufficient number of resident participants to field a team.
C. 
An additional fee of $30 shall be charged for participants of football, youth baseball (ages eight and over), nontravel basketball, and Babe Ruth Baseball.
[Amended 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-OR-030]
D. 
An additional fee of $60 shall be charged for participants of Senior Babe Ruth Baseball and travel basketball.
[Amended 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-OR-030]
E. 
No fees shall be charged for participation in a youth sports clinic. A youth sports clinic shall be defined as a noncompetitive instructional clinic. The intent and purpose of such a clinic is for educational purposes and providing the participant with a basic understanding of the sport which is the subject of that clinic, including, but not limited to, basic skills, rules, and similar information.
F. 
A late fee of $50 shall be assessed for any football participant who does not return his/her equipment to the Recreation Department by the date specified on the football registration form.
G. 
An additional fee of $15 shall be charged for participants of softball who are age 10 and above.
[Added 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-OR-030]
H. 
An additional fee of $45 shall be charged for participants of non-high-school-level travel soccer.
[Added 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-OR-030]