Township of Readington, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington 8-1-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 66.
Animals — See Ch. 70.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 225.

§ 168-1 Definitions.

Whenever used in this chapter or in any Readington Township park system rule or regulation, the following respective terms, unless otherwise therein expressly defined, shall mean and include each of the meanings herein respectively set forth:
ANIMALS
Includes cats, dogs, horses, any fowl or birds or any living creatures within the jurisdiction of the park.
BRIDLEPATH
Any path maintained for equestrians.
COMMITTEE
Readington Township Committee.
DRIVE
Any lane, road or street maintained by the Committee.
OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
Any powered vehicles designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, snow, sand, ice, marsh, swampland or other terrain, which would include but not be limited to such vehicles as four-wheel-drive automobile, motorcycle, snowmobile, amphibious and air-cushion vehicles, except those vehicles used for emergency or law enforcement purposes and any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the Committee.
OMNIBUS
Any vehicle constructed for or adapted to the carrying of more than 12 persons.
ONE-WAY DRIVE
Any drive whereon traffic is restricted to one direction.
PATH
Any footpath, walk or trail maintained and designated for pedestrians and/or cyclists.
PEDESTRIAN
A person afoot.
PERMIT
Any written license issued by or under the authority of the Committee, permitting the performance of a specified act at a designated place and time.
PERSON
Any natural person, corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, firm or copartnership.
PRIVATE OR SERVICE ROAD
Every drive, lane or road not open to general public use.
READINGTON TOWNSHIP PARKS or PARKS, PARKWAYS, PARK AREAS, RESERVATIONS or PRESERVES
All real property situated in Readington Township acquired by the Township of Readington and under the jurisdiction and care of the Readington Township Committee, or which may be hereafter acquired by Readington Township or come under the jurisdiction of the Readington Township Committee.
TRAFFIC
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals or vehicles, either singly or together, while in the confines of the park jurisdiction.
VEHICLE
Any conveyance (except a baby carriage), including but not limited to motor vehicles, unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, sleds, sleighs, toboggans, pushcarts, horse-drawn conveyances, trailers or any other mechanical means of transportation, with the exception of conveyances used by invalid persons, such as wheelchairs or motorchairs.

§ 168-2 Word usage; interpretation.

A. 
In the interpretation of this chapter and the Readington Township park system ordinances, their provisions shall be construed as follows:
(1) 
Any term in the singular shall include the plural.
(2) 
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
(3) 
Any requirement or prohibitions of any act shall, respectively, extend to and include the causing and procuring, directly or indirectly, of such act.
B. 
No provision hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer or employee of the township in the line of duty or work as such, or by any person, his agents or employees in the proper and necessary execution of the terms of any agreement with the township.
C. 
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.

§ 168-3 Territorial scope.

All Readington Township park system ordinances shall be effective within all the parks, parkways, reservations and preservations under the administration of the Readington Township Committee and regulate the use thereof by all persons.

§ 168-4 Permits required for certain activities.

[Amended 10-3-2016 by Ord. No. 11-2014]
A permit authorizing a person or organization the use of a Township park, park area or facility of the Committee for a purpose other than for which fees are set forth in § 119-1 et seq., of this Code or in such a manner as may require an extraordinary facility or service may be granted upon written application to the Committee and the receipt of written approval. Said application must be received by the Committee no later than 14 business days prior to the proposed date of use. All conditions of the permit must be adhered to, and any violation by the permit holder, his, her, its or their agents or employees of the terms and conditions, rules or regulations, or any falsifications thereof, shall constitute grounds for its revocation by the Committee or by its authorized representative, whose action thereon shall be final. Groups of 20 or more persons wishing to use a Township park, park area or facility under this section shall apply for a group permit.

§ 168-5 Forfeiture of permit fee upon revocation of permit; liability for damages and losses.

In the case of the revocation of any township permit, all moneys paid for it or on account thereof shall, in the opinion of the Committee, be forfeited to and retained by the township, and the permit holder, together with his agents and employees who violated such terms and conditions, shall be jointly and severally liable to the township for all damages and losses suffered by it in excess of the money so forfeited and retained; but neither such forfeiture and retention by Readington Township, or any part of such moneys, nor the recovery or collection thereby of such damages, or both, shall in any manner relieve such person or persons from liability for punishment for any violation of any provision of any Readington Township park system rule or regulation.

§ 168-6 Production of permit upon lawful request.

All permits must be produced upon command by a representative of the Committee.

§ 168-7 Restrictions on advertising and public speeches. [1]

No person shall post, paint, mark, affix, distribute, hand out, deliver, place, cast or leave about any bill, billboard, placard, ticket, handbill, circular, advertisement or do any of the following without written permission of the Committee in accordance with the terms of this chapter:
A. 
Display any flag, banner, transparency, sign, placard or any other matter for advertising purposes.
B. 
Operate any musical instruments or public-address amplification system for advertising purposes or for the purpose of attracting attention to any exhibition, subject or performance.
C. 
Conduct public speeches or rallies.
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Editor’s Note: Former § 168-7, Fees, was repealed 10-3-2016 by Ord. No. 11-2016. This ordinance also provided for the renumbering of former §§ 168-8 through 168-30 as §§ 168-7 through 168-29, respectively.

§ 168-8 Solicitation of contributions.

No person shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose without written permission of the township.

§ 168-9 Restrictions on animals.

A. 
No person shall cause or permit any animal owned by him, in his custody or under his control to go or be at large.
B. 
Dogs, cats and other domesticated pets shall be restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
C. 
Animals found at large may be seized and disposed of by the township or its representatives as provided by the law or ordinance covering disposal of stray animals on highways or public property then in effect at the place where such stray animal may be seized.
D. 
No person shall ride, drive, lead or keep a horse within a park except on roads and trails and such other locations as may be designated for the purpose by the township.

§ 168-10 Restrictions on commercial activities.

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, distributing circulars or hawking, peddling or vending any goods, wares or merchandise, within a township park, except as provided by written permission of the Committee.

§ 168-11 Prohibited actions.

No person shall use threatening, abusive or insulting language; do any obscene or indecent act; throw stones or other missiles; annoy persons; interfere with, encumber, obstruct or render dangerous any drive, path, walk or public place; do any act tending or amounting to a breach of the peace; climb or stand upon any wall, fence, shelter, seat, statue or other erection; enter or leave except at established entranceways or exits of park facilities; engage in, instigate, aid or encourage a contention or fight; assault any person; play games of chance; participate in the conduct of a lottery or use or operate any slot machine or gaming table; litter, deposit, discharge or allow to remain in any park, river, pond, stream or on ice any rubbish, foreign or waste substance; enter, walk upon or interfere with any special use facility or park area without properly registering as may be required and complying with all rules, regulations and policies established for said facility or area; or fail to obey or interfere with an officer or representative of the Committee in the proper performance of his duties.

§ 168-12 Use of drugs, opiates and narcotics.

No person shall have in his possession or be under the influence of any drugs, opiates or narcotics within a township park, except prescription medication.

§ 168-13 Restrictions on fireworks and other explosives.

No person shall have in his possession, discharge or set off within a township park any firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets or other explosives or fireworks, including any substance, compound, mixture or article having properties of such a character that, alone or in combination or contiguity with other substances or compounds, may decompose suddenly and generate sufficient heat, gas or pressure, or any or all of them, to produce rapid flaming, combustion or administer a destructive blow to surrounding objects, without the written permission of the Committee.

§ 168-14 Carrying of firearms, weapons and tools restricted.

No person shall bring into a township park or have in his possession:
A. 
Any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bow or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring or air, or any object within or upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used, excepting the lawful uses of such weapons at places and times prescribed by permission of the Committee. Shooting into township parks from park boundaries is forbidden.
B. 
Any tools, instruments, skeleton keys, picklocks, jimmies or other things known as burglar tools, except when authorized by law.

§ 168-15 Loitering prohibited.

No person shall, without the written permission of the township or except in an emergency after notifying a township representative, enter into or remain within a township park except during the hours the park or park area is open to the general public.

§ 168-16 Control of minors.

No parent, guardian or custodian of any minor shall permit or allow him to do any act prohibited by any Readington Township park system rule or regulation.

§ 168-17 Enforcement; knowledge of regulations.

The regulations and prohibitions under §§ 168-7 through 168-16 shall be enforced by duly authorized officers or representatives of the township in a nondiscriminatory manner and with regard to the requirements of notice afforded by laws. Any person who enters into a township park for any purpose whatsoever is under a duty and presumed to be aware of the contents of these rules and regulations governing the use of the Readington Township parks.

§ 168-18 Restricted recreational activities.

The following activities are permitted only at times and in places so designated for such purposes by the Committee and are otherwise prohibited within the Readington Township park system:
A. 
Bathing, swimming and wading.
B. 
Boating, canoeing and sailing.
C. 
Camping.
D. 
Coasting, sledding and skiing.
E. 
Games and field sports.
F. 
Golf.
G. 
Horseback riding.
H. 
Ice skating.
I. 
Model airplane flying/model boating.
J. 
Picnicking.
K. 
Roller-skating.
L. 
Skateboarding.
M. 
Use of off-road vehicles.

§ 168-19 Intoxication or carrying certain intoxicating beverages prohibited.

[Amended 4-18-1983]
No person within a township park shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages, with the exception of beer or wine during a meal in the picnic areas. Any group intending to dispense beer at a township park shall apply to the Township Administrator at least five days prior to the event for written approval. The use of such beverages shall be in accordance with the New Jersey State alcoholic beverage control laws.

§ 168-20 Fire regulations.

A. 
No person shall kindle, maintain or use a fire except in a fireplace provided by the Committee or such other suitable grill or camp stove in an area designated for such purpose by the Committee.
B. 
All fires shall be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person from the time they are kindled until they are extinguished.
C. 
No fire shall be started within 10 feet of any tree or building or beneath the branches of any tree or in the underbrush.
D. 
Cigars, cigarettes or lighted matches shall not be discarded unless deposited in a suitable container provided for the reception thereof.

§ 168-21 Use by groups.

[Amended 10-3-2016 by Ord. No. 11-2014]
A. 
No person or organization shall conduct any public meeting, exhibition, parade, concert or entertainment of any kind or similar group gathering or erect any structure, stand, sign, tent or platform or utilize any loudspeaker, public-address system or amplifier without a permit issued by the Township. Such permit shall be applied for, in writing, and must be received by the Committee at least 14 business days prior to the proposed use and may be approved with conditions in the interest of protecting public safety and welfare or denied if determined to be contrary to Township ordinances or park rules and regulations.
B. 
Adult supervision of children's groups shall be required at all times.

§ 168-22 Use of vehicles.

A. 
No person shall use any portion of a township park for purposes of way, except drives, parking areas, roadways, paths, walks and trails established for such purpose by the Committee; footpaths, walks and trails established for pedestrian, bicycle or horseback traffic shall not be used for motorized vehicular travel.
B. 
No person shall park or store any motor vehicle, bicycle, other vehicle or trailer within the parks, except in areas established for such purposes and designated by signs or directed by representatives of the Committee.
C. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road within a township park any vehicle at a rate of speed greater than 25 miles per hour or the speed limit as established by the Committee and posted along a given right-of-way.
D. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any drive, parkway, parking area or other designated vehicular route any vehicle in a reckless manner or in such a manner as to endanger life, limb of other persons or park property.
E. 
No person shall enter any part of a township park or park roads with a commercial vehicle except in the service of or by permission of the township.
F. 
No person shall use park drives within a township park for the purpose of demonstrating any vehicle, for the purpose of instructing another to drive or operate any vehicle or for learning to drive or operate a vehicle.
G. 
No person shall cause or permit a vehicle in tow of another vehicle to enter township parks or proceed therein, except that in the case of a breakdown within the park, a disabled vehicle may be towed to the nearest exit; nor shall any person operate or drive a vehicle containing any person or object projecting or hanging outside of or beyond the side, front or the rear thereof.
H. 
All vehicle operators and vehicles operated within a township park shall be in compliance with New Jersey motor vehicle license and safety laws and any other laws which may pertain to a particular vehicle and its operator.
I. 
Nothing contained in this chapter shall apply to the vehicles, trucks or other apparatus of a fire department, first aid squad, police department or vehicles of the township when responding for emergency work or in the completion of necessary routine township work; nor shall Subsections A and B and E of this section apply to individual means of transportation of invalid persons.

§ 168-23 Proper treatment of vegetation.

No person shall destroy, pick, cut, break, deface, mutilate, injure, disturb, sever from the ground, remove or set fire to, or commit any act tending thereto, any plant, flower, shrub, tree or wild growing thing; or pile or maintain any material or debris of any kind against or upon the same; or attach any rope, cable or other contrivance thereto; or hitch any horse or other animal thereto, or leave the same standing near to or upon any lawn, grass plot or bed; or allow any dog, cat or other domesticated animal belonging to such person or under his control to injure, eat, break or mutilate any of the aforesaid vegetation; except at such times and places designated therefor by the township.

§ 168-24 Injury to property, facilities and equipment.

No person without a permit shall injure, deface, displace, remove, fill in, raise, destroy or tamper with any drive, path, walk, bridge or approach thereto; or take up or remove or carry away any asphalt, concrete, flagstone, rock, stone, gravel, sand, clay or earth; or make any excavation of any kind, name or nature; or harvest, cut, injure or remove any ice; or injure, deface, remove or destroy any structure, building, post, railing, bench, seat, platform, stand, tree, guard, telephone or lamp pole, pipe, main, receiving basin, covering, manhole or vent forming a part thereof, or any appurtenance or appendage connected therewith, or any other property or equipment, real or personal, owned by or under the jurisdiction or control of said Committee or appertaining to the creation, government, use or maintenance of said parks; or injure or in any way interfere with the operation of any machine, instrument or contrivance used in said parks; or injure, deface, displace, remove or destroy any sign, inscription, post or monument erected or marked for any purpose, or danger sign or signal, guide sign or post or any signaling device sanctioned, installed or placed by said township for the purpose of restricting or regulating traffic or establishing any lamp, lamppost, gas or electric apparatus or extinguish the light therein, except upon proper authority; or attach, string, adjust or carry any wire or other object in, on or over any part of said parks.

§ 168-25 Protection of wildlife.

A. 
No person shall hunt, molest, kill, wound, trap, abuse, shoot or throw missiles at, remove or have in his possession any animals, reptile or bird found within a township park, nor disturb its habitat within a township park; or knowingly buy, receive, have in his possession, sell or give away any such animal, reptile, bird or eggs so taken, except as may be specifically provided for by the Committee and be in accordance with the New Jersey State fish and game laws.
B. 
No person shall allow any horse, dog, cat or other domesticated animal belonging to such person or under his control to chase, injure, maim or kill any animal, reptile or bird found within a township park, except as may be approved by the Committee.

§ 168-26 Opening hours.

All township parks will open at sunrise as defined by the United States Weather Bureau of the Flemington area unless noted otherwise by the Committee.

§ 168-27 Closing hours.

All township parks will close 1/2 hour after sunset as defined by the United States Weather Bureau for the Flemington area unless noted otherwise by the township, except for illuminated tennis courts, which shall close not later than 11:00 p.m.

§ 168-28 Interference with park employees and officials prohibited; creation of public nuisance prohibited.

A. 
No person shall resist any agent or officer of the township in the discharge of his duty, or fail or refuse to obey any lawful command of any such agent or officer, or in any way interfere with or hinder or prevent any such agent or officer from discharging his duty, or in any manner assist or give aid to any person in custody to escape or attempt to escape from custody, or rescue or attempt to rescue any person when in such custody.
B. 
No person shall falsely represent or impersonate any agent or officer or pretend to be an agent or officer of the township.
C. 
No person shall resist or obstruct or be abusive of or address in a profane or obscene manner any agent or officer of the township.
D. 
No person shall remain within a township park who does not abide by conditions adopted and posted by the township for the preservation of good order and the protection of property and other park visitors within a township park; and no person shall remain within a township park 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 shall do so promptly and peaceably.
E. 
No person shall interfere with or in any manner hinder any agent or officer of the township while engaged in constructing, repairing or caring for any park property or interfere with any improvements being made within or about a township park.
F. 
No person shall use threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language or gesture within a township park, nor shall any oration, harangue, public demonstration or any nuisance be made.

§ 168-29 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person violating this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged township property and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).