[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Delran as Ch. V of the 1993 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-25]
The rules and regulations promulgated herein shall apply to public parks, playgrounds and recreational areas. As used in this chapter, the wording "permission of Township Administrator" shall mean the Administrator of the Township of Delran or, in his or her absence, the Clerk of the Township of Delran.
[Amended 8-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-25; 10-23-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16]
The parks, playgrounds and recreational areas shall be open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. from October 1 to March 31 of each year and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from April 1 to September 30 of each year.
In the event that the facility is lighted, hours of operation may be altered from time to time by the Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) when events at such facilities have received a permit from the RAC. In such circumstances, the RAC may extend the hours of operation of the facility, including operation of the lights, until not later than 11:00 p.m. The permit shall state the permitted hours of operation for all such events.
It shall be unlawful for any person on or within any park, playground or recreational area to:
Use threatening, abusive or insulting language.
Do any obscene or indecent act.
Throw stones or other missiles.
Interfere with, encumber, obstruct or render dangerous any public way, path, walk, bridge or public place.
Do any act tending or amounting to a breach of the peace.
Climb or stand upon any fence, shelter, seat, bridge railing or support, statue or other erection.
Introduce, carry or fire any firecrackers, torpedoes or fireworks.
Engage in, instigate, aid or encourage a contention or fight.
Assault any person.
Participate in betting, gambling, gaming, or use or operate any slot machine or gaming table or other gambling instrument, or sell fortunes.
Solicit gifts or contributions for any purpose without permission of the Township Administrator.
Possess or consume alcoholic beverages without permission of the Township Administrator.
Be under the influence of intoxicating alcoholic beverages.
Possess, use or be under the influence of drugs, as defined and prohibited by New Jersey statutes.
Give entertainment of any kind, transact business of any kind or hold public meetings or assemblies without permission of the Township Administrator.
Occupy a camp or campground, or sleep overnight, without permission of the Township Administrator.
Sell, vend or give away any articles of merchandise or other matter, or distribute handbills or circulars, without permission of the Township Administrator.
Kindle, build, maintain or use a fire, except in fireplaces provided or in an approved container. All fires shall be completely extinguished before leaving.
Post, paint or affix or erect any sign, advertisement, banner or any other matter for attracting attention without permission of the Township Administrator.
Possess or use guns, knives, slingshots or other dangerous weapons.
Possess or use any explosive material that may cause an explosion when used either alone or in combination with some other material to produce rapid flaming combustion or administer a destructive blow to surrounding objects.
Kill, injure or disturb any animal or bird, or damage any grass, tree, shrub or plant or any building, sign, structure or equipment upon any premises under the jurisdiction of the Township.
Ride, drive or bring any horse upon or within any park, playground or recreational area.
Allow any dog to run at large. Dogs shall be permitted, provided that they are restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet in length and led or controlled by a person capable of controlling such dog.
Drive or park any motor vehicles, including minibikes, snowmobiles or other power-driven equipment, on or within any park, playground or recreational area without permission of the Township Administrator. Township maintenance vehicles and those of Township officials and employees and emergency vehicles shall be permitted.
Swim, wade or otherwise go into any body of water within the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas of the Township. No power-driven boats of any type shall be permitted on any body of water within the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas of the Township.
Ice skate on any pond, lake or any other body of water, except in designated areas.
Dump, deposit or leave any ashes, paper, boxes, cans, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash, or fail to place such materials in a receptacle placed for such purpose.
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream or other body of water, or in any storm sewer or drain, any substance or thing, liquid or solid which will or may result in the pollution of such waters.
Throw debris on the ice of any lake or pond, or throw debris on any water of any lake or pond.
Dig, trench or excavate by tool, blasting or other means any earth or other materials from the area.
Burn, inhale from, exhale the smoke from, or possess a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or to inhale or exhale smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device or similar device.
[Added 9-28-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17; amended 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-13]
No parent, guardian or custodian of any minor shall permit or allow such minor to do any act prohibited by this chapter.
Group use; permit required. Organizations desiring to use park facilities on a group basis shall make application, in writing, to the secretary of the Recreation Advisory Committee at least 30 days prior to the date desired. Applications shall be available at the Delran Municipal Building or from the secretary of the Recreation Advisory Committee.
Application for permit. Any person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application stating:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the sponsor of the activity.
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
The part or portion of the park for which the permit is desired.
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
The particular use for which the area is sought.
Any other information upon which the Recreation Advisory Committee feels is reasonably fair to make a determination as to whether or not the permit should be issued.
Standards for issuance. The Recreation Advisory Committee or the Township Clerk, as applicable, shall issue a permit when it or he or she finds the following:
That the proposed activity or use of the park area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the area.
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety or recreation.
That the proposed activity and use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
That the proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense by the Police Department or other agency of the Township.
That the facilities desired have not been otherwise reserved for the same day and hour previously under another application.
Within five days after receipt of an application, the permit shall either be approved or the applicant advised in writing of the reasons for refusing the permit.
The applicant shall have the right to appeal, in writing, within five days, to the Mayor and Council, which body will then consider the application under the standards set forth in this section, and shall sustain or overrule the permit denial, or grant the permit upon conditions.
The appeal shall be heard at the next Council meeting for determination, provided same shall be at least five days after the filing of the appeal.
The Recreation Advisory Committee shall have the right to refuse or cancel the use of any facility to organizations or individuals for reason of repair, construction or other reasons that may be detrimental to the care and upkeep of the area.
Liability; revocation of permit.
All persons receiving a permit shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully, as though the same were inserted in such permits.
The person to whom a permit shall be issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injuries sustained by any person whatsoever by reason of the negligence of the person to whom such permit shall have been issued, or of their members or guests.
The issuing authority may revoke a permit upon the finding of any violation of any rule, ordinance or upon good cause shown.
Liability insurance. Organizations utilizing park areas must present proof of liability insurance, covering injuries to participants during the period the facility is being used, in amounts as determined by the Recreation Advisory Committee based upon probable risk.
Care of area. Organizations utilizing facilities are responsible for the care of equipment and grounds utilized and the cleaning of the area at the completion of the event.
Traffic control. Organizations utilizing park areas will be responsible for the coordination of traffic control and parking with the Township Police Department.
Alcoholic beverages. The use of alcoholic beverages by an organization may be permitted by the Township Administrator.
Use of baseball fields. The use of posted baseball fields will be by permit issued by the Recreation Advisory Committee.
Lighting; fees. In the event that the facility being utilized is lighted, then the organization utilizing such facility shall be required to pay the cost of the lighting, as established by the Township Council, and such fees shall be based upon the actual projected cost of the lighting, considering past experience, energy rates and such other factors as may be deemed advisable by Council, including, but not limited to, maintenance cost.
Fees for the utilization of Township recreational facilities by individual and/or organizations shall be as set forth in § 150-3C. Such fees shall be based upon the actual projected cost of the operation, considering past experience, and shall be in an amount that shall be deemed sufficient to operate such facilities and not to produce a revenue profit.
The provisions, prohibitions and requirements of this chapter shall be enforceable by state and Township police and supervisory personnel designated by the Director of Public Works.
Any person who shall cut or fell any trees or part thereof shall be subject to a minimum fine of no less than $250. Any person who shall violate any other provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty as set forth in § 1-5, Violations and penalties, of this Code.