Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[Adopted 12-21-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-12 as Ch. 107 of the 1983 Code]
A. 
No person in any public park or recreation area shall:
(1) 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings; bridges; tables; benches; fireplaces; railings; paving or paving material; waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof; signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent; or monuments; or take stake posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
(2) 
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary manner. No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
(3) 
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.
(4) 
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.
(5) 
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, pick flowers or seeds of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
(6) 
Climb any tree, walk, stand or sit upon monuments, bases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
(7) 
Tie or hitch any animal to any tree or plant or other stationary or movable object not designated for such purpose.
(8) 
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird, nor shall any person remove or have in his or her possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs or nests 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.
(9) 
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, river or any other body of water in or adjacent to any park, recreation area or other 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.
(10) 
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 recreation area 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.
(11) 
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may, on occasion, be specifically designated as temporary areas by the Council or the Business Administrator of the township.
(12) 
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
(13) 
Park a vehicle in any other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with the posted directions there, at and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
(14) 
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
(15) 
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others or ride a bicycle in areas where signs prohibit bicycles and other vehicles.
(16) 
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or pavement or set against trees or other objects or in any place or position where it may constitute an obstacle to persons lawfully therein.
(17) 
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park or recreation area, except in such waters or at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein or hereinafter made or adopted, nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate therein when such activities are prohibited by the rules and regulations published by the Business Administrator upon the finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
(18) 
Frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing or congregate therein, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated by the Business Administrator for such purposes for each individual site.
(19) 
Erect, maintain, use or otherwise 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 guide wire, rope or extension brace or support be connected or fastened on any such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or any other object outside thereof.
(20) 
Allow himself or themselves to be so covered with a bathing suit so as to be indecently exposed.
(21) 
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.
(22) 
Bring into or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters, except at places designated for boating by the Business Administrator. Such activity shall be in accordance with the applicable regulations as are now or hereafter adopted.
(23) 
Navigate, direct or handle any boat in such a manner as to unjustifiably or unnecessarily annoy or frighten or endanger the occupant or occupants of any other such boat.
(24) 
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.
(25) 
Fish in any waters, except in waters designated by the Business Administrator for that use and under such rules and regulations and restrictions as have or may be prescribed by the Business Administrator.
(26) 
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
(27) 
Carry or possess firearms of any description or air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings or 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.
(28) 
Picnic, lunch or dine in any place other than those designated for such purposes. Attendants and other authorized personnel shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas, when necessary, to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use thereof for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any such directions given to achieve this end.
(29) 
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.
(30) 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles, where provided.
(31) 
Set up tents, shacks or other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in any park or recreation area after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or which could be used for such purpose, such as a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like, except in those areas designated by the Business Administrator for those purposes.
(32) 
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, javelins, arrows, horseshoes or model airplanes, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games, such as football, baseball and lacrosse, is prohibited, except on the fields and courts or areas designated therefor. Roller skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such purpose. Golfing and hitting of golf balls is prohibited unless otherwise specifically provided for in a particular park or location by the display of appropriately displayed signs.
[Amended 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-06]
(33) 
Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails where permitted. Horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained and ridden with due care and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree, shrub or other object.
(34) 
Bring into, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at any time in any park or recreation area.
[Amended 10-1-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-18]
(35) 
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 flammable material or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition shall include any substance, compound, mixture or article that, in conjunction with any other substance or compound, will be dangerous for any of the foregoing reasons. At the discretion of the Business Administrator, a permit may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in a designated park or recreation area.
(36) 
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by the Business Administrator by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Prohibited in this Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet in length.
(37) 
Occupy any seat or bench or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated for the use of the opposite sex.
(38) 
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
(39) 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purposes, whether public or private.
(40) 
Build or attempt to build a fire, except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated.
(41) 
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public."
(42) 
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance, except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated.
(43) 
Go onto the ice on any of the waterways, except in such areas as are designated as skating areas, and then provided only that a safety signal is displayed.
(44) 
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.
(45) 
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the township for any purposes permitted under the terms of this Article.
(46) 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
(47) 
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, individually or by use of any stand, cart or vehicle, except by any regularly licensed concessioner acting by and under authority of the rules and regulations promulgated herein or hereafter adopted.
(48) 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever in or adjacent to the park or recreation area.
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park or recreation area shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Mayor and Council. Any section or part of any park or recreation area may be declared closed to the public by the Business Administrator in the event of an emergency or by the Mayor and Council by resolution at any time and for any interval of time, either temporary or at regular and stated intervals and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as shall be reasonably necessary.
Permits for special events in parks shall be obtained by application to the Business Administrator in accordance with the following procedure:
A. 
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Business Administrator stating the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity.
(3) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(4) 
The park or recreation area or portion thereof for which the permit is desired.
(5) 
Any other information which the Business Administrator shall reasonably require.
B. 
Standards for issuance of a permit by the Business Administrator shall include the following findings:
(1) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park or recreation area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of those areas.
(2) 
That the proposed activity will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(3) 
That the proposed activity or uses will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(4) 
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the township.
(5) 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date now requested in the application.
C. 
Within five days after the receipt of an application, the Business Administrator shall apprise an applicant, in writing, of the reasons for refusing a permit, and an aggrieved person or organization shall have the right to appeal to the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence by serving written notice thereof on the Township Clerk within five days of said refusal. A copy of said notice shall also be served on the Business Administrator within the same time, and the Administrator shall immediately forward the application and reasons for its refusal to the Mayor and Council, which shall consider the application under the standards set forth under Subsection B hereof, and the Mayor and Council shall sustain or overrule the Business Administrator's decision within 10 days from the receipt of the appeal by the Township Clerk. The decision of the Mayor and Council shall be final.
D. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances of the township.
E. 
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injuries sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Business Administrator shall have the right to require any permittee to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amount or amounts as may be from time to time determined by the Business Administrator prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
F. 
The Business Administrator shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of a violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown, and the permittee shall have the right to appeal as is set forth in the procedure in Subsection C hereof.
The Business Administrator, Township Police and park attendants shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, have the authority to eject from the park or recreation area any person or persons acting in violation of this Article and shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device used or employed in violation of the terms of this Article.
The Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence reserves the right, with respect to any and all public parks and recreation areas and any facilities located therein or thereon, to enter into any agreement with the Board of Education of the Township of Florence concerning the use and control thereof, anything contained in this Article to the contrary notwithstanding. Any such use of the premises or facilities therein or thereon by the Board of Education pursuant to such an agreement shall be free and exclusive from any control or supervision by the Business Administrator; provided, however, that said Administrator shall continue to have the power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations in connection with the use and enjoyment thereof.
[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-32]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to a jail term in the county jail not exceeding 90 days or to a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.
This Article is in addition to and not in derogation of any other ordinance involving or affecting any of the subject matters contained in this Article.