Town of Greece, NY
Monroe County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greece 3-17-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boating — See Ch. 65.
Dogs — See Ch. 89.
Firearms and fireworks — See Ch. 108.
Skateboards — See Ch. 168.
Swimming pools — See Ch. 184.
Trailers — See Ch. 192.
Motor-driven vehicles — See Ch. 203.

§ 162-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Recreational Area Law" of the Town of Greece.

§ 162-2 Purpose.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
The Town of Greece has established recreational areas to be administered by the Department of Public Works. For the better management of these recreational areas, it is necessary to establish certain rules and regulations for all persons entering, using, and visiting or who are otherwise within the boundaries of said recreational areas.

§ 162-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS or COMMISSIONER
The Director of Parks or his/her duly authorized agent or representative.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons, and the singular number shall include the plural.
RECREATIONAL AREAS
All parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, boat-launching ramps, all areas between the ends of highways and tidal waters and other recreational areas, including approaches, driveways, parking areas and buildings and structures located thereon, owned, leased or operated by the Town of Greece.
TOWN SUPERVISOR
The chief elected executive officer and administrative head of the Town government or his/her duly authorized agent or representative.
VEHICLE
Any vehicle which is or may be mounted on wheels and is or may be propelled, either by its own power or by another power-driven vehicle to which it may be attached. The term shall include any trailer of any size, type or description.

§ 162-4 Authority to promulgate rules and regulations.

[Amended 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
The Commissioner of Public Works shall be authorized to otherwise set down rules and regulations that he/she may deem proper to maintain the safety and welfare of those persons using Town recreational areas as defined herein.

§ 162-5 Hours of use.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
Recreational areas shall be open to the public at such periods and during such hours as shall be fixed by resolution of the Town Board. It shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Public Works to post notices of the opening and closing hours in each recreational area.
A. 
Hours of operation of recreation. The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the authority to extend the hours of access to the confines of the recreational areas when, in judgment of the Commissioner, public interest demands it. Official park hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the exception of Braddock Lodge/Pavilion, which is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
B. 
In case of an emergency or when, in the judgment of the Town Board, the Supervisor or the Commissioner of Public Works, the public interest demands it, any portion of a park may be closed to the public or to designated persons until permission is given to reopen.

§ 162-6 Restrictions concerning certain games and sports activities.

No person shall take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes, except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of active sports or games such as football, baseball, soccer, basketball and rugby are prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. The playing of golf is prohibited in all areas.

§ 162-7 Rules and regulations.

A. 
Boating. Boating in or adjacent to recreational area property shall be permitted only in areas designated for such use, and then only in strict conformance with all applicable federal, state and municipal laws and ordinances.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 65, Boating.
B. 
Skiing, tobogganing and sledding. Downhill skiing, tobogganing and sledding within recreational areas shall be permitted only in areas designated for that purpose. Other activities in recreational areas not specifically regulated hereunder shall be subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
C. 
Bicycles. Riders of bicycles shall comply with all laws and rules for the regulation of other vehicles.
D. 
Vehicles. No person shall drive, in a park, any automobile, motorcycle or other motorized vehicle upon any part of the recreational areas except for the designated driveways and parking areas or permit the same to stand upon driveways or any part thereof so as to congest traffic or obstruct the driveway. Paths established as bridle paths, footpaths or bicycle paths shall not be used for vehicular traffic. Overnight parking in the parks is prohibited.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
E. 
Speed limit. No vehicle shall be operated on any road or drive in any park or parkway at a speed exceeding 15 miles per hour.
F. 
Parking. No parking shall be allowed on any of the park roads during the hours that the recreational areas are closed to the public or where parking is prohibited by "No Parking" sign postings.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
G. 
Garbage and refuse. No person shall bring into, drop, deposit, dump or leave behind any rubbish, garbage, ashes, paper, cardboard, metal cans or other metallic substances, bottles, glassware or any other refuse except that any such material resulting from picnics, camping or other permitted activities shall be deposited in receptacles or other containers provided for that purpose. No person shall abandon any motor vehicle or other equipment or property of any kind in any recreational area.
H. 
Preservation of property. It shall be unlawful for any person to injure, deface, disturb or befoul any part of a recreational area or any of the buildings, signs, equipment or other property found therein or to remove, injure or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, rock or other mineral. The peeling of bark or the cutting or injuring of trees is prohibited.
I. 
Fires. No person shall light any fire for any purpose in the park except in a stove, oven or fire circles provided for that purpose. Lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars or burning tobacco must not be deposited or left where they may cause fires. The use of explosives as defined in Chapter 108, Firearms and Fireworks, of the Town Code is strictly prohibited.
[Amended 7-11-2012 by L.L. No. 4-2012]
J. 
Bathing and swimming. No person shall bathe or swim in any of the streams, pools or lakes in recreational areas, except where designated and as prescribed by special rules governing the same.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
K. 
Commercial enterprises. No person, firm or corporation is to sell or offer for sale or lease within a recreational area any property or privilege whatsoever, unless authorized by the Commissioner of Public Works.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
L. 
Recreational area reservations and permits. Reservations and permits for the use of certain recreational facilities and functions should be obtained from the Constituent Services Department. The Commissioner of Public Works has authority to designate where and what recreational facilities can only be used by permit and granted by said Commissioner.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
M. 
To ensure personal safety, fishing is prohibited from bridges, the locations of which may be designated from time to time by resolution of the Greece Town Board.
[Added 7-11-2012 by L.L. No. 4-2012]

§ 162-8 Behavior and conduct.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
A. 
No person shall:
(1) 
Use any drugs except as prescribed by a duly sworn doctor of medicine.
(2) 
Hold the Town of Greece liable for any alcohol/drug-related incident that occurs within any recreational area.
B. 
Alcohol use and/or consumption. Beer and wine only are allowed by issuance of a permit by the Constituent Services Department. If consumed, it must be done within the confines of the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]

§ 162-9 Hunting and use of firearms prohibited.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
No person shall hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time in a recreational area. No person shall use firearms of any description or air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially harmful to wildlife and dangerous to human safety or any instrument that can be loaded with fire blank cartridges or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into recreational areas from beyond their boundaries is forbidden. (This does not include the fish and wildlife management area outside of the developed Braddock Bay Park area.)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 108, Firearms and Fireworks.

§ 162-10 Enforcement.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
Any law enforcement officer may arrest any person, in any recreational area, who has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules or regulations.

§ 162-11 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 7-18-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995]
A. 
Violation. Any person convicted of a violation, as set forth in this chapter, shall be subject to a fine of no more than $500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, in addition to the above.
B. 
Restitution; reparation; services to the Department of Public Works. Any person convicted of a violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of § 65.10 of the New York State Penal Law and § 758-A of the New York State Family Court Act relative to the making of restitution, reparation for loss or damages and the performing of services for a public agency or for the public good, which in such case shall include appropriate services for the Department of Public Works of the Town of Greece.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001]
C. 
Parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of youths over 10 years of age and less than 18 years of age shall be liable for damages or destruction caused in the Town of Greece recreational areas by such youths, pursuant to the provisions of § 3-112 of the New York State General Obligations Law and other laws governing the same.
D. 
Damages to recreational area property. In addition to any penalties prescribed herein, any person causing damage to park or recreational property, real or personal, shall be liable to the Town of Greece for such damage.