[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro 6-3-1998 by Ord. No. 0.5.98. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of Paulsboro has attempted to provide certain areas within the Borough that are set out for recreational use. It is the intention of the Borough to provide these facilities and maintain the order and dignity for the usage of the same that is in keeping with the inhabitants of the Borough. By establishing certain rules and regulations, it is believed that the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas will afford the inhabitants of the Borough safe, sanitary and wholesome locations for recreational purposes.
[Added 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 01.15]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases, unless otherwise indicated, shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- The Borough of Paulsboro.
- An area of land, with or without water, developed and used for public recreational purposes, including but not limited to landscaped tracts; picnic grounds; playgrounds; athletic fields; recreation centers; camps; foot-, bicycle and bridle paths; motor vehicle drives; wildlife sanctuaries; museums; zoological and botanical gardens; facilities for bathing, boating, hunting and fishing; the Borough Senior Citizen Building as well as other recreational facilities for the use and benefit of the public.
All areas designated within the Borough as park, playground or recreational areas shall be closed to all persons from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., unless otherwise posted. This ordinance shall apply to all parks, playgrounds and recreational areas within the Borough, be they lighted or not; and parts of any previous ordinance or amendment thereto inconsistent in closing from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shall be repealed by this ordinance. This shall not preclude ingress or egress by the public to attend organized and authorized functions at parks, playgrounds and recreational areas.
[Amended 6-7-2000 by Ord. No. 0.03.00]
It shall be unlawful for any persons in a public park, playground or recreational area to:
Any person who shall be in violation of the aforesaid prohibitions shall be subject to the penalty provisions set forth hereinafter.
[Added 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 01.15]
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:
Bring or possess alcoholic beverages or drink same at any time; nor shall any person be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park.
Bring or possess any narcotic or dangerous drug prohibited by law or use same at any time; nor shall any person be under the influence thereof in a park.
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 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 Borough, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated park areas.
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by signs bearing the words, "Domestic Animals Prohibited in this Area," or other similar words. 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.
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. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Borough. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public"; nor shall any person use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Borough.
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.
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Borough he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying an area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing; nor shall be station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Borough.
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.
Smoking and tobacco chewing shall be prohibited at any and all times in or on any publically owned parks and/or recreational areas and any other area designated by Borough Council as smoke- and tobacco-free zones.
No person in a park shall:
Willfully 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 appurtenance whatsoever, either real or personal.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
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.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick flowers or seed 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.
Climb any tree or sit, walk or stand upon monuments, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
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.
Have brought in or shall dump, 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.
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 Borough.
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. No owner or driver shall cause or permit his vehicle to stand outside designated parking spaces except for a reasonable time to take up or discharge passengers or equipment. No motor vehicle shall be parked in said park areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard for the safety of others.
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 them.
Carry or possess firearms of any description or air rifles, spring guns, bows 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.
Picnic or lunch in places other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
Set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping; nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that 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 Borough.
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits 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, soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball and lacrosse is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Roller-skating and skateboards shall be prohibited on tennis facilities.
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 or shrub.
[Added 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 01.15]
Any person, group or entity wishing to utilize Borough Parks for functions involving 10 or more people shall file with the Borough Clerk an application on the forms provided by the Clerk no later than 14 days prior to the function.
There shall be a nonrefundable $50 fee for such application made by Borough residents and a $250 fee for application by non-Borough residents of which $200 will be refunded within 30 days following the event provided the park facilities are left clean and in the same condition as they existed before the event.
All nonrefundable fees shall be turned over to the Recreation Committee.
The fees set forth in § 45A-3.2B may be refunded by Borough Council at its sole discretion for applicants that are nonprofit organizations proposing functions that promote the economic or social well-being of the Borough or community and upon verification that the park has been cleaned/trash picked up after use.
[Amended 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 15.18]
All applicants must provide evidence of general liability insurance; minimum limit is pursuant to the amount stated in the facilities use agreement. The policy shall name the Borough of Paulsboro as an additional insured. All terms and conditions of the facilities use agreement must be adhered to.
[Amended 5-19-2015 by Ord. No. 04.15]
[Amended 6-7-2000 by Ord. No. 0.03.00]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damage caused by said person's actions and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.