Borough of River Edge, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge 2-4-1985 by Ord. No. 873. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following rules and regulations are established for the protection, care and control of those public areas and facilities as defined herein, as owned by the Borough of River Edge or leased to the Borough of River Edge to regulate the conduct of persons on or within such areas or using the facilities thereof.
[Amended 8-4-1997 by Ord. No. 1191]
All public Borough park lands as described above shall be closed to the public from one hour after sunset prevailing time, with the exception of illuminated sports areas in Memorial Park and Kenneth B. George Park, until one hour after sunrise. The provisions of this section shall not apply to officially sanctioned Borough events.
No person on or within public land owned by the Borough of River Edge shall consume, possess, sell, serve, deliver, distribute, expose for sale or give away any alcoholic beverage without permission of the Borough of River Edge.
A. 
No person shall:
(1) 
Drive any motor vehicle or motorized vehicle, including minibikes and snowmobiles, within any public land owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge.
(2) 
Ride a bicycle or fly a model airplane in any area owned or leased by the Borough designated as public land in such a manner as to interfere with another's enjoyment of the facilities of that public area.
(3) 
Engage in any sport or other activities which may endanger another person or persons using public lands.
B. 
No person on such above described property owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge shall:
(1) 
Cut, injure, deface, remove or disturb any tree, shrub, building, fence, bench or other structure, apparatus or property or mark, write upon or post signs upon any building, fence, bench or other structure without the written permission of the Borough of River Edge.
(2) 
Sell, expose for sale or give away goods, wares or circulars; or post, paste, display or fix any sign, notice, placard or advertising device on such land designated as owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge, or upon any fence along the perimeter thereof without the written permission of the Borough of River Edge.
(3) 
Play, engage or take part in any game or competitive sport for money or other valuable thing without the written permission of the Borough of River Edge.
(4) 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose without written permission of the Borough of River Edge.
No domestic animals shall be allowed to run at large or to be ridden on in any public lands owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge.
No persons shall drop, place or throw any paper or other refuse except in a receptacle provided for refuse on such land.
No persons shall erect or occupy any tent, stand or other structure in any part of public lands of the Borough of River Edge, or sell, distribute or give away from any such tent, stand or other structure any food, drink or any other item of value without the permission of the Borough of River Edge.
No person shall make or kindle any fire within such public lands owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge, except in picnic stoves or barbecue grills, and only with specific permission of the Borough of River Edge.
No entertainment or exhibition shall be given upon any lands owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge, except upon written permission by the Borough of River Edge. No person shall:
A. 
Utter loud and offensive, profane and indecent language.
B. 
Do any obscene or indecent acts.
C. 
Annoy, obstruct or molest any person.
D. 
Interfere with, encumber, obstruct or render dangerous any drive, path, walks or public places.
E. 
Create a disturbance.
[Amended 6-22-2009 by Ord. No. 1661]
F. 
Climb or stand upon any wall or fence, shelter, seat, statue or other structure not erected for such purpose.
G. 
Bathe, wade or swim in any water, be it freestanding or stagnant, except at such times and in such places it is designated by the Borough of River Edge and with specific permission of the Borough of River Edge.
H. 
Do any act tending or amounting to a breach of the peace.
I. 
Fail to obey an enforcement officer in the proper performance of his or her duty.
No parent, guardian or custodian of any minor shall permit or allow such said minor to do any act prohibited by this chapter.
A. 
A person or group seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application in triplicate with the Borough Clerk. The application shall state:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of the person(s) sponsoring the activity, if any.
(3) 
The days and hours for which the permit is desired.
(4) 
The area or public land, or portion thereof, for which such permit is desired.
(5) 
An estimation of the anticipated attendance.
(6) 
Any other information which the Borough Clerk shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit shall be issued. Upon approval of application, which shall be signed by the Borough Clerk or the Deputy Borough Clerk, one copy shall be filed with the Police Department, one copy shall be forwarded to the applicant and one copy shall remain on file in the office of the Borough Clerk in the Borough of River Edge. Nothing herein shall be read to require the application for a permit for organized, officially sanctioned Borough activities.
(7) 
A permit to do any act shall authorize the same only insofar as it may be performed in strict accordance with the terms and conditions thereof. Any violation of the permit holder or his agents or employees of any term or condition thereof shall constitute grounds for its revocation by the Borough of River Edge or by its authorized representative, whose action therein shall be final. In the case of any revocation of any permit or moneys paid for or account thereof shall, at the option of the Borough Clerk, be forfeited. Forfeit and retention of such moneys shall not in any manner relieve such persons from personal liability or punishment for any violation of any municipal ordinance, rule or regulation or any violation of the laws of the State of New Jersey.
This chapter shall be enforced by the River Edge Police Department or other persons designated by the Mayor and Council to diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
A violation of this chapter shall include but not be limited to any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by an enforcement officer as set forth by this chapter.
B. 
For a violation of any provision of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction thereof, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment for up to 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.
[Amended 112-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
C. 
In addition to any fine or sentence imposed under Subsection B hereof, any person causing damage to any property within the Borough of River Edge shall be held liable for the cost of repair and/or replacement necessitated by such damage.
[Added 5-6-2013 by Ord. No. 1786]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
All public parks, playgrounds, tennis courts and ball fields publicly owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge upon which the public is invited or upon which the public is permitted and where individuals gather for recreational activities, including all areas adjacent to such facilities, including, but not limited to, any parking area, driveway or drive aisle.
SMOKING
The burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other matter or substances which contain tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.
B. 
Prohibition of smoking in public places. Smoking shall be prohibited within the boundaries of Veterans Memorial Park, Brookside Park, Kenneth B. George Park, Cherry Blossom Park and in any other public parks, tennis courts, ball fields and recreational facilities owned or leased by the Borough of River Edge. "No smoking" signs shall be posted in all areas regulated by this section.
C. 
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by the Police Department and/or the Health Department of the Borough of River Edge.
D. 
Violations and penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this section may be subject, at the discretion of the court, to the following penalties:
(1) 
A fine of not less than $50 but not more than $100 for the first violation.
(2) 
A fine of not less than $100 but not more than $200 for the second violation.
(3) 
A fine of not less than $200 but not more than $500 for the third and subsequent violations.