[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitemarsh 7-11-1968 by Ord. No. 220. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-15-1979 by Ord. No. 361; 2-12-1987 by Ord. No. 544; 10-11-1990 by Ord. No. 608; 6-12-2008 by Ord. No. 852; 2-12-2015 by Ord. No. 952]
The Board of Supervisors shall by resolution adopt and amend, as necessary from time to time, the rules and regulations for Township parks and recreation areas in accordance with applicable law. The following rules and regulations are applicable to any Whitemarsh Township parks and recreation areas:
The parks are open to all Township residents and guests from sunrise until sunset throughout the year, except special events authorized by the Park and Recreation Board.
Use of the ball fields or other special facilities by organized groups shall be scheduled by the Township Recreation Coordinator, and a permit shall be issued specifying the date, time and location of the group's use.
[Amended 2-12-1987 by Ord. No. 544]
The following are prohibited:
Intoxicating beverages shall not be sold, distributed or consumed except under special permit in certain parks or facilities. An alcohol allowance permit may be secured from the Parks and Recreation Department.
Boisterous, immoral or indecent conduct.
Discarding of trash, garbage or other litter except into containers provided for that purpose.
Damaging, defacing, destroying or removing Township-owned property, signs, structures, equipment or other material.
Operating any vehicle on a park road in a reckless or negligent manner, in excess of posted speed limit or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other park users.
Operating, stopping or parking of any vehicle except on designated roads, trails or areas.
Fires, except in facilities provided by the Township.
Pets. Pets are permitted only in the following areas: McCarthy Park, Kline Park and the Bike Path, subject to the Township’s Animal Control Ordinance (Ordinance No. 848, amending Chapter 39, Article 1, of The Code of Whitemarsh Township), and in any specially designated dog park, subject to rules and regulations posted in said area.
Playing or practicing golf.
Vehicle repairs or maintenance of any kind.
Playing or reproducing loud music or amplified sound unless approved in writing in advance by the Park and Recreation Department.
Operation of any unlicensed or unauthorized motor vehicle within the park, including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, ATV (all-terrain vehicles), motorcycles and dirt bikes.
Use of self-propelled, pedaled or pushed wheeled devices, including but not limited to roller skates, with the exception of wheelchairs, strollers and baby coaches, is prohibited on the jogging/walking trail at Miles Park.
No soliciting of any kind, including, but not limited to, the sale or vending of food, on Township-owned properties, in Township-owned parks and facilities and during Township-sponsored programs or activities is permitted without a seasonal or annual permit issued by the Township Parks and Recreation Department.
Use of any Township property, park, facility or program for commercial or profit-making activities without a seasonal or annual permit issued by the Township Parks and Recreation Department is prohibited.
Smoking. Smoking is prohibited in all Township parks and open spaces.
Park hours; temporary closures. Township parks and open spaces will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., daily. In the event the Township determines it is necessary to close a Township park or recreational facility for any reason, notice of such closure shall be posted. Any person entering a Township park or recreational facility subject to closure shall be in violation of these rules and regulations.
Any person or persons, corporation, partnership or other entity whatsoever violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed the maximum fine of $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such costs and prosecution, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days; provided, however, that if the District Justice determines that the defendant is without the financial means to pay the fines and costs immediately or in a single remittance, such defendant shall be permitted to pay the fines or costs in installments and over such periods of time as the District Justice deems to be just.
[Amended 3-18-1982 by Ord. No. 425; 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 565]
A police officer may restrict or eject any individual or group of individuals from park property for violation of this chapter or for concealing or harboring or for attempting to conceal or harbor any person violating this chapter.
[Added 2-15-1979 by Ord. No. 361]