Township of Willistown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Willistown 5-12-1997 by Ord. No. 3-1997[1]. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Park and Recreation Board — See Ch. 31.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 69.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 123.
Zoning — See Ch. 139.
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1-2006, adopted 2-27-2006, amended all of Ch. 96 to change all references from "township park" to "Township park."

§ 96-1 Use regulations; prohibitions.

[Amended 9-9-2002 by Ord. No. 2-2002; 2-27-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006; 6-17-2013 by Ord. No. 4-2013]
No person shall be permitted in a Township park except between the hours of dawn and dusk, unless a permit has been issued by the Park and Recreation Board, or its designate for such permit issuance, as hereinafter provided in § 96-4.
No person shall enter or leave a Township park except by entrances and/or exits provided for such purposes.
No person shall enter or use a toilet in a Township park set apart for the use of the opposite sex.
Possession, distribution or consumption of beer, ale, other alcoholic or intoxicating beverage or a controlled substance (such as are now defined or may later be defined by federal, state or Township law, act or ordinance) is strictly prohibited in any and all Township parks.
No gambling or gambling device is permitted in any Township park.
No abusive, threatening, indecent or profane language and/or conduct that is publicly inappropriate and/or annoying to others using Township park facilities shall be permitted.
No person or persons shall be permitted to solicit money, or promise for the same, within the confines of a Township park.
No horses, dogs or other animals owned or possessed by people shall be permitted within the confines of Township parks, except as permitted in the Okehocking Preserve and the Serpentine Preserve. Horses shall be permitted in the Okehocking and Serpentine Preserves in designated areas shown on the Okehocking Preserve and Serpentine Preserve recreation maps, if attended and under control at all times. Properly licensed dogs shall be permitted in the Okehocking and Serpentine Preserves if they are on a leash not exceeding six feet in length and if attended and under control at all times. Dogs shall be permitted in Okehocking Preserve off of leashes only in designated area(s) as approved by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time and shown on the Okehocking Preserve recreation map, if attended and under control at all times. For the purpose of this subsection, the term "dogs" does not include guide dogs or other dogs which are assisting handicapped persons and are controlled by the use of a harness or other restraint. Owners or handlers of a dog shall be responsible for the prompt and complete removal of their excrement by immediate disposal of pet waste bags in a trash receptacle (if provided) or removal from the premises.
[Amended 11-24-2014 by Ord. No. 6-2014]
Use of vehicles and equipment.
No person shall drive, operate or park any vehicle (motor- or self-propelled) in any portion of a Township park except in spaces specifically set aside and marked for parking purposes; and no person shall occupy a parked motor vehicle after dark within a Township park except with the exterior parking lights and interior lights turned on and in operation.
Use and operation of bicycles, go-carts, remote-controlled vehicles, skateboards, roller blades, aircraft, including but not limited to ultralight planes, remote-controlled planes and hot-air balloons, and/or other motorized and/or nonmotorized devices employing wheels and/or blades of any kind (metal, wooden, plastic, rubber, etc.) is strictly prohibited on Township park basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas, ball fields or any other portion of any Township park. Motor vehicles, with the exception of motorized wheelchairs and vehicles connected with official Township business, are prohibited.
No person, other than Township active-duty police officers employed in the execution of their duties, shall discharge a firearm in a Township park. Wildlife management practices in Township parks are permitted only with written approval of the Board of Supervisors and notification by the Willistown Township Police Department.
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse. Grass clippings, brush and other debris from private property may not be discarded or otherwise placed anywhere on Township park property, including trash receptacles.
Vandalism to park property and facilities, including defacing or damaging park property (permanent or temporary), disturbing wildlife and disturbing/destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited. No person shall climb a tree nor shall any person foul and/or otherwise contaminate any body of water in any Township park at any time. No person shall remove equipment from the parks or move such equipment from its designated location.
No person shall injure, deface or destroy any public signs, ordinances or other official Township notices posted in a Township park.
No advertisement, placard or notice, except official authorized notices, shall be posted and/or distributed in a Township park.
No person shall light or permit a fire to burn in a Township park except in a permanent fireplace provided for such purposes. Portable grills are permitted in designated areas only with written permission from the Township. Ceremonial fires are permitted only with written consent of the Township and must be constantly attended. Responsibility for such fires shall be solely that of the person or persons starting and/or using the fire. Township-supervised burning is permitted for natural resource management.
The playing of golf, or the hitting of golf balls, is strictly prohibited at all times in any Township park.
Smoking is not permitted in any Township park. Remediation of any damage caused by smoking in the parks will be at the expense of the person responsible. In addition to other fines and penalties, the Township may collect the cost of repair of any damage caused by smoking, together with the penalty, against the person causing the damage.
Swimming or wading in any body of water is strictly prohibited in any Township park.
Sound amplification equipment is permitted only with written permission from the Township.
Use of a Township park for any of the following purposes is prohibited, unless a permit is first obtained from the Township Park and Recreation Board, or its designate for such permit issuance, as hereinafter provided:
Sales of merchandise of any kind.
Use of fireworks or other explosives.
Musical, theatrical or other entertainment.
Overnight camping.
Parties, meetings and/or gatherings comprised of 25 or more persons.
Conducting fee-based programming.
Field use for organized sports.
Person(s) undertaking activities permitted with written permission from the Township must have a copy of the written permission on them at all times while undertaking approved activities.

§ 96-2 Enforcement.

The Police Department shall enforce the regulations herein set forth and shall exercise general supervision over persons and property in any Township parks.

§ 96-3 (Reserved) [1]

Editor's Note: Former § 96-3, Powers and duties of Park and Recreation Board, as amended, was repealed 6-17-2013 by Ord. No. 4-2013.

§ 96-4 Permits.

[Amended 2-27-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006]
Permits for use of Township park(s) and field(s) shall be issued in behalf of the Township by the Township’s Park and Recreation Board and/or designated Township park and recreation staff. The Township, upon recommendation from its Park and Recreation Board, may enact a fee schedule for such permits. All moneys received from these fees will be entered into the Township’s Park and Recreation Fund and be designated for Township park maintenance and improvements, appropriate Township-sponsored recreation programs held within the confines of its parks or at other sites and facilities approved by the Township.

§ 96-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-27-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006; 6-16-2014 by Ord. No. 2-2014]
Pursuant to Section 1601(c.1)(2) of the Second Class Township Code, any person who violates this chapter, and/or any regulation established herein, shall, by action brought before a District Magistrate Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, upon judgment of conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 per violation, together with the costs of prosecution; and further subject to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
Parents and/or legal guardians of person(s) less than 18 years of age will be held liable for any/all fines assessed and/or damages incurred by those persons to Township park properties.
Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this chapter.

§ 96-6 Existing rights and remedies preserved; severability.

It is hereby declared to be the purpose of this chapter to provide additional and cumulative remedies to regulate the public use, enjoyment, health, welfare and safety of Township parks and recreation areas, and nothing contained in this chapter shall in any way abridge or alter rights of action or remedies now or hereafter existing in equity, or under common law or statutory law, civil or criminal. All other sections, parts and provisions of said Code of Ordinances of the Township of Willistown shall remain unchanged.