Town of Binghamton, NY
Broome County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Binghamton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 84.
Animals — See Ch. 88.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 161.
[Adopted 4-5-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988 (Ch. 22B of the 1969 Code)]
These rules and regulations shall apply to all parks within the Town of Binghamton.
A. 
All Town parks shall be open between March 15 and November 15 of each year between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and dusk; all Town parks shall be closed between November 16 and March 14 of each year.
[Amended 12-15-2009 by L.L. No. 9-2015]
B. 
Notwithstanding Subsection A, the lighted playing field area in the Town park on Jackson Road may remain open for extended use after 9:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. from May 15 through August 31 of each year, subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
The extended use is authorized, in writing, by either the Town Board or by the Town Director of Youth Activities; and
(2) 
The extended use is for the purpose of holding a special tournament sanctioned by the Town Director of Youth Activities or the extended use otherwise does not occur more frequently than three nights per week.
C. 
During the hours when Town parks are closed, special activities may nevertheless be held in said parks, subject to the terms of a permit issued by the Town Board. The permit may impose fees and conditions and may specifically waive any provisions of this article. Absent such specific waiver in the permit, all provisions of this article shall apply to any special activities.
No person shall injure, deface, destroy, disturb or remove any part of the park or any building, sign, equipment or other property found therein, nor shall any tree, flower, shrub, grassed area or other vegetation found therein be removed, injured, destroyed or disturbed.
No person shall leave behind or dump any material of any kind in a park or other public place, except the refuse, ashes, garbage and other material from a picnic or other permitted activity, which shall be deposited in receptacles or pits provided and marked for such purposes.
The following conduct shall be prohibited within the Town parks:
A. 
No person shall disturb the peace and good order in the parks by fighting, quarreling or wrangling with loud voices or shouts, threatening violence to any person or the property of others or by engaging in clamor or boisterous shouts or conduct or tumult.
B. 
No persons shall collect in parks in bodies or crowds for unlawful purposes or boisterous or riotous assemblage or for intentionally annoying or harassing or inflicting property damage or bodily injury upon another person or persons.
C. 
No person shall beg, hawk, peddle or solicit within a park unless he or she has previously obtained a permit authorizing such conduct from the Town Board.
D. 
No person shall play at disorderly games of chance in the parks.
E. 
No person in any park shall possess, consume, offer for sale, use or be under the disturbing influence of any beer, alcoholic beverage, illegal controlled substance, stimulant, depressant or hallucinating agent.
F. 
No person shall use obscene, profane or abusive language while in a park.
G. 
No person shall loiter in or near toilet buildings in a park.
H. 
No person, except authorized Town employees, shall enter a toilet room set aside for the opposite sex.
I. 
No person shall appear in a park in a state of nudity, in a state of dress not properly belonging to his or her sex or in such a manner as to indecently expose his or her person.
J. 
No person shall commit, perform or engage in any lewd, lascivious, obscene or indecent act or behavior in a park.
K. 
No person, other than the disabled owner of a trained guide dog, shall bring into, have or keep any dog within a park during the hours in which activities sanctioned by the Town Director of Youth Activities are in progress unless he or she has previously obtained a permit authorizing such conduct from the Town Board.
L. 
No person shall operate a motor vehicle within Jackson Park in the Town of Binghamton, New York in excess of 10 miles per hour.
[Added 6-21-2005 by L.L. No. 6-2015]
No person shall establish or maintain any camp, sleeping place or other temporary lodging within a park unless he or she has previously obtained a permit authorizing such conduct from the Town Board.
A. 
No person shall start a fire in a park.
B. 
Notwithstanding Subsection A, small fires for culinary purposes shall be allowed in park grills, privately owned grills or fireplaces in areas designated by the Town Board or Town Director of Youth Activities. The Director of Youth Activities may, in his or her discretion, prohibit the burning of such small fires for limited periods of time at any park.
C. 
Any small fire permitted by Subsection B shall be extinguished by the persons who ignited or used said fire before those persons leave the immediate vicinity of the fire.
D. 
No person shall dump hot ashes from a permitted small fire onto the surrounding plants, grass or vegetation.
No person within the confines of a park shall hunt, pursue with dogs, trap, rob or in any way molest any wild bird, its eggs or nest, or animal.
[Added 5-20-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
Use of park shelters and pavilions shall be on a first-come-first-served basis except that park shelters and pavilions may be reserved in advance by application submitted to the Secretary. Applications to reserve park shelters and pavilions must be made at the office of the Secretary at the Town Hall or in such other manner as the Town Board may specify. In the event that the Secretary approves the application to reserve a park shelter or pavilion, the Secretary will issue the applicant a signed permit confirming the reservation. The fee for reserving a park shelter or pavilion shall be $20, nonrefundable, plus a refundable security deposit of $50, which shall be refunded provided that the park shelter or pavilion and surrounding area are clean and left in the same condition as they were when the person renting the shelter or pavilion arrived. The Town Board shall establish such other rules and procedures as it deems necessary for reservation and rental of park shelters and pavilions.
[Added 11-19-2013 by L.L. No. 25-2015]
A. 
All Town parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and concession stands shall be smoke and tobacco free, with all smoking and tobacco use prohibited in such areas.
B. 
Notwithstanding the prohibitions of Subsection A above, the parking lots of the Town parks shall be designated smoking areas.
A. 
No person in a park shall fail or refuse to comply with any reasonable order lawfully given by any law enforcement officer, code enforcement officer or any authorized agent acting under the authority of the Town Board.
B. 
No person in a park shall willfully resist, obstruct or abuse any such officer or agent in the execution of his or her official duties.
[Amended 4-15-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003]
A person violating any provision of this article shall be subject to a fine of not to exceed $250 or to imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both, for each offense.